Good moments, Great moments

2014 was full of many highs and lows. Nobody likes to remember the bad moments but we learn from them and move on. The biggest highlight of this year was buying our first home. It came as a surprise that we were offered to purchase the home we were renting and surely we became homeowners 🙂

2015 is just around the corner and I hope there are many new surprises along the way that can lead us to a better future. My husband has been offered a higher position at work which I’m so happy about because he has been looking forward to that for awhile. So I’m very thankful for new opportunities this upcoming year.

As for blogging, I’m hoping I can get a lot more practice and learn from old bloggers that have been around for quite sometime. I know there’s a lot more to learn and hopefully I stick around long enough to feel I’ve succeeded in the WordPress community. Thank you to those who have taken the time to visit my blog and more importantly commented, it means a lot!

I wish everyone success, patience, and most of all great moments in 2015. Make the best of this new year and don’t give up under any circumstance. We only have a day at a time to fill with happiness and one day lost can’t be taken back.

Best wishes to all of you from my family to yours! 😀

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Merry Christmas

I hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas surrounded with the people you love. May you be blessed with love and joy and make beautiful memories that will forever be remembered. Have a great day everyone! 🎅:D

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Third time’s the charm

Ever since my daughters were born we started the tradition of pictures with Santa Claus. It all started with their first Christmas so we dressed them up as Mrs. Claus. For the last two years we went the mall to take pictures with Santa, it was easier to know he was there every day until last year at my niece’s school they invited Santa for the first time. I was very excited to take my daughter’s there and it was my little one’s first Christmas picture. It was closer to home and it was way cheaper ($3, I don’t mind paying the $20 at the mall but you can’t skip a good deal). They were both scared when they saw Santa but they managed to get through the picture with no tears.

This year Santa showed up at my niece’s school again and I was ready to take my girls for their picture. The difference this year is that my eldest daughter is in preschool and she comes out at 3:45pm. Santa started at 2:30pm until whatever time the crowd would die down so I rushed to my niece’s school right after picking up my daughter. As soon as we got there (4:10pm) we walked in and they were picking up everything. The organizer told me Santa had just left and they couldn’t call him back. My daughter was sad and confused because Santa didn’t wait so she asked, “Why did he leave?” I felt so bad I let her down so I said, “He had to go home and rest. He has to get everybody’s gifts ready for Christmas.” She was happy to hear that and slept all the way home.

On Saturday, we took her to her dentist appointment. On our way to the dentist we passed by a school and saw that there was a lot of people in line. It turns out Santa was there taking pictures! I didn’t say anything to her because we had to go to her appointment first but I told my husband we should go there after. The appointment didn’t take long it was about 30 minutes since there were 3 other people ahead of us. As soon as we were told we were done I immediately took her to the school to make line for the picture. She didn’t know why I was rushing, almost running, but I wanted to surprise her once we got there. It seemed like we had been at the dentist for hours because when we got to the school everything had been cleared out. There was no sign of people, food stands, or Santa. I was glad I didn’t tell her Santa was there or that would’ve been a second time of disappointment.

Later on, I told my parents that I was beginning to think this year we might not take the girls with Santa after all because we seemed to be so unlucky to run into him this year. I really wanted to avoid going to the mall for many reasons: traffic, no parking, long lines, and high prices. But my dad told me he heard on the radio that Santa would be at the new shopping center by our house this Sunday and the first 250 people would get a free picture with Santa. I didn’t want to get my hopes up since I was discouraged by the last two attempts.

Sunday morning came and I got up early. I couldn’t make up my mind if we should go but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try one last time. We all got dressed up and finished earlier than expected. My daughter asked, “Where are we going?” This time I did tell her just in case we actually did get to see him. As we got closer to our destination I didn’t see traffic or people. I was beginning to think that maybe it wasn’t even the right day or time. We parked the car and walked toward the huge Christmas tree they had displayed.

