Wednesday, August 16

Tears for Years

I was just telling a friend that we had a crazy last few months and then I wrote this out:

July 1st 2016 we find out we are pregnant with baby number 4!

November 2016 hubby starts new job.

November 2016 hubby moves 254 miles away from his three girls and his pregnant wife.

December 17th we move into a new apartment

December 18th my water breaks while shopping at Costco, while hubby was in town!

December 18th I'm put on bed rest

December 22nd I go into labor at 5am and baby boy was born at 7:54am

December 23rd I get discharged from the hospital

December 22-March 28th baby was in the NICU (from 2.4lbs to 4.8lbs)

**During his 98 days in the NICU he had 3 surgeries and transferred hospitals over 200 miles away, which I had leave him and only visit on the weekends!

June 2nd our 3 girls are out for the summer

June 22nd we move to Austin, Texas with hubby

August 14th our girls go back to school

During this time frame we also had 2 birthdays, over a dozen doctor visits and have two surgeries scheduled for our lil baby still. We are finally all unpacked and moved in and getting into the swing of things. I must have shed enough tears for a few years and probably had a few grey hairs popout, yet I can't see them, lol. But I want to thank my friends and family for all the support and my grandma for watching the girls so I could go visit him in the hospital and to my youtube subscriber for setting up a gofundme account to pay for gas and expenses. I'm just so thankful. My lil miracle is now almost 15lbs and about to turn 8 months old. Watch my birth story HERE.

I couldn't be happier!



Wednesday, August 9

Chapter 4

For all of my 32 years I have lived in the Rio Grande Valley.... When I was about 11 years old we came on a family vacation to see the Dallas Cowboys at their training camp in Austin, Texas; at St. Edwards University. Ever since then I wanted to live in Austin and attend that college.... well one of my dreams came true this summer!

We are now Austinions! Is that how you spell that?! I still can't believe that we are here, we're broke, but we made it! Growing up in the valley you always hear stories about people, friends, family that leave and never go back. Deep down I never thought I would be one of those people. Who would of thunk. 

We moved at the end of June, we already had a place to stay and had already registered our girls in our first choice school, which was amazing in itself and now they start school on MONDAY!


We've already had a few adventures and I haven't been vlogging but I have been taking a few pics here and there and posting them on INSTAGRAM, so click and follow us along on our new journey, CHAPTER 4!


ps. I'm also a mom of 4! Back in December I had our 4th baby, a boy! I did do a birth vlog if you want to check it out!


Friday, July 8

A Mother's Sleep Routine + #ZzzQuil Review

7pm :Zzzzz time! Or at least that's when I start thinking about sleep. Somedays I wake up at 6am, other days I wake up at 9am (days when Hubby takes the kids to school).

7:30pm: Dinner is usally cooked, served and being eaten, and I just sit down to eat around this time. And I just hate it when I forget my drink in the kitchen and have to get up again. And then by that time, someone wants seconds. Yeah, I have all girls, but they are NOT PICKY EATERS!

8pm: Bath/shower time, for the kids. I'm 32, really, and I'm at that age where I sometimes don't want to take a bath myself, too tired to take a bath or am thinking about the water bill, lol.

8:15pm: Get up to refill my drink and choose something to watch on TV. As it plays I get a load of laundry ready to wash and then usually come back to the T.V. and the show is already 15 minutes in so I have to rewind it, and annoy my hubby.

8:30pm: Yell at the girls to get out of the shower already and dry themselves and then put on their pj's.

8:45pm: Bed time and then they start begging for me to read them a book (or two or three), so then it's 9pm and I'm walking back into the living room and have to rewind the show another 15 minutes, haha!! I secretly love that part.

9pm: Remind everyone to get in bed and stay in bed! And then walk into the kitchen and somehow I have the munchies and put a load in the dishwasher while I think of something I can snack on that's not too unhealthy for me, but will also not use up many dishes. I usually turn to granola or nachos!

10pm: I finally finished that show that I put on about 2 hours ago! Cozy up to hubby with my snack and put on a movie while folding clothes at the same time and if I finish folding early I color or draw (I'm doing the #sketchalongchallenge).

11pm: Either take a shower or check my email/blog/social media time as I lay in bed until I fall asleep, which is usually another 2-3 hours! Yikes, that sounds bad.

