Happy New Year!!!

Hello Everyone! It’s been way too long since we’ve been together. I had every intention of writing and posting January 2nd but I was overwhelmed with vacation laundry, meal planning and now our first winter storm which was a blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow with below freezing temps and school canceled for two days. So I have been a little preoccupied. First, an update on our master bedroom renovation… The walls have been painted, crown molding has been installed, we bought a new bed frame, bought and installed new window blinds and a ceiling fan. Now I am going to slow down and slowly add accent items and new side tables. We will also be adding a new seating area. I am trying to be mindful and not just rush through the process. I have to say, the clutter-free room feels great. When I go to bed at night I am truly in an oasis. Even if I still have some purging to do in the rest of the house, I feel great about our bedroom.

We spent our Christmas and New Year’s vacation with my in-laws and had so much fun. We worked on puzzles. My sister-in-law thought we weren’t’ challenged enough so she even ordered and had an additional puzzle shipped to us. The boys didn’t want to do it so Leao and I along with his parents took up the task with gusto!While at my in-laws home we had amazing food, shared funny stories and played a lot of game playing. We even had a few days of football to watch. I feel blessed that we live close to them so our kids have grown up with them in their lives.  I know as they get older, they will want to do other things with their time but right now, they are just as thrilled to go as my husband and I.  They even had some quality time with one of their aunt and uncle too.We love board games but one that my youngest hadn’t played the original Monopoly. He’s played the newer version called Monopoly Empire and he has played it on the Xbox but it’s not the same. So this year, we brought it out and let me tell you, it was priceless watching Apollo as his collection of properties grew and had the opportunities to buy houses. He absolutely loved it. He also won which made it even sweeter for him.The snacks my mother-in-law made were so yummy. I think I ate a dozen while watching football and my pants are now reminding me of the indulgence.I still enjoy taking photos of everyone even though its been years since I have created a scrapbook. Later each day, I send some photos to the family that could not attend so they can share in the celebrations virtually.Some years, we have big gatherings when more family can attend but even when it’s a small group we have fun and I know the memories will last forever.

I have so many exciting things to come in 2018 for this website. I can’t wait to share them with you and to connect to see how you are doing.

So have a blessed day and come on back!

Belinda

Happy Monday : A focus on quality time.

Wow, last week flew by for me but I managed to be quite productive which makes my insides smile. I managed to complete more than I had planned for work with little procrastination. Can’t quite shake all of it but I sure did accomplish a great deal last week and that’s something to celebrate.

Leao and I went on another wonderful date night out for some Tapas on Tuesday and I laugh because I always manage to stuff myself sampling so many tapas. They are all so yummy. But the best part was the time alone with Leao talking. We have such great conversations and I love the time that I can focus on him alone without interruption. The night air was warm for October so it was fun to be out in the evening walking with him after eating. We plan on weekly date nights now that the boys are older and handling themselves well. It’s great to reach this phase and I feel recharged each time. I don’t take this time for granted and am grateful for every moment.

On Wednesday, I left work a little early and spent the day with my talented crafty friends. It was so great to see faces I hadn’t seen in such a long time. Despite the large turnout, I couldn’t believe how much I accomplished. We even had time to grab dinner together and I still l managed to be productive. I am really trying to make it a priority to spend time with friends. It seems like time moves so fast and not too long ago, we all used to meet once a week to laugh and work on our craft projects. But somehow, things have changed and the frequency is less and less. So I am going to try to coordinate with Leao and try to make it happen more often, weather permitting.  While I was out with my friends, Leao helped Apollo with his craft project that had to accompany him for this week’s poetry reciting in front of his class. I provided instructions before I left and I think they did a fantastic job. His caterpillar is named Carmen. Apollo’s presentation went well even though the eyes came off before he was able to present.

Yesterday, we all drove to my nephews’ home to help them celebrate my niece’s 6th birthday.  It rained early and then cleared in time for the kids to play in the bounce house and run around. My boys didn’t take to the girly themed party but were good sports nonetheless. It was great to hang out with family and watch the endless energy of a group of 6-year-olds. We came home in the early afternoon and still had time to enjoy some football.

Time with my boys has evolved over the years. As their interests change and their independence increases the amount of quality time together decreases. But I continually try to find ways to connect. Lately, that is with books and gaming. You all know I am a bookworm so that one is easy. Gaming, on the other hand, is a bit more challenging because I am so terrible at it.  But I have been making it a point to try. This weekend, we have blocked out time for gaming and I even have scheduled additional time for it today since they have the day off from school.  So I will be playing Minecraft with Apollo and Super Smash brothers with Nick later today. I hope that I can continue to find ways to keep our connections as we enter new phases in their young lives.

Today is a rainy day here and I am working only a half day and then off for some fun. I hope you all have a happy Monday and I will catch up with you later this week.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

Belinda

Happy Monday – Cherishing Family time

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Hello Everyone and happy Monday! With a new week comes new opportunities and adventures. I look forward to all of them as it seems summer is quickly leaving. A pleasant surprise came last week when we found out that Nick’s start date at his new school has been pushed out from today to next Monday. So he received the news of an extra week to celebrate summer with joy, as did I.

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Today while I was watering the garden I was reflecting on last week and quality time spent with family.  We wrap routines and traditions into our days to come together as a family.  But at times, Leao or even my work schedules creep into our family time so when we do take time to be together, we make it special. We tried out a new restaurant last week and Apollo almost had me wet my pants when he looked on the menu and said, “Mom, look Sangria!”. I’m pretty sure I didn’t make eye contact with our waiter until our entrees arrived!!familyfun3Last year was our first year attending the Boston Comic Con and this weekend it arrived in Boston so we took the boys.  It was a flurry of people, comics, costumes and all around fun. I normally don’t like to be in crowds that dense, but I took one for the team! It’s nice when we attend events because work can’t interfere and I love the feel of our little unit.  Nick knew exactly what comics he was looking for and I even had a graphic novel in mind for myself. Apollo decided that he would add more Lego figures for his collection so we hunted down tables that sold them.

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Once again, I was floored by all of the costumes. I mean, it was so much fun seeing all the costume details of participants. The fun thing is to ask people to take their photo. One of the things I learned from attending the first Comic Con, is that you can ask people to take their photos. Though they are strangers they seem to love the opportunity to show off their hard work. So I snapped away at all the fun sights while navigating the massive crowd and ensuring my family was intact. I kind of used Apollo as my steering wheel as we wound our way through the crowds carefully trying to catch glimpses of all the displays.

familyfun7Apollo spotted The Mystery Machine on our way in to the convention center and we had to stop to take a photo. We still enjoy watching classic Scooby Doo so it was so much fun to see a real live Mystery Machine.familyfun8As the boys get older, it might be more challenging to find activities that everyone wants to do. So I am cherishing all these little memories and locking them in my heart for future savoring!

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

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