Verano: Aprendo los países (Ucrania)

El jueves pasado tuvimos una invitada especial en nuestra casa para platicarnos sobre Ucrania. Cuando vivimos en Bélgica en el 2011-2012, tenía una amiguita de Ucrania, una chica muy linda, pero realmente poco platicabamos sobre su cultura y quiero decirles que es un país increíble. Mientras estuve haciendo el research para los materiales sobre el país encontré varios artículos que hablan sobre la cultura y datos importantes que para serles honestos, me dejaron queriendo ir a conocer este lindo país.

Cuando llegó Nadiia, una mami que contacte por medio de un grupo local de mamás, nos presentamos y preparamos las cosas para la ¨clase¨. Utilizamos las flashcards sobre Ucrania que preparé para que nos platicara sobre su país. También con la ayuda de un mapa que encontré nos platicó sobre las diferencias en las zonas de su país, y sobre la vestimenta tipica. De hecho, trajó un vestidito que le probamos a L y está lindísimo. Finalmente, escuchamos el himno de Ucrania y nos mostró también fotos de instrumentos musicales típicos al igual que escuchamos algo de música moderna.

Ya para finalizar nos compartió una receta tradicional de unos pancakes de papa que se llaman deruny. Consiste en rallar la papa (5 papas peladas) por el lado más finito, se ralla también una cebolla y se agregan 2 huevos y un poco de harina como para que quede la mezcla literalmente como la de los pancakes. Se agrega sal y pimienta al gusto. Luego se ponen a freir en el sartén hasta que queden dorados por ambos lados y se comen con crema ácida.

Los pancakes fueron un éxito con los niños y la verdad a mi me encantaron también, pero a mi me gusta cualquier cosa que tenga papa asi que mi juicio está un poquito sesgado.

También hicimos la bandera de Ucrania, cortamos papelitos azul celeste y amarillo y los pegamos en el lugar correspondiente. Nadiia nos explicó que el azul celeste representa la esperanza y el amarillo la riqueza.

Como actividades complementarias para el resto del día seguimos con los ejercicios de medición de matemáticas para preescolares. Luego coloreamos y trabajamos en la letra U y finalizamos con este cuento.

Fue un día muy padre y aprendimos mucho sobre Ucrania teniendo a una persona que nos platicara con tanta pasión y cariño de su país.

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Verano: aprendo los países (EUA)

El día de hoy aprendimos sobre Estados Unidos de América y tuvimos una visita especial para convivir y compartir los aprendizajes. Una amiga americana y su hija vinieron a pasar el día en la alberca e hicimos algo de la comida típica.

Cuando estaba haciendo el research para las flashcards sobre Estados Unidos, busqué: “comida típica de Estados Unidos”… resultado… hamburguesas, corndogs, hotdogs, tacos?… pizza?… mmm pollo frito… en fin… ya saben, un poco de todo y super nutritivo así que pensé, no hay nada más americano que Disney y no hay nada más rico en Disney que los corndogs asi que practicamente hicimos una tarde de corndogs, alberca y Disney movies.

La pasamos muy agusto, los niños jugaron a ratos, vieron películas, comieron, pintaron y trabajaron en sus banderas de Estados Unidos pegando pedazos de papel de china sobre la imagen.

Los corndogs los saqué de pinterest, por supuesto de una receta que clamaba ser un copycat de los de Disney y dejenme les digo, que están deliciosos. Recuerdo los de Disney son un poco más crujientes pero estaban deliciosos.

Definitivamente los haré otra vez pero creo que los haré miniatura y para congelar.

Para el día de hoy, siguiendo el horario que establecí para nuestros días de verano las actividades sugeridas fueron las siguientes. Algunas las logramos y otras no. Las que no hicimos, las haremos algún otro día que nuestros planes originales se vean afectados por la vida o el clima. Recuerden, no se trata de agobiarnos haciendo las actividades al pie de la letra pero si tener un plan para cada día y poder mantener a los niños ocupados e interesados.

Actividades:

Contar el cuento de “Why the evergreens keep their leaves” pág 86 del libro A year full of stories de Angela McAllister. ( Yo lo leí en inglés pero luego le hice una traduccion al español un poco actuada y le encantó)

Trabajar con las flashcards (que yo hice) de Estados Unidos platicando sobre su historia con ayuda del mapa. Platicar sobre los elementos más conocidos de su cultura, política y economía. (No se apuren es super simple, vean las tarjetas)

Jugar un memorama con los monumentos claves del país. Para niños que aun no saben leer, pueden pegar las siguientes tarjetas en papel de colores alineando el nombre del monumento con la imagén en el mismo color. De esta forma también promovemos la identificación de palabras al verlas y leerlas nosoros en voz alta. Yo usé las siguientes flashcards y las pegué en tarjetas de colores y emiqué.