And that's my sleep routine! How much different is it from yours? Well, I was so surprised and excited to get the Voxbox from Influenster for ZzzQuil, I took it once before a few years ago after I had baby number three and it helped me sleep a little bit. You know mamas intuition kinda kicked it on the curb, cus when baby cries, mama wakes up!

Well this time, my bed time routine was, DINNER at 7:30pm, BATH at 8:15, ZzzQuil, 30 minutes of TV and I did some drawing for a challenge I'm doing with #Cuppacraft group on Facebook (and Instagram). I then went to bed because my eyes were getting heavy and I was out by exactly 11pm! I know it was 11pm because hubby sent me a text at 11:06 and I didn't hear it because I was already asleep! I didn't see it till the next morning, REALLY!! I was very impressed as was hubby.

THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY!! Which sleep routine would you prefer? Now I wouldn't take it daily and if I felt like I needed to then I'd probably go see a doctor. But I would think about taking it a few times a month, like on those long summer days or when you come home from a vacation, your body does need to rest after that!

I hope ya'll give this a try and let me know what you think!

Thanks to ZzzQuil and Influenster I was given a sample to try out, all thoughts are my own...


Saturday, July 2

My Last #RoadTrip

Okay... so things have been pretty somber here on the blog, Sorry, not sorry.

Today I wanted to share a story, #storytime, the last roadtrip I took.... with my dad.

We took so many road trips when I was little.... mainly because buying a plane ticket was to expensive and we never went out of Texas, lol. Texas is so big you really don't have to leave it to go on a road trip, right?! My childhood is also smashed together, I really don't remember how old I was, I have too look at photos or ask my mom, she remembers everything!

So, I think I was about 16 years old because dad made me drive several times during our road trip, and this was our first road trip out of Texas! Our destination... LAS VEGAS! It was our first time to Vegas, lots of firsts in this road trip. I can safety say it was my favorite too. Here are some highlights from the trip....
  • Having to pick out which convenience store might have better bathrooms!
  • Stopping at McDonald's outside of Texas and they didn't have a "Texas Homestyle"
  • Getting sunburn by walking down "The Strip" in Vegas during the day!
  • Not paying the entry fee at The Grand Canyon
  • Crying as we saw the sunrise at The Grand Canyon
  • Taking photos at weird angles back then (pre-selfie)
 Ahhh, those were the days... Follow me on Instagram to see some photos. I just organized some photos that my sister brought, so I'm going to put some up and tag her in them, lol. Thanks to my dad, I love driving and thing of him every time I see the sunrise. He's no longer with us, though I wish he was so he could fill-up the gas tank every now-and-then!

Here's a photo of him at our last family reunion and my feet after walking on the beach (for an hour) during our last road trip to Corpus Christi Beach. Miss you Daddy!

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This post was inspired by MamaKatOnline.con and her weekly prompts because I didn't want to share something sad again this week, but oops, it was sad anyways, HAHA! Hope you enjoyed it and check out the other writers sharing their prompt this week.

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3. Share something you’ve learned from your husband about parenting. What makes him good at what he does?
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: melt
5. Share a memorable road trip story!
6. Who has it better, kids or adults? List 10 reasons why you would rather be one over the other.

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Friday, June 17

Thinking Outloud... CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP!

I'm at that age in my life where I think a lot.... and I normally think a lot, so my thinking has just increased dramatically, lol. After I'm don't thinking, I think to myself, do other people think this? Well.... do you? I often conclude my thought with "The world would be a better place if everyone just thought like me!"


Change gears a bit... I recently saw a documentary and although I really enjoyed it there was one part that got me pretty upset. This "Doctor," I believe she was, said that children in low income families have a vocabulary that is thousands of worse less than children who grow up in a family that is well-off.

And I guess I'm not mad at the "Doctor," but mad at the parents, or society or God, because does the Bible not say not to let others see that you are "poor" or "hungry?" Yet, we often see those children and families and we automatically know and sometimes assume that they are low-income. Yes, they might not afford the same tuition-based schools or fancy daycare's and expensive trips, but we should make the most of what we got and not be so down in the dumps because we are poor. We have each other
and we have so much public assistance, libraries, free education, friends and family who can enrich our lives!

Just because you are poor doesn't mean you have to eat alphabet soup 7 days a week! Just because you are poor doesn't mean you can walk into the library and check out books and movies (FOR FREE!). AND, just because you are poor doesn't mean you have to choose to pay for INTERNET rather than saving that money to treat your family on vacation!

