Saturday, December 03, 2016

FOURTEEN MONTHS {Paloma's Monthly Photo}

You are sooooooo beautiful mamacita! 
You are making mami and papi laugh everyday with your fun personality.
Easy going.  You have lived in the car (with mami) the last couple months and 

You are now saying:  mama [sometimes], papa (for papi and grandpa), agua, chi-chi, you bark at dogs (but it sounds like a pig) you sign for more and say "mas" sometimes too.

Naps have been inconsistent due to Christmas lighting - it makes routine nearly impossible.  First nap of the day is reliable (either in your bed or in the car @930-10a) and after that all bets are off.  You usually catch at least a cat nap.  Mami is loving the early darkness because that signal is all you need to go down for the night.  

You are very active -up and down, down and up, dance dance dance.  You LOVE music, just like your brothers and your shoulder just starts moving when you hear a song you like. 
Current favorite:  I don't Want to Know by Marroon Five



Friday, November 11, 2016

THIRTEEN MONTHS {Paloma's Monthly Photo}

**This is the first time in 5 years that I forgot to take one of my kids' official "monthly photo"
Bad mami blogger!  Luckily I had this cute picture of you Paloma, and it was taken just a week after you turned 13 months.  Please forgive me, it will not happen again! 
You are officially a walker Paloma!!! 
A few days after your birthday you took your first steps (Oct 5) 3 days after that (Oct 8) you were done with crawling.  And just like that - we have a toddler! 

Although you have said "mama" many times, it doesn't compare to the amount of times you call out for your papi.  "papa, papa."  You follow him around the house.  You get excited when I say "Papi's home!"  You know when I command Siri to "call Neto" that it is time to start yelling out his name until I put him on speaker to talk to you. 

You aren't saying too many words, but your communication skills are great.  You point to what you want and say "DA."  You sign for "more" and this is so helpful.  With that sign you also started saying  "ch-ch" which leads me to believe weaning you from breast milk isn't going to be as easy as it was with your brothers.  Oh well, I still enjoy our cuddle time and Im not feeling any rush to cut you off. 

Mami has been so busy with Christmas lights and carting kids and you have been the sweetest easy going baby girl - for the most part.  You did have a couple bad weeks after finding out [at your one year check-up] that you had an ear infection.  You woke up nightly crying, and I ran in your room to console you!  You would go right back to sleep, but we both had interrupted . We may have created a little habit... that of course had to be broken once you got better. We are back on track now. 

This month has been about CAR RIDES AND CAR SLEEP for you mamacita, but I promise we are going to have a lot more fun in the future....one December 15 arrives, we will be all about playing again! Te prometo! 

Friday, October 07, 2016

Paloma Turns One!


It's a bird....it's a plane....
{spotting un avion}

It's la bonita Palomita!!!

You are the CUTEST!  
My brown-eyed girl! 
Ms. pixie hair. 
Ms. Ears pierced.
Ms. Happy all the time! (except when you're not)
My little leche-loving baby!
 
Yes mami...you win! 
You are Ms. ATL!!  THE  Paloma Espinoza!
Once she is old enough to read this 'ol bloggy blog, she will see the lack of planning thrown into this one year birthday party.  But!  What you have to remember is...THAT DRESS IS EVERYTHING!! (Thank you Jessica!)
(Plus I vow to make it up to you at your two year birthday party!)

You dug right into this red velvet cupcake.
Right after your brothers sang you happy birthday!

Boy do they love their little sister.

How you have grown over the last year Paloma.  Your hair especially! A full head of near black hair to practically no hair at 5-7 months.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mateo Is FIVE!!!

WHAAAAAT?  How is my baby FIVE??  His birthday was last week. I will never forget the excitement when he was born.  And he has had me "excited" almost everyday since. ha!
Can you believe it was one year ago that I was sitting in the hospital (pregnant!) and had to FaceTime in on his 4th birthday party??

This year his birthday fell on a Tuesday, so a "normal" day at school was on the docket. My parents were here though, and their visits make any day special.   The boys were up bright and early looking for presents.
Mateo was totally into his new headphones and hooked them write up to a Spotify playlist I created for him.
Songs include: Beat It, Another One Bites the Dust, This is What you came for, Cake by the Ocean, Sugar, and many songs by Twenty One Pilots.

It was pretty low-key day, but he was fine with that knowing that the "real" party was coming on the weekend.

Whole Foods supplied the "from scratch" cookies and cream cake and mami made sure there was a big fat 5 on top.
On Sunday, the regular birthday gang gathered for the USUAL piƱata that the Espinoza parties are known for.  Gosh, these kids are getting big!
{Marcelo, Ben, Gabriel, Mateo, Phoebe, Norah, Daphne & Journey}



Paloma had a little buddy too.  They are going to be boyfriend and girlfriend. Eliot and Paloma sitting in a tree...

