November 21, 2012

Gracias a la VIDA

 

GRATEFUL:

That I can still see, feel and touch the ocean waters and the sand in my feet

That they are MINE foreverb9341cc0162211e2b95b22000a1fab39_7

 

That he gives up on too much to make me happy and give me the life I always wished fora936b67a1a2d11e2ac3122000a1fb77a_7

 

That I still have a little one who reminds me ALL DAY LONG motherhood is JOYc16c9bdc0f2011e2be6a123138101961_7

 

Gracias a la VIDA que me ha dado TANTO

 

And Happy Thanksgiving to you mi gente!25e6bb7433f711e280ba22000a9f1893_7

 

Con amor,

Vivian

November 14, 2012

Amor: It’s all because of you!

Amor told me last night he missed not reading any updates on the blog. And that’s all it took. The busy husband and father with the “don’t post pictures of me” kind of guy attitude not only approves but actually loves my blog! Yayyyy! In his honor, I am sitting here, raising against time and creating this post.

As you know, I said my goodbyes a little bit ago. I know it wouldn’t be permanent, for blogging is such a big part of my life, but I had to prioritize what I was doing with my time and it still is what I need to be doing for my sanity, for my family’s wellbeing and for our future.

So with that said, there is much catching up to do, which I know will never happen, but some of the highlights of my days lately have been:

 

* Neighborhood preschool. There are 6 children so 6 of us mom rotate homes and teaching schedules. It’s crazy, it’s busy, it’s full of noise and activity, but I have enjoyed learning with them, laughing at their different personalities and seeing my daughter grow and develop in this kind of setting.

We have made some cool crafts90874d76035111e2b5561231380e8944_7  23ba751422bf11e2b52122000a1fa4b5_7

 

* Baptisms and more baptisms. Check out one of our favorites, which included besides great company, hip decor, some great food such as EMPANADAS, etc. I am right along with my daughter enjoying all her friends turning 8 (ha!).

Choose the right cake and handsome little boy6b3e96f404dd11e2b2c322000a1e9e1f_7

Empanadas!! YUM!038d0a9e04e311e2bbe622000a1c8847_7

 

*My son is finally reading at grade level. We have spent countless hours working with him. Hours, which at times seemed like “torture,” because let’s face it: which kid likes homework? If there is one thing I did learn, it’s his attitude towards success. He knew all along he had to become better but that wasn’t enough for him. He had to be The Best. This is how he rolls at mere 6-years-old. And this is how he rolls in the game, too.

You may remember we are a tennis family. It’s gotten too much cold to do this outside…brrrrrfec8a7be038111e2a73722000a1e8a9f_7

 

*Our dancer has entered a year of ballroom competitions. In addition to her core classes, she trains with her partner and her coach and have been competing throughout the state. If you ever wonder how all those dancers from “Dancing With the Stars” got their start, then come to the Mecca of ballroom dancing. It’s here! It’s UTAH…and then you can come visit me, too.

Training…7c824288082c11e2ba9922000a1e9f98_7

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*I voted. And despite him being a Mormon like me, I didn’t vote for Romney. I like him a lot and I agreed with most of his policies. Ultimately, his stand on immigration was too big of an issue for me to accept. I rather vote for someone who at least considers fixing a complicated problem, than someone who won’t consider it all. Romney didn’t get the Latino vote, among those mine. To no surprise, the GOP now is examining closely changing their immigration stand…

Long lines…and it was early voting 935c2bca254d11e2ac5222000a1fbd4b_7 

*And let us not forget Halloween! I didn’t craft, I didn’t dress up,  I didn’t party (and you know that’s rare in me..ha!). It’s all good. They got enough candy to keep them happy for the rest of the year and that’s all it matters (not).

They make me the happiest mom on earth  1164cc4a23b211e2b62322000a9f12da_7

 

I have been working on a new and exciting project. I am becoming a business owner and this process takes a lot of time and preparation. I never thought the ride would be so fun and exciting. New things await and with new things comes the pleasure of new beginnings and HOPE. Despite of my busy schedule and neglect of family, friends and blogging: LIFE IS GOOD!

 

 

Con amor,

Vivian

 

**Linking up with Seven clown circus, Live and Love outloud, Jenni from the blog, Project Alicia, Baby baby lemon and The paper mama.

October 21, 2012

ADIOS….for now.

 

WOW! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I blogged last and I think you deserve an explanation on why my blogging habits have diminished.

I have been traveling and in addition, when being home, have had a very busy time. In a way, I wish I had an assistant, or a maid, or a personal chauffeur, or how about my own cook? Nice dreams, huh?!

I have found that times have changed, circumstances have changed and certainly my plans have changed. Besides my duties as a mother, wife, daughter, community and church member, friend, you name it, I have been getting ready to start up my own company. I will let you know all about it in its due time.  I don’t mean to neglect my blogging but I simply do not have the time for it now.

I hope to blog again, and to blog again enough to keep you all around, but if I don’t, hope you understand.

