let it go…

So here is the final result of a beauty day themed birthday party:


She had her hair crimped, sprayed and teased. She had eye make up and nails done.  She felt like a princess.

It was hard but I let it go and she had an awesome time.  My beautiful little princess had a day to remember.

Then we went home and gave her bath.  lol



I have a quandary. My girl is roughly 5 1/2. I know she is aching to get her nails done. I, on the other hand, am not ready for that. Anytime I see a little girl with their nails painted (either finger or toe), I cringe.

She is only five, FIVE!! She is a girly girl.  Loves to pretend she has a boyfriend or pretend that her dolls have a boyfriend or trying to set up her brother with a classmate (yes, this really happened) or get dressed up when she can (for parties or holidays).

When she gets her face painted, she truly feels like a princess.  Once in a blue moon, I will give her some clear Lip Shimmer.  Once again, she feels like a princess.  When she wears her earrings, she feels like a princess.  All fingers point to princess.

But nail painting, that is where I draw the line right now. (No pun intended.)  I did tell her when she turns six I will let her paint them.  And even then, it will be soft colors like pink and clear and glitter.

But when it happens, I think I will cry.   *sigh*

riding the path…

We went on a 15 mile bike ride on the lake front path yesterday.  We knew by going south, it wouldn’t be as congested as going north.  Once we passed McCormick Place, the foot traffic really dwindled.

As we were biking, I was trying to relay the rules of biking riding on the path to Diego:  stay on the right, say “on your left” when passing, keep an eye for walkers, bikers, roller bladers, etc, etc.  I think he is more confident biking now.  Especially since he took out his new bigger Haro bike.  I think the Gremlin is done and will be passed on to Mia.

We ended up by 61st Street.  Then we turned around and had a picnic at the Promontory Point Park.  Something we had promised the kids we would do.

When we arrived, Eric and the kids walked to the edge to check out Lake Michigan.  It was such a beautiful moment. I love how all three are holding hands: Mia is holding Diego’s hand, Diego is holding Eric’s hand.  *sigh*


We found two “treasures” while we were there.  Had some chicken salad sandwiches and beef jerky with drinks.  So nice to chill and hang with the family.  After 45 min, we started our way back north.

The bike ride took us 2:15.  I did not include the picnic so that would have added another 45 min.  I am so proud of Diego.  He did it.  We are so ready for the Bike the Drive next week. 🙂


One of my new year resolutions was to blog more. Just like the rest of my phantom resolutions, I’m not doing very well. But the good news is I do have some updates:

  • Eric finally got a job. It is only a freelance job for the next three months but at least it is better than no job at all.
  • Diego lost his second tooth. I promise I will post a picture of that soon. He lisps just a bit but we can still understand what he is saying.
  • We had the third worst blizzard in Chicago last week, Feb. 1 – 2. It dumped 20 inches at O’Hare. In my ‘hood, it was more like 18 inches.
  • I finally signed up for my first race this year. It is the Solider Field 10 Mile. I have been wanting to run this race for ages now. I convinced a friend of mine to run with me. Training starts in March. Yippeee!

I think that is all. I do need to take more pictures of the kids. I will try to blog more. I promise, maybe. 🙂

happy 2011…

Okay, so it’s four days into the new year but it’s the thought that counts, right?

Anywho, Happy New Year to everyone. I hope this year will be better than last. I am hoping that Eric will get a job. I am hoping to lose the extra pounds that I have added on. I am hoping that I will a million dollars. Well, I don’t have too much hope for the latter but much more hopeful for the former. 🙂

Lot of things happened in 2010. Good and bad. Let recap shall we:
January – Went to Disney World. Ran/walked my first marathon.
February – Sick
March – Sick
April – Diego got glasses
May – Status quo
June – Status quo
July – Diego turned 5, went to Michigan City
August – ran a half marathon, Eric lost his job
September – Diego started Kindergarten
October – I turned 36
November – Mia turned 2, Eric turned 37
December – Diego lost his first tooth

Like I said, good and bad happened. It could have been worse so a little bump in the road is a nice wake up call for all of us.

May 2011 be a better year for all of us.


is winding down.  Granted, there is about three more weeks of summer left but you can feel that autumn is starting to move in.

We’ve had our highs (Michigan City vacation) and we had our lows (Eric’s unemployment status).  Diego will be starting kindergarden in a week 🙂 and Mia will be losing her playmate ;(

Diego will be starting a new soccer league today.  Two times a week practice for ten weeks and games on Saturdays for 8 weeks.  I hope it doesn’t get to cold by the beginning of November.  I am sure he’ll have fun regardless of the weather.

I will probably start planning Mia’s birthday party soon.  We think it will be on November 7 and I am debating Dora or Backyardigans theme.  Very important decision you know.  I’ll figure it out.

It has been a wonderful summer but my favorite season is coming.  So many things to look forward to: school starting, my birthday, Halloween, Mia’s birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and much, much, much more.

Happy News…

I just found out this weekend that one of my SIL’s is having a baby too.  The best part:  She is due November 9.  I am due November 7.  It is so cool that my baby is going to have a cousin her/his age.  AND Diego is also going to be a Big Cousin too.  I would have never thought in a million years for that to happen.  So, so excited!!!