Elaborar juntos la receta de corndogs. OJO: mucho cuidado cuando se deben freir, es mejor que los niños estén lejos en esta parte.

Si quieren más actividades pueden seguir practicado actividades de medición de matemáticas para preescolares que tengan que ver con grande pequeño, cerca lejos, muchos pocos, etc. Aquí algunos ejemplos.

Practicar las letras del abecedario, puede ser la E, o si ven interesados a sus niños pueden hacer todas las vocales (aprovechando el EUA)

Verano: Aprendo los países (Holanda)

Hola, bienvenidos a nuestro programa de Verano en casa. Estaremos aprendiendo sobre los diferentes países del mundo. Este tema nace del interés de mi hijo porque su papá viaja a distintos lugares por trabajo.

Cada día tendremos temas diferentes, no siempre veremos un país pero si tendremos actividades tanto recreativas como de aprendizaje. Les compartiré todo lo que haremos, por supuesto, que la vida nos tiene muchas sorpresas, como por ejemplo ayer que estaba intentando subir este post y organizándolo para ustedes desde hace varias semanas (que igual han surgido cosas que no me permiten sentarme a trabajar completamente en esto) pero bueno, ayer se enfermó y ya mi atención se tuvo que redirigir hacia él, por lo que es por eso que les comparto esto con un dia de retraso.

Les iré compartiendo con varios días de anticipación lo que planeamos hacer y les confieso que es más fácil para mi compartir el día a día por instagram asi que síganme para que no se pierdan nada.

Es importante que les comente que mucho de lo que veremos nosotros tratará de cubrir los campos formativos que la SEP (Secretaria de Educación Pública) sugiere para los niños de preescolar (edad en la que está mi hijo)

También el horario que van a ver acontinuación es una sugerencia, pueden ustedes modificarlo a sus necesidades. Esta también basado en mis dos hijos de 4 y 1 años.

Lunes 16 de Julio ACTIVIDAD M ACTIVIDAD L
7 – 8 AM DESPERTAR DESPERTAR
8 – 9 AM Desayuno típico Holandés DESAYUNO
9:30 AM Recoger cuarto y ayudar con quehaceres de la casa LECHE
10:00 AM Lectura de Cuento sobre Holanda

El Pato naranja explora Holanda, de Diana van de Rozenberg y Maarten Scholten.

SIESTA 1
10:15 AM APRENDIZAJES

Platicar con ayuda de las flashcards sobre su Historia, ubicación geografica en el mapa, sus monumentos claves, y biodiversidad.

Resaltar la letra H de Holanda, trazar la letra H y relacionarla con otras palabras que comienzan con H.

Pintar la bandera

Leer el Trenecito Chu de Cuentamelo y Leo pag. 294

Hacer actividad de Divertitrazos pag 129

11.15 AM Ayudar a preparar la comida, pannenkoeken de pollo con queso y verduras JUEGO LIBRE
12:00 PM Lunch LUNCH
1:00 PM Pintar bandera Holanda Pintar Bandera Holanda
2:30 PM Jugar en Alberca Jugar con agua
3:00 PM
3:40 PM SNACK LECHE
4:00 PM Conociendo a Ana Frank, Van Gogh, Rembrant, capitan de West Indies Companies SIESTA 2
5:00 PM Juego Libre
5:30 PM TV Juego Libre y snack
6:00 PM Cena y tiempo en Familia CENA
7:00 PM Baño y devocional familiar BAÑO
7:40 PM Los preguntones (tiempo con papá)
8:00 PM Dormir DORMIR

Algunos links son afiliados, no les cuestan a ustedes extra, pero me dan una pequeña comisión.

Este horario arriba, es lo que normalmente haremos de forma diaria, acontinuación les comparto los horarios para cada dia de esta semana.

Día 1. Holanda, horario descrito arriba.

Día 2. Continuación de Holanda.

Actividades sugeridas:
Repasar con ayuda de las flashcards sobre su Historia, ubicación geografica en el mapa, sus monumentos claves, y biodiversidad.

