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Thursday, December 31, 2009

My Last List for 2009

A New Year's resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. (Wikipedia, 2009)

Here are my New Year's resolutions:

1- Be healthier. I have to change my bad eating habits. I did something bad at the end of 2009 which was rekindle my love of Pepsi...not good. And what goes really will with a cup of pepsi....everything...not good.

2-Be active. Yes, my kids keep me very busy but I need to stick to an exercise routine and stick to it for the entire year. (Yes I said stick twice but it needs to stick...lol)
3-Get Organized. To the outside world...well most of the outside world it appears that I am very organized. I feel that I am not. By the time Wednesday comes my home looks like a bomb blew up in it. I need to break some old habits and set new one so my home could look fab more days out of the week.

4- Be more environmentally friendly. I have already change Aly into a gdiaper baby. Next, no more pull up for Alex. I have to cut back on paying for my cup of coffee and bagel in the morning. (Bag, napkins, cup & 2 lids... that adds up at the end of the work week) I have to re-use as much as I can and keep up my good job of recycling.


I think these resolutions go very well with the lists I have made this month.


Happy New Year Blogger World!

Be Safe and Be Happy.



My 100 days of pictures is coming along nicely...check it out here.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

In 100 days....

Well I did the math again and I'll be 30 in 100 days.

I have already revisited my list for the things I am going to do before I am 30 here.

There are a few things that I want to do that are craft/hobby related. I just can't get myself away from these lists.

1- Begin and complete another 100 Consecutive Days of Pictures. My first completed consecutive days of pictures began Sept. 1, 2007 you can view those pictures here. My second attempt began March 22, 2009 and I failed to complete it.

Here is picture for Day 1:


2- Rejoin Swap bot.
3-Join in on the fun at Boggle Me Thursday.
4-Discover new blogs.
5-Start and finish at least three crochet projects. Drop me a line if you have any good ones. One of those projects I want to do with Becky.
6-Successfully make time for family game night every week. We have a great collection of board games, we have to put them to use.
PS: Have ever mention that my favorite number is three and its multiples.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Tres Leches Cake a la Mom

I made this cake on Christmas Day and everyone enjoyed. Yummy!
Tres Leches Cake
Here's what you'll need for the cake:

1-½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 cup white sugar
5 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
½ cup evaporated milk

Pre heat your oven to 350ยบ

Grease and flour a baking pan
I used a cupcake pan just to make serving easier.
Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside.

Mix butter and sugar together until fluffy.

Add the eggs, vanilla.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little bit at a time.

Mix well until you have no more bumps.



Pour batter into prepared pan of choice.

Place in oven for 30 minutes.

When cake has finished baking, pierce it with a fork or skewer, and let it cool. (Don't make too many holes. )
Combine the whole milk, evaporated milk and condensed milk and pour over the top of the cooled cake.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Whipped Cream Topping
You'll need:
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cups of heavy cream,

When the cake is ready to serve, combine cream, vanilla and sugar,

Whip until thick and Spread over top of cake.


Enjoy!

PS....My arm got a good workout for this one.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

My 125th Post & My Symmetrical Christmas Tree

Well... My symmetrical Christmas tree has finally grown on me. It took placing the gifts under the tree and the cards on the wall behind it for me to like looking at it. For the pass month it has stared at me...telling me ...."I am naked..where are the gifts?" I can't wait until the morning to see the looks on my kiddies faces when they get to make the tree "naked" again.

I am happy to say that I have made it (finally) to my 125th post. I didn't think that I was going to make it. I promise that I will be a good blogger and post at least twice a month in the coming year.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

What I have Learned from 2009...

Since I love list so much...here's another one.

2009 was a year of learning. Learning happens every day in every way. Here are the things that I have learned...

1- ...I CAN do it.

2-...asking for help isn't so bad.

3-...pictures are a universal language.

4-...if you can't make yourself happy...no one can.

