Goodbye Old, Hello New

You guys! On Friday night…

We bought a car & I'm so excited! 🤗

Before I get into that, a little back story. In the past 19 years, Bobby & I have driven several different cars, some classics, some just old but all of them were used or hand me downs. Our first dealership purchase was a 2003 Honda Odyssey. We purchased her in 2007 and for the last 10 years she has been our loyal companion. Rhonda, yes I named my mini van, has been through so much with us and we are very grateful for these years with her. As we're getting ready to part ways, Julieta and I started thinking of all the memories we've shared with Rhonda. So before the "FOR SALE" sign goes up, we want to thank her for her time of service.

Thank you, Rhonda… for the daily school drop offs and pick ups, and for the soccer practices, games, dance classes and competitions we attended.
Thank you for safely getting 6 little Daisy Girl Scouts to their field trips, and 7 teenage girls to teepee houses and of course, for getting our adult friends to bars/parties/concerts in LA.
Thank you for all the road trips – for the hundreds of trips to the beach & to Disneyland and for only leaving us stranded at those places once.
Thank you for racing to the hospital for us and for that dog that died in the passenger seat.
Thank you for bringing Anthony home from the hospital, he's not happy that you're leaving. And more importantly, thank you for pulling through even though we didn'talways take care of you.
Thank you for 10 years of service. We hope to find you a new owner that will invest in you, because I believe you still have a few more miles to go! Goodbye, old friend!

Well now that the goodbyes are behind us, let me tell you about our new car…
It's the 2017 Honda Pilot EX & it's absolutely beautiful!

This is our first brand new car and the first time we'll have a car payment!!! Ahhh!!! Talk about adulting at a whole new level! 😅

I'm so happy to have a comfortable, safe and reliable car for our family & I'm so grateful for my hardworking husband for making this happen for us!

If you see us driving by make sure to wave. We're probably on our way to make more memories! ✨

Endlessly Parenting

On March 21st, Bobby & I took a big step into our next adventure…
In the past 2 months we've had our fingerprints checked, we've taken a CPR/First Aid class, we've done tons of paperwork (more to come!!), we have met with our social worker twice, our home has been inspected & last night we completed the 20 hours of our required training…
Our journey has really just begun but I'm now ready to share with the world that we are becoming foster parents! 💙✨ #TheLopezFosterJourney

More to come…

Today I struggle as a mom…

Becoming a mother has been my biggest and most rewarding achievement. I have learned so much about myself in this journey & not a day goes by where I’m not challenged AND rewarded by this endless job of raising my little & not so little humans. 

Today felt different, and even though I was pulled in three different directions…

Today I had no choice but to focus on the negative.

Because today was challenging…

Challenging in a way I hadn’t experienced or was prepared for. 

Today I was left questioning my parenting. Today I asked myself where I went wrong. 

Today I apologized to my own mother for ever making her feel the way I feel today.

Today I cried because parenting is hard. 

       
{To my child} The truth is today I struggled with being your mother… today I struggled with accepting your decisions and your actions. Today I feel disappointed and hurt. But none of this changes the way I love you… because my love for you is so deep and so real that nothing will ever change that. We have work to do… some healing needs to happen and trust needs to be rebuilt. But more importantly you can’t quit on yourself because I never will. 💓

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2AM Feelings • Writing down my feelings in the middle of the night, help me better grasp my emotions & thoughts to face the new day. // 

Out of respect to my offspring I will not be sharing details of our current situation. I’ll just say this… teenagers + social media are death! 

Thank you for reading and if you’re struggling today… know you’re not alone and tomorrow will be better, I promise. ✨

Movie Date at Cinépolis Junior

Hey friends! It’s been awhile but I’m back! I have a few pending post and some upcoming things I hope to share with you soon, but for now let me tell you about my movie date with Anthony & our friends…

Yesterday we had the pleasure of attending a free private event hosted by Jacqui of Baby Boy Bakery at Cinépolis in Pico Rivera. Not only did we get to experience this brand new kid friendly auditorium but we also got to watch an advance screening of “Smurfs: The Lost Village”. Definitely a fun evening! 🤗

About the theater –  Cinépolis Junior was first introduced in Mexico as Sala Junior. The concept later extended to theaters in other countries and is now making its debut in the USA, starting with two Southern California locations. Cinepolis Junior will open today at Cinépolis Pico Rivera & Cinépolis Vista and will only feature child friendly (G and PG) films 7 days a week.

