the Prince has Come

Military man has sailed home. Everything is back to normal after an exciting surprise homecoming. He had no idea we were driving in this morning to meet him at his barracks. He was thrilled. We've just picked up where we left off. The kids laying around him doing their things and looking cute. He is nodding off, trying hard to catch up on weeks of lost sleep, Sponge Bob playing in the background and mom documenting it all.

Move over, make room for me.


fun run...indeed!

There's nothing like a beautiful fall day. Cory ran his school's Peacock 1/2 mile Run and tied for second in the primary age group, as well as, finishing third overall. I'm beaming with pride...so is he.


The Haircut

The brown eyed-girls were playing this morning while i was getting ready for the day. These moments are so precious. Look at them. They're so cute. Look at lucy's hair. The bangs need a little trimming, don't you think?

"Oh, let me get my scissors", mom thought. "I'll save myself a trip to the kiddie salon and save a few dollars."

Snip, snip,"looks great," mom thought, again.
[mom leaves the room for a visit to the powder room. Mom re-enters and gasps]

Oh, lucy!

We're off to get a haircut.



quotes have been taken from their original context to continue inspire, encourage, humor and sometimes scare you. my original DON"T QUOTE ME quote changed, recently. it's amazing how much a person's perspective changes within a few months and from day to day. the original quote went like this...

"I alway knew i wanted to be somebody, now i know i should have been more specific." -- Lily Tomlin

i loved it and still do. it served it's purpose to reflect my quirky side, more relatable, less serious. i decided to change it because this is where i am now and it's more relevant to me after 14 years of service, second hand to the navy at military man's side. i'm still quirky and relatable, though.

in no particular order, my favorite naval quotes are...

"submariner wife, toughest job in the navy." -- anonymous

"I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: 'I served in the United States Navy.'" -- JFK

"The Navy has both a tradition and a future--and we look with pride and confidence in both directions." -- Admiral George Anderson, CNO, 1 August 1961.

"Damn the torpedoes, Full speed ahead!" -- Admiral David Glasgow Farragut c. 1864

"Don't give up the ship!" -- Captain James Lawrence c.1813

"Of all the branches of men in the forces there is none which shows more devotion and faces grimmer perils than the submariners." -- Sir Winston Churchill

"No one has done more to prevent conflict - no one has made a greater sacrifice for the cause for Peace - than you, America's proud missile submarine family. You stand tall among our heroes of the Cold War.” -- General Colin Powell

"In each submarine there are men who, in the hour of emergency or peril at sea, can turn to each other. These men are ultimately responsible to themselves and each other for all aspects of operation of their submarine. They are the crew. They are the ship." --The Submariner's Creed (Excerpt)

finally, this is in reference to a spouse and pertains to all branches...

"If they wanted you to have one, you would have been issued one." -- anonymous (you better believe no one wanted to claim this one. can you blame him?)

now, i've left you with some words to inspire, encourage, humor, and hopefully, enlighten you.


family portrait

ode to Picnik

looking through the library
came across this family portrait.
inspired by polaroids
but don't have one.
used picnik instead.

i promise to never try poetry again.

note: polaroid effect can be found in the curves section. it's a premium function and well worth the extra yearly cost.


date with mommy

where else would a six year old boy want to go on his first date? Let me give you a hint. It's noisy, lots of fun for kids, games and many tickets earned.

after a tough day with his friends around the neighborhood,(kids can be so mean) i decided to cancel my plans and give cory much needed one on one time. i never knew being an active six year old boy could be so tough. however, i'm glad to have spent the time with him without the girls. don't think i didn't feel guilty, but they were sat by heather the wonder sitter and they could not have been happier. i grew up an only child, so, no matter how bad things turned into with my little friends, i knew that i could always go home and be spoiled by my abuela, tias and mami. cory has to do a lot of sharing these days, including me. but i know he loved being with just me. by sunday, i won the best mommy title again. yea, me! since it was all about fun, the pictures were edited a little differently than usual. i used the HDR-ish effect on Picnik and raised the strength to 260%, left the radius alone, and faded them about 40%. the last picture i raised the colors just a bit and used the cinema scope effect with the letterbox. oh and i shot that night with my little kodak 12.0 point and shoot.


someday my prince will come

if you haven't figure it out, military man has been missing for some time now. i miss him like crazy. it's not that i miss him like "i miss an extra set of hands to help out with the kids kind of way". after a while you get into a groove and it becomes easier to do it alone. I wouldn't say that you get used to, however, it gets easier. the kids get familiar with doing it mom's way with little resistance and i get creative with daily routine and learn to be flexible. the void is there, though. we all feel it. i miss him...miss him bugging me to make the bed because that's my least favorite thing to do, i miss him asking what's for dinner at noon shortly after having lunch, the snoring that serenades me five seconds his head hits the pillow, our daily routines. lastly, my most favorite, hearing the kids yell "daddy" and running to him as he opens the door after a long week of work. it's going to be a great homecoming.

we miss you...


un poco de pablo (poema xviii)

un poco de pablo para mi querido...te estraño

aquí te amo.
en los oscuros pinos se desenreda el viento.
fosforece la luna sobre las aguas errantes.
andan días iguales persiguiéndose.

se desciñe la niebla en danzantes figuras.
una gaviota de plata se descuelga del ocaso.
a veces una vela. Altas, altas estrellas.

o la cruz negra de un barco. solo.
a veces amanezco, y hasta mi alma está húmeda.
suena, resuena el mar lejano.
este es un puerto.
aquí te amo.

aquí te amo y en vano te oculta el horizonte.
te estoy amando aún entre estas frías cosas.
a veces van mis besos en esos barcos graves,
que corren por el mar hacia donde no llegan.

ya me veo olvidado como estas viejas anclas.
son más tristes los muelles cuando atraca la tarde.
se fatiga mi vida inútilmente hambrienta.
amo lo que no tengo. estás tú tan distante.

mi hastío forcejea con los lentos crepúsculos.
pero la noche llega y comienza a cantarme.
la luna hace girar su rodaje de sueño.

me miran con tus ojos las estrellas más grandes.
y, como yo te amo, los pinos en el viento
quieren cantar tu nombre con sus hojas de alambre.
--pablo neruda


Veteran's Day Salute

On a recent visit to my hometown sat a fabulous display honoring our Veteran's. It's a great backdrop for a Salute to our special Veteran far away. We miss you Daddy. Hope you're having a great day! 


