My Playlist

In response to the Daily Prompt: Playlist of the Week

Tell us how your week went by putting together a playlist of  five songs that represent it.

  • Monday- “I ran” by the Flock of Seagulls. It was a very busy day for me that I actually did feel like I was running all over the place. It was from home, to my daughter’s school, to dropping off my car at the shop, to my little one’s doctor’s appointment.
  • Tuesday- “Drive” by Incubus. It was a very laid back day compare to Monday so I didn’t do much. It didn’t really matter where the day took me.
  • Wednesday- “Don’t worry ’bout a thing” by Bob Marley. My mom had to go to the doctor and I was worried about the results for her broken wrist. It turns out it has healed but she just needs to start moving it to gain strength again.
  • Thursday- “I Wanna Be Sedated” by The Ramones. The whole day I had a really bad headache I just wanted to lay down and sleep all day.
  • Friday- “Happy Together” by The Turtles. Once Friday is here I am very excited because it’s the end of the week and my family will be home together.

Hope everyone’s week went well and enjoy your weekend 🙂

Share Your World 2015- Week #4

Happy Monday everyone!

Every Monday Cee provides fun questions for us to answer and share with everyone. Here are my answers to this week’s Share Your World questions:

Where did you live at age five?  Is it the same place or town you live now? I lived in Los Angeles, CA and I still live there now.

You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met.  Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself? Recently, I was invited to a friend’s party and it’s been years since we last saw each other. I knew there would be so many people I’ve never met and I chose not to go. I’m not very good at socializing even if I would take someone along with me.

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it? I grew up in a big town. I liked it because there were many places to visit.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was in elementary school I wanted to be a model or a singer. I changed my mind in high school because I loved my English class and it made me want to be a teacher.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am thankful that last week I was able to celebrate another year with my husband. It was our 11th year anniversary on Saturday and we had a very much needed date night 🙂

This week I am looking forward to my daughter’s first crazy hat day. I can’t wait to see what we come up with so she can show her friends at preschool 😀

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Have a great week everyone!

Role Model

There are moments in life that you wish you could always keep a memory of. Sometimes you miss the opportunity to capture those moments with a camera but you can only trust your brain to hold on to that image forever. As I get older some memories have become somewhat of a blur.

When my daughters were born I bought baby books to fill in the special moments I wanted to remember the most. My goal was to write as many memories of things they did that I can always go back to and read. Of course, I didn’t continue doing it because one thing or another would keep me busy so I stopped. Now I try to take videos of my daughters once in awhile since I find it easier and convenient.

This week, I had one of those moments I hope I will forever hold on to without a photo or a video. Every morning when I’m doing my makeup and hair my daughters are always in the bathroom waiting for me to finish. I usually don’t notice them paying attention to any of the things I’m doing because it’s not interesting to watch. My almost 2 year old always sticks around until I’m done and her big sister goes to the room to play. Whenever I notice my little one be really quiet in the bathroom it can only mean she’s busy with something she doesn’t want me to know about. This week she’s been too quiet waiting for me. So I glanced at the mirror while I was doing my hair and I see her looking at me. She had dropped her blanket and her toy to be able to touch her head. I continue fixing my hair and I’m still wondering why is she playing with her hair? I wash my hands and I see her “wash” her hands too. I then realize she’s mimicking what I’m doing! I want to laugh but I stay quiet so she won’t notice I’m looking at her. I walk to the hand towel to dry my hands and she does the same. I smile and tell her, “I see you,” she laughs and runs away.

She has done the same thing every day and it fills my heart with happiness knowing I’m her role model. I had seen her mimic all the things her big sister does but I had never caught her looking at me. She is definitely following my footsteps and I hope I’ve been setting a good example for her to learn from.

I guess the saying, “Monkey see, monkey do” is very true.

She has now filled in another slot in my memory that I hope will forever stay there. I know it’s impossible to remember every detail of their lives but if I can remember those moments when they’re older, I will be the most fortunate mother.

Two Right Feet

In response to the Daily Prompt: Two Right Feet

I wake up at 7:30 a.m. I check my emails and my blog on my phone. I head to the bathroom. I put on my “workout” clothes. I gather my daughters bottles and head downstairs to wash them. After washing them, I eat breakfast so I can workout after.

If all these things are not done daily my day will be cut short. If I wake up a bit late then I will have to rush because my daughters will be up at 9:30 a.m. All my attention will have to go to them and I would be heading downstairs until 11 a.m. I hate rushing so I’d rather wake up early. 🙂

Last Photo

In response to the Daily Prompt: A Moment in Time

What was the last picture you took? Tell us the story behind it. (No story behind the photo? Make one up, or choose the last picture you took that had one.)

Lately I’ve been catching some beautiful sunsets here in Los Angeles. I don’t think I’ve ever paid much attention to the sky before but since joining a few photo challenges in WordPress I’ve taken much consideration in snapping photos of nature. I’m an amateur when it comes to photography but that doesn’t stop me from capturing some amazing sights. Most photos are taken with my Android phone because I find is an easier access when I’m out and about but I still use my Nikon when I’m not happy with the outcome of my photos from my phone.

Here is the last picture I took with my phone on Sunday. I love how no sunset is ever the same but it’s a beautiful sight every time.

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The Project

In response to the Daily Prompt: Re-springing Your step

Tell us about the last experience you had that left you feeling fresh, energized, and rejuvenated. What was it that had such a positive effect on you?

It was actually a week ago that I experienced this moment after such a long time. A friend of mine has been working on a project with a coworker, who recently got her PhD in Sociology,  to interview couples about dating, marriage, and family. Their goal is to get different perspectives on life after marriage and on life after children. Once all these ideas are put together they will write a book about it.

Well, my friend emailed me about the project and asked me if I would like to be part of it. I thought, why not. He filled me in about the questions I would be asked but more importantly he told me it would be a great experience. I wasn’t sure what he meant by that but I was very excited to be part of the project.

Saturday came and we met at 1 pm at my home since it had to be a private interview. My husband and I had to be interviewed in separate rooms so we wouldn’t hear each others answers. The interviewee pulled out a questionnaire that seemed endless but she explained that if I ever felt uncomfortable about any questions I had to let her know.

The first questions were very simple and easy to answer. They were mostly about where I grew up, my family, and what type of job I had. As the interview moved forward the questions were starting to get a bit more personal. I was asked how I met my husband, how I knew he was the one, and why I decided to marry him. That was only the beginning. Later on, I was asked when did I know it was the right time to start a family and if I could go back would I choose differently.

I normally don’t open up to people right away, especially if I’ve never met them before, but I trust my friend and I knew this was part of the process.

Finally, what seemed hours which really were only 3, I was asked what  kind of future do I see for my daughters and what I plan on teaching them as they get older. These questions actually got me thinking a lot and I couldn’t answer them clearly because I had never thought about my daughters futures. Then the question that followed pretty much summed up how blind I have been about my purpose as a mom. “Do you think you are a good mom? If so, what makes you a good mom?” Blank. I eventually answered but I know that I’m still working on the mom part because it’s only the beginning.

After the interview was over and my husband and I said our goodbyes to the interviewee, we looked at each other and smiled. We immediately felt different. I felt energized with joy because it was such a great experience sharing our life with someone else. Reminiscing on our life on how it used to be to how it is and what I would want it to be made me feel very positive on the outlook of how things have worked out. It was very eye opening and it knocked some sense into me.

It was a good experience, as my friend had stated, and my husband agreed. We spent all afternoon talking about future plans and how far along we’ve come and grown.

I’m glad I agreed to be part of the project.