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Tuesday, December 15

Holy Heartburn!!!

It never fails, every night around 6ish I get really bad heartburn. I try Tums...yeah, no luck. I've tried Zantac.....that doesn't stay down (I can't seem to keep anything in pill form down). My mom drinks a tall glass of cold milk with her heartburn....sorry mom, doesn't work for me.

My remedy? Breyers Ice Cream. My freezer is stocked with the many yummy flavors, preferably the Neapolitan, Rocky Road or Chocolate Chip.

Yup.....you know that so called 35pnds I'm down?!?!, yeah I have a feeling it won't stay off long if I keep eating Ice Cream every night. I guess we will see.....

Monday, December 14

M.I.A.

I know other than my product review blog, I have been missing in action for about two weeks. I still have been having some tough times with my pregnancy and the Hyperemisis. Two weeks ago I had experienced another solid week of not keeping liquids and solids down. Just when it was looking like the roughest parts of my pregnancy was ending, it had started back up again(I will spare you the details). Anyway, I am starting to feel better and keeping food down. According to my Dr., there is a bright side to this, I've lost 35pnds. I wish it was this easy to lose weight when not pregnant.

Anyway, two weeks ago we went and had our ultrasound to find out the sex. Well, without further ado.......IT'S A GIRL!!!! We will be welcoming Emma Grace Delima to our family in April and we could not be happier.

Is it Blogger or Operator issues?!?!

I would like to apologize for the formatting of my previous post My first product review. I can't seem to get the formatting to cooperate :(

My first product review!!!

So just before Thanksgiving I was contacted by Sarah at LuShae Jewelry. She asked if I would be interested in doing a product review on one of her pieces. Well I was ecstatic to have that opportunity! I haven't done a product review before, but I understand the importance to rising businesses. Word of mouth is one of the best forms of advertising and I'm so honored to be apart of this.

About LuShae Jewelry:

Jewelry Art Designs offers a unique range of authentic
sterling silver jewelry with a wide range of precious and semi precious
gemstones. We follow celebrity and fashion jewelry trends sourcing the most contemporary high grade pieces available ensuring unmatched quality and value. We also operate a number of other retail websites in the fashion industry and have been operating online since 1999.


We are a privately owned company and genuinely committed
to providing an excellent buying experience. Our entire product offering is backed by our returns and exchange policy. As always we welcome all feedback and suggestions as we constantly review our sales and supply processes.


I had an opportunity to choose any piece from the website to do a review on. Let me tell you, it wasn't easy deciding on just one piece. LuShae has so many beautiful pieces of jewelry. After much time looking at all the pieces, I kept going back to this one:

I fell in love and could not wait to receive it in the mail. Well about a week later it was here:


The piece was everything I had expected and more. It was absolutely beautiful and fit the description listed on the website. The Edwardian is a white gold rhodium bonded pendant with clear CZ in silverstone. The design is a classic filigree and lace pattern paying tribute to the Edwardian period. It came with a 16" chain with a 2" extender and is 5.7cts(which fits perfectly on someone who is broader up top, such as myself). The pendant measures 31mm in length, 25mm in width and 6mm in height.
I have received numerous compliments on the pendant and inquires as to where it came from. I wore it to the last two Sundays to church and had 7 compliments. Whats so great about it is that its versatile. The first Sunday I wore it with jeans and a sweater and the second time I wore it with black dress pants and a blouse. My husband has even commented on how nice it is and asked about the website details(any chance this means I will be enjoying more pieces from LuSae in the near future?!?! *wink**wink** honey).
I have to say I honestly do not have anything negative to say about this pendant or LuShae Jewelry. It was a pleasure working with them and I would def. do it again. Who knows...maybe there will be a chance for one of my fellow bloggers to own a LuShae piece in the near future.

Tuesday, December 1

Some exciting fun!

I'm having my first product review coming soon so stay tuned! I am so excited. Here's a hint....it involves Jewelry!!!!

Showing some love towards breast cancer awareness!!

I came across this Breast Cancer Awareness video that I thought was a great idea! A hospital's staff in Portland, Oregon put this video together to promote pink gloves. Please check it out here! <3

Wednesday, November 18

Changes...

