Seize the day because life is what you make it...

Snapshot Sunday

It's been a while since I did a picture post and I'm happy to start 
up again with my Miguelito's pictures.
 He asked me to borrow my camera one afternoon :)
This is Miguelitos view through a camera lens!








P.S. It's Sunday and I'm SO excited to see the new season of
 "True Blood" in less than 2 hours!
Ahhhh!! I'm SO freaking excited!!

Love,
Kary xoxo

*Drooling*

I think it's about time I made my wish of owning a toy camera come true :)
But just when I think I'm about to spoil myself something gets in my way!!
*Sigh* Someday soon (keeping my fingers crossed), in the meantime it doesn't hurt
to drool over some toy cameras and try to decide which one I would pick.

Check out Lomography's newest camera "La Sardina - El Capitan"
Isn't it purty!! It's red and oh so perfect, it has me head over heels :)

I am loving the detail, so vintage and full of art *drool*



Isn't this camera so pretty and pink :) I still have to get my hands on one!



For the hopeless romantic in me :)

Are you drooling over a toy camera? Which one?

Love,
Kary xoxo

Happy things to end the week with :)

Happy Friday loves :)
This week was a fast and busy one which kept me away from blog world.
But not for long!!

It is the last Friday of the school year and the last Friday that
I will be in my 20's.
Tuesday is the last day of this school year and Miguelito will officially be out for
summer vacation.
Yes! May the planning begin for a very adventurous summer :)

In the meantime may the celebrating begin, this coming weekend will be full of early birthday
celebrations!
Even though I'm quite sad because it's starting to sink in that I will actually be 30 in a few days
but that's an entirely different post!

In the meantime I will leave you with things that made me happy this week:


❤ cooking rice for my boys in my new red fry pan from
HomeGoods (more to come on that) I'm always happy
cooking for my boys :)


❤ Weather so beautiful that we can start having picnics in Central Park!
Nothing beats beautiful weather and Central Park except being able to spend
time with my boys :)


❤ Enjoying ferry rides - we get to do more boat riding this
weekend, including riding The Beast!



❤ Chilaxing (my word for relaxing - lol) with Manhattan while we
wait for Miguelito to come out from school


❤ Enjoying homemade banana-chocolate popsicles with
my baby :)

It's the simple things in life that make me the happiest girl on earth :)
Happy Friday Lovies and wishing you all a most wonderful Weekend!
P.S. Today will be day 3 of Jillian's 30 day shred for me and yesterday morning I was
dying as I went down the stairs with Miguelito all the while cracking up and my abs feeling
like they were going to explode :)

Love,
Kary xoxo

Weekend Recap

Hi lovies I hope your weekend was great!!
Here's a quick photo recap of our weekend :)

 
Miguelito is finally a red and black stripe belt!
Through sweat and hardcore training he is making his dreams come true!
My little future Taekwondo Master.


Saturday morning our little Manhattan napping on a pile of clothes destined to be
thrown away. Just minutes before he almost died in my arms!!
Miguelito and me were doing some cleaning and therefore his
toys were sprawled all over the floor, next thing I hear
Manhattan is making some weird noises and moving in such a weird way.
I picked him up and he kept making weird noises and moving his belly weirdly,
when I finally noticed that he was chocking I started shaking him and moving his stomach
(I was freaking out and shaking so bad) and Miguelito kept on screaming Manhattans name,
all i could do was shake him and try to open his mouth.
By the time I was able to get his mouth open he was already foaming and going limp, I stuck
my fingers all the way down his throat making him throw up.
It was one of the scariest moments of my life, I really thought Manhattan
was going to die and I along with Miguelito kept on screaming "Manhattan come
on baby, come on chiquito"
Ugh, by the time it was over I handed Manhattan to my crying baby and locked myself in a room.
The shaking was uncontrollable and the crying threatening to burst out,
the only reason I kept it in was because of Miguelito!
A horrible way to begin a Saturday morning!


Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip cupcakes I baked for my pappa and family on
Father's day. It was the first time I was making these from scratch!
I have to say they might not look so pretty but they were
heavenly. Worthy of going in my cupcake recipe book :)
I along with Miguelito ate 3 - yes 3!!

How was your weekend??
Happy Monday :)

Love,
Kary xoxo


Dear Papi,



There are no words strong enough to describe what you mean to me!
You are my world and my life!
I give thanks to God every single day for blessing me with a wonderful father.
Thank you for everything you've always done for us, for always putting
your family above all, your hard work, advice and patience, and most important
of all thank you for teaching me the meaning and importance of love and family.
You are the wind beneath my wings mi querido papa!
Y todos los dias le doy gracias a Dios por el maravillosos padre con que me bendicio!

Happy Father's Day my dear pappa!!



Love,
Kary xoxo

Sundays will be so much better now!


13 Days left and I'm SO excited!!!
To see my lover again...

 
Oh how I've missed watching Eric!


Love,
Kary xoxo


Not a happy camper!!


Photo from myupperwest.com - This is where we entered for the concert area!

"I am never listening to The Black Eyed Pears (yes pears that is what Miguelito calls
them) again, they are mean" Miguelito told me as we half walked/half ran out of Central Park
after it was announced that the Concert was cancelled.
Cancelled!!! Yep, cancelled.
All our excitement and giddiness survived hot and rainy weather, but
it did not survive the bad news. 

 I am so happy I wasn't one of those people to stand in line since the wee hours of the morning.
But it still pissed me off, I had to take a cab twice and run around in a crowd full of confusion and
 worst of all I had to see the look of disappointment on Miguelito's face!

I have to tell you from the moment we arrived to the concert entrance it was non-stop
craziness, the only reason I did not give up than and there was because of
Miguelito - my baby was so excited and kept pushing me through thick and thin.
So it was no surprise that when it was announced that the concert
was cancelled Miguelito was really sad!

But we found the perfect remedy - we danced and singed (not a black eyed peas song)
 in the rain for the second time in one day!
I proceeded to retell Miguelito our adventure and told him to look at the bright side, all the running 
we did through Central Park, screaming and cheering with strangers, and dancing in the rain!

Now the question is will I be going to the rescheduled concert if there is one??
Why yes! I think I will :) 
We New Yorkers just don't learn - hehe!
Plus what's life without a little adventure :)

TGIF!!! And I'm so excited!
I am looking forward to a fun filled weekend full of adventures and shopping!!

Summer the very sweet girl behind Athena In The Middle also a fellow
New Yorker was so sweet to invite me along with some other lovely gals on
a private shopping spree at the new "Home Goods" store - which by the way is only 
13 blocks away from where I live!
I love Home Goods it is my dream store especially for this very special
girl who loves quirky kitchen and household things!

Now what to buy? What to buy??
 Oh the possibilities!!

Happy Friday Loves

Love,
Kary xoxo






Late Night Stroll..

One of the benefits of living in the city that never sleeps is that
when the little night owl in me decides to come out I can quickly get
dressed and go out and enjoy.

The great thing is that I'm not the only night owl around, I get to hang out with
two of my favorite night owls!

Miguelito and his sparx scooter!

My beautiful mom and Miguelito enjoying a late night frozen yogurt from PinkBerry

Falafel and Belgian Fries to end the night!
Miguelito has no school tomorrow so what better night for night owls to unite
and enjoy a beautiful stroll through the Upper West Side!
It is now 1:22am and after taking a quick shower I am finally in bed while Miguelito
watches Rugrats.


Now it's time to try and go to sleep and get ready for tomorrow because 
" I Got A Feeling that tonights gonna be a good night"......

Central Park getting ready for The Black Eyed Pea Concert
Later on tonight we will be at the Great Lawn with thousands of people listening
to the Black Eyed Peas & special guests in concert.
I am SO excited and a little anxious because out of all the days we
have a heat advisory.  
The people organizing the concert have been sending us emails like the
one below all day! So please keep your fingers crossed for us later on tonight!



 HIGH HEAT WARNING - BRING LIQUIDS
 
BRING LIQUIDS!  STAY HYDRATED!  100 DEGREES EXPECTED.

A weather advisory is in affect. Due to high heat the ban on liquids has been lifted we are now encouraging guests to bring enough non-alcoholic beverages to stay hydrated during  the event.

No glass bottle allowed!

STAY COOL!

The best ways to stay cool at the concert:
Drink non-alcoholic beverages and stay hydrated
Wear sunblock
Bring a hat to keep the sun off
Wear sunglasses
Wear loose clothing

See you at Central Park!



Love,
Kary xoxo

P.S. Have you checked out google and the cool I'm guessing guitar? 
You can actually play the chords!! How am I supposed to go to sleep now??

A Taste Of Times Square

Perfect weather for a day full of outdoor dancing, eating and family time!
Oh and the most important thing I get to see my handsome pappa in action :)



Yes!!!! That's my pappa to the right :)
That picture was taken at last years Taste of Times Square
event and now it's being used to promote this years event!
Isn't my pappa handsome :)





So today right after Humbe and me pick up our Miguelito from school we get to take the Subway
right down to Times Square and enjoy lots of yummy food and great music!
You better believe I'm heading straight towards all of the yummy desserts, right after I
see my pappa and take some pictures of course :)

Can't wait to come back with pictures.
Wishing you all lovely girls a wonderful Monday :)

Love,
Kary xoxo

Never Say Never

Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion.  You must set yourself on fire. 
 ~Arnold H. Glasow



Never Say Never from on Vimeo.



My Miguelito rocked!!!
He was so excited and yet somewhat nervous. 
Miguelito was having trouble with his spinning hook kick, 
he just couldn't get it right, but did he give up NO!!
My baby practiced harder and put in extra time, not only
did he have to demonstrate it correctly in todays belt testing he also had
to break one of his boards like that!

And he did it!! He did it!! Not only did he do the spinning hook kick perfectly
but he broke his board on the first try!!!!
You can see by his face and reaction how surprised he was :)

My Miguelito you rocked baby and you are my inspiration!!!
I love you!! You are my Sunshine!

The belt ceremony will be next week and he will officially be 
a red belt with a black stripe around it!!
My baby is only two belts away from being a black belt in Taekwondo!

One of Miguelito's Taekwondo teacher's wrote the sweetest
message ever on my facebook!!


Miguel did a very good job and he had an excellent test today.
 I'm very proud of the young man he's becoming and he'll no doubt make an excellent martial artist.

As if I wasn't already in tears :)

It was the best day ever full of celebrations and beautiful weather!

Love,
Kary xoxo

TGIF & Good Luck Wishes

Happy Friday Loves :)
Hope your Friday is full of happiness, love and special moments!

It's a beautiful day full of sunshine, breeze and happiness :)
And it started off on a very sweet note!!
I got to see my baby on stage!!
He played instruments and sang beautiful songs which brought tears to my eyes 
including "You've got a friend in me".
I can't think of a better way to kick off a weekend and start a Friday morning than this!

Miguelito and his buddies - they are a silly bunch :)
Miguelito and his BFF Mason
Miguelito, Mya and Kena!
You better believe I cried my eyes out when I saw my baby on stage.
He is so big!

My Ray Of Sunshine!

To my Migueltio 
I could say I wish you luck my love, but you don't need luck! 
You've trained so hard and I know you will do great in Tomorrow's belt testing!
You will do your best as always, and shine through because you always put
your heart and soul into everything you do. 
You always tell me "Mami, no pain no gain, I can do it" and you
will do it papi!!! I love you and the best wishes for my darling baby on 
tomorrows Taekwondo test :)
Ki-Yah!!!

Have a great and safe weekend loves!

Love,
Kary xoxo




Sock Mystery??

First of all thank you so much for all of your beautiful and supportive comments
in my previous post.
I never thought so many of my lovely readers would relate and that I would
receive such an out pour of support and cheering!
But I shouldn't be surprised you are the best, and some of you my family :)
Thank you!!

Now to this so called sock mystery!
Have you ever lost a sock or two?
I'm not talking metaphorically or anything, I actually mean have
you ever lost a sock in this dreadful machine!



I have and not one or two!! But Plentiful!

Every time I go wash clothes and it's time to empty out the clothes,
I double check and spin and spin - like crazy spin the metal to make sure
I don't leave anything behind like a sock!
And every single time I go home and start sorting out my socks,
there is one or two socks who have lost their significant other!

How is that possible? Where do the socks mysteriously disappear to?
Is it some sort of sock Twilight thing? Are there some sock faeries?


Ugh, as a result many of my socks end up getting thrown  away or I end up 
wearing mismatched socks -
not cool or pretty (yes, those are Dora socks)!

If anybody knows the answer please do tell where do the socks go to?

Aside from trying to solve this mystery and getting ready for the impending doom 
that is my 30th birthday - hehehe!
I've been super busy with my Miguelito, he is a quite a busy bee with lots of exciting
things coming up!
He has his second grade singing show tomorrow :) 
He loves to sing and plans to include rockstar
to his resume when he grows up!
Miguelito has also been training extra hard for his belt testing this coming
Saturday - yikes! Time does go by way to fast, it seems like only yesterday he was taking his
introductory class in Taekwondo and now he's testing for his black stripe around 
his red belt - gulp that means
he will be just 2 belts away from his black belt!

Even Miguelito's shcoked!! He's a silly billy - my baby!!
It will be two very exciting days and a most lovely weekend!!

 
P.S. I am also super excited!
My name came out in the lottery and we
get to go see Black Eyed Peas in concert at the Great Lawn
in Central Park next week on Thursday :)

Love,
Kary xoxo

A New Decade



I will officially be the big 3-0 in one Month!!
On July 1st I will bid my twenties goodbye. 
How do I feel??
Well, i'm full of so many emotions.

I feel blessed to be alive and to be surrounded by so much love.
On the other hand I can't believe how time goes by! 
I feel like it was yesterday that I was so excited to be 15yrs old and now I wish I 
could freeze time.

I bid goodbye to the decade that defined the woman that I am today.

My twenties will always be remembered as the time I lost what I thought 
was my true love and shall always be known as my "what if"!

I learned to let go of things that were not good or meant for me, best part is it opened the
doors to a future full of unimaginable happiness and love.

My other half

True Love!!
My life!
The decade in which I found my other half and together formed what has come to be my life 
and the most important thing in this world!

This pic makes me so teary eyed!! I love my mom & dad SO much!!
The decade in which I learned to appreciate my parents even more - yes that tends to happen when you
yourself become a parent :)

This was the decade in which I lost some of the most important people in my life, as
 a consequence I found the inner strength I thought I didn't have!

 I also learned that when you make a mistake, you don't look back. Instead you get back 
up and focus on your future without repeating the same mistake and learning from it instead.
In other words I grew up!!


Life is never easy, who ever said it was, was bullshitting you!

So you see as a woman I feel accomplished - I know I am, I am a proud mother and wife to the most amazing patient and supportive husband!
I don't have to worry about finding true love - Because I am married to my soul-mate!

 But as a person I lost myself a little.

I don't regret it, I did it all for good reasons to be a good mother and wife, and to create what I
 am happy to call my home and family.
But now is the time to bring Karina back!!

I've already signed myself up to a gym and have been going for the past 3 weeks,
I will be going back to school at the end of August and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for
a school job that I am hoping will come through!!
I will also start training for my very first - hold your breath...
ING NYC Marathon!! 
And I have many more tricks up my sleeve :)

I want my future children to be proud of me as my Miguelito is, even prouder if that's possible!
I want them to know that it is NEVER to late, and that the only person that can stop you is yourself.


"There is never an obstacle to hard but the one you build yourself"
- Me :)


So 30's I'm ready, I will receive you with somewhat open arms - haha!
They do say the 30's is the new 20's :)
And to you my dear 20's it will be a bittersweet goodbye, I'm sad to bid goodbye but 
know you will always be a part of me and the person that I am today!
Thank you!!

Love,
Kary xoxo


P.S. I do apologize in advance for future posts leading up to my birthday. I am after all

bidding my youth goodbye - haha!! 
Seriously, i'm bidding a decade goodbye!