5-...I missed going to a college and it felt great to return.

6-...disabilities doesn't mean unable to succeed.

7-...support and money are too different things.

8-... there are many more ways to arrange my living furniture.

9-...if work was fun, it would be called fun not work. It is up to you to make it fun no matter how tough work is.

10-...life is too short. Enjoy every moment whether you spent alone or with family and friends.

11-...when you are faced with negativity, it may crack or wrinkle your skin, never let it break your spirit.

12-...karma is real and its a bit**.

13-...taking time for a cup of coffee and to think about what lies ahead is great therapy...my cups have been very big and frequent in 2009.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

What Happened in 2009.

There are a few more weeks before we say good-bye to 2009. Oh man, a lot of things happen in 2009. You know what that means... Mom's going to write a list.

1- I entered and completed a degree plan at Kaplan University online

2- Big Bea became a ballerina


3- Big Al can read and pronounce his name clearly.

4- Little Al turned 1 in Sept. and hit her developmental milestones like a trooper.

5- My sister turned 30 in Jan. (It's my turn in 2010)

6- Roxy is officially the baking GOD! (It's not official until I say... there I said it!)

7- OH MAN... lots of food and celebrations. BBQ Block Party in June, Nay & Rob's house warming in July, Thanksgiving at home and at work and Ariane & Peter's Wedding just last month. Don't forget the countless amount of birthday parties.

8- Many physical challenges. Volleyball, Boot Camp and Running (running is a work in progress).

9- My husband returned from 29 Palms in May.

10- Emotional roller coaster. More downs then ups.

11- I walked for Big Al Easter Seals in June and Breast Cancer in October. (I missed the lung cancer walk, booo)

12- Took my family apple and pumpkin picking for the first time.

13-Attended the USMC ball for the first time.


I will be adding more to the list as 2009 comes to an end.

Friday, December 11, 2009

She said, "You're an Amazing Mother."

Today I had my first formal parent - teacher conference of the school year, for my son. Big Al has greatly improved in every possible way.


Here's some back story...

My middle child, Big Al, is a special needs child. He has PDD. (Google it, I am not explaining it again...lol) He has received services since Little Al was one week old. Now, he attends Easter Seals Child Development Center here in the Bronx. He has attended this center since November 2008. When you look at the building, you would never think that there is an amazing school inside. It's perfect for children, all abilities. Big Al is one of the lucky ones that get to attend.


Back to today...

Big Al still needs a lot of help with his speech and fine motor skills; just about any three year old does. I bought with me Big Al's PECS book (google that too)to show the teacher that we are actively working at home to get him talking. The teacher said, "We know that you are working with him at home because he retains everything." I wanted to cry when she reach over the table, touched my hand and said "You're an amazing mother." I wanted to cry because it felt good that this professional that doesn't really know me....knows me.

My world = my kids. I do everything within my power (and there's a lot of it) to give them the best life that I can provide. I ask for help and advice from anyone that has any to give. I don't do it to be praised and I don't do it for the thank yous. I do it because they deserve it... I think all kids deserve a person that is devoted to them. Something that is rare today.


I am overjoyed with his progress.

There is a light. Maybe just maybe we can get Big Al out of Special Education very soon.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

My Symmetrical Christmas Tree Update

It's been three days and... the "tree" is growing on me. Big Al is only reason why it is growing on me. Every evening he goes up to the "tree" and idenfities the items on the it. "Mommy, LOOK! BELL!" and "MOMMY, LOOK! CAAANDA CANNE!" .....I am sure that by the time Christams Eve is here I will love it.