Cinépolis Junior isn’t your typical movie theater! It’s colorful & playful and designed for kids ages 3-12 but all ages are welcomed. The auditorium features a play structure for kids between 3 to 5 feet tall and a smaller play area for families with children under 3. They have some unique seating like beanbags and lounge chairs, so make sure you know where you want to sit when you’re reserving your tickets.

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📷 Instagram image from Cinépolis

Okay, so here is the question everyone is asking… Can kids play during the movie? And the answer is NO. Kids will be able to play for 20 minutes before the movie begins and will be asked to take a seat before showtime. I was told that they are considering a 15 minute intermission during the film to let kids explore & use the restroom but that has yet to be decided. UPDATE: There is a 15 minute intermission! 🤗

Cinépolis Rules
Tickets are a $1 more than regular admission. Reserved seats are offered and note that beanbags are more because they are meant for 2 people.

My Opinion – We had a great experience even though I was initially hesitant of this whole indoor playground / movie theater. I was worried that Anthony would just want to play and not sit through the 89 minute long movie. He’s not much of a movie watcher and has serious reservations with the unfamiliar. This was his third time at the movies but his first time actually sitting and watched the whole thing! I guess getting all the wiggles out before the movie helped! Of course having popcorn in hand and his buddy next to him made things even better!

Anthony & Liam 👦🏻🍿👦🏻

So yes, I would definitely go back and make myself comfortable in one of those huge beanbags! But if you ask Anthony… he’ll say “No thank you, I already did that.” 😅 Hopefully I can convince him and we can visit again this summer. Hot days are approaching and this would be a fun, cool trip for yourself and your kiddos! 😊

Smurfs: The Lost Village in theaters April 7th! Super cute movie! 💙🎞
Thank you Martha for inviting us & driving! We had lots fun with you guys! ❤️



For more information visit Cinépolis or follow them on instagram @cinepolisusa.

Bucket List 

Buck·et List (noun)a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.

I’m hoping to accomplish all of these in my lifetime ! 🤗 My list is definitely a work in progress and I’m sure I’ll be adding more along the way. But for now my goal is to start crossing things off my list!

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  • See my children – grow up – be happy – be successful 
  • Start a business ✔️
  • Buy a house 
  • Start a blog ✔️
  • Become an aunt… again 
  • Travel First Class
  • Visit Italy & live there for a month 
  • Go to Greece 
  • Hold a baby panda 
  • Go to Thailand 
  • Go zip lining 
  • Visit Costa Rica
  • Shoot a gun 
  • Stay in an overwater bungalow
  • Get a tattoo 
  • Foster kids 
  • Become a grandparent 
  • Take a picture every day for a year 
  • Be his bride 
  • Put gum on the gum wall in Seattle 
  • Help at a soup kitchen 
  • See the Northern Lights 
  • Grow my hair long ✔️
  • Eat a whole medium pizza myself
  • Explore Los Angeles (LA Bucket List coming soon.)
  • Release a floating lantern 
  • Learn how to swim… maybe
  • Make out w/ Pop Rocks in my mouth✔️  (👇🏼🙈)


Alright, guys what’s on your bucket list? How many things do you plan on crossing off your list this year?

2017 

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Happy New Year! ✨ I hope everyone had a great start to their year!

As for me, I can’t hide how excited I am about this upcoming year! We have so many happy events coming up…

For starters, Victoria will be graduating high school in June, turning 18 in October and starting at PCC this fall! I just can’t believe it you guys, my child will legally be an adult!! 😭 Then, there’s Julieta & Anthony… Julieta graduates from 8th grade and starts high school this fall while Anthony starts Transitional Kindergarten! 😭 I mean seriously, with all these exciting yet emotional events I’ll be needing lots of tissue and some waterproof mascara!!

And, if that wasn’t enough… My baby brother is getting married in November and my entire family is in the wedding party. Bobby will be a groomsman, I’ll be a bridesmaid, both girls are junior bridesmaids and Anthony will be the ring bearer! We’re so excited for my brother and his future wife!

With so much going on this year I made my #1 New Year Resolution to be… PLANNING!! We have so much to prepare for that without planning ahead, I know I will become very overwhelmed which in return will overwhelm the family. So together we have come up with several ways to stay on top of things. We have set up a big calendar so that we can see what is coming up in our lives. I will be updating everyone’s Google calendar so that we are all linked up. Bobby & I have set up an agenda just to keep up with our finances and I also have my personal agenda for upcoming blog posts and projects. We have set up our chore days, laundry days and are hoping to set up a good system for our daily challenge of “What’s for dinner?”. 😅 I’m hoping that with everyone on board we are able to accomplish things in a stress free way.

Aside from our Planning goal, the quote below really spoke to me so I’m making this happen!

Last Friday, we each made a vision board for the year that displays our goals and dreams. It was so fun to do as a family! (Might share mine another day. 😉) In addition to my 2017 goals, I’m also making it a point to check off more on my Bucket List. Stay tune cause I’ll be sharing my list later this week.

Phew… Talk about a busy year with endless goals! But this is what I have to do to make sh!t happen! 😉 So bring it on 2017… let’s do this!

What are some of your New Year resolutions or goals for this year?

Christmas Traditions… & the Lack of Christmas Spirit in 2016 

When I first decided to write a post about Christmas, I was so excited to share the traditions we have created for our family, but after several attempts I realized that I wasn’t feeling it. The truth is that as much as I wanted to get into the Christmas spirit this year I kind of failed. Things felt rushed and even though we were still able to keep most of our traditions alive… some felt forced and others like sending out Christmas cards simply didn’t happen. I know that my migraines are to blame for my mood and lack of energy to get things done, but I also feel that this is the world we live in today… Always on the move! Always in a rush!! I mean seriously, Halloween hadn’t passed when Christmas was already exploding everywhere! Who can keep up with that?! I know I can’t!

Well, this year I was over it… so I made it a point to give us one day where we just dropped everything and actually enjoyed Christmas. I took the kids to see Santa. I really wanted a picture of all 3 kids with him since Vicky will be 18 next year 😢 and I’m not sure she’ll be willing to do it again. 

Julieta (13), Antonio (4), Victoria (17)
My Babies with Santa! ❤❤❤

At home, I made us some hot chocolate and sugar cookies. We started the fire and made s’mores in our fireplace. We watched The Polar Express and we camped out in the living room next to our Christmas tree. It was perfect & just what we needed! But now all I keep thinking is how I want more nights like this, and what I’m going to do differently to alleviate the pressure & actually enjoy Christmas next year. 

So here are a few things I came up with… 

  • Plan Christmas activities for the month. This year we missed a few events and tried to squeeze some others at the last minute. 
  • Finish ALL Christmas shopping by December 10th. That gives us 15 days to enjoy the festivities without worrying about shopping. 
  • Wrap gifts as they are purchased. Every year I wait until Christmas Eve to wrap and then I’m completely miserable on Christmas day! This year I finished wrapping at 4:45am!!! 😪
  • Take Christmas pictures by December 15th so that I can…
  • Send out Christmas cards! I’ve done this for years and I’m always sad when I don’t get around to doing it. 
  • Plan activities for our Elf on the shelf ahead of time. It’s just easier when there’s a plan on what Joaquin will be doing instead of scrambling at night or first thing in the morning. 

    I know these changes are very basic, but I feel that with a little planning this can be the answer to a less stressful Christmas next year. 

    For now we are just grateful for the good times and the opportunity to learn from the stressful ones. In the end we always make the best of things and our time together.

    Do you have any ideas on how to survive the craze of the holiday season? What lessons have you learned from the past years? Do you think any of these ideas can help you? Please share… I’d love to hear from you.