I know it can be hard for someone with no job or no car to put a smile on your face, but our children, your children are watching you! They are watching how you deal with the challenges that you face every moment of everyday!

"It takes a village to raise a child"

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Not sure if this post made any sense... but I hope you have a great weekend! I take every opportunity that is thrown my way to teach my girls something, whether it be a new word or experience and you don't have to be rich to do that! My girls (all 3) are enrolled in a wonderful school and one of their motos'
is "CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP!"


Above is a photo that I took at our local library. They are having a FREE Summer Reading Program with special guests and activities for the kids almost everyday! It is so sad that this is the only time that the library is full. Even then, the parents are on their cell phones most of the time... They are only 5 years old once! #ENDRANT

Wednesday, May 25

Limited Edition #SocialInsiders Giveaway! -CLOSED-



"Limited Edition" 

Don't those words just do something to ya? Doesn't it just say, "You've got to have me!" Well, not really. It just makes it more inciting. Usually if my husband sees that, especially on a box of snacks of some sort, he's GOT TO HAVE THEM! It's just so fun!

AND THAT IS REASON NUMBER ONE WHY YOU SHOULD NOT SHOP WITH YOUR HUSBAND!

I am a #SocialInsider and I just love being apart of this awesome community! When I read the email that Purex was coming out with a new scent I didn't think anything of it, but then when I saw the words "TEXAS" and "Bluebonnets" I got excited and literally screamed! I just love bluebonnets!

I think many of us have the memory of us at our grandparents house as children and smelling the yummy bluebonnets that were planted in the front yard. I sure do!

Purex and Social Insiders were so kind and I was so thankful to get to help them tell all my Texan friends about their new scent! I've been using it for almost 2 weeks and I already went to go buy another bottle.

You can read more about Purex Bluebonnet detergent CLICK HERE.
Feel free to follow and thank Purex for this amazing smelling detergent that brings back memories:
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https://www.instagram.com/Purex/
https://www.facebook.com/purex
https://www.pinterest.com/purex/

If you are as excited as I am, it's your lucky day! #GIVEAWAY TIME!!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BEcU8c6kmFC/?taken-by=cinella_dontsayhurry
Scavenger hunt to find this baby!
#TexasPride
Just leave a comment below with a memory/story (and your email) you have to share about bluebonnets!

The giveaway will end on May 27th and there will be 2 winners! I will email the winner and you must reply with your mailing info by the 29th! *TEXANS ONLY*

**BONUS
Find the Limited Edition bottle at your local grocery store and share it on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook with the hashtag #DSHBluebonnetsGiveaway, #PurexFreshBluebonnet and tag me for 5 EXTRA ENTRIES!

"The Purex® brand provided me with a sample of Purex® Fresh Bluebonnet detergent in exchange for a product review. However all the opinions expressed here are my own"

Sunday, March 27

Jesus is Alive + Family Vlog


We enjoyed this beautiful Easter Sunday with our family! It couldn't have gone any better. The beast part was going to mass at La Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle! Before mass we took the amazing photos of the girls (above). It was a beautiful mas and then went home to gather and make the rest of the ingredients and food that we made for our Easter Dinner Party with family.

We had our traditional Easter Egg Hunt right at 7pm, which was perfect because the sun shined down on everyone a beautiful orange color. We all had a blast. We don't dye hard-boiled eggs, we fill them with confetti and then break them on eachothers' heads. We call them Cascarones!

How do you celebrate?

I put together a few clips throughout the day, check it out and enjoy. We celebrate that Jesus is alive, Alleluia!


Thursday, March 17

Spring Break TO-DO List


Spring break for us started on Friday! Woohoo! And it ends with Eliada turning 7 years old, it's been great so far, but the best is still yet to come! here is our "To-Do" list for this year...
  1. Sleep-in (check)
  2. Free-Cone Day @ Dairy Queen (check)
  3. Go to the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show + Carnival
  4. Go on a bike ride
  5. Attend the Fairy Festival (for Eliadas Birthday)
  6. Spa-Day (at home)
  7. Plant more seeds in our Garden
  8. DO NOTHING DAY!
  9. Celebrate Eliada's Birthday 


Got anything exciting planned this week? Share it with me below! Follow me on Instagram to see some action shots! I can't believe we have things growing in the garden! Hope ya'll have a good and safe Spring Break... we live about an hour from the beach and I've heard it's crazy out there, so again, be careful!



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