Wednesday, April 22, 2009


This past weekend tempatures peeked at 100 degrees. The kids and I were miserable, hot outside and hotter in. The pool isn't heated and the surprise heat came out of no where and didn't give the pool its usual time to warm up. So it was outside in our mini pool with a bunch of homemade Popsicles. The kids love them, Roxanne usually makes them with fresh squeezed fruit. I made them with Hansens juice boxes, Gatorade & Crystal Light lemonade. Not organic, not fresh but all the same very cooling.

The many faces of Sophia

While Peter Ray is in school Sophia and I sometimes make our way around town. On this particular day we ended up at Barnes&Nobel for story time, Sophia loves being read to and especially loved this outing listening to every word and playing with new friends was her cup of tea this morning. After story time we played around the beautiful Bella Terra Courtyard in HB and I got this pretty good shots of her just chillen. Peter still hasn't gotten over me losing 2 digital cameras and isn't' agreeing on the same page with me on wanting a 35m Nikon. If I keep getting photo's like these with my little Sony digital I'll never see my dream Nikon 35m. I'll give him some more time and maybe soon Nikon and I will meet:)

Happy Birthday Peter!

April 13th was Peters' Birthday. It was nice hearing all the calls he recieved, locally as well as from NY. The four of us celebrated small with a home cooked Puerto Rican dinner and a double fudge chocolate cake, all homemade of course by yours truly. The kids helped with the cake and actually ate more cake mix and frosting than they did actual cake.

I have this great picture of Peter and the kids with Sophia only being 7 days old on his birthday in 2007. Same pose this year, I think I should make this pose a ritual just to see how we all change and grow. Peter is such a trooper after everything he does for us, we needn't shower him with gifts and a party he seemed very happy and content with just the four of us singing off tune "happy birthday". PeterRay on the other hand kept asking me all day if the customers (guest) were coming, he also asked were the jumper was? I don't think he ever figured out what kind of a party this was, nevertheless he indulged in all the fixings all day long from helping me cook, bake and decorate with paper streamers. Sophia just kicks back and enjoys the singing part and of course the PR food:)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Easter Egg Hunt

Although we missed the family Easter party this year due to PeterRay having a 6 day fever, I managed to entertain the kids with our own hunt. Nicely enough my Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Aaron came over and celebrated with us. It was PeterRays first day of actually getting out of bed and looking a bit himself. Although the night showed signs of obvious over doing it, I think the trade was worth it.

First time around Sophia had no clue what it meant to hunt for eggs, she sort of ran around the yard with her basket missing several eggs. The second time around her game was on. Its funny how kids pick up things so quickly and just dive in as if they'd been doing this for years. After our little egg hunt, Roxanne, Aaron, Peter and I had a fresh egg toss contest. Peter & I loss, but some how were able to toss a few extras around Roxanne and Aaron.

Overall our Easter although small ended wonderfully.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Happy 2nd Birthday Sophia

Look who's 2!
Our little Sophia is officially 2. We celebrated small this year with just a small group of family and friends. After everything was said and done Peter told me he much rather have these kind of parties for the kids rather than my over the top ones. He appreciated all my hard work on previous parties but much more appreciated the intimacy of this years party. I sort of liked it too. I don't know if this will be a trend, regardless Sophia had a great time and so did we.


Fruits n Vegis

I finally made it to the infamous Tanaka Farm. I've heard and seen many pics of this quite little 30 acre farm in Irvine but had yet to visit. Lets just say it was the best field trip I had been on with the kids and Peter too in a long time. I found it educational, beautiful, informative and just plane great. The kids Peter and I learned about farming and we even got PeterRay to try green vegi's, which is impossible to do any other given day. At the end of our fruit n vegi tour we hand picked our own strawberry's. Every thing at Tanaka is organic, which I appreciated. I plan on making more trips to Tanaka and enjoying their many programs throughout the year; summer offers melon patches, fall other pumpkin patches and winter offer tree trimming festivities. It may have taken me one too many years to get here but now that I've checked this off my list of things to do I know it will be a repeat for years to come. Ps. PeterRay had a crush on our tour guide Jenna, who reminded me of my little sister and the head farmers name was Alvino, my Dads first name. This little farm land I guess in a weird kind of way made me think of my family and all I could keep telling Peter was how my sister would just love this field trip. Again Tanaka Farm will be visited by the Gonzalez's and the Almanzas' regularly.

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