Puedes dependiendo de la edad, pedirle que repita las palabras del vocabulario con stickers, imanes u otra herramienta de letras. Esto ayuda a la lectoescritura.

Practicar trazos de lineas rectas verticales y horizontales del libro de divertitrazos. Links sugeridos para actividades de trazos.

Cuaderno de trazos.

Practicar actividades de matemáticas relacionadas a medición. Nosotros usamos el libro de Matemáticas 1 de Larousse para preescolar.

Hacer un plato o cuadro, según los materiales que tengas, simulando una de las más populares artesanías de Holanda: un azulejo Delft.

Si tienen tiempo o viven cerca (para las de Holanda) pueden ir a comer o cenar los tradicionales Pannenkoeken y les sugiero la cadena que se llama Pannenkoekenboerderij de Katwijk o Leiderdorp. Este verano con el Vakantiepas obtienen uno gratis para un niño presentando el cupón.

El día de mañana les tendré las actividades listas para el dia 3, que veremos Estados Unidos y luego las de Ucrania. El viernes tendremos nuestro primer paseo e iremos al Openluchtmuseum, que es un museo al aire libre donde se disfruta de la vida holandesa de antaño.

Espero disfruten hacer estas actividades y si tienen sugerencias, las recibo con gusto en los comentarios o por mail.

Una Regia en Bicicleta reloaded.

Queridos lectores, todo el proceso que he estado viviendo en los últimos meses me ha ayudado a darme cuenta que es lo que quiero y estos últimos. 2 meses he estado ocupada trabajando un poco o un mucho en ello.

Este sitio finalmente he decidido, que será solamente en español. Voy a abrir y unir unos sitios más para completar mis planes y lograr mis sueños.

Tengan un poco de paciencia en lo que me ausentó pero prometo volver pronto con un buen contenido.

Nos vemos pronto.

Mexican Recipe: ChilliDogs

I have been asked or told in occasions by non Mexican people to make chili con carne because they think it’s mexican. According to Wikipedia (LOL) it’s origin is Texan and they do have a lot of true Mexican influence in their cuisine but in my opinion Mexican American food can’t be considered Mexican food but TexMex which in other post I remember explaining it would be a whole different thing and it is also delicious but not commonly what a Mexican living abroad is looking for.

Anyways, the recipe I’m about to share is very similar to Chili con Carne but it is Mexican at least it’s very popular in some regions in the north part of Mexico specially Monterrey, where I’m from and it is served mostly at children’s birthday parties for the merienda (meal around 4 PM only given at these events)

I recently made it for my daughter’s 1st bday, as I did for my son’s 1st bday 4 years ago. So here it is. The ingredients are for a big, BIG crowd, so size them down to your needs.

Ingredients

2 kilo ground beef

4 onions

4 garlic cloves

6 tomatoes

5 big cans of brown beans (bruine bonen from AH)

2 medium cans of chili beans

15 to 20 sausages

250 gr of bacon in blocks

1 bottle of ketchup

1/2 cup of sugar (or more to taste)

1/4 cup of jalapeños vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons of dry cilantro

2 tablespoons of dry peterselie

Procedure

Chop the onions, garlic, tomatoes and sausages and have them ready on the side.

On a deep pan (I used the biggest from Ikea, that holds 10 liters) start cooking the bacon and wait some time and add the onions and garlic until it the bacon has become a bit crunchy. Then add the beef and cook normally until its completely brown.

Add the sausages and cook too.

Then add all the beans and mix.

Add the vinegar and ketchup. Taste.

It should be sweet but not too much. If it still taste like beans add the sugar and keep tasting until it’s sweet to your taste.

Then add the spices and mix well. Taste until its good for you.

This is normally served in Monterrey inside a bread like the witte puntjes they sell here. Open carefully just from the middle, do not open like a hotdog but more like a canoe, just to fill the inside so it doesn’t come out and make a mess. In kids birthday parties is served together with jello and chips.

Good mom VS. Bad mom

For some time now I have been constantly working on myself, on my thoughts on my house and on many more things surrounding me. Some time ago, some situations and hurtful comments shooke me inside and I was a bit depressed and feeling so bad with myself that I let go of me and even though I was continuing with my life the best I could these words and situations were in my head until I said no more. I got free from what was having me so anxious and stressed and I immediately felt free. But it didn’t stop there, after this I had to go back inside myself and tell the truth to this lady (me) and build myself back up.

