Thursday, February 01, 2018

Whats been going on 'round here........


We live 3 miles from Piedmont Park.  I love how quickly we can get to the coolest park in the city. Our goal this particular morning was to feed the patos and Bruno (my brothers dog) wanted in on the fun, so we made a stop at the dog park. 
It's nice hanging out with my baby girl.  She is so fun.  She is so inquisitive (as kids are) and I can actually have a conversation with her. She is so easy. Although she gets feisty and picks up some bad habits from her hermanos, she is generally easy to redirect...which if you have/had a toddler, you know that is the name of the game.

We are always looking for new things to do/places to go and we found a little park/trail close to our house....It had this great little bridge...
 We followed it and ended up at a beautiful lake on Emory campus.
These adventures make me so happy.  I love the outdoors, and there is something about being in the woods that is so mind-clearing.  My kids are happy running and I am happy to see it done OUTSIDE instead of around my kitchen.  
 My mom sewed a few nightgowns for the girls as a Christmas present.  #matching

 It started with Palomas doll needing an outfit, and I guess the extra fabric was calling out for matching nightgowns. Right mom? So cute!

In other news,  this gallery wall at City Issue has me so inspired.
I have several vintage portraits I picked up at an estate sale because "there is something about them that I like" but NOW I know what I will do with them. 

Damn, I wish I could paint like this! Art just makes a space, right?  I follow several painters on Instagram, and love taking screenshots of art that strikes me.  I always think "MAYBE I could do something like that."  I know what I like. Yeah, but...I just don't know ANYTHING about painting something I like.
I have always wanted to try, which is why I finally signed up for a class at Emory.  
When our instructor announced at the first class that our assignment was to paint a self portrait.  I started sweating and told myself to walk out.  ha!  I knew I would not actually do that, but the "I give up" instinct was knocking on my door. 
Are you ready to see my masterpiece?
Brace yourself .....meet Cindy 
 
Hey! He critiqued everyones painting and made a reference to Picasso on this!  That's right!!

Anyhoo, It was only a 4 week class (Four 3 hour classes) but I had such a good time.  Unfortunately this was not a technique class AT ALL, so I need to seek out another class to learn about blending, strokes etc.  It definitely inspired me though!!
Guy Robertson was the teacher, and he was great!

In other old news, Marcelo can't be trusted with scissors. (or many other things) He was due for a haircut.  Over the last year, he has botched his beautiful blondie locks a few times but I just let it grow out because it was a kiiiiinda cute with a clump missing. (#reaching)  But really, I just didn't want to chop off his fine hair.  I thought, let's have it grow out a little and we will go get a proper haircut.  It was super mexi-mullet though and he (and I) was excited for a cut.Cute right? The mohawk was not a special cut, but the stylist slicked it with some product and he was one EXCITED dude!

One week later, I was putting Paloma to bed and hear Ernesto yell "WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?"
 Marcelo had taken a pair of scissors and cut his hair to the scalp in.a nice size patch from his forehead down the middle.   God, I wish I had grabbed my camera, but in the moment, I felt like someone had kicked my stomach. UGHHHHHHH! WHY?  WHYYYYYYY would you do that?

Ernesto said nothing else, got out the clippers and bent him over the sink.  He proceeded to shave his head while I stood there silent.  Marcelo was whimpering, upset from papi's discontent.  When Ernesto finished, Marcelo stood up and looked in the mirror.....the BIGGEST smile came over his face as his hand slid over his new do.  Happy with the results, he hugged my legs and went down to bed. 
And here with freshly buzzed hair, we enjoyed our Bucky Bucks date. 
 We are scheduling dates with all the kids for some one-on-one attention.  Paloma gets time alone time with us when the boys are at school, but the boys are competing constantly! 
After seeing Marcelo's fresh buzz, Mateo wanted a refresher on his. UGH!  And here we are....
ps.  Marcelo can't be trusted with a Sharpie marker either.
"I wanted to be a skeleton" he said.
I wasn't that amused when it happened, but boy am I glad I thought to take a picture, because I am really laughing now. Scrubby-scrub!
IT SNOWED IN ATLANTA!  It was a 3-4 inch blizzard that shut the city down for several days.  The boys didn't have school for 4 days
In a matter of a couple weeks, we were enjoying the Spring-like weather out on our front patio. 
Short GA winters for the win!!
Totally random, but- guys!!  I had professionals come clean my house (given as a gift from dear friends) and I was AMAZED at the results.  Guess what?  Im hooked.  I LOVE having a spotless house!
I think it's safe to say that I will never put in the required time/effort to keep a spotless house.  (not one OCD or clean freak bone in my body)  Also, I have never seen my refrigerator this clean...ever! This is a service I can/will definitely get used to! (gracias Lucia y Manuel!)