The cake was another store bought (I am really slacking) beauty, but oh so good. And oh so easy.


Presents included:  a karaoke machine, headphones (with special Spotify playlist of all his favorite songs) , Spot it, Connect Four, Imaginext Superman and Abominal, Lite Brite, Superman puzzles.

He is one lucky five year old!  And I am one lucky mami!

Monday, September 19, 2016

A Weekend in Savannah!

Back in August when we put our house up for sale we took a little road trip.

Since our house looked PERFECT for the listing, we knew that there was NO WAY we could be living there while the house was being shown. Three kids and a spotless house? No can do. Thank God we went under contract right away because we couldn't really stay out of town too long with Mateo's new school schedule (i.e.: everyday).

Well, we didn't actually make a decision of where to go so when we got in the car Saturday morning (and our buyer was walking down the sidewalk) I didn't know where we were headed.

I mentioned driving to Chattanooga for the weekend because I have heard there are some kid friendly activities (children's museum, aquarium, big red train, and hiking to a waterfall) but really I saw a sweet pair of Barcelona chairs on Chattanooga's Craigslist for $100/each! OH MY! That was a good enough reason for me to go there.

Ernesto vetoed that. He left us to sweat it out.  Mateo will bug you to give up a secret surprise until you cave. So finally Ernesto said "Savannah!"

We have not been there since Mateo was a baby. What a great trip that was!  (look how cute my little Mateo was-who is now almost 5! Ugh!)

What a great town Savannah is! Have you been?

We used our points at the Westin and got a SWEET room up high- right on the river! 
No car needed.  We just hopped on the little ferry in front of the hotel, and five minutes later we were walking the streets.
It was a late night, but these guys held up fairly well.
We were actually just finishing up the final negotiations on our house sale on the ferry back to the hotel.  We were under contract by 1130pm. 
The next day we drove across the bridge to Tybee Island and let the kids do their thing. They are good beach bums.
Apparently baby girls "thing" at the beach is to eat sand. UGH!

Ernesto bought one of these beach tents and it was perfect!  Must get one for San Diego next year! 
We built castles in the sand and ate CAKE BY THE OCEAN!  Ok, no we didn't...but I wanted to.  The kids love that song
It was kind of a long drive for one night, but oh well. Getting to a beach in less than 4 hours is not too bad.  Plus we ate at the Crab Shack in Tybee Island. That is almost worth the tree alone.
What a cool place.  We tore up that seafood platter!
The other highlight to this place? Alligators! Yikes!  Supposedly they are tame though.
 And they do tricks!
 You knew that was fake right? They are not huge, but still scary enough.  The boys loved them and grabbed a pole to start the feeding frenzy.

We had Starbucks and three sleepers on the drive home!! It was the most relaxing part of the trip!

OUR NEW CASA!!!

Well, after nine months of searching for a mid century modern house in Atlanta, we are finally under contract living in one!
It all happened so fast - selling our house and buying a new house in a matter of a month! Whew! We closed on the old house at 9am and the new house at 330pm that same day.  NUTS!  But we did it!  Somehow we packed (err...threw things into tubs) and got out of our house in two days after closing.  

If you are familiar with Atlanta, we are near the intersection of Briarcliff and Lavista Rd.  (just 6.5 miles north of our house in Grant Park)  It definitely has a different feel than our old neighborhood.  Good thing?  More space.  I like that we are not on top of the house next to us.  Bad thing? More space.  It will surely be harder to get to know our neighbors, but actually Nextdoor will help with that. And of course getting to know other parents and Mateo's school. Its a new adventure! 

At just under 2000sq ft, this is not a huge house by any stretch. It actually is just 400 sq ft bigger than our last house, but the layout is going to work so much better for us. (At least,I hope!)

Ideas are just racing in my head. I will mention a few here today as there are a lot of changes we want to make.  But the house is totally livable and "up to date." (as long as you have granite, you are up to date, right?! ha - this is something I saw in sooooo many listings while house hunting)

Anyway, would you like to take a tour? 
(keep in mind that these are the listing photos with the previous owners stuff)

Built in 1963, this house creates that "living one with the outdoors" kind of feel that so many mid century modern houses are known for. All of the windows in the back let the light in making it feel spacious and bright. 
Even though the house sits on a .5 acre lot, the back yard is small.  I love that it is wooded beyond the fence (which we will be replacing obvs) but there is a HUGE drop off- so much of the "yard" is  un-usable land . Not ideal, but perfect for a Tarzan swing or zip-line!! Ha! Still, with all the trees it feels secluded and private. Who would guess that we can walk to Starbucks and Whole Foods in less than 10 minutes?!
Small or not, we are going to make this a kick-a$$ entertainers yard. It's actually pretty shaded most of the day (hence all the moss growing) but some of the trees need major trimming so this will help when we go to plant grass/lay sod.