It has been a constant back and forth specially cause things keep happening, you know, life goes on. There is one thing that has kept me a bit sane through all this and is my relationship with God. If I go through something I always run to him in prayer and just pour myself there. If after praying I find peace in my heart then I know I’m in the right direction. If I still feel anxious or not settled then I know I should do something, like confront someone, tell the truth, ask for forgiveness even it has been years since something happened and so on. I have done it in the past cause I need my soul to be at peace and my mind to be healthy and my heart to be happy. This is the ‘secret’ to how I keep on going after bad things or unpredictable things happen to me. You can actually read back on my blog to see its not the first time I tell this stories about how God transforms situations in my life. Infertility and loss were part of them, I kept running to him for comfort and now I have 2 beautiful kids to raise and enjoy.

Relationships will always be hard. Sometimes we have chemistry and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we meet people who just are with use while they need us and sometimes we will meet a true friend. Depending on our own personality is how we take and handle this things.

Today after some other things happened around me and after already crying to God for help, and he sending me some reminders these past days I ran into this devotional from few days ago but the title got me mainly because of what I first told you in this post (the hurtful words/situations). Some of the things that have happened in my life for the past 2 years have made me feel and think I was a terrible person and I have doubted of my capacity to being a good mom to my children and I was walking after that in shame and doubt and was feeling so uncomfortable around other moms I consider are great and perfect or on playdates and almost avoiding them. It took work to know it wasn’t me, it was chemistry and characters and in some cases prudence. It took me going out of my comfort zone to find new situations where I could see it wasn’t me or my kids who were problematic or unloved but just unfortunate moments that happened. Still sometimes these words haunt me, but I go to my Lord to find comfort and repeat to myself that everything is OK.

Then I found this devotional I was mentioning and these paragraphs brought new healing to my heart.

As moms, I pray we’ll remember the truth of today’s promise in Ephesians 2:4-5, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.”

God’s grace is always willing to step in. Not to excuse us from being more patient, organized or responsible. But it reminds us we’re doing better than we think we are. His grace says, “My love for you is great! Stop bouncing from feeling good to bad to good to bad. In the good times, rejoice and thank Me. In the not-so-good times, call out to Me quickly.”

With God we’re never a bad mom. We might be having a bad moment … or two … or 17. But a few bad moments do not define us.

God’s grace is there to cover us. Teach us. And even in the middle of a bad moment, interrupt us, redirect us and change us.

Forgiveness is there.

Love is there.

A second chance is there. And then another one after that.

You are a good mom, my friend … even if, like me, you’ve had a few bad moments … you are the exact mom God knew your children needed. Let’s live in that truth today.

Isn’t it amazing how God works. He knows how to repair our hearts. He knows what we need on time. He won’t let his children sink in destructive thoughts or believe lies others tell. Cause all it matters is how He sees us and how He is working on us. Bad moments don’t define me. He uses those bad moments to refine me. I’m a better person and mom because of all that has happened to me these past year and a half. I know now how to identify people who are better suited company for me. I know how to listen to my kids when they don’t feel comfortable and avoid unfortunate situations. I know I have to keep things to myself when it comes to parenting and raising my kids. And that is another topic I would like to talk about in other post in the future. I have learnt so much in this time I have to remind myself out of all this bad came something so good and that’s what I stay with.

If you are a mom who is going through something that is shaking you, don’t feel alone. It’s gonna be OK. Go and look for the Lord, he has your back.

How to make a piece of art for your kid’s room.

If you are a DIY MOM and have an artsy kid at home this is then the best piece of art your child can have in his/her room.

You will need a canvas the size you like, acrylic paints, an apron to avoid messing their clothes, a humid cloth to clean their hands once in a while, a brush, and painting tape.

First with the tape, make the shape, letter or number you want to make for the room. We choose the M because with my daughter we used her initial as well which was part of the decoration I used for my baby shower a year ago.

Once it’s done, start by painting one hand only in the softest color you have. We used all the shades of colors from yellow to blue. With one hand we did yellow, orange, red and pink and with the other hand we did brown, green and blue. I was cleaning his hands sometimes if the color was to different for example from brown to green.

Then we pushed the hand with paint against the canvas no more than 3 times and trying to go over the taped area so when removing it you will have a clear shape.

Once you finish let dry completely and then take out the tape.

As you can see my son is very proud of his work and it’s already in display on his room. It brings color and life to his room and we all love it.