Lastly, I have to include this picture that Mateo drew.  Awwww the family in our mini-van

Monday, January 08, 2018

HOLA & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

And yes, I am still alive!  
Alive and kicking. 
But, as you know, the blog has suffered (to say the least).  I VOW though to change that this year!  
Believe it or not, I have had about 10 posts "ALMOST finished" for months. MONTHS I say!

Even when I did have some time, it felt like I would never catch up. And, well, that is just plain discouraging.   So, no we are not caught up yet, but I am going to start fresh this year and backpost the shit out of the last 6 months-ha!! ARE YOU READY??

First off, let's wrap up this thing they call work. WE ARE DONE!  This lighting season took me over the edge.  I literally could not handle things.  ZERO work-life balance for a couple months would do anyone in, right?  (or is it just me?)

We had a record year with Christmas Light Pros (but every year is better than the next so I guess we have that every year-ha!) and I guess I am always surprised by HOW MUCH BUSINESS there is in Atlanta.  New lighting companies are popping up every year, but it doesn't seem to matter to our bottom line.  Even with so much "competition," we are still getting ALL the customers we want.  Referrals are KEY and with our superb customer service (patting my own back-thank you very much) we get a boatload every year. 

Towards the end of the season, Ernesto bought a micro-van to expand the CLP fleet. Ugh, Im not sure how it is that we now have TWO mini vans.
But, here we are.

Back in November when I was up to my eyeballs in lighting, Smita asked about getting us a cabin for New Years and we were ALL FOR IT!
We've rented cabins in GA mountains several times over the years, and it really is a perfect way to unwind after a busy season.
She sent several options, but I was waaaaay too busy to even look at them "Whatever you get is fine with us."

I trust her....and you can see why...
Haha.  It was PLENTY big for our two families. (and probably two more!)
It had an open kitchen to the two-story family room, two master suites with a loft, a bunk room, and a den, another bedroom/bath and an air hockey table on the bottom floor. Plus right outside the door an outdoor fireplace and a hot tub.  (or "warm pool" as the kids dubbed it)
 
The "warm pool" was a hit, but I think our favorite feature was this two story stone fireplace. A perfect place for a glass of champagne and romance.
These two made sure the fire was burning THE WHOLE TIME! So awesome!

It was three days of delicious food, games, friends, and dancing.

Although it was freezing, we did get out and explore a little.  These guys loved it!



 Mateo on the other hand, drug his feet about even stepping outside and then refused to put his coat on. Whaaaaaat?

He WHINED the whole time to go back to the cabin.  The frustration on both ends was significant. When he angrily ran to catch up with the others and tripped Marcelo, I may have had a bad parenting moment.  Daniel Tigers mom always knows what to say. "When you feel so mad that you want to roar, take a deep breath and count to four."
Keep your cool Cindy.
That's my New Years Motto, same as last year.

We couldn't help but think what a wonderful Summer escape this cabin would be with a big group.  The inter-tubes were right outside the front door.  Plop them in the river out front and head on down stream.  Who is in????

Thursday, October 05, 2017

PALOMA TURNS TWO!!

Guys, guess what?  I am baby-less.  I have a six year old, 4 year old and that little girl above just turned TWO !!!
She is a walking, talking toddler. We met our "chi-chi cut off" date (which was very willy-nilly over the last 6 months!) and actually came in 2 weeks before her birthday.  She I was such a whiny baby without chi-chi.  haha
I mean...she's my last baby.  I have been pregnant and breast feeding for SIX YEARS...and man if I was younger there is no doubt in my mind that I would've tried to make it go years longer. Im crazy, I know.

Anyway.  Back to my baby.  She turned two October 3rd AND she started school this week as well.

She's going to the same awesome Spanish school that the boys went to, The Language Garden, in East Atlanta.  No crying for this big girl, she has waltzed right in and made herself at home.  This was her when I came back a few hours later, happy as a clam.

Same as the boys at her age, she looooves to hang out in the schools' pumpkin patch. It is so fun and pretty.

Since her birthday fell on a Wednesday, we threw a little soirĂ©e the Sunday before.  Kroger did a fine job baking some vanilla cupcakes with pink (and I mean PINK) frosting.

I ordered a dove paloma cookie cutter and started a tradition.  Paloma cookies on her birthday every year!

Los hermanos were RIGHT THERE to help with the blowing of the candles.

There were several rounds of blowing so the birthday girl could actually do it herself!

My dear friend (and former neighbor) took some beautiful pics of the birthday girl (thanks Carolyn!)

I love this picture above.  She always uses her finger to tell me...  "wait a minute mami, just a little bit mami, no, I do it mami."
I love this happy little girl.

On her actual birthday we went out for tacos.  Baby girl loves her salsa! And her papi!

Ice-cream [down the street from our house] topped off the night.
Then it was home to burn off those calories on her new scooter.
She's  picking it up quickly.  I think she's going to be a very coordinated daredevil just like sus hermanos.


Happy birthday Paloma!! We love you so much!

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