"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

Saturday, November 29, 2008

NANOWRIMO WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dear Family and friends: I have done it!!!!!! I completed my goal and I couldn't be prouder! I know I still have a long road in front of me. I finished with over 51,000 words, but my story requires way more than that. However, for the purposes of NaNoWriMo I have finished my task. It will be a while before I can be ready for anyone to read my book though, all I can say for now is that it's called: "Orange Blossoms for Victoria" and is set in beautiful Puerto Rico and Cuba. 
Thanks, thanks, thanks to everyone for your support and faith in me. I have been sleeping an average of three hours per night this last week, and it's 3 in the morning right now. I am exhausted, but so happy I don't know if I will be able to sleep. 

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Super Mario Party

This week we celebrated Gorgeous Boy's eighth birthday. He had wanted a Super Mario Birthday Party for a long time, and since I tried my best with Swan's party (remember the Dragon cake?), I thought the least I could do was try my best to make his cake too. I made the cake, which I am so proud of how it turned out!, and we gave out treat boxes which contained glow in the dark stars, chocolate gold coins, stickers, and block candy.
The pinata was a lot of fun, except that it was very flimsy. Gorgeous and Swan were the only kids who got to whack it with a bat because, unbelievably, after Swan hit it, the pinata broke and all the kids rushed to get the candy. Children that age are wonderful. I had not prepared any games, but they made up their own, fashioned after the video games all kids seem to be addicted too: Mario tag, Pooka freeze tag, etc.
We had a lot of fun, and even though I am so happy my boy is growing so strong and happy, I am a little sad at how fast time is passing. It seems like yesterday that he was born oblivious to a huge snow storm raging outside the hospital, in a little town of North Carolina. He seemed so breakable, I felt so overwhelmed, but he survived, and he is a happy boy, loved by everyone who meets him. Proof of that are the 26 kids we invited to the party, and all of them except for two broken hearted-ones attended.  
He will be baptized in our church in a few days, and he is so eager to learn, to do what is right, to please, that I have made the resolution to be a more gentle mom with him; he is trying so hard!!!!
I love you Gorgeous Boy! What a gift you are in my life!  

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Oh My Gosh

The ticker is showing 4 more hours till Twilight is released. I have to wait until tomorrow night to see it though. How fun! I can't wait!!!
And in case you haven't noticed my word count: 30,008 words. Isn't that great!
Coming soon: pictures and celebrations of Gorgeous turning 8. My baby is growing!!!!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Writing frenzy

If you look at the counter on the right hand side of this blog, you will see that I have breached the 10,000 word mark. Yoohoo! I'm pumped! as my gangsta' husband would say. All I'm hoping for ismy laundry to be magically done today, so that I can write and have a good word cushion for the next following days. As many of you know, Gorgeous' birthday is coming up, and soon after is Chubber's and mine, and Thanksgiving, and school field trips, and two! Relief Society enrichment activities, and to add to the list, stomach virus. Yes, my friends, El Cangri threw up at school, and I can sense it will be a long weekend. Have I mentioned Jeff is going out of town today?
Wish me luck.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

5500 words

I have more than 10%. Thanks for all your words of support friends!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Go Mr President!

I pray that Heavenly Father may protect our brand new President Elect. For the good of our families, our nation, our world. So many lives will be touched by today's events. Can you hear the tides of history changing their course? What an exciting time to be alive, and in this wonderful country!