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To my surprise, we were actually early. There was about 20 people ahead of us and Santa was scheduled to be there in 30 minutes. While we waited we saw that they were setting up a stand for face painting, a bouncy house, and a local radio station was raffling gift cards. The time came to see Santa and my daughters were very excited. We had to wait patiently as the other children ahead of us took their picture. Finally, it was our turn. They both ran to him, shook his hand, and sat on his lap. Both of my girls got through the picture with a smile compared to last year. After taking the picture, Santa’s little helpers, gave toys to all the kids. Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Hans from Frozen were there doing the face painting and my daughters started screaming with joy. They took a picture with their favorite characters and they got their faces painted by Elsa.

Kristoff and Elsa face painting

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Kristoff and Anna

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Bouncy castle

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There was snow! (The closest we’ll ever get to it here in L.A)

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Santa meeting the children

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This year taking a picture with Santa became a mission and I’m so glad the mission was accomplished! My daughters were very happy at the end of the day and our pockets were very happy too since we got all that for free. It was worth the wait.

Merry Christmas everyone and may it be filled with joy, love, and peace.

From my family to yours 🙂

WPC: YELLOW

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

Photo Art

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Over the summer the world’s largest rubber duck arrived at the LA Waterfront in San Pedro, CA.

We joined the fun and were surprised to see how tall it was.

Dejected Art

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Object of My Dejection.”

Art has never been my expertise. I’ve seen others free hand anything they see and I admire how great the end result turns out. I just rather continue with my stick figure drawings since that’s the best I can do.

Back in college I took an Introduction to Art class as part of my general requirements. I figured it would be an easy class and even if I didn’t have a clue about art I would probably learn along the way. Little did I know most of my fellow classmates were actually very talented and were there to practice their talent. We were given several assignments in class over the semester and we had to post our final presentation in front of the class for the teacher to grade. Seeing all those other projects surrounding mine made me feel so out of place.

To my surprise, the teacher decided to call us one by one to stand in front of the class next to our “masterpiece” and answer the dreaded question: “Why did you decide to take this Art class?” I didn’t know what to say so I had to be honest, “I’m here because it’s part of my requirements. I hate art because I know I’m not good at it. I was hoping to get better at it by taking this class.” My teacher didn’t seem to have any comments to add like he did with the others so all he said was, “Thank you. Have a seat.”

It was pretty clear that I wasn’t any good or getting any better. Luckily, I passed that class with a B. I was so happy but I knew I would never take another art class again.

  The Dejected Art

On this assignment we had to focus on getting the creases right on a piece of fabric hanging from a wall. We had to use a black chalk to get all the shading right.

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For the following assignment, we had to focus on light. All these items were on a table and we had to make it three-dimensional. There was light hitting it from the side so we had to emphasize it on the picture.

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They are no masterpieces but I do feel proud I tried.

The Liebster Award

Sandi of What oft was thought and The Storyteller’s Abode surprised me by nominating me with the Liebster Award. I felt very honored and pleased to know they took the time to visit my blog and I accepted with gratitude. Sandi had been nominated by Anna Nolan of Flaming English and The Storyteller’s Abode had been nominated by Sky Blue Daze. Thank you so much Sandi and The Storyteller’s Abode for following me and nominating me!

It has been amazing meeting many new bloggers in such a short time. There are many blogs that have caught my attention and I know I will find many more along the way. It has been hard finding some with less than 500 followers but these are some of the blogs I have found myself visiting often and I would like to nominate with the Liebster Award:

New / Amsterdam

Through the Lens of my Life

Playing With My First DSLR Camera

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The Unfocused Lens

MACBOFISBIL

Ish Kish Mish

Pixelated Lifestyle

To those I have nominated do not feel pressure to accept, it is optional. It would be nice to get to know more of you in the community so hopefully you feel encouraged to accept. I have copied the rules for accepting the Liebster Award from Sandi’s post.

