Saturday, August 30, 2014

Labor day Weekend.

We are surviving the first few weeks of school. Mario is loving school and I am LOVING having just one child at home. 
Last week was the Palo Alto art festival close to our place. Living in downtown has its perks. We get to go everywhere and we don't have to drive at all.  I was in a line waiting for Milo to get his face painted and he fell sleep.  

Living in a small place is a nightmare because it is really hard to organize our things. I got this awesome shoe rack and I feel very proud of myself for finally deciding to organize and make our place look more like a home. I have finally accepted the idea that we are living here permanently.

Jared is teaching Mario and Milo to play card games. I don't really care at all about table games but that is a great activity for them to bond.

I bought this bedding set to make my bedroom look a little more sunny. I am not crazy about the color because I think bedding should be totally white like if I was in a hotel but that is too much work to keep up clean. I don't have a washer/dryer so I will have to wait to see.

I took my car to the dealership to get some things fix and I got to drive this beauty. Milo told me a few times that he loves when I drive the truck because it seems fun but after a while Mario and Milo were hating it. The truck doesn't have AC and the boys dislike to be sweaty. Who doesn't?

One of those morning I wasn't feeling my best. I took some pictures with Milo and went on a date to eat Korean food. 
My hormones are going wacko on me and that is why I am feeling so tired. I also think it is because I am turning 30 this October and no one told me about the changes. I am getting acne, my hair is all frizzy no matter what I do, my skin is looking tired, dark spots, hair in new places, my weight is going crazy again :/ I mean, it seems like If I am going thru puberty or something.  Thank goodness I found this new great endocrinologist that is going to help me to get my life and hormones in order again.  
I also blamed having children. This is a true no one tells you.  Children make you old. They do. Unless you have a sitter or dump you kids to your mom all the time, you are totally screw. My girlfriends agree with me. It is one of those things no one tells you. I love my boys but the truth is that being a mom is a hard job and you can't do it well without getting tired and old. Or you can stay young by letting your kids be wild beast. Or the third option which is pricey: invest in a lot of fillers, laser treatments and a good yoga teacher.  Just my two cents.

This morning we worked in our art skills. We practiced blending acrylic paints. 

At one o'clock  we walked to the Stanford Stadium to watch the first game of the season. Getting there was so nice, we walked almost a mile with the boys. Milo was complaining the whole time but after a while he got used to the walk. I am hoping that the boys get more into walking longer distances. I want to do the  best 101 best hikes of the Bay Area, I want to stay the whole day in San Francisco but having whining children is a recipe for disaster. I am really over this little kid stage. I really CAN'T wait until Mario and Milo get older. 

We left the game early because it was around 85 degrees. We were melting. We walked to the outdoor mall (Town and Village) and had burgers, sweet potatoes fries, root beer bloats and water. Milo slept the whole time we were having lunch.  Lunch was so greasy but so good.

Now, time for a nap.. until tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

First day at Addison Elementary School

Today was Mario first day of School. We are all excited and happy for him. He is going to do great and make a lot of friends.
Milo was excited too. He wanted to go to school too. He has his own backpack with his snacks for the YMCA meanwhile I work out.

The boys also got toys for the first day of school. Milo looks great as Spiderman.

The boys showing their fake smiles. The boys also got a father blessing so they will do great this school year.  Mario was so excited about his mindcraft shirt.

 This is the official first day portrait for Mario.  

 Mario playing cool in front of all the kids. He was ready. Mario's new teacher is Ms Sheyla.
Addison is so great. After we dropped Mario in his classroom, we went to the little welcoming party in one of the open areas at the school.  We had breakfast burritos (california style), pastries and berries.
 This is the principal Ms Amanda Boyce, and the PTA president welcoming everyone to the new school year.
 This school is so great. I have a great feeling about it. I am not sad that my baby is growing up. I am so proud of him.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Last Sunday without school.

Milo is baby hungry. He keeps asking about having a baby so he can pet him,feed him and giving him love. I think he needs a dog or a cat. Either one I am allergic. Having a baby is like the idea of riding a roller coaster. It sounds great but the reality is like what was I thinking? Meanwhile screaming my lunges out. Didn't giving birth without medication wasn't traumatizing enough? Or crashing my car with mailboxes because of lack of sleep wasn't a good enough lesson? Maybe a third one will actually make it to nine months inside of me?..or what if they get Grave disease like me?
Babies are cute and soft and smell great too. I really think that having more than two babies is not for me.  I have never picture myself with more than two. Quality is always better than quantity. Just my opinion. 

