An update

So, I haven't updated the ol' blog in about a month. Of course it was the busiest month of all my months so far so it figures. I'll just update in bullet format:

- MATERNITY SHOOT: If you're in the South Florida area and looking for a maternity, newborn or family photographer; I highly recommend Melissa. She was incredibly patient (I'm a nervous wreck in front of cameras) super professional, sweet as pie and incredibly talented!

- THANKSGIVING: It was bittersweet as my brother was going through a hard time and he wasn't here. We all missed him but we still celebrated and video chatted him. My mom's spread was delicious as always and Hector and I had enough leftovers for lunch AND dinner the next day. 

- GILMORE GIRLS! Speaking of the day after Thanksgiving, I was sooooo excited and so ready for the GG revival! I remember watching the show when it first aired here and there and liking it, but not really following it religiously. Early this year (or was it late last year?) I stumbled upon it on Netflix and decided to give it a chance. I loved it and couldn't get enough! I laughed, cried, laughed and cried at the same time.  While I was watching the original show, Hector got into it and we would watch it together sometimes so he was *semi* excited for the revival while I was next to him freaking out. For the record, I cried 36 minutes into the very first episode so... 
It was good, it wasn't great but I liked it! The last 4 words were good and left me in shock (me to Hector: "but how?!! but who?!! It better not be that Wookie!) and I appreciated seeing all the cameos from Parenthood and Bunheads. I could literally write an entire post on just this very topic so I'll move on now. 

- SCHOOL: GAHHHH.... The 2 weeks before finals were brutal! I had presentations, papers, homework, quizzes. On top of that I had work, was 32-34 weeks pregnant and just over it. I questioned wether or not I *really* wanted this degree Lots of tears, lots of hair pulling, lots of Hector talking me off the ledge. And then finals week. Ugh. But it's over now and I got through it. And I didn't get terrible grades. So I win! Now all I have left is my practicum which will have to be done during the summer semester (can't do it next semester as it starts 2 weeks before my due date) and then FREEDOM! and a Bachelor's Degree. 

A Baby Shower

Our baby shower turned out beautiful and so much fun! I had a little army of people helping that included my mom, stepdad, stepsis, nephew, best friend and hubby. It took a village lol, but it took off some stress from me and I was able to relax and enjoy. Also, special shout out to my best friend, who was the one making sure pictures were taken and because of her I have beautiful pictures with my family, most of the guests, decorations and set up. She would also direct us on how to pose and would tell me which was my best angle. Not only was she the self-designated photographer but also head decorator. What else can you possibly want in a best friend?

The shower was co-ed and my stepsis was in charge of the games. She picked 2 very fun ones and everyone participated and laughed. I definitely recommend playing them even if your shower is not co-ed. One was to draw baby Leo on a paper plate on your forehead and the other one was to make the baby out of play-doh. You'd be surprised, but people get really into both games! Especially the Play-Doh one, it got really competitive! Seriously, my one piece of advise if you're having a baby shower is to designate the most fun person you know to be in charge of your games.

For food we did brunch with scrambled eggs, sausages, pancakes, waffles, french toast casserole, my mom's famous egg stratta, coffee bar, mimosas and munchkins and a dessert table with assorted mini desserts and cake.

The theme was baby Lion King (the line is called Sweet Circle of Life. Discontinued by Disney, sadly) because of the baby's name being Leo. In hindsight, it wasn't very clear that that was the reason since his name was nowhere to be seen :( If there's one thing I regret is not getting the giant ballon letters to spell it out. I really debated whether to get them or not, and decided not to since we had baby lion balloons.

Now for the photo dump!

My parents setting up fruit cups

BFF setting up background

Outside tent

Decorated tables 

Decoration team 

Stepdad in charge of kitchen

Decor team hard at work

Food almost ready

Drinks and coffee

Always laughing!

My most favorite paicture

Main table

Cake made by my BFF's sister

Sweets and favors

Sweets and Simba

More sweets

Simba Funko 

Drawing on forehead game

It's a fun one


Play Doh babies game

Everyone was so into it 

Took them a long time! 

Stepdad's creation (toddler)

Winner baby

Different color diaper

He had a night stand and lamp!

He was wrapped in a blanket 

29 weeks and an election

This week was a busy one! It was election day, my nephew's 18th birthday, our baby shower and I had Kid's Ministry. Phewwww!

Election day I was a nervous wreck. Up until the day before I had been SO SURE. I knew it would go the way it was supposed to, there was just NO WAY that he would win. Even when I spoke to a Trump supporter in my office, she told me she knew Hilary would win.
I went to school that day, but I decided to skip my night class. I was just so nervous. I had an uneasy feeling, and went straight home to watch it unfold. My husband and I watched with baited breath, not really talking about it much, but every once in a while he would say "I don't like this. I don't like this" and I would say, "I don't think it's going to go the way it's supposed to." Back and forth we went until about midnight when we headed upstairs to sleep, already with a sinking suspicion. I woke up in the middle of the night, checked my phone and confirmed. The next day was just somber. It's the only way I can describe the vibe of the office. No one was talking. Everyone was in shock.

It was also my nephew's birthday so we decided to head out for dinner at Olive Garden with my parents. We had a delicious dinner and surprised him by having the staff sing to him. I was surprised too because I didn't see anyone in my family "go to the bathroom" so I'm still not sure when/who asked for the singing, but it was a good time. Happy birthday buddy! We love you and are so proud of you.

Friday was Veteran's Day so everyone (except for Hector) had the day off. It was a day FULL of errands and tasks in preparation for the baby shower the next day. Thank God for my mom and step-dad. They came over to help with all kinds of things. My stepdad and nephew did some gardening (we had an outside brunch), my mom helped me with setting up the serving ware. The tables, chairs and tent rentals were delivered. The cleaning lady was picked up. It was a long day that also included a mani-pedi, but not much relaxing on my part. I just get so anxious when hosting parties that I literally can't stop moving until the first guest walks in the door. However, it was a great time! I will do a photo dump and day of post in a few days.

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