Holidays: Happy Halloween

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I hope everyone has a lovely Halloween filled with lots of sweets and a lot of trick or treaters.  Please make sure to stay safe and don’t forget to check your little one’s candy before they eat them.  Here’s a list of things going on in Orange County today.  

Life: Oh summer how do I love thee!

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These are the reasons why I love summer so much:

  1. The amazing Southern California weather we have.
  2. Going swimming at the beach. (Here’s a list of awesome beaches in Orange County.)
  3. Spending time outdoors with family and friends.
  4. Picnics everywhere.
  5. The Hollywood Bowl.
  6. BBQ’s.
  7. Endless concerts.
  8. The OC Fair and LA County Fair.
  9. Bonfires and s’mores. (Here’s a list of beaches where you can have a bonfire.)
  10. Movies and concerts at the park.
  11. Long drives down PCH.
  12. Graduations and weddings.
  13. Ice cream, gelato, soft serve and frozen yogurt.
  14. Longer days.
  15. Water parks.
  16. Pool parties.
  17. Long walks along the beach.
  18. Sundresses.
  19. Strawberry everything.
  20. Kayaking and hydrobikes.
  21. Water balloon fights.
  22. Cinespia.
  23. Independence Day and Labor Day.
  24. Our anniversary.
  25. My birthday!
There are a lot of things I’m sure I’m leaving out but these are some of my favorites. I can’t wait to get out there and start doing some of these things.  I’ll make sure to share my adventures with you guys. 
What’s your favorite part about summer?

Life: Happy Valentine’s Day

Holidays, Life, Love
I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s day and now here are my thoughts on this holiday.  I’ve always had a love for holidays but Valentine’s has always had a special place in my heart.  When I was growing up my mom used to make a big deal about it and I loved every minute of it.  I loved going to the store and picking out cards to pass out to my classmates.  I loved seeing hearts all over the place not to mention the crazy amount of pink all around.  As the years have gone by I’ve realized that love should be celebrated all year long not just one day a year. 

I’m fortunate enough to have married someone that makes me feel loved all year long and not just on Valentine’s day.  I’m truly blessed because my hubby and my mom tell me they love me on a daily basis and I know that there are people out there who are not as fortunate as I am.  I’ve had a lot of death in my family and I believe that you should tell people how you feel every chance you get.  If you’re reading this and you haven’t told someone you love them today please do so now.  Remember that life is precious and you might not get another opportunity to tell someone you love them.  If on the other hand you are someone that hasn’t heard those words in a long time please know that this stranger sends you her love. I love you guys and without you I would not have anyone to blog my stories to.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Life: Where did December go?

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It seems like the holiday season takes a long time to get here and when it finally arrives it goes by so quickly.  Christmas time is my favorite time of the year and I think it became more apparent after working for the Mouse.  I used to worked all major holidays and now that I no longer work there it feels odd to actually have the time off to spend with my loved ones.  I’m not complaining about having to work during the holiday season since I was able to enjoy my favorite holiday for two months. However, I do have to admit the park itself was pretty packed during this time of year but being able to see the fireworks on a nightly basis and seeing snow fall upon Main Street made up for it.

I’ll be doing a quick re-cap of what has taken place in my life this month just like I did with my November post 

Let’s start off with our little goddaughter’s birthday.  I can’t believe that our little goddaughter has turned 5 years old already. She really hates taking posing for pictures and I often have to beg her just to take one so I can keep adding them to her scrapbook.  This is the best smile she would give me and only after asking her several times to turn around so I could take it.  Can you tell she hates posing for pictures?

If you remember this previous post where she asked me for a specific type of cake for her birthday.  Well I did my very best to personalize it for her and it paid off because she loved it.  She’s really into unicorns, rainbows, and flowers right now.

The holiday season is meant to be enjoyed by surrounding yourself with wonderful friends and sharing great food.  My friends and I take time out of our busy lives to have dinner at least once a month with each other.  During the month of December we have a Christmas potluck at one of our friend’s house.  This year I made tiramisu and red velvet cookies to contribute to our potluck. Along with taking something to eat we each took a $10 white elephant gift.  If you’ve never heard of a white elephant gift before trust me you are truly missing out on the fun.  We had a blast stealing each other’s gifts.  Here’s a photo of my friend’s lovely Christmas tree and the cute ornament of their little doggy Lola.

On Christmas eve we all headed over to my aunt’s house to celebrate.  No traditional Mexican family could go without having tamalesponchebuñuelos, and menudo for Christmas dinner.  By the end of the night we were all so full that we didn’t fully enjoy the dessert station we had set up.  We all chipped in and brought in yummy desserts and I set it up.  I ended baking another tiramisu to take to my family’s dinner along with other goodies.  My favorite part of the evening was when we all began to decorate cookies.

I had originally planned on entertaining the kids by decorating cookies but little did I know that the adults had more fun doing it than the kids.  We had so much fun that I think I’ll make a new Christmas tradition.  Here are some of the great cookies my family made which by the way were store bought cookies.  Maybe next year I’ll try to bake my own cookies and frosting. 
I am grateful that I was able to spend another year with all my loved ones and I really hope we’re all that happy next year.  This is my aunt’s beautiful Christmas tree maybe next week I’ll post up some photos of the awesome Nativity set they made.
I hope everyone out there realizes that this season is not about receiving gifts but about taking time out of busy lives to enjoy it alongside the people that really matter to us.  My parent’s have always taught me that we never know if we’ll be here next year so enjoy those you cherish now and tell them that you love them.  I had a great time with my family and I hope they realize how much they truly mean to me.  
Happy December everyone!

Life: Where did November go?

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I’m still trying to figure out what happened to November.  It seems like only a few days ago I was trying to plan what we were going to be doing for Halloween and all of a sudden Christmas is fast approaching.  Here’s what happened in my life since we last left off.

1.) We spent our Halloween carving pumpkins with my family 2.) We decided as a family that we were all going to carve cool pumpkins 3.) I didn’t dress up this year but my cousins did and they had a blast scaring people 4.) I got to check #59 from my list since I got to carved a cool pumpkin. 
5.) The hubby made me breakfast.  We’ve been dating for almost 11 years and he had never cooked for me. He wanted me to see that he could fend for himself when I went on my trip with mama 6.) Mama and I went on a little trip to Kansas City and I got to cross #67 off my list 7.) No trip to Kansas can be complete until you go to Cabela’s at least that’s what I’m told 8.) The main reason for our trip was to go to my cousin daughter’s quinceañera which was beautiful

9.) We finally got to see World of Color at Disney’s California Adventure 10.) We had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but on Black Friday I helped my mama make some delicious tamales 11.) Per mama’s request I baked a couple of pumpkin pies and a scrumptious double layer pumpkin cheesecake 12.) Before November finished we went one more time to the Happiest Place on Earth

I hope your November was as lovely as mine.