For those of you that follow my blog on the regular I'm sure you noticed that I changed my background. There has been some changes in our lives, so I figured why not make some changes here as well.

The hubs and I have been working on a few things in the house....you know, just sprucing it up a little. Making some minor changes.

Alexi has been going through some changes of her own. Yes, it seems that since she is turning 3 next month, she has become too old to call us mommy and daddy. Yup, we have turned into mom and dad. And you know, its not that our "names" changed that bothers me, its the tone she uses when saying it. She is really trying to sound like a "big kid". It kills me. Seriously...please tell me why my almost 3 yr old needs to sound like she is 10?!?! I decided to ignore her when she calls me mom...I think she's starting to realize bc she ends up calling me mommy to get my attention. This is one change I am not ready for.

Friday, November 13

Hoping the best for my neighbors

So as many of you probably have either heard or experienced, these last couple of days parts of Virginia and North Carolina have been experiencing a "Nor-Easter" (should of just been called a hurricane). This storm came with 3 days of torrential down pours, 50mph winds, loss of power and flooding. Our street being one of the casualties:

My poor neighbors houses were flooded




My poor street

Our house and trees are still standing.

Thanks to my husband standing out in the rain yesterday pushing the rain through and digging more drainage's, our house remained pretty dry. I hope everyone remains safe and dry.

Tuesday, November 10

Decisions, Decisions

Making important decisions can be one of the hardest things to do in life. I know because I have had to make some important life altering changes in the last couple of months. It looks like I have more decisions to make soon. These are scary decisions to make. I know my husband says to trust in God and He will guide us, but I still can't help but worry.

For all of those who have important decisions to make in life, I wish you all the best of luck. Just like my husband says, we need to try to trust in God. Believe me, I know its not easy!

Sunday, November 8

What did you just say?!?!?

The other day Alexi and I were outside playing kickball. It's been our usual routine after nap time to stretch our legs and enjoy the fall weather.

Well we were kicking the ball back and forth when all of a sudden my daughter sparked the following conversation:

Alexi: Mommy I need to take a break.

Mommy: How come?

Alexi: I need to take a smoke break.

Mommy: You need to what?!?!?

Alexi: I need to smoke (as she pinched her fingers together and put them to her mouth)

Well let me tell you...this was the last thing I had expected to hear come out of my daughters mouth!! And although I was furious, I did not yell at her. I just said that smoking was not something children or adults should do and I did not want her to ever say that again. I then called my husband while he was at work and "nicely" gave him a piece of my mind on the situation.

You see, I don't smoke...never have. My husband on the other hand has smoked ever since I met him over 11 years ago. Now although he has never been allowed to smoke in our home or cars, my daughter has seen him smoke outside. She is well aware of daddy's extra curricular activity and just like any curious child, she wants to do the same.

Needless to say; this has been a push for my husband to quit smoking...for many reasons. You see, he felt so guilty when he heard what she had said and he has been talking for quite some time now about quiting, so I hope this is it. Not to mention, due to my current work situation we can't really afford the added expense. Wish him luck; I know it's not going to be easy for him.

Saturday, November 7

"I said NO!"

Alexi is going to be 3yrs old at the end of December and I swear she thinks she is going to be 30. She is def. trying to express her independence. I am hearing the following an awful lot and I am not appreciating it:
  • "I said NO!" (If she does not want to do something)
  • "Not yet" (If I tell her to clean something up)
  • "I don't know how"
  • "No, I don't think so"

She is def. testing my patience...that's for sure. GOD I pray you give me the patients to get through my daughters new "independence" phase.

Thursday, October 29

The call from mom

Last night my mom called to see how I was doing. What did I do?....I balled. I was doing fine all day! Why is it the minute I get on the phone with her I starting crying like a baby?!?!?! Seriously, I am a 29 year old mother of a 2yr old acting like a 2yr old on the phone. I need to just get a grip. I think its probably just the hormones, as a matter of fact...that is going to be my story and I'm sticking to it!!

