Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What do you get when you take 8 kids to the beach?

I have earned my mother's medal of honor today.  I put on my super hero cape (it's invisible) and took 8 kids to the beach. 

I didn't lose anyone. I wasn't buried alive in sand.  The kids were awesome with each other. There were no fights. No crying. Oh wait, just one. Poseidon commanded the waves to flip the boogie board and hit my daughter in the tummy. I shook my fist at him.

The only problem were the seagulls who kept trying to get at our snacks.  They pretended they were just cruising through the sand as they made their way towards my Costco bag and when they noticed I wasn't looking, they tried to bust the bag. They are feisty little creatures.  I refused to reward their bad behavior and gave them nothing. If I could have given them a time out on the lifeguard station, I would have.

All in all, we are enjoying our last week of a free summer before school starts.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Music Transcends All Boundaries

I have always loved music.  As a kid, I had a portable record player (you can read post on how I thought I killed Jesus by playing my records...really, read it) and I remember playing my 45's on it.  My first job was typing the school news letter.  All my money at that time went into vinyl (I know, I keep dating myself!)

I worked in the music industry for over 15 years and I had the privilege of working with very talented artists.  Some of them were well known and others were indie artists that should have been known. I am in awe of those who write and perform for the love of music.  It is amazing to me how they write lyrics and put together a melody. I believe that music transcends all boundaries. I say this over and over.  I also love music in other languages. You may not know the words that are being sung but the passion in their voice tugs at your heart, the song speaks to your soul. 

So I will now have Music Mondays on my blog.  It will be my pleasure to remind you of something you have not heard in a while or perhaps introduce you to something new. Viva la musica!

P.S.  I know it is Tuesday but I forgot to post yesterday.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

46 and Blessed

I was not depressed about turning 46, even though it meant I am now so much closer to 50. I wasn't happy that my head is full of "canas" (and still is because I haven't busted the box of color that is stored under the sink) but I was not upset.

My family made me a breakfast that included veggie omelette, potatoes and french toast. Chuy even made a pot of coffee. I am loved! The girls made a beautiful scrap book and they surprised me with a Nook. Why was my first thought: "I wonder what games I should download for the kids?"

I wanted to end the day with my family and in a state of "thankfulness." So we packed up the car and went to the beach to watch the sunset. I sat in the sand watched the kids start with their feet in the water (which ended up with their whole bodies in the water) and just breathed in the beauty.

I look forward to see what this year of "46" brings to me.

Almost The End of Summer...

We (meaning me and my many personalities) are counting down the days left before my children start school. This is the first year my son goes to pre-school for 2 1/2 hours a day. I cherish that time to exercise, read, blog or even nap.

We are enjoying the end of summer with friends and family. What is a great way to celebrate? Well with s'mores of course!

Friday, August 12, 2011

What Will I Be When I Blog Up?

I am part of some pretty amazing blogger groups (Moms LA. Los Angeles Latina Bloggers, Latina Lifestyle Bloggers and Blogs by Latinas) and it was fun reading all the excitement prior to the Blogher conference in San Diego. Part of me was sad and a little bit jealous that I wasn't going. The reasons are simple: financial, school and I wasn't sure who I would be promoting if I went. I am a blogger, yes! What kind of blogger am I? Up until a week ago, I was a blogger who didn't have business cards.

I still feel like a newbie because I am not consistent in my posts. I am like a cold sore (herpes virus) that keeps appearing and disappearing. The only difference is that my trusted followers like my posts and aren't trying to get rid of me with a frozen spoon or Abreva. There is always positive support and comments.

I am a mama, so that makes me a mom blogger. I am a woman, so that makes me a female blogger. I am a Latina, so that makes me a Latina blogger. But these aren't boundaries because I am a Latina mother who loves the arts (musicals, museums, plays), movies, music, food and anything else positive that this life has to offer. So I am a member of this big Universe blogger.

I have written on my children, dichos/sayings from my abuela, life lessons, my inner struggles, my outer struggles. My only rule is that whatever I write be from a positive perspective.

Should I downsize on my focus? Should I be more focused? These are the hamsters in my head that continues to turn the wheel. Will my friends who are more seasoned bloggers take me under their wing and mentor me or answer my many questions and then throw me from the nest when I am ready to fly solo? Or aren't I already flying solo but I want to be within a flock?

What should I be when I blog up?