Monday, November 30, 2009

My Symmetrical Christmas Tree

This is my 2009 Christmas Tree...It is not my favorite. For the past four Christmases, I have had real trees. I don't know what type of tree they were, all I know they smelled and looked wonderful. My home would be fulled with that wonderful natural pine smell. This year, I have decided that I had to get a plastic and wire tree. This decision was made by my wallet not by my holiday heart. So, I gave into the wallet's whispers and got this tree from a box. There are two things that bug me the most about this tree. 1- I had to settle and 2- It's symmetrical. Real trees are not symmetrical. The center bark is never straight and there are gaps every where. The trees I normally pick out what I lovingly call fat bottom trees. Positive things did come from this tree. Big Bea and I pieced together the frame. Big Al did his part with the ornaments while Little Al shook the balls on the bottom of the tree. TEAMWORK! I am sure this symmetrical tree will grow on me.... I hope.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mazel Tov!

I attended the wedding of Ariane and Peter last night. It was an awesome event. Love fulled the air. This event made me think about a quote from the great Mister Rogers...
"Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now. "

I wish the beautiful Mrs. & Mr. endless happiness & joy.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Let's Revisit My List.

For the last couple of years I have been listing things that want to get done before I am 30. My 30th birthday is currently 132 days away. It's been a long long time since I have posted my updates on my list of things. Here is the last list:

1- Lose weight (I have lost 29 lbs since this post)
2- Knit a pair of socks (I haven't pick up Needles in forever)
3- Drink enough water everyday (Done)
4- Take my vitamins (Done)
5- 30 minutes of exercise of some sort everyday. (I do a least three times a week, I am trying to work out something of the other four day)
6- Continue (Con't what)
7- Limited time of computer, come up with a schedule and stick to it (Done, That's what going to an online school can do for you)
8- Try a few new recipes (Done)
9- Learn to drive by 04/06/08 (Today is 11/25/09 and still not driving)
10- Reduce stress (My stress has increased)

Here is my new list that I want to complete within the next 132 days:
1- Reduce Stress
2- Lose another dress size
3-Be a good blogger
4- Start another degree plan with Kaplan U
5-Get a driver's license by 04/05/10

Short and sweet.

Thankful.

I am ...

...thankful for my three awesome and beautiful children. They are my only reason why I stride to for perfection. I give my children what I can within my means. I wish I had the means to spoil them with material things but they are spoiled with hug, kissies & love. If you can convert hugs kisses and love in money, they would be the richest children in the universe.

...thankful for the people in my life that give me great support. You listen to my points of view and you help me realize that I am the best at what I do.
...thankful that I am a strong person. I have many challenges in my life and I manage to survive them. I don't know what challenges are going to be ahead, but I know that I am prepared to handle what is given to me.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Time flies when you don't blog.

There I go again...my busy life prevents me from having time for my lonely blog. I am hopeful that I will have time for the last part of this year and the better part of the next year to blog. I am going to have time because ... drum roll please.... I have completed my course work for an Associate of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies at Kaplan University online. Hehe. I am just waiting to receive my degree. I am very happy that I am done with this step. I can't wait to get started on another degree plan.
The picture for this entry is my husband and I at the this year's Marine Corp Ball. The ball was held last Saturday in Flushing Queens. This is the USMC I attended and I enjoyed myself. I can't wait for the next event.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Potty Training.

I've tried all summer to Potty train Big Al. It's been an on-going struggle. He is physically ready, god knows Mommy is ready. It doesn't bother him when he does poopie in the pull-up or underwear. He does have sensory issues, so it's going to take longer then I expected. My, my, my...what are we do it? Patience is key.

Summer 2009 in A Nutshell.

The summer is ending. I have to go back to work on Tuesday. I wish I ready didn't have too.

It's time to reflect on what has happen this summer.

1- The kiddies and I were able to go to Sesame Place. It was an awesome trip. It felt like me and my sister ate the entire day. I have pictures to prove it.

2- I made the President's List a third time at Kaplan University. Summer courses are the the worse. My brain was on vacation the whole time. I work ever-loving hard for my 4.0 GPA.

3- Big Bea learn the fine art of video games. Something that I shouldn't be very proud of but she can finally give her cousin some competition.