On another note, I have been feeling better and was able to keep down some noodles today. Yay! (Hay, its a start, right? Lol)

Tomorrow Alexi gets to dress up in her Halloween costume for daycare. She is so excited. I will reveal what her costume is tomorrow ;-)

Good night all

Wednesday, October 28

The first real meltdown

Yesterday afternoon I decided I was feeling like I could eat something. Finally, to have something substantial in my stomach. I decided to eat a small bowl of raisin bran. I figured that couldn't be so bad and I could use all the calcium and fiber I can get, right? Well, I think I was wrong.

About 20 minutes after eating, I figured I would try to take a bath and get washed up....finally, since coming home from the hospital. (Mind you, Fred and Alexi were not home yet) I wanted to try to do it on my own.

That's when the meltdown began. I filled the tub, no problem. I got undressed up to my bra. Please tell me why I could not get my bra off with one hand? I know guys do it all the time! Well I kept trying and couldn't. I don't know if I was just getting frustrated or what, but I lost it. I balled and balled on the bathroom floor. This whole process has been so terrifying to me and I think I just reached my breaking point.

Well of course what happens next while I'm sitting there, eyes full of tears? Yup...I start getting sick. Ugh!!! Just what I needed! I have not been able to keep anything down since Saturday morning...I mean nothing! Fluids just started staying down yesterday.

Today I get a break from the IV fluids. Dr. wants to see what I can get and keep down on my own today. I obviously don't get to take the IV lines out of me yet; they are a little bit more permanent, but at least I don't have to carry around the backpack full of fluids. Oh-well, we will see how things go today. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 27

I should have been a nurse....

So after yesterdays experience and training, I'm thinking I should have just became a nurse.

I had my regular monthly check-up scheduled at my obgyn yesterday morning. Nothing new, I'm now 14 weeks and 1 day pregnant. My due date is April 25th.

Well they finally call my name and do the usual prep work including the good ol' weigh in. The nurse said to me, "wow, you lost 17pnds" I said I was aware I lost some weight due to not being able to keep down food and some fluids, bt not that much. I informed her that I went through the same thing with my first pregnancy. My body just does not do pregnancy well. Anywho, so she put me in a room and told me to wait for the Dr.

My Dr. came in and said "You need to go the hospital now" I said "Um, no. I don't understand, I went through this before and never had to go to the hospital." Well come to find out, I had lost 17pnds just in the last month; a total of 26 pounds in two months. I'm losing weight much faster in this pregnancy.

So after my meltdown and clearing of all the tears, I head over to the hospital. I get admitted and sit there with an IV for about 6hours, waiting for the "Pick" Nurse to come and put in a Pickline (travel IV) in me. Yes, they put in an IV in my upper right arm, which goes up my vein to my clavicle and back down just above my heart. I am having a really hard time coping with this. Other than giving birth to Alexi, I don't think I've ever been this nervous about something.

A nurse came to my house last night to give me my IV bags and to teach me how to change my lines. I'm telling you, I really should have just gone through nursing school. I have learned how to undo the lines, flush the lines, and set up a new IV bag. I then get to program my pump accordingly; all while trying to stay as sterile as possible so that I don't get an infection in my arm.

I can't wait to get this out and start eating real food on my own. I could not sleep last night. I'm so nervous that I might accidentally pull it out of my arm if I move the wrong way. I'm also nervous that my daughter might get caught on it and pull it.

All I know is that I just want a healthy baby and I will do everything possible to ensure that. (I just hope that this doesn't last my whole pregnancy)

Sunday, October 25

Over Due Pics

Ok, so here are pictures from recent events that I have been promising to post up for quite some time....

Daddy teaching Alexi to roller skate



Alexi and her friend Lanie playing at the beach!

My parents and their mothers at the surprise 50th birthday party my siblings and I threw them!

My dad when he was in the army and my mom at her graduation.

Alexi and her cousins at the party.

Grand mom and all her grand babies
I hope you all enjoy!!

Monday, October 12

Hey there!!!

Alright...I know, I've said I was back before, but really......I am. Trust me, I now have more time on my hands(we'll save that for another blog, lets start slow) so there should be no excuse! What's going on now? Hmmm...currently we are packing for our family trip to Disney. We fly out Saturday morning so we are really excited for that.

I am currently altering Alexi's Snow White costume to fit her a little bit better. Just our luck...the 3T dress was too big and the 2t is too small. Seriously?!?!?!? So what am I doing? Altering the 3T dress to fit her better :) This is when I wished I had a sewing machine. I do know how to work my way around one. It makes it much easier than sewing by hand. Oh-well. That's the joy of being a parent :-)

Just think...I'm going to be a parent times two in 6 more months. That's right, I am now 3 months pregnant! That has been quite a challenge lately (we'll blog about that later, too).

Happy Monday All!

Wednesday, September 23

Starting to feel better....

I am starting to feel better now that I am taking some anti-nausea medicine. I look forward to being more active on my blog. I will also update you on whats been going on in the Delima household with topics like:
  • How my pregnancy has been going
  • Our ordeal with the Swine Flu....yes, Mr. Swine Flu had paid us a visit. Ugh!!
  • Latest Drama with a capitol D!
  • Details on our upcoming Disney trip.
  • And much more.....

Stay tuned :)

Thursday, September 10

Going to Disney!! Again!

So we decided to plan another trip to Disney, well I should say that my Aunt proposed a trip to Disney. (I also say another trip b/c my Aunt and I just went in March for a long weekend. I did not take the hubs and Alexi then. This trip is for a week.) She found a really great deal and asked if we wanted to try to go. Well of course we could not pass it up, it's a really great deal that we are getting.

Soooooo, although I would not normally take Alexi to Disney at such a young age, I can not pass up this opportunity. The hotel=free, mine and Alexi's flights=paid for (we had airline credit), park passes=stupid cheap. Do you all see a pattern? My Aunt always finds the best deals. This is something we could not say no too. On top of the hubs and Alexi going, my sister and her family is going as well. We are so excited.

My sister keeps texting me everyday the countdown...as of yesterday it was 38 days till we fly out. I can't wait! I was able to book our layover in Philly (which is where my Aunt, cousins and sister are flying out of), so we will get to fly to Disney all together on the same flight. It will be the same when we come home. We truly are blessed to have this opportunity.

Along with hitting up the parks, we are going to go to Cape Canaveral, Universal Studios and the beach! I will keep you all posted!

I don't know how to be a big sister

So ever since we told my daughter that she was going to be a big sister, her response has been..."I don't know how to be a big sister!" Well as we were at the mall on Monday, waiting to see Disney's "UP" (which I recommend seeing. It's a cute movie) an older woman was being polite and said hello to Alexi. Alexi turned to her and said...

Alexi-"I'm going to be a big sister".

Woman-"Oh yeah? That's great! Are you excited?"

Alexi-"No."

Woman-"Oh...why not?"

Alexi-"Because I don't know how to be a big sister!"

Needless to say the woman got a chuckle out of it and told Alexi that she would learn. She then gave Alexi a dollar to "buy something special" for herself (come to think of it, that dollar is still in my purse).

Kids can say the darnedest things :-)

Wednesday, September 9

The secret

So last week I said that I was heading back to Pennsylvania, but that I could not say why. Well now I share my secret....my siblings and I had a surprise birthday party for my parents. My mother turned 50 on Aug. 6th and my dad turns 50 on Sept. 24th (I know, they are young, they started their family at a young age.)

Anywho, it was so much fun. I first told my parents that I was flying in. This gave my siblings and I no other choice but to drive my sisters small car to pick our parents up. Yup, picture this: 5 adults in a 4 door Mazda. 2 of the adults are over 6 ft, 2 adults get hot flashes (yes, I'm one of them) and the shortest adult who scares us behind the wheel was the driver. Yes....gotta love my family. Let's just say it def. gave us time to bond. Lol. On a serious note, it was a lot of fun. We joked and laughed as we took my parents to the Picture People to have a new family photo done. We were all so surprised at how great the pictures turned out. (The last family photo we had was when I was like twelve and I have a sour pus look on my face)

After our photo shoot we took my parents to my Aunts house for a surprise party. (Only it wasn't so much a surprise b/c someone had spilled some of the beans before hand. But it worked out anyway, so that was not big deal. My parents didn't know details.)

The theme was memories. We had hung up old and new pictures of my parents all around the house (that was hilarious b/c we even put some in the bathroom). I had also typed up memories that myself and siblings had growing up and taped them on the leftover invitations (which were a picture of my parents at my wedding). I then taped them all over the house. This was such a fun thing to do. All the guests had a good time reading the memories and looking at the pictures. We also had the guests get involved with the fun. As each guest arrived, they had to write down on a little paper a memory they had with my parents and put it in a bucket. Just before we did the cake, my sister read each memory and my parents had to guess whose memory it was. Let me tell you, we all were laughing. Everyone had good memories, but I think the best one was when my sister read "My memory was when it was just the two of us". It took us all a minute to figure out whose memory it was. We are fortunate to still have my Great Grandfather around and his memory was of him and our Great Grandmother together starting our crazy family. How sweet is that!!

So that was the secret. It was such a good time for all! My parents said they were so happy and grateful for the party. They truly loved every bit of it.

Pictures are still to follow.....

Monday, September 7

Wednesday, September 2

Not feeling so hot!!

Sorry about the lack in blogging and the details on my weekend to PA. I have had a rough last couple of days with morning, noon & night sickness. I am exhausted all day long and just lagging through the days. Yesterday morning I was driving on the interstate on my way into work and had to pull over. Yes, you guessed it.....everyone driving on 264E at 7:40am got to watch me toss my cookies. I am truly sorry to all those that had to witness that. It certainly was not pleasant (I was on the side of the road for quite a bit of time. Ugh!) Thank God for Michelle over at Stuttering Shell for stopping and getting me a travel tooth brush set on her way into work. (We had a new girl start and I am sure she did not want to smell my rank breath as I was training her.)

So.....when I get a little more energy, I will get back to blogging regularly. If I don't talk to you all before then, have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

Friday, August 28

Have you ever wanted to throw pie in your bosses face?

Ok...so Fred signed up for the "Pie" in the Manager's face charity fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society‏ at his job. Ok....so its not really "Pie". Each employee that gets 3 soaked sponges smeared with chocolate pudding! Ha Ha Ha....better the hubs than me!

Here's what the flyer says:

A fund raiser of never before seen outrageousness
for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Friday, September 4th from 11:30 to 1:30 and 4:30 to 5:30

Question…
Have you ever wanted to smear pudding in your boss’ face?
Do you know what it is like to be able to throw sticky wet objects at your Manager without getting into trouble?
Do you have a decent throwing arm? How is your aim?
Need some exercise and tension relief from your job?

Well then, come join us during your lunch period on Friday, September 4th and for the small and nearly negligible price of $5, we will give you a hot dog and drink for lunch, 3 soaking wet sponges smeared with Chocolate Pudding, and the show of a life time.

You eat the hot dog, down the drink , and throw the wet slimy sponges at the face of the Manager of your choice and then you get to step back and, for the remainder of your lunch period, watch your co-workers throw soggy slimy sponges at the managers. Think of it. All this for just $5. Why we should be charging twice that for all this exercise and good fun. But No! Just $5 and, after expenses, all of that will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society charity.

Want to know the CRAZY part??? The managers want you to throw at them!!! They want to raise as much money as they can for the Leukemia Society.


Just picture it…you step out from behind the crowd…carefully apply the pudding to your selected heavy wet throwing sponge…the sun is out and there is a clear view of your pompous target down range…that face looking back at you, defying you to hit him…you take a deep breath….wind up…and let it fly…SPLAT! And the Crowd Goes WILD!!!...a direct hit on your boss, right square in the face with a slimy disgusting blob of sticky goo…turn around and raise your hands in victory and accept the applause and gratitude of the cheering crowd gone wild…and the best part??? You still have two more to throw.

So come one, come all to this great event. Come for the food. Come for the fun. Come to support the fight to THROW OUT LEUKEMIA!!
Tickets $5 each sold only in advance. See your Supervisor.


It's a good cause and I am so proud of him for doing this. I think he will have just as much fun as his employees will.

Let the throwing begin!!!

Thursday, August 27

Some of my own exciting news!!!

Do you all remember that post I did when my boss asked me if I was pregnant? Yes ... this one. As you all know, my answer was no. That's right I was was not pregnant, although Fred and I were talking about it and well, you know .... working on it.

Well, now I can officially say that if my boss was to yell across the office and ask me if I was pregnant, My answer would be ..... YES!! That's right everyone, I am pregnant and so happy. I guess all that "working" paid off ;-)

I have a Dr.'S appt. On Monday so I will fill you in later on the details. Until then, it will be heartburn city (I had heartburn 24 / 7 when I was pregnant with Alexi and from the start of this pregnancy, it looks like it's going to be no different).

Everyone have a wonderful evening!!!

Reminiscing

So I was going through some old photos of my parents for a project that I am working on (I will tell you all about that later) and I came across some neat pictures from back in the day. This one really caught my attention and I thought I would share it with you all? I wonder what was so funny ..... was there something exciting going on .... or were they just playing around? Hmmm? One of these days I will ask them.

Here's a dart for you!

I bet you were waiting for this one. Well here it is!

You want to be upset, that's fine. Your entitled. But you are taking this way too far! I don't understand all the lashing out and lying you are doing. I don't understand why you are so quick to write off those that love you. Yes, things did not go how you planned, but we have made it very clear it was never intentionally done to hurt you. Remember....this was your choice.

I don't appreciate you saying hurtful things about us. I expect more from you. I'm sticking to everything I said on the phone.

So you want to throw darts...well then here's mine!!!

-> -> ->I Love You!!
When your ready to talk, call me.

Tuesday, August 25

My Cousins Graduation

So on the weekend of the 15th we headed up to PA for my cousins graduation from Penn State University. Congratulations Matt!!
My grandmother flew in from Myrtle Beach so it was nice that we all got to spend time together. Its not very often we all get together so when we do, my grandmother likes to get a group picture of her and her grand / great grand babies .

Wow .... I can't believe how the time has flown by. We are all adults and starting our own families now. Amazing!! We love you grandmom!!

Friday, August 14

And we're off!!!

That's right....we are heading north bound to Pennsylvania, or as someone at my old job called it when I first move to Virginia, "Pennsyltucky". I never did understand that saying, but in the almost 8yrs of living in Virginia, I have heard it many times. Who knows, maybe the joke is on me.

Anyway, we are heading up just past the Philly area for my cousins college graduation from Penn State. How exciting! He is the first to finish college out of us cousins (I've attempted twice and didn't complete. I really need to go back to school and finish my degree. Ugh!). Oh well....so we get to go and enjoy family and.........hmmmmmm??????, that's right, some real cheese steaks! Oh yeah!! We look forward to them every time we go up there. There is no greater sandwich! OK, let me re-phrase that, there is no greater sandwich for your taste buds....not so great on the thighs!

OK, time to stop. This is supposed to be a tribute post to my cousin, not cheese steaks. Moving on....I am so excited to see everyone and can't wait for Alexi to play with her cousins. I will be back late Sunday so I hope everyone has a great weekend. I will see you all next week.

Tuesday, August 11

Some Exciting News…..

So I just found out that my high school best friend is pregnant with her second child. I am so excited for her and her husband. Cathy and I go all the way back to Junior High School. We were in each others weddings, we've had all the ups and downs....I know, you get it. Well she and her husband are high school sweethearts and they already have a little boy, baby Bobby. Anyway, Cathy and Bobby came up with the cutest way to inform her parents (whom I have called mom and dad ever since I’ve known them) on the pregnancy….I hope you all enjoy!!

video

Wasn't that the cutest! I am so happy for them and can't wait to meet my new niece/nephew! (secretly I am rooting for a girl ;-)

I love you guys!!!

Monday, August 10

Monday, Monday, Monday

As I sit here I wonder….Why Monday? Why can’t it be a weekend all summer long? Wouldn’t that be awesome?! Think about it: we could work longer hours during the other 3 seasons to compensate for the summer, this would include stocking up on all the necessities we would need for the summer b/c even stores would be closed. We could be paid like some teachers are where we would be given a paycheck all 12 months of the year.

I know…..I’m living in a fantasy world and this would never happen, but wouldn’t it be nice?

Monday, August 3

The Green Monster Movement

So this morning I started something new. Thanks to Michelle over at Stuttering Shell, I have learned of a new type of smoothie. I realize the name might scare you off a little, but trust me, they are really good. Good tasting and good for you. Angela at greenmonstermovement had one goal….to come up with a green and healthy smoothie. Well everyone, she did….and not just one, but many different flavors. Check her website out. I had the blueberry banana green monster this morning; only I substituted the blueberries with strawberries.

Wow, was I surprised! It was really good! The hubby even liked it, and he won’t go anywhere near spinach normally.

Now let me just give you a little tid-bit of information. There is a reason why it’s called the green monster movement. It is green, it looks a little scary and……..let’s just say it sure does move a few things. Keep in mind; this is a healthy shake with potentially a lot of fiber.
I think that I will be having one of these every morning for breakfast.

So much to do, so little time

First of all I need to say that I just cannot believe that it is August already. Seriously?!?! Where has the time gone? Well the month of August is going to be no different. My in-laws coming in town on Wed. and staying until Sat. My sister-in-law and family is coming at the end of the week and staying through the weekend. My aunt, uncle and mothers birthdays are this week...HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL AUGUST BIRTHDAYS!! Next weekend I will be going to PA for my nephews college graduation. He's graduating from Penn State....CONGRATULATIONS MATT!!! The following weekend I am trying to not plan anything (a girls gotta relax sometime). The hubs and our friend Enzo is heading off to Texas for a long weekend. The weekend after that, which is the last weekend in August I am planning a certain little surprise that I can't talk about right now. That little surprise will be taking me back to PA. And yes...I live in Virginia. I am trying o make flight arrangements so that I don't have to drive both trip. And finally, we will be camping in Hatteras, NC for Labor Day weekend. I am so excited b/c we have talked some our close friends into joining us (we're working on a couple more....Liz *wink* *wink* ) Whew!! I'm tired just typing all these events...I wonder how tired I will be living them out!?!? Oh, and amongst all that, I will be filling my weeks with work, family and housework.

Oh the Fruits of my labor.....or should I say Vegetables?

I can finally say that we are reaping the benefits of my vegetable garden. The cherry tomatoes are growing like weeds and I have 4 large tomatoes that will be ready for picking in about 3 more days. I am so excited. We have been waiting since the end of May for our veggies to start.

Unfortunately, we have not been able to enjoy any cucumbers yet (they are taking a little time, I started off with seeds) and I have a feeling that our green and red bell pepper plants just aren't going to make it this year.

Friday, July 31

"Mariposa"

So yesterday after work and before heading out to The Real Housewives of Atlanta night with the girls (I’ll save details for another posting), Alexi and I were picking some tomatoes from my garden.

Alexi: “Mariposa mommy, mariposa!!”

Me: “Huh, sweetheart?”

Alexi: “Mariposa mommy! There is goes.” (as she points)

Me: “Oh, you mean a butterfly?”

Alexi: “Yes mommy, mariposa!! It’s flying away”

Me: “Lexi, do you know that it’s called a butterfly, too?”

Alexi: “Diego says mariposa. It’s mariposa.”

Me: “I know honey, but it has two names…..mariposa and butterfly.”

Alexi: “DIEGO SAID IT’S MARIPOSA MOMMY!! MARIPOSA!!”

I left it alone after she started getting worked up about it because seriously, who am I to question Diego? According to my daughter, he and Dora know everything….. and me, I obviously don’t know anything! Lol

Attention All Parents!!!

Real quick!! For any of those that are interested, The Children’s Place is having a 2 day 25% off sale (7/31/09 & 8/1/09)! Use the promotion code s2dse. I just ordered a few things for this summer and a ton of stuff for next summer for under $50. Granite I only shopped in the sale section, but I got 8 pairs of shorts, 7 shirts and 3 dresses! Hello!! I did the math, if I had paid regular price I would have spent $270.45. Yes, that is why I pretty much only buy from them when I can get things on clearance at the end of a season, for the following season. Do you follow? Anyway….spread the word!! I love great deals!

Wednesday, July 22

Emotions & Reminiscing

The word EMOTIONS has multiple meanings; It could mean a strong feeling about somebody/something or it could mean an agitation/disturbance caused by strong feelings. (Credit to Microsoft Words Dictionary)

At this stage in my life I am being flooded with a multitude of emotions. My emotions are the root of all of my blogs; they are what make me tick and my fingers talk. Each blog/emotion is based on a particular feeling that I am experiencing at that particular time….happy, sad, angry, sympathetic, confused, love, discouraged, stubborn, excited and grateful.