Hope you like it too and if you do it please let me know to see it and enjoy your wonderful work.

Renovating myself

It’s been a long time since I write mainly because I have been going through so much that I haven’t had a time to sit and write.

When the year started I wanted to do so many things and so many projects were in my thoughts, but also I was holding on to stuff that didn’t let me go through. I was a bit anxious, lonely, depressed, stressed, overwhelmed, tired but with a positive attitude about overcoming all this and succeed.

I had to break up with these things and reorganize my thoughts about myself, my projects and let go.

When I finally said goodbye to what was holding me, I felt free. It wasn’t a one time thing, I had to quit to projects, I had to take decisions, I had to let go of friendships and accept my present, my today, myself as I am and look at the moment.

Motherhood has been hard for the past year and some months. Life has been busy, I had let go of myself and I was drowning. I had to recover myself in order to serve my family properly. In order to put my dreams into actions.

It’s happening people. For some time now, I have felt free, I am rediscovering myself, I am accepting who am I now, and also working on my own personal projects. I’m learning from my mistakes, I’m maturing and growing into a better me. My children are more relaxed, cooperating, feeling loved and I’m enjoying them as I used to, not feeling overwhelmed by what I think people say or react towards them or my parenting, but just focusing on their needs and prioritizing them. It made a difference. I’m busy growing my business which is something I love doing and it’s my thing, it’s my moment when I feel myself, and looking into how can this become a real full time job and generate a proper income to modify it from a hobby to a way of living.

Everything that led to this moment was meant to be. It took me in the right direction to look for God and search for help. I have been for the past 2 or 3 weeks working on renovating my home but if I’m being honest, the renovations that take place and can be seen on the outside are happening too on the inside. Every time I rearrange a room, a box of utensiles, every time I clean a shelf and organize the stuff on it and get rid from the ones I don’t need or bring me bad memories or simply doesn’t serve to any purpose, I realize, that I’m feeling lighter. It brings a sense of peace and order in my mind and therefore in my house so it’s kind of a two way action.

I won’t lie and I’m not yet in the place I want to be but I’m working so hard on setting the right atmosphere at my heart to reflect it in my home and in what I do and viceversa. I’m working extra hard on keeping my mind in line and not letting anything disturb it. I’m working in not loosing myself but in bringing me back and don’t let the past haunt me and stop me from being the chatty, sparkly, high energized always doing something woman, creative dreamer and extrovert I normally am.

I always think, if I were in Mexico, would I be going through all this? My answer is no. So this is kind of part of the expat life for me. It never hit me this hard until now. Being alone, without help, without my family and tribe makes it even harder cause I can’t have a day to just rest and be me. I’m a mom 24/7 and can never get a chance to send them to grandma and just reset. It’s just hard. I slowly started to go out with my friends for dinner recently but I took the youngest because she just doesn’t drink formula and would scream bloody murder until she cries herself to sleep if I don’t nurse her. I need to go out, I know if I were in Mx, I would leave her with my mom and go for a drink with my friends or my husband. I haven’t been me in a while and recovering myself will take time, self love and lots of patience from myself and from the people here who really care for me. They have been supportive even though actually no one knows I’m going through all this.

So I’m in the process of renovating the house but also myself. And here is a photo of how it is coming along.

Blue corn Tacos

Today I’m sharing with you 2 very easy recipes for tacos. One is a vegetarian recipe and the other is not.

Today I was gonna make meat with something else for dinner but then the post man arrived with a surprise: blue corn tortillas made by my friend Angie. She sells the best tortillas in my opinion really. I’ve been buying from her for like 2 or maybe 3 years now and I’m always happy with them. But now I wanted to try the blue ones and they are amazing… So yummy.

So I changed my menu and made ‘Rajas con queso’ and ‘carne picada’. Here is what you need.

ingredients.

4 punt paprika’s

1 big onion or 2 small

1 small can of corn

1 bag of shredded cheese.

A piece or meat that doesn’t have lots of fat.

Tortillas from La Tradicional

Salsa (I use the red salsa from La Morena)

Lemon

Onion and coriander finely chopped.

Salt and pepper

Preparation

First, prepare the punt paprika’s the same way as we did for the Pastel Azteca. So, burn the skin completely, rest in a plastic bag for 10 minutes, take off the burn skin and cut in stripes.