What sold me right away on this house is the high ceilings.  
I told you I bought a 10 ft white Christmas tree on clearance from Target last year right?  Well, that is the main reason I started house hunting. I needed taller ceilings! Ha!  That was I said when people asked why we were moving from Grant Park.  Yep, it will fit perfectly here! 
Looking out to a forest view is awesome! So peaceful too!  Of course the peace and quiet ends at the windows for us.  See that fireplace in the middle? (that the couch is blocking??!! hello?)  Oh yeah!  That makes a great running track. As you might imagine, high ceilings and hardwoods make for great acoustics.  
I know the walls/ceilings seem light and bright in the photos, but they are painted a dark beige. Boo!   They were photo shopped for the listing, but feel a bit drab in person.  I am delving into the confusing world of white paint choices right now... Why is white so hard? It's white right?  The more I look, the more undecided I am.  I bought three samples and I just have to pick from those (Ill show you in another post!) and be done with it. 

The light wood floors are great (albeit squeaky)! I will NEVER EVER have dark wood floors again.  Ever! The dirt can just pile up on these and I dont even notice!  I just LOL while typing that. Yes, I'm still going to sweep my floors, but it won't need to be done daily or heaven forbid twice a day! 
Ain't nobody got time for that!

Even though the kitchen is not totally open to the living area, it has great flow. The dining area is large enough to fit my 60' round table too, so I'm happy about that. 
Yes, that chandelier is SO out of there! Also those upper cabinets above the peninsula are goners too. 
Well, actually the whole kitchen is going to be removed. I know, I know, before you say "but that is a nice kitchen!"  Let me say...It is a fine kitchen.  The cabinets are great quality and solid wood (cherry I believe).  The are in great condition too (unlike our old kitchen's flimsy builder grade Home Depot cabinets) but they are not my style.  More importantly though, they are not meshing with the style of this 1960's house. Tell me, would Don Draper look right standing in this kitchen? Definitely not. 
I have surprised myself by loving the easy clean up of the vinyl floors, but you know they have to go. Another downside. Electric stove.  Its the worst! You think I burnt a lot of tortillas on a gas stove?  I am for sure going to break my record with this thing.  It takes forever to heat up, it gets too hot, you try to reduce the heat and...blah blah blah...it's gone! (unless of course it costs $10k to get gas run to our house...then we will just suffer it out)
Although there is no on suite in the master, it is huge and I am not caring at all. 
Please try to look past all of the fabulous decor here, and notice the windows, window windows! 
We did put our bed in the same location and one afternoon, Ernesto was camped out playing his golf game on his phone and "enjoying the relaxing view" from bed. I think this will probably happen again. (and again, and again)
The 2 bathrooms are not terrible.  With white tile and light gray walls, I can easily wait for a remodel, 
That strip light however, will bug me. See the little vintage one in the shower? That one is cute.  
Oh! The previous owners left the plastic curtains (window & shower) so I have been reviewing my chemistry.
This will be Paloma's room, the only other bedroom with ours upstairs.  It is light and bright and big! I can't wait to get it all set up. 
On the downstairs level there is a family room (with another fireplace!), two additional bedrooms and a laundry/storage room.  
There is built-in shelving on either side of the room, and even though my first reaction was "Im getting rid of those" my sister had the idea of having doors made to cover them and wha-la! Instant covered storage! (Thanks Fred!)  This set of shelves below are right at the sliders to go out to the back yard and carport, so will probably be a main entrance for us.  Again, my sister's idea (master organizer and user of every square inch), but these could be utilized as a make-shift mud room and each kid can have their own door! Jackets, shoes etc can all go here.  Paint them out and they are going to be awesome!  I AM GOING TO BE SO ORGANIZED!!! 
Parkay? No, parquet.  No. it's vinyl and although the flooring is not in horrible condition, I really want to put hardwoods down here.  I would like it to have the same feel as upstairs (with lower ceilings ha) and I feel clean light hardwoods (and some paint) will do the trick. 
There is a HUGE closet with floor to ceiling shelving over to the left too, and that has been designated as "the toy closet." Yes! Ideally I would like to keep all toys down here.  Yeah right. That will happen. 

Outside, a cement patio is under the deck .  We will put some kind of water barrier under the decking because you KNOW I will be on the hunt for some vintage rