Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Tag Time

Hey all,

I actually got tagged twice for this (Jess from Me Unscripted and Christina from The Subfertile Frugalista, so the pressure's on! 

1. You must post these rules.
2. Each per­son must post 11 things about them­selves on their blog.
3. Answer the ques­tions the tag­ger set for you in their post, and cre­ate 11 new ques­tions for the peo­ple you tag to answer.
4. You have to choose 11 peo­ple to tag and link them on the post.
5. Go to their page and tell them you have linked him or her.
6. No tag backs.
7. No stuff in the tag­ging sec­tion about ‘you are tagged if you are read­ing this.’ You legit­i­mately have to tag 11 people.

11 things about me:
1. I'm a Libra and it's very fitting because I'm always trying to find balance in my life.
2. As a teenager, my dad nicknamed me "topo" - Spanish for gopher because I only came out of my room to eat and go to the bathroom.
3. I've never liked too much drama, and as time goes by it gets worse.  It makes me really uncomfortable.  Exception:  see #4
4. I love reality tv, it's almost the only thing I watch.
5. I've never done any drugs.  The closest I've ever gotten was somehow I ended up in a room at a party that was dedicated to smoking weed.  If second-hand smoke counts, then maybe I have done drugs!
6. I've had a reverse weight problem all my life. Too skinny.
7. I love swimming, though I don't get to a pool much anymore.
8. As a child there were two things I prayed heavily for:  to meet my soul mate and to talk to animals like Dr. Doo Little.
9. Although I was raised catholic, I am no longer religious, but still spiritual.  It just never felt right, but I still identify as a catholic occasionally.
10.  I don't leave the house without makeup, and my husband can't understand it.
11. I've never really been to a spa, and I don't seek massages.  A scolding hot bathtub is all I need.  It's extremely therapeutic and a big stress release for me.

Jess' Questions for me
1. What would be on the menu if you had your favorite dinner?  Lomo Saltado (Peruvian plate: sirloin steak strips, onions, tomatoes, vinegar, rice and fries ), Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Cider, Cheesecake dessert.
2. What is something that is on your to-do list for 2012?  Pay off my credit debt and finish the house remodel.
3. Where is your favorite vacation spot?  Costa Rica (ecological & tropical all in one)
4. What was the last thing you ate?  A sugar-free toffee square.
5. What cliche(Nerd, Prep, Athlete, Goth, etc.) were you apart of in high school?  Nerd, but my next door neighbor and best friend was the popular, pretty girl.  It was harder for me to fit in because of that.
6. Do you collect anything? Nothing, I don't have the collector gene.
7. What are your favorite youtube channels? rMeghann, katersoneseven (she's got the whole vlogging thing down), losergoescrazy (artistic & inspiring videos), themomof6boys (incredibly funny AND 6 boys? Wow!)
8. Are you a morning person?  Yeah, right.  I don't think so.
9. Do you have New Year's Eve plans?  No, and I prefer it that way.
10. What is your favorite way to spend a summery day?  sun bathing, drinking an icy drink, and jumping into a pool, lake, beach (any body of water)
11. Can you play any instruments?  No. sad face.

Christina's Questions for me
1. What was your favorite moment from 2011?  The birth of my son, Mateo.
2. What was your favorite Christmas gift?  I got Emeril's crockpot
3. What's on your list to accomplish in 2012?  I'm paying off bills and finishing the house construction
4. In a pinch, what is your go-to meal to make? Rice, soy sauce, and a fried egg.  My mother HATES when I do this.  She thinks there's no nutritional value.  I think it's better than my vice: McDonald's Big Mac meal.
5. What is your guilty-pleasure show? Teen Mom or 16 & pregnant or Housewives of any County
6. How many children do you want?  2 - I'm pretty sure I'm done
7. Flats or heels? Flats 1) I'm already too tall at 5'8" and 2) My ankles start to hurt if I wear heels too long.
8. Favorite brand of mascara?  Covergirl
9. Your greatest accomplishment?  Other than my children, it's either my bachelor's degree or when I bought my house
10. Who inspires you most?  Will power - my husband, Just being sweet, good person - my mother, fashion - Nicole Ritchie, Unconditional love - my dog
11. Ever met a celebrity? Fiona Apple (one of my favorite artists) out on the street after her show.  We were trying to score a poster, and I scored an autographed ticket instead.     Drew Barrymore and Ron Schneider different occasions and ironically both in North Beach (San Francisco's Italian district) while on a romantic pasta dinner date with my husband.

My Questions to those I've tagged:

1.  If you won the lotto, what are the top three things you would use the money for?
2.  What was the best gift you gave this Christmas?
3.  What was the last thing that made you laugh hard?
4.  What is your favorite recipe or food?
5.  What do you do when you're stressed and need a moment?
6.  What are you working on for self-improvement in 2012?
7.  What happened in 2011 that you will definitely do again in 2012?
8.  What won't you do again in 2012?
9.  What is your favorite blog post of 2011 on your blog?
10.  What is your favorite blog post of 2011 on someone else's blog?
11.   Do you believe we'll still be here by the end of 2012?  Or are the Mayans right?

Who I am tagging  (Sorry guys!  I don't tag that often so I don't have 11 people, especially since I can't tag back!) :

Morgan from Modern Mommyhood
Sara from Sarbear's Journey
Penelope from Pintrest Made Me Do it
Becky from Imported Mama

2011 Recap

Well - I guess when I put it this way, a lot has happened this year!!!!

Diego and Qori start to bond through food
We celebrate Diego's first birthday bash in Lima Peru
confetti feets
Diego becomes a jump-aholic!

No snow in San Francisco - duh!
I find out I'm pregnant
I have a miscarriage :(
I throw my sis her French themed bridal shower

My sister gets married!
My sister's lab goes to the vet during their honeymoon after ingesting all his arthritis medication
I start to wonder if I'm pregnant again and begin mentally torturing myself
I announce that I'm pregnant indeed!
Diego struggles with language development


Diego is teething and in lots of pain
I revive the Four-Zero Project (pregnancy photo-journal)
I go to my first prenatal appointment
I tell my family I'm pregnant

We work on bathtime therapy with Diego
I'm diagnosed with gestational diabetes
I work on my father's secret airplane-themed retirement party
I tell Diego tells friends that I'm pregnant on Facebook
I experience high glucose readings (mostly in the pinky)
Successful surprise retirement party!
I experience fetal movements
I announce the baby's gender
2nd integrated screening results that I have a bad placenta

It's a boy!
Mommy fail
Bahama baby moon
I discover Pinterest & my first craft: T-shirt tie
House remodel construction begins!

We disagree on baby names (say No to "Marlon")
My Indian, henna-themed baby shower
My birthday
Great nails (prenatal vitamins and no cooking due to construction)
We go to the pumpkin patch
House construction drives me crazy
Sick and pregnant (over and over again!)
Diego starts calling me "Mama" officially
Award-winning skeleton family Halloween costume!

Diego terrorizes Qori
Mateo gets his name!
Diego turns into a genius! Proves he knows his letters
Thanksgiving maternity scare (early delivery?)
We move into the unfinished parts of the house and give it some Christmas Spirit
Mommy Fail..... AGAIN!
Diego the artist starts writing on walls
Mateo is born and gets in our Christmas card at the last minute!
Simply having a wonderful Christmas...

Here's to a fabulous 2012! - Shirley

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

It's over... sad face!

As we were driving home on the San Francisco Bay Bridge from our pajama party on Christmas night, I looked out the window and saw the beautiful city adorned with Christmas lights.  I was sad.  Sad Christmas was over.  It's my favorite holiday and I can't accept that I need to wait another year for it to happen again.  So for now, I'll show you my fave Christmas Day moments from this year:

Qori anticipates his gift.

Mateo is not conscious for the gift opening (Why do men suck at gift wrapping?  Really?  Permanent Marker?  LOL)

Qori is very conscious for the gift opening and gets an over-stuffed stocking gift.

Qori enjoys his new gift

Diego proves that a not-even-two year old can work a remote control car

Santa!  Did I grow or did you shrink?

Mateo getting love from my Aunt.

My grandma eggs on all the guys to take shots!

She tricks my cousin to take a shot while recording

Grandma gives back $100 to my dad.  I secretly set them up with each other as secret santas as punishment for only asking for cash.

My dad can't believe he's been pranked!

Mateo's gift: Book Calculus for Infants. By the look on my face, you can tell it's been awhile since I've opened a calculus book!

My cousin asked for an engraved flask.  We're such close family that we needed to Google him to remind us what his middle name was.  Google didn't tell us the name, but told us to use "C" so we did.

Diego can be just like daddy now!

I give the best White elephant gifts:  Justin Bieber singing toothbrush...  LOL!
What were your Christmas highlights? - Shirley

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