Monday, November 03, 2008


O.K, friends, I'm going to post something completely random, but very important to me. As you can see from this post, I've entered NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month), and even though my word count is very modest at the moment (a mere 250 words), I wanted to let you all know of this undertaking for very selfish reasons--to keep myself accountable. You see, the purpose if this competition is to write a 50,000 word novel (it's really not that much) during the month of November. Some of you know I've been working on a story for several months now, but I've put that one on hold, and started a clean slate. This other story was already taking place in my mind, and I was going to start it after my first novel was finished. At the end of this month I hope to have 2 books to work on. That's all. I've done it. Now I can't just quit this because everyone knows I'm doing it. I think it's a little crazy for me to embark on this adventure during this month, when we have three birthdays in our family, and Thanskgiving. But you know what? I've always done much better under stress. My best papers were always the ones I wrote at the last minute.
Please, ask me how I'm doing. This will keep me going.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Night of the Crazy Creatures

This weekend has been a lot of fun! We started our weekend on Thursday, like good Latin Americans that we are, and Jeff and I went to the Haunted Forest with my brother L. and his wife S. I've had a fascination with terrifying things since I was a little girl. I remember being scared out of my skin, but still watching vampire movies, or reading Anne Rice books. I think that was the beginning of my horrific sleeping habits. Thursday was not an exception; even though I knew it was "just pretend", I was very nervous about entering the Forest, but I did it anyway! Jeff and my brother were terribly horrible to S and me, who shrieked so bad that people were scared of our screams. We even started screaming at a guy with a lantern, who was coming our way, but who turned out to be someone who worked there for maintenance I guess... Yes, we were hysterical.
Friday was a crazy day because I was helping in Swan's classroom party, and Jeff had a business lunch and couldn't watch the babies. So I took them with me, and everything was O.K. for the first part, until El Cangri started eating doughnuts and his little system had so much sugar that he couldn't handle himself anymore. He had a temper tantrum of epic proportions, and I'm happy to say I didn't lose my cool. I let him cry until I took him and Chubbers to the car and he collapsed in his car seat.
I did get to rest a little in the afternoon. The children were extremely excited, and they helped with the last minute decorations and food preparations. I made pumpkin soup and sugar cookies, but we didn't have dinner until after trick-or-treating. Once my brother and his family finally arrived, we set out to our round of the neighborhood. I was very grateful that El Cangri agreed to wear the outfit I spent weeks making and that he had requested in the first place (in the morning he preferred being a Power Ranger): Max from the classic children's book "Where the Wild Things Are." The night was very pleasant, until it started raining. El Cangri was painfully slow, and he kept asking me, "Are the monsters there? Are the pirates there?" I saw my brother look at the sidewalk for a long time, and then with incredulity in his eyes he asked, "Who's barefooted?" There were tiny outlines of feet on the pavement. I cringed, and I checked the one kid I hadn't check before we left the house. El Cangri has a pair of black Crocs that he was supposed to be wearing. He had also been wearing black socks, so from the distance (and being so near-sighted I hadn't noticed!) it looked like he had his Crocs on, when in reality he was only wearing socks. My poor, poor child!!!! So I decided to turn back home, but we were so slow that not many minutes had passed when Jeff was coming back home with the older kids.
The kids had candy for dinner (Chubbers was like a chain smoker, only it was suckers she kept putting in her mouth as soon as she finished one), and the adults had soup. Jeff and my brother didn't like it, oh well! Later the babies (all 4 of them including El Cangri and Chubbers, and my brother's M and baby G) went to bed, and Gorgeous very bravely watched "The Haunted Mansion" with his cousin C. Swan didn't want to watch a scary show, so Jeff let her watch a funny movie on his computer in her bed. Later, we watched a horror flick Jeff and my brother had rented for the adults. It was one of the "Saw" movies, so terribly gory, bloody, ridiculous scripted, boring. Bah! Jeff fell asleep, and my brother and his family left after we had endured what seemed like 20 hours of severed limbs and predictable dialog.
When I went downstairs to check on the boys, I found them sharing a sleeping bag on the theater room carpet, each clutching a copy of the Book of Mormon. My brother hasn't been active in the church for years, so his kids don't know about the BOM, so Gorgeous, as he told me the next day, was trying to be a missionary for his cousin. Isn't that the sweetest thing? After all the candy, the scary movies, the costumes, and the craziness, there was time for spirituality and tenderness too.