4- Big Al aged out of Early Invention. He is officially in the New York City School System, where I have to fight to get services he clearly needs. (Good thing I know what I am doing...mostly)

5- Little aL is a moving machine. You can't stop her if you wanted to and she'll bite you if you try.


6- The kiddies and I were able to have an awesome time at Playland with my Best Friend and her family. Big Al shocked me when he got on all the kiddie rides. We were attacked by Cotton Candy Crazy Bees. I also adopted a teenager...lol.

7- The greatest part of my summer was being able to spend lots of time with my family. That makes my crazy life worth while.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A change can do me some good.


The whole summer has gone since that last time I've been here. I am addicted to facebook and that's where I've been doing all of my talking.

We'll I am going to share my change story. It's a towards a greener household. Some time back, I was looking through the diaper section of diapers.com. (For those mommies and daddies out there, great online diaper delivery service on the East Coast. Order before 6pm, get your diapers the next day. Can't beat that!) I saw this "gDiapers" section. It's a hybrid diaper system. It's a mixed between regular plastic diapers and cloth diapers. The cloth outside looks like underwear and the inside is a snap in liner and a pad. The pad is flushable. I went to the gDiapers website to see it in action. I watched the youTube video and I was conviced, I need to change to gDiapers. I had to make sure my husband would approve. The moment he heard flushable and not more pile of smelly diapers to throw out, he was on board. Before, we can go all "TALLYHOE" and throw the regular diapers out the window, a test run is needed. Well, I must say.... they are totally AWESOME! Yes, it's easy to just throw diapers away and don't have to worry about loading and unloading diapers, but I loved the change. The diapers held up to a busy day and play time in the park. Little Al is officially a gDiaper baby. (...once she uses all the regular diapers we have left)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Good Morning Starshine, Amy says HELLO!

I woke up this morning with some pep in my step. I can't pin point what it was that set in me a great mood. I felt it take a hold of me when I was sitting on the front steps of my apartment building at 7:45 am waiting for Big Al's School Bus. The weather was perfect. There was just one cloud in the sky and breeze was awesome. I took a deep breath and smiled. It felt so good to smile. Smiling was something that used to come naturally. There are many hmm... let's call it sheep.... There are many sheep in my life weighing me down. Who has time to smile when there are sheep everywhere?


I spent my day cleaning and cleaning. I enjoyed myself... as funny as that sounds. Don't you just love the smell of Mr. Clean.

This picture is of my kids and my sister's kids at Sesame Place. They are looking for Maria. Hey guys those doors are painted on.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

*Blink Blink* Blog, Is That You?

Wow, I did it again. I left my blog alone. How is everyone doing out there in blogger world?


I have been super duper busy with life. The kids are bigger and my Marine is home. I am currently enrolled at Kaplan University. That is just at the top of the mountain that I call my life.

I hope to be back soon and give life back to my blog.

Big Al and Little Al in the kiddie pool on the 4th of July.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Sharing My Sweets.

My latest obsession: Cupcakes. Big Bea always loved my cupcakes. When ever there is an event she requests them. She calls them "Mommy's Million Dollar Cupcakes." I've been making them so much lately its making think I should go into business. Not big business, but business nonetheless. Here is the latest batch:
Lemon cake was lemon frosting, M&M peanut on top. The cupcake stand was a gift my best friend Roxy.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Pervasive Developmental Disorder

So far my boy has been diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder. Here is the information that I found on it.

The term pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs) refers to a group of developmental conditions that affect children and involve delays or impairments in communication and social skills. Autism is the most well-known of the pervasive developmental disorders, so PDDs also are known as autism spectrum disorders.



All pervasive developmental disorders affect communication and social skills, as well as cognitive skills and behavior. All PDDs have things in common, but each has specific characteristics that set it apart from the others.

