Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Home is where the heart is

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This year's family photos were taken in Washington, D.C.  We took them over Thanksgiving break so I guess last year's family photos were taken in D.C.  We love D.C., it is one of our favorite cities.  My hubby was born and raised in the suburbs and I lived there for 6 years before moving back to Houston.  I love the seasons, I love the food, I love the shopping, I love the history . . . I just love it all.  We love spending as much time as we can in the area. We try to visit a few times a year. We were so lucky to find a photographer, our friend Jackie, who did such a great job.  It's not easy to get a 2 year old and an 8 month old to cooperate but somehow she did it and the photos came out beautifully.  We concentrated in the national mall, alternating between our favorite monuments, the Washington monument and Lincoln memorial. We love spending time here! Always something to see or do with so much culture and history. Make sure you visit one day. 

Don't forget to check out outfit deets below. 


Zara faux leather dress, similar here and here
French Connection coat no longer available similar here and here
Christian Louboutin Nicobar caged sandals, similar here and here

On Niko
Jacket no longer available similar style here

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year . . . new me

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Not really . . . the fundamentals are pretty much the same right? Like innately I am a certain way and will probably be that way forever . . . I do try to be better every day and I do try to get rid of bad habits.  I am constantly saying how hard it is to be me . . . and it is!!! The constant inner battle that goes on is insane . . . the need to be better every day, worrying if locked the door . . . constantly worrying about saying the wrong thing, constantly worried about being misunderstood . . . it is exhausting I tell you.  This year my new year resolution is simple . . . send out Thank You cards on time.  You guys don't know how stressful it is for me to send out Thank You cards.  I still have Thank You cards from my wedding, baby shower, birthday and Liam's sip and see.  I love to write them but somehow never manage to send them out probably because I take them way too seriously . . . so for example for Niko's first birthday party I sent out like 7 thank you cards.  The premise was cute and easy enough.  I was to write the thank you cards as if  Niko had written them.  Do you know how long it took to write one? It took like 18 minutes so I gave up.  For his second birthday I was to send everyone a picture of Niko, well apparently I just can't go to CVS and order wallet size prints so I had to order them from shutterfly . . . I still have 40 2x3 wallet size prints of Niko that I will probably never send out.  For Liam's sip and see I wrote out all the Thank You cards but I for some reason they are still in my desk.  What is wrong with me? Why is such a simple task so hard to accomplish? I feel that Thank You cards are so important.  I want people to know I appreciate them and everything they do for us and the gifts they give our little men.  So why can't I just do it? Why? SO this year is the year that I shall send them out but for now I would like to thank everyone for being such important and active members of our lives.  Thank you!

I love buying Thank You cards.  I usually get them at Home Goods or TJ Maxx but if you want to get fancy you can try or  I love tiny prints but never manage to order anything on time!  This year I will be better.

This little guy came from Greetings Island


Saturday, December 24, 2016

The happiest place on earth

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The holidays are magical, wonderful . . . families and friends get together and everyone seems to be in high, happy spirits. . . for the most part. The holidays can also be difficult when dealing with a loss or when you miss someone. It can be a very sensitive time for a lot of people. So this year we decided to visit Orlando. I rented a house on airbnb and we drove here.  Yup, 14 hours.  We split the trip in two days.  We stopped in Pensacola the first night and arrived at our destination by 5 pm the next day.  I am so proud of our little men, they are such good travelers (knock on wood).

We visited the Magic Kingdom yesterday. We've been twice in two years but this time Niko enjoyed it so much more. He's a bit older and loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He was so happy meeting his favorite characters. I must say I felt truly happy and blessed to be spending the holiday with my family in such a magical place. My dad, sister and my brother and his family are also here. It's been great and when I think about my mom I think of how happy she must be watching us spend the holidays together in such a great place. Everyone must visit Disney during the holidays it's absolutely beautiful and so much fun. 

I wish everyone a joyous season filled with love, laughter and kindness.


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