As previously discussed, there has been a lot going on in the world of the Delima’s….thus the lack of blogging lately. Some good things, some bad things….in the end, I blog to express some of my emotions.

Currently, one emotion I am not feeling is forgiveness. It’s hard right now because the last couple of years I have been put in the position of not being able to forgive those that have hurt me. I think that stems from growing up not being allowed to have an opinion or a choice. As an adult now, I refuse to let anyone walk all over me. I refuse to put up with something that I don’t have to. I finally have the ability to make my own choices and by God, I am going to do so!

Tuesday, July 21

A bunch of Randomness

Alexi and her Ms. Niecy dressed the same during Red, White and Blue week at daycare.

Alexi dressed up for fairytale day at daycare.


Alexi's VoVo (Grandpa in Portuguese) came down for a quick visit on Saturday. You can't make a trip to Chesapeake, VA without stopping at El Toro Loco!


Alexi came home from daycare with hair like Cindy Lou Who during Dr. Seuss week.

Alexi and Daddy eating cookies


Alexi and her sock puppet that she made at daycare.



Alexi and her flower headband she made at daycare.



Alexi's rocket from space week at Daycare.

Monday, July 20

Miracles Await



So here they are everyone!! Here are some pictures from Miracles Await!!! I am honored to announce that with everyones help we raised........drum role please...........$10,000.00!!!!!

Thank you everyone for all of your support!!

Thursday, July 16

Last, but not least............

Ok.... so I am really late with these recent postings and I am so sorry. There has been a lot going on in the Delima Household. Some good.......some bad.

But I do not want to go without showing love where love is due. I received a beautiful sketch from Personalized Sketches & Sentiments. The picture is of a young lady playing a flute. Its symbolic of Lauren as an angel playing music. Words can't describe how perfect this piece of art is and how talented Maria is. The entire sketch is made from the word Joy. It is absolutely amazing how she does it! I am so in love with her work, that I am currently trying to decide on a picture of my daughter to have a sketch created. Anyway, enough about me and what I want......without further ado, here is the sketch that Maria created. Her artwork speaks for itself. If your ever looking for the perfect gift for someone, check out Personalized Sketches & Sentiments. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.


(I'm sorry, my pics of the sketch truly does not do justice to how beautiful it is)
Maria, thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. We are all grateful for your generosity!!

Tuesday, July 7

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!!

Thank you to all that lended a hand in donating gifts to create gift baskets for the "Miracles Await" Benefit. (Details in previous 2 posts) I have been blessed to work with some of our fellow bloggers to put together some raffle prizes for the benefit. Sooooo, without further ado.......


Danielle Stevens "Lucky" Necklace donated by Jen from www.thelook4less.net
(I realized I spelled the web address wrong after I took these pics, please know that I changed it on the gift before I packaged it up. Sorry Jen)


Bath & Body Gift Sets from Michelle at www.stutteringshell.com

Handmade Paper Whimsies from Laurie at http://www.preppypapergirl.blogspot.com/
I would also like to say a special thanks to Holly @ Pink is My Signature Color at www.hollymcstaypaul.blogspot.com for her generous monetary donation which I will be forwarding 100% of it to the"Miracles Await" Benefit to:
Tannersville Branch
P.O. Box 348
Tannersville, Pa. 18372
Attention: Cindy Mahoney
Again, I would like to thank all of those who opened their hearts to help. Every little bit truly does make a difference! My mother and sister both promise to take pictures of the "Miracles Await" Benefit winners and will send them to me ASAP so that I can post them for you all to see!
For those of you that still want to make donations, please forward monetary donations to the address listed above.
Thank you and God Bless!!
(P.S. Adorable gift baskets came from Garden Ridge)

Friday, July 3

Lauren and Zach

Miracles Await


2009 Yearbook Tribute

Lauren was on the School
Paper called the Cardinal
Quill


Celebrating Lauren & Zach's 17th Birthday with family and friends.






The School Art Department painted Lauren's Art Desk




































Laurens artwork......enjoy!!