October Fun Vol. II

As promised, here's the next batch of shots from our fun-filled October sans one member of the family...military man. WE MISS YOU! Mommy misses you like crazy. Not much longer, P...

Well, this is not such an exciting moment but I did get some cute pix of Nina. We were waiting for Cory outside of his CCD class. Lucy was sleeping and I was shutter happy.

Here's a few from a friends birthday party. Halloween inspired of course. It was a costume party...a blast was had!

The Pokemon trainer costume was still on the sewing table. So mama improvised! Count Cutie is getting his fortune told and showing his teeth. Not sure what that was about.

You're witnessing a milestone here. Nina was pulling herself up in her crib.

The girls and I decided to have some lunch in between getting last minute details and notions for the costumes. I had a sewer's block on where to start with the trainer and pikachu costumes. So was Lucy...

The treats and crafts were flowing...Yes, I know...I'm slightly OCD!!!!!

Spooky Messages sent from abroad...thank you, P!

Lucy's fall carnival was the cutest. But, the "horse" station was the funniest. There was someone hiding inside the stable with its hand in a red sock pretending to be horse's tongue. The kids fed it carrots and it would come back out with a prize. They were so confused but cracked all the parents up!

And here we are...the pokemon trainer, pikachu princess, the strawberry, and strawberry farmer. I really wish there were more pictures of trick or treating and the block party but my extra set of arms haven't grown in. You just had to see Lucy in the yellow crocs and tail waving behind her as she went from door to door. The kids had so much fun and Cory woke the next morning wishing that Halloween happened several times a year. Who wouldn't love unlimited candy all year long!

The end.

Watching and Waiting and Hoping for Change

That's what Obama is promising. The majority of the country is celebrating. Perhaps it's just what the country needed to escape the fear most have been feeling since the news of foreclosures and recessions. Really, people we need someone who can deliver the goods not a distraction. Can Obama deliver? That's what the rest of us are left asking.
He said something in his speech last night that struck me and was so typical politician. In reference to the economy he said, "Their's new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build and threats to meet ...alliances to repair. The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get their in one year or even in one-term...but America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight, that we will get their. I promise you...WE AS A PEOPLE WILL GET THERE! [crowd cheers] There will be setbacks and false starts. There will be many times that we don't agree with..." and the rest I will paraphrase. My transcribing skills are rusty. In addition to, a baby, a toddler and the responsibilities of a six-year old require my attention.
He followed with, and I admit a very eloquent and inspiring speech very much in the tone of the Rev. King. The rest of the speech does give you hope that he will try to change things, he speaks about honesty and hard-work..."callused-hands." But will he deliver? Will he just be overwhelmed with the enormity of the position...its history...the spirit in the oval office? Or, is he just a catalyst...a positive scapegoat for a change that we as a people have already wanted and are working towards. Have we provided the world with a face...a tangible image that represents our hard work, our callused hands and the recovery of our weak economy. You know, maybe he's just in the right place at the right time. And the one who will get all the credit or blame for things that happen to us as a nation.
President-Elect Obama you have a huge commitment to fulfill and we're watching.
Now, I wouldn't want to end it on a skeptical note. I would like to thank Sen. John McCain for such a gracious departure. For showing eloquence and strength. For his and his family's service to our country. It's difficult to admit defeat, however, he did it with such class. Which made me feel that he will try to bridge the gap between the parties from the inside and work with President-Elect Obama to force him to deliver what he has promised and not just change but results.


October Fun Vol. I

It's late election night and saddened by the loss of my favorite candidate, I've decided to end the night with a little joy. So, I'm here, posting this entry for my military man under the sea, so that he can share in his family's fun while working 24/7 shifts for all of us. (Honey, I know that you can check this more often than our email...keep your comments coming. We Miss You!!!) 

I hear Obama addressing literally a million of his supporters, giving what is in this country, the most historic speech made since Martin Luther King, Jr. at that same park some 40 years ago. It's an epic moment for the African American community and the United States. President Elect Obama has very big shoes to fill. There have been many great African American leaders before him, I just hope that he can live up to his loyal followers expectations and in the process earn some new ones for the sake of this country's morale and welfare. Since, I've never been highly political on my blog, I'll stop here and post my favorite shots of our October Fun.

It started with train rides at Hunsader Farms in Bradenton and finished up with Halloween treats on Fox Run. Here's the first batch. Enjoy!

This is what I do when I'm standing in line with a camera in my hand. Take pictures of signs.
 can check this more often than our email...keep your comments coming. WE MISS YOU!)

The train was adorable. Made out of barrels and old tires. After the hayride, corn maze, food and more they still had enought energy for a ickle fest. Their expressions say it all. Lucy is loving it and Cory loves torturing her.The pumpkin patch was my favorite part and the kids, too. They are just beautiful!

Lucy was having the best time picking out the best one. She got it. You would never think that Nina was having a horrible time at the patch after seeing this shot. She hated the straw against her skin. Cory came to her rescue. That's what big brothers are for, right? 



They there for rescues and noogies, too. There's more of the pumpkin fest in my picture gallery...have a look and keep posted on the next batch.