Now, while the punt paprika’s rest, cook the meat. Look at the photo to see the kind of meat I used. I honestly never look at the names of the pieces but I just know how they look. This one is like a steak but has no fat and it’s also not used for shredding. You can grill it and then leave it to rest until you are ready to mince it in the food processor.

Also saute some onions like in the picture below.

By then the punt paprika’s should be peeled and cut. Add them to the onions together with the corn and mix. Add the cheese, lower the fire and cover with lid until the cheese has melted.

Season everything to your taste with salt and pepper.

Heat the pan (I have an authentic Comal) and warm up the tortillas turning sides until they are soft.

Serve in the tortillas, but see, here is how…

the ‘rajas’ which is the name of the vegetarian dish, you just serve it like that on the tortilla and add salsa if you like.

The beef tacos, you serve the minced meat, then add the mix of onions and cilantro, squeeze some lemon juice, add some salt and salsa and enjoy. These last ones are actually street tacos. Delicious! They really were delicious. My son ate 3 tacos!!!

If you like the recipe please make a comment and share with others the joys of Mexican food. Don’t keep it to yourself! 😂

33 years

Today is my bday.

I’m 33 years old now… I don’t feel 33, sometimes I feel 21, others I feel 35. I get a little philosophical when it’s my bday, you know because it’s an end of something and a new beginning.

In 33 years of life I have been incredibly blessed with so many things and through so many people. I have also been challenged by so many situations, by so many people and some of these challenges I overcome, others I don’t and I keep going through them probably cause I haven’t passed the test.

All of these experiences of life leave me something. I consider myself a very positive person but I do have a depressive side of me that sometimes pulls me and want to take over the normal, positive, happy, dreamer, everything-is-possible-me. Normally this area of my personality comes through when a challenge of life becomes too much for me or its emotionally too hard for me to overcome. I’m going through a challenge I keep having every certain years and each time I do learn something but apparently I need to learn more. The last time was almost 12 years ago. It’s about relationships and every time it happens it hurts me and shakes me.

Today is my birthday, I’m 33 and while I nurse my baby to sleep, I keep thinking on these past experiences because they do something inside of me. I need to learn once and for all the lesson because I don’t want to go through them again in 5 years or 12 or 20 years and also because I need to prepare my kids properly for the world. I just want to stop this cycle and be mindful about my friendships, my reactions, and just have peace in my mind and heart.

A birthday is like a personal new year. I did make some new years resolutions but never put them into paper. So I want to write down my new year/birthday resolutions. They are in no particular order of importance. I want to do them all.

1. I will do anything I have to do to be emotionally healthy.

2. Focus on my personal goals including being the best mom I can be to my 2 kids, be a better wife and woman and treat myself gently.

3. Organize myself better to accomplish these goals and keep track of my plans.

4. Be healthy physically, emotionally and spiritually.

5. Shake off the bad experiences and negative comments about myself, my family or what I do. I can’t control how people think or talk about me but I can control my reaction to them.

6. Do more of what makes me happy, that is baking, crocheting, reading novels, watching movies, working out, blogging and basically anything that keeps me busy and happy.

7. Use my talents to help others.

8. Be creative

9. Be kind and gentle first to myself and then to others.

10. Do more outdoors activities with my kids.

11. Get into a routine for my social online life to achieve my blogger and networking goals.

12. Get back into my biblical Journaling and personal Bible study.

13. Invest more into my positive friendships.

14. Administer my business better to grow it and enjoy its fruits.

15. Get closer with my family.

16. Write on a journal.

17. Enjoy alone time with my husband.

18. Don’t let the hardships of life turn off my light.

19. Put everything in the hands of God and let things takes their place and time to work out everything. That means not rush into anything

20. Worry less about what people will think or do or say or feel, if I’m not doing it with a bad intention or to hurt anyone, specially if it stops me from being happy or doing something I like or just being myself. If they can’t handle me, then they are not good for me.

I think those are mainly the things I will work on and hopefully this new year that I start will be better than last year and that this challenge Im still overcoming can be passed and I won’t ever have to go through it again.

This birthday had some bittersweet moments but I will take the sweetness and print it in my memory and therefore I will only say the positive, I have had 33 wonderful years and for real I’ve had one of the best days today with my family in a long time. They showered me with love and spoiled me and I received some very special treats from very special people too. God even gave me snow for my bday and I spent the best weekend with my 2 cubs and my loving husband.

Happy birthday to me, may this year be even more blessed than the one I just ended.