After church we went to a birthday party at the park closest to our house. Our neighbor was celebrating her 4th birthday. We ate some yummy food and sang happy birthday in Hebrew.
There was a fairy painting the boys faces. I'm getting so excited about Mario's 7th birthday party. I am thinking about having face painting and a magician or a guy doing animal balloons. This year is going to be the first time his birthday is not going to becelebrate on 32 degree weather. Outdoor party!

My ninja turtles.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Addison tour.

The school year has started. On Friday we went to have a tour of Mario's new school which was great.  We are so excited because the school is smaller and everyone knows each other. We met the new principal Amanda Boyce and the school staff was so attentive.
There are so many activities and fund raising for the PTA.
I am amazed that in Palo Alto we don't need to buy school supplies for our kids because the school provides them with everything, and all the extra programs the children get to enjoy are a direct result of the donations that PIE receives. 
This is Mario in front of his classroom and a great picture with the boys and the school principal.
This is one of the school courtyard. The elementary school has 430 students. Yeap, that's it. I love small schools and this school is the best elementary school in Palo Alto.
Today was 84 degrees outside. Mario was hating it.
 We also got our library cards and the boys were using the computer to learn how to speak Pirate. I am not joking. Pirate is one of the languages available to learn at the library. 
 This year is going to be crazy busy. First grade and teaching  Milo how to read is going to be challenging. 
The boys are enrolled until December in swimming classes. I am still looking for karate and piano classes that will work with our schedules. 
Milo is going to be taking a gymnastics class at the YMCA too. He really wants to go to school. For Mario, I am still working on extra curricular activities. I don't know what to do for him yet; math club, Spanish club, tennis.. 
Living in this small apartment is not bad anymore. I am getting more used to it and the boys too. I love google shopping and that I get everything delivered to my door, I get to go to the gym everyday, and I live in a safe place with a wonderful ward family. I am good.
Milo even has his own private secret place to go and get alone time (the coat closet.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

School starts on the 19th so this is the last part of our summer. Mario is starting first grade. Milo and I are staying home and Milo is going to be taught by me until he is ready to go to school. Preschool is too expensive for us right now. This is us dancing merengue and Salsa. Mario and Milo love my crazy music.
They look so grown up and they do look great in dress clothes. Ready for church.
A rare moment with Jared. They are mami's boys.
I got the boys watches! Mario is sharing the time with me every few minutes.
After working out. I am pooped and ready for a nap. I wish I had a driver. Milo is tempting me with cookies. Mario took this picture. 
Mario can buckle himself and Milo into their car seats. They are so independent and cute.
The boys and their frozen yogurt. They get yogurt once at week.

Milo got his new front teeth crowns! He had a big cavity between his front teeth and now it's fixed. He looks so cute.
He is also using the skateboard.
 I won this beautiful Sandals this week. 
Jared and I went to eat Korean food. We had bibimbap and it was awesome. After our fast today we made it today. Lesson: food taste better when someone else makes it. The eight dollar bowl was worth it.

After dinner we made banana chocolate chip bread. The boys ate rice with hot
dogs. Pretty sad that they don't eat ANYTHING. I don't cook like I used to.
I compromised that every Sunday I will bake for everyone and that's it.

Best Part of Summer.
But so far the best part of my week was when Mario shared his testimony with me and Milo for the first time. We were talking about baptism and that when they turn eight years old they can choose to be members of the church.
I don't push the boys. I don't want to be like that with the gospel with them. Mario told me, of course I will get baptized Mami. I believe in Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. I got teary eye.
Mario and Milo are always good examples of children living the gospel.  The gospel is beautiful and it should be kept simple and uncomplicated. Being LDS is about being the best to ourselves and to others because we care and not because others are looking at us. 
I am not perfect and I don't want to be (that sound super boring) but I do try my best to do what is right and to do it for myself not because others are looking. 

Monday August 11th.
This is Mario conducting his first FHE about Kindness. We had the lesson, played games and had banana smoothies as a treat.
I took the boys to Costco and got them these adorable costumes. Seriously, my boys are so good looking.

This is what they want for Christmas. I don't know if they will get and Ipad each but maybe a cheap tablet.

Juicing for my glowing skin. I am so excited about turning 30 years old. 

Tired but ready to go for a run with this little guy.

The last pool party of the Summer before school starts. Mario and Milo are hanging out with all their church friends.