There are many other ways in which I hope to continue connecting with so many of you. Through this outlet, I really have met some outstanding, inspiring and wonderful people and I will always be GRATEFUL for that. I want you as part of my life still.

This is just an ADIOS for now.

 

Con amor,

Vivian

 

P.S  I will still be on Pinterest and if you would like to follow on Instagram just let me know and I’ll send you my info :)  

September 18, 2012

Viva Mexico

I might as well get a taste of Mexico before we head over there, even if it is a couple of weeks early.

This weekend there was much going on. The highlight of it though was celebrating our friend’s birthday with a Mexican party given that it was also the Mexican Independence day.50d4cffc005711e2ae9122000a1e9e21_7

 

I don’t think I ever imagined that moving to Utah was going to be a learning experience about not only the US  but also about Mexico and the so many other countries represented in this state.7612654c002311e2a7ed22000a1e88b3_7

 

My closest friends are from Mexico and I hold it’s people, its richness in culture, and it’s traditions close to my heart.victorbday

 

Now, as far as the food, I still have a hard time eating with spice but last night I was not disappointed.

The chef of the house made Tinga a delicious dish with of stewed chicken.1c8106baffa511e1bb3522000a1e9bb7_7

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You eat it over tostadas with cream, lettuce, grated Mexican cheese, tomatoes, avocado, etc. See here.

 

Amor served an LDS mission in Mexico almost 15 years ago. And that was his first step into a Hispanic immersion life. When I met him, he spoke Spanish just like if he was a native Mexican, married to a Colombian you can say that many of his things have changed from the accent, the slangs and mannerisms to the music and such. He still roots for Mexico all the way. After all it’s the place that showed him there was much more to this mountains surrounding Utah and that the possibilities in this world we live in are endless.0bdce84cffa011e18e8322000a1d012b_7

 

Happy week everyone. Hope your weekend was full of endless possibilities!

 

Con amor,

Vivian

September 10, 2012

Baby Hungry

My best friend finally had her baby. You would remember her from the Bun in the Oven shower I designed for her here.

Luca was born and he sure has brought a lot of joy to many who have waited for this special being to come to such special parents. I am being called “Aunt Vivian” because he is almost mine (no kidding). I love him so much already. I loved him so much even before I met him and I can’t wait to see him grow and be part of his journey through life.

On the other hand, those feelings of wanting to have another child have become stronger than before. I have been struggling with this for quite some time now, and have been having difficulty accepting that I am done having more children. It really is not as easy as it may seem, and it really is not only about asking the Lord for an answer. Like I have said before, there are so many other factors to consider. It’s not solely my decision. I must have better faith.

Holding baby Luca gave me peace and it reminded me of how close I felt to heaven with each one of my children when they were born. I am so thankful that he came to earth to remind me once more why we are, how my children will always be mine and how FAMILY is all that matters.

So…I am Baby Hungry

And the kids don’t help either, when they are constantly asking: when they will be getting a little brother, and why, just like Erika, I’m not having a baby on my birthday.858340eaf8ae11e1968922000a1cf73c_7

 

She celebrated her birthday at the hospital. I brought the cake and candles, and against all baby delivery rules, she (we all did) indulged herself in some tasty raspberry and chocolate cake. (I know! I know! They are coffee filters but because we were trying to keep this “party” secret from the nurses we didn’t want to ask them for plates and that is all we had handy)IMAG0119

 

The happy couple awaiting for the big momentf7608606f8ad11e18a6422000a1e954a_7

 

With the other auntsdd8f1ffcf8ae11e1ab3b22000a1e8a6d_7

 

The big guy is HERE!IMAG0135

 

And as long as I’m around nobody else is getting a hold of that babyIMAG0139

 

And I wish he was mineafca6ca8f9e811e1b8f122000a1e9e4c_7

 

Anybody else baby hungry out there?

 

Con amor,

Vivian

September 7, 2012

Party in Barranquilla

Colombia plays Uruguay in my hometown of Barranquilla in a soccer world cup qualifying match. It's a pretty important game. There is a big party in Barranquilla. And although I'm not really partying today, I am supporting my team all the way from UTAH and my kids are doing it right along with me.


Just before he went to school today:


Have a wonderful weekend folks!


Con amor,

Vivian



September 6, 2012

It was just a matter of time

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We dance. It’s come from generation after generation. It’s our passion, our love, our life and just how we expected it to be, our little one, our three-year-old, has followed right in our footsteps.

Yesterday she had her first dance class ever. It’s a creative ballet class once a week at the same studio where my oldest daughter has also been dancing since she was three.

I don’t mind living at the studio. After all, I knew it was just a matter of time.

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On line with the other little girls about to go into class. She knew very well what was happening and was very excited for it. 34a3dd48f79011e1900e22000a1cbaa0_7

I was pleased with her instructor and how fun she made it all to be. Just perfect and how it should be for this age group.

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”

 

Con amor,

Vivian