What the nominees have to do if they accept the Liebster Award

The main rules associated with the Liebster Award are as follows:

1: Acknowledge and accept the Liebster Award by leaving a comment on the blog where you were nominated;

2: Copy the Liebster logo and paste it onto your own blog;

3: Inform your nominees by leaving a comment on their respective blogs;

4: In your blog post about the Liebster Award:

Link back to the blogger who nominated you

Answer the 11 questions put to you by the person who nominated you

List 11 random facts about yourself

Nominate, and link to, three–11 other blogs which you enjoy and which have fewer than 500 followers

List 11 questions for your nominees.

Here are my answers to Sandi’s 11 questions:

  1. What is your ideal vacation? I’ve always wanted to visit Hawaii since it seems like a great place to get away from the city. London has also been one of the places I’ve always wanted to visit.
  2. What was your first job? Sales associate at Hallmark (the greeting card store).
  3. What motivates you to post on your blog? Seeing each day that I get new followers.
  4. Name a book that you recently finished reading. A friend of mine kept insisting I get on the 50 Shades of Grey wagon so I read it. I’m not very proud of it.
  5. What is your opinion of reality T.V. shows? Everything they show is over the top. I hate how they portray a certain lifestyle and the new generation tries to follow. We no longer see the smart, talented, and responsible young men and women. All of what made our world a better place is slowly being lost through all types of media.
  6. How do you feel when a snowstorm hits your area and everything is cancelled for the day? Here in Los Angeles, California we don’t have snowstorms, hooray! Although, when it rains it still ruins our day due to traffic being worse than usual so we just stay in and watch movies.
  7. Last night, my daughter was telling me about a friend who was applying for dual citizenship in another country. If you could obtain dual citizen in another country, which country would you choose, and why? I would choose Mexico. I was born there but my parents brought us at a very early age, I was 3 years old. I’ve only been back there once but would like to obtain my citizenship since that is my birth place.
  8. What is your pet peeve with WordPress? Right now it would probably be the pingbacks. I don’t understand how the pingbacks don’t work on the Daily Post but they work on everyone else’s blogs.
  9. Recently, I saw a study claiming that people who read fiction tend to be more empathetic. This study has generated controversy in my household. What is your opinion about this “finding”? That is a very interesting article. I might have to agree that people who read tend to learn new things quicker than those that don’t. The brain is active for quite sometime causing it to remember memories longer and react when there’s an object in front of the person that may make them reminisce on something they’ve read before. Therefore, that might be the reason why readers feel more empathy toward others.
  10. Did you believe in Santa Claus when you were a child? Of course! What child doesn’t believe in Santa Claus? It’s the best part of everyone’s childhood.
  11. How do you prefer to learn about world news — through the internet? through the television? through a newspaper or magazine? I learn through the internet because I find it to be quicker and it’s just a search away. Television would be my second choice but I can’t stand waiting for the most interesting part of the news.

11 Random Facts about Me:

1) I am the middle child or as many might say the forgotten child 🙂

2) My biggest fears are cockroaches and heights.

3) Chocolate chip cookies are my weakness.

4) I have never read a Harry Potter book.

5) I’ve only had one job my whole life and I loved it! I worked at Hallmark.

6) I don’t know how to ride a bike.

7) I don’t know how to swim. When I was about 7 years old my uncle wanted to teach me at the beach but thought the best way to learn was to push me in the water. Scariest moment of my life!

8) I wanted to major in Psychology but didn’t finish college. I do plan on going back some time soon.

9) I had heart surgery when I was 12 years old due to Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

10) I had laser eye surgery about 5 years ago because I was tired of wearing glasses.

11) I am 27 years old.

Here are my questions to my fellow nominees:

1) What motivated you to start your blog?

2) What is your favorite holiday of the year?

3) What are some family traditions you enjoy?

4) Thinking back 3 years ago, did you picture doing what you’re doing now?

5) What piece of technology is one you can’t live without?

6) Do you prefer using WordPress from your phone or your computer? Why?

7) Have you visited any other place outside from where you live? Did you like it?

8) Favorite movie of all time?

9) If you could move anywhere else, where would it be?

10) Favorite food?

11) What makes you feel better when you’re having a bad day?

I hope to hear from my fellow nominees and if you cannot accept, thank you and have a great day!

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