"What we do in this life, echoes in eternity."
Maximus, Gladiator
"Our creator would never have made such lovely days, and given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Goodbye President Hinckley

Our beloved prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley passed away this evening at 7pm. These are such bittersweet news; I'm happy that he's reunited with his beloved wife, Marjorie, the girl of his dreams as he called her, and at the same time I'm so sad that the prophet of my youth is no more on this world. I was baptized in the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints fifteen years ago, and he was the prophet for the last thirteen years. Even though my whole family was baptized the same week I was, they went inactive soon after. Only my sister and my mother attended regularly with me, but now, I'm the only who has been active all these years. During some bad times in my youth, when my mother was so depressed she wouldn't talk to me or my siblings, when I felt like no one loved me or understood me, I always had Pres. Hinckley's words to comfort me. I always knew God had a plan for me, that He loved me and knew me personally, all because Pres. Hinckley really loved and trusted the youth of the Church, and I was a part of that marvelous work. When he visited Argentina my younger brother, my sister and I went to Buenos Aires with our church ward. I'll never forget the wonderful Spirit that was in that soccer stadium that evening, how we could feel it as soon as we saw Pres. Hinckley walked into the arena. Among many things he expressed his testimony of the reality of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and said that if our faith wasn't enough to believe it, to believe his words, that he KNEW They love us and Know us. My brother doesn't attend church now, but he said that he has a tremendous trust in the prophet, that so many people have let him down, but if Pres. Hinckley lets him down then nobody could be trusted in this world.
I'll miss you beloved prophet. Thank you for the life you lived even thought you didn't know me, but I knew you, and that made all the difference in my life. Enjoy this next adventure!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Poor little Dandi

Some of you know how generous and wonderful Santa Claus was last Christmas; especially with my daughter Princess Swan--she got a puppy. Her name is Dandelion Luna, Dandi for short, and she's such a cutie. Dandi is a Yorkshire Terrier, and she's a very good representative of her breed: beautiful teddy bear face, mellow personality, vivacity, loyalty, and a magnet for trouble maker El Cangri. Last Sunday we were getting ready to sing happy birthday to Gorgeous Boricua, and the phone rang. It was my beautiful sister in law with some questions about a vacation we went on last year. Just a few minutes into the conversation I heard Dandi cry, and when I opened Princess' room door, there she was, Dandi showing me her hurt little paw. El Cangri was jumping on the bed, looking guilty about something. No one knows what happened really, but Dandi had 3 broken fingers (toes? I think fingers because they are the right front leg ones). Poor puppy! Luckily there's a pet urgent care, with prices to guarantee a trip to the people's urgent care because of a heart attack, and she only needed a cast, no surgery. Phew! I can't imagine how much the surgery would have been! But you know what, this little puppy is already a member of our family. What else were we going to do?

Friday, January 18, 2008

A A Milne's Birthday Party

We're in the middle of January, and it has snow everyday, I think, this year so far. But this time, for the first time ever, I'm not complaining about Winter; in fact, I'm loving it, and I haven't even used my brand-new 3 year-old snowboard! Yes, I've had it for three years, but I've never used it...
Anyway, this morning, when I was taking Gorgeous Boy to school, I couldn't take in the beauty of the landscape, the snow covered road, the misty mountains so close to our home, the coldness of the air. I loved it, and I thought it was the most beautiful landscape in the world (and I've seen some pretty amazing places: Scotland's Highlands, Puerto Rico's Flamenco Beach, Maegan's Bay, Biosfosforescent Bay). There's something magical about going out to the world, when the world is just waking up and everything feels so pure and clean and quiet.

Today I staying home all morning with Chubbers and El Cangri; we played in the playroom, we danced, we read...I had a lot of fun with my tinyer pair of friends. Later we celebrated A.A. Milne's Birthday with my brother's family. We had pizza, we watched a Winni-the-Pooh movie, and even had cake. Props to Beck for the idea. Visit her blog; she's amazing!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

My little cherub

I just had to post these pictures, especially for the sake of grandparents who are far away. This little Chubbers gets more scrumptious each day. Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

A new beginning

The children are in bed, the house is clean and quiet. How I love this time of the day!!!! I really savor every minute of my loneliness. As a child I loved being by myself in my room, reading, singing, thinking...Maga is a lot like that, and come to think of it, so is Juli. They both love to be in their rooms, their own worlds, playing or reading or coloring. The other two are the extreme opposites now because they have to be within touching distance to me. It is very tiring at times, but they grow so fast. In a few more months Joax will start preschool! When he was born Juli was in his first year of preschool; the years have just flown by like in a dream. But even though the two older ones are not babies anymore, they're still so innocent and loving! Juli helped me clear the driveway this morning. We got pounded with snow, and today he missed school because the roads were horrible and I didn't want to risk going out with that weather. But by 9, I had time to actually go out there and clear the driveway. My neighbor and his son (Juli's best friend) gave me a hand, and so we finished in about 15 minutes. I think this is the first time I've had to clear the snow in the driveway. I don't like driving in the snow, but eveything looks so beautiful and pristine when it's all white, like in a postcard. I guess I'm getting older, I used to hate winter, but this Utah winters have won my heart. I love being home with my babies, doing chores while they play, baking treats, watching cartoons, missing school...I guess now I like the winters because I have comforts I didn't while growing up: central heating, appropriate winter clothing, I don't have to wait for the bus, I don't have to be out in the cold...
And also I'm way more productive in the winter; I can do so many things! In the summer I just want to be outside and let the kids play all day.
Also I'm way more productive when Jeff's gone. Yesterday and today for example, I did ALL the laundry and even ironed 13 articles of clothind (11 shirts and 2 dresses), I cleaned all the floors in the main level (It smells so clean and fresh in here now!), I cleared the snow in the driveway and sidewalk, I bathed Dandi the Yorkie, I took down the Chrsitmas tree and all the decorations, I cleaned all the floors in the basement. Made breakfast, lunch and dinner both days...I get tired just by listing everything! I guess I do more so I won't miss him so much. 9 more days...Thanks goodness I have my little friends to keep me company. They're the love and light of life.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year 2008!!!!

I really wanted to start the year posting something, so here I am. Today my mother-in-law said that whatever we do on New Year Day, we'll do the rest of the year. So, today I haven't showered yet, we ate at Golden Corral for brunch (I hate that restaurant...), I made cookies, tried not to get mad at anybody, and been extremely lazy. I don't know what that means.
Last night we went to my brother-in-law's for his end of the year celebration. He used to travel all over the world because of his job, and he's a superb cook. Tavel+superb cook=amazing international food. Last night he made mostly Caribbean dishes: empanadas, Costa Rican Tacos, pina colada soup, tostones, a salsa bar, cheese trays, flan, tres leches cake, etc. Yes, I ate a little of everything. Not to the point of bursting, but I ate a lot. As a consequence the few little hours I could sleep, I didn't sleep well. Too much meat. I guess I'll make a vegetable soup tonight.
The kids had a blast with their cousins. Swan Princess took art supplies to make paper purses with her little cousin; Gorgeous Boy played a lot of wii and ran all over their huge house; El Cangri clung to me all night and didn't warm up to anybody until this morning; and Chubbers played with "the girls" all night. Once I peaked into my niece's room, and when Chubbers saw me, she started screaming for me to go away...Yes, she's growing up so fast...I also took my other baby, I mean, Swan Princess' new baby, Dandelion (Dandi for short), a yorkie that she got from Santa.
Well, Gorgeous Boricua really wants me to be in training meeting with some friends. It's about Agel, a vitamin product. I'll post about it later...