Early signs of a PDD can include:
trouble interacting, playing with, or relating to others
avoiding eye contact; not looking at people
not pointing to objects to direct a parent's attention to things
unusual movements, such as hand flapping, spinning, or tapping
delays in developmental milestones or loss of milestones already achieved
playing with the same toy in a way that seems odd or repetitive
not using or understanding language
not exploring environment with curiosity or interest


What Causes PDDs?
Causes of pervasive developmental disorders are not yet well understood. Scientists believe they are complex neurobiological (brain biology) problems, which may have a genetic basis like other conditions that stem from abnormalities in the chromosomes a child inherits.

Although there's no cure for children with PDDs, early intervention and treatment can help them develop skills and achieve their best potential. No medications can cure PDDs, but sometimes they're used to treat certain symptoms, such as aggressive behavior toward self or others, problems of inattention, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and mood swings.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Well Hello There...

I am sorry. I did it again. It been too long since Ive been here. I've been lost in the world of Face book along with Wanda. I have also been busy at work on my online classes. My first term is done with and I have one week off. I don't have my official final grades but I have a feeling that I got straight A's. *HIGH FIVE*

The household has been busy busy. Between work, school and the kids, I am surprised that I haven't lost my mind. Sometimes tired is an understatement.

We are still waiting for my Lance Corporal Hubby to march his way home. He has been gone for one year and two months and he should be home in two months (crossing my fingers).



Today's picture is Big Al in Little Al's chair. He is loves sitting in that chair, being that it was his. My sweet Big Al has been evaluated for the second time. He has made great improves since the last time but he is still delayed by one year. I have been working tirelessly to get the right services that he needs to improve.

Along with working on my little boy, I've been working on my new year's resolutions. Here we go:
1- Lose more weight. (Officially lost 39lbs)
2- Continue blogging. (Trying)
3- Make the perfect Shepard's Pie. (First try Jan. 17)
4- Reduce stress. (Not happening)
5- Take more pictures of everything. (Taking pictures but not of everything)
6- Get closer to my niece and nephews. (It's working)
7- Learn to drive. (Huh?)
8- Be a little more greener. (Totally greener. I have more canvas bags and the plastic bags I got I used them over and over and over again. I've also changed most of my bills to ebills and the others are on reduced paper statements.)
9- Read everyday with the kids. (Everyday expect Friday)
10-Schedule me time at least once a month. (I've join the Staff volleyball league, which meets once a month. I have tons of fun)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Spiced Pecans. NUM YUMMY!

This Christmas season I saw this recipe on the create channel.
They were a hit at work.
My husband says it tastes like cereal.


You'll need:
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
3 cups pecan halves
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


1-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2-In a small bowl beat the egg white with the water. Stir in the pecans, mixing until well moistened.

3-In a another small bowl, mix together sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Sprinkle over the moistened nuts. Spread nuts on prepared pan.

4-Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice. Be careful not to overcook and burn the nuts.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Post 101 on 01/01

Time to start 2009.

The last night of 2008 was a very quiet night. Hubby was asleep next to me on the sofa at 10:45 (He says 10:30). He woke up just in time for the count down. What an old man I have.
As was sending 'Happy New Year' comments to my friends on myspace, I thought to myself... What fun things do I have to look forward to in 2009. I had to think really, really hard about that. I didn't have an answer for myself. All I could think about was the daily grind and kids doctor appointments. BOOO!


Yesterday, I posted my resolutions. Today, I am going to post my list of fun and exciting things to look forward to in 2009.

1- Tons of Birthdays. This month my sister turns the big 30. My best friend turns 37 (Roxy you turn 37 THIS year). My kids turn 8, 3, &1. My sisters kids turn 9,7,& 5. Most importantly, my 29th birthday.
2-May 7th. My husband will be done with his Marine Corp training.
3-As always, SUMMER VACATION!
4-Starting College again. As of January 7th, I will be a student of Kaplan University Online.
5-Water Parks with the Family.
That's all I could think of right now. What fun things are you looking forward to in the 09?