Thursday, September 20, 2007

Yummy!!!!!!

I have to start this post with something that happened back in December 2006. We all get together and my Sister decides to tell us that she's getting married in August. (Remember the  Wedding that we all went to in California??) After all the congratulations, hugs and "finally"...yes some people said...finally!!!! ..she tells me...with a straight face...."You need to lose 50 lbs, you have 8 months".  Keep in mind it's December, and we are eating tamales and refried beans. Sure!, I thought to myself, I can do that. I saw some short clips on a TV show called Bridezilla and how some of those women really lose their cool on National TV when things don't go their way, I was concerned. I have to admit I didn't go home ready to shed some pounds. Then the phone started ringing with her asking me how I was doing and sneaking the big question....have lost any weight yet? ..... After the Chicago trip I thought..."I better figure this one out" Long story short...I did it, I lost all the weight, and I could not have done it without her continued support....calling me asking me "so?? how many pounds so far??? You have ...this many...weeks now!!" For that, I thank her. Was it motivation or fear of her losing her cool?... I don't know, but 50 lbs lighter, it doesn't really matter.

Now after being miserable not eating tortillas, tostadas, chips, bread of any kind, pasta, anything with sugar, coke, fried food, etc......the list can go on..... I had to make a cake for my Husband's birthday. It had to be Chocolate.

Do you have any idea how hard it was for me to NOT use my finger to clean that container of chocolate frosting???? Should I? Shouldn't I ?? No I didn't do it. I figure if I'm going cheat, I'm going to have a piece, that would be my treat for the day.

I can't finish this post by showing the final cake picture with the sprinkles on top. No candles because they would melt by the time we finish lighting them up...ha!!!

Now you may wonder...50lbs?? I'm not going to torture you with some before and after pictures...I still have some pride left....But I have to show you something else.

According to H&M in their dressing room section, you can make your own body model. Interesting uh??

 

Until Next time!!!!

G.

Monday, September 10, 2007

My funky camera giveaway.

It all started with the idea of having a giveaway...yes just free stuff for fun. When I had the idea of this fun product I decided to give some of them for free. The initial plan was to print the emails on my list and cut them in to strips......way too many, too much work. I decided to print them.....3 pages FULL of them....well the 3rd page was 1/2. I was going to give away 5 items. It quickly turned in to 6. The plan was to drop a marker on the sheets and wherever it landed will be the winner. I'm an equal opportunity parent, and in the world of 4 and 6 year olds, picking 5 people was not fair. To them it meant that one of them got to drop the marker more than the other......a few times it landed on nothing, but that didn't count. I had to pick 6 winners because I could not discard any of their non asserted attempts. I have to say that the letters where blurred on purpose.....you never know who is reading....we'll keep it between friends. All the winners have been contacted....the new product will be revealed as soon as I get all the pictures uploaded. All I can say is that is comfy, and fun.

Thanks to everyone who participated. Some of you sent me some Blog worthy lines.....you didn't have to, but you made my day every time. Thanks so much!!!! As for the next give away... More surprises coming up!!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The Wedding..........

Finally. This post is dedicated to the members of my family who could not make it, but sent their best wishes to Diana and David. We missed you a lot!!!!

We spent about a month in San Diego.....I could go on and on about everything we did while we where there, but I have to keep in mind that other people ...not just my friends and family from ...literally...all over the world read these entries.

We all went to bed late the night before, and had to get up really early because the Ceremony was at 10 AM....yikes!!! The first in line to get ready was of course the bride. Who kept looking at me asking...."when are you going to start getting ready?"  Yep that's me taking the picture...not getting ready. That's my little one...also not ready.

 

Diana getting ready

Now she is ready...so was I.

Like my camera strap????

Ready to take the plunge???

AAWWWW!!! Look at these girls......they look like they know what they are supposed to do don't they??

We are all ready to go.....Mass started at 10 AM.....we left the house at 9:56...Good thing I drove...she made on time.

My Sister and my girls...she needs to have girls.

The reception was held at a swanky hotel in La Jolla called La Valencia. This was our view.

Our view From La Valencia

We ate until we could not move.....Love the feeling!!!

Now she is taken, and can't stop starring at her engagement picture. On the background with David is Jr. and Hugo...Best man or men.

Diana, Jr. David and Hugo

My Husband and my Brother who came all the way from Toronto Canada.

Goyo and my Brother

My Parents who live in Cincinnati posing with my kids.

My parents with my kids

Daddy's girls.

My Man and my girls

My sister and I.

Sisters

Finally, David says SALUD!!!!

David says Salud!!!

Diana and David met in High School.  Then College and life separated them for years, but always kept in touch. Now a little over 10 years later they get together again to be married......they have some good stories to tell their 5 children.......I hope they have 5.....I hope.

We hope to visit again soon. We all had such a great time with family and friends. Their few friends are really like family. They are very lucky to have good friends.

Besos y Abrazos a todos!!!

Gabi

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Post long overdue...warning..it's long.

I'll start with our summer trip to San Diego California. Many of you know that's where I went to College and I also met my lovely husband. My sister lives there, and my in Laws live in the central coast.

One of the highlights of the trip was taking the kids to Sea World to see the beautiful animals they have there. One of our favorite ones is Shamu.

Shamu

Shamu

One thing you need to know if you've never been to Sea World.....at the shows, if you sit on the first rows .....you are not only getting a great view, but a nice salty  55 degree shower.

Don't sit on the front rows

Flipper

Bottle nose dolphins

I also notice that Oli and Shamu have the same teeth. If Shamu had a thumb, I would say she sucks her thumb too.

Matching teeth

We had a little encounter with a Walrus who had a crush on my sister. He would come up as soon as she tapped her fingers on the glass.

Walruss

Walruss

He has good taste!!! Don't you think???

Dianita

Moving along...we also went to Coronado. If I win the lottery, I would buy a plane, and a house in Coronado.

Coronado

Coronado

If I don't win the lottery, plan B will be to find a "gold magnet" I'm not showing you my bunions, or corns... but the shimmery sand they have there.....here in Florida we have fake sand....pretty, but we know is man made.

Gold

We also celebrated my little guy's 15th B-Day!!!! All he wanted was a custom skateboard, and some In-N-Out burgers and that's what he got.

Happy Birthday GabrielYep, that's what he wanted

I will tell you about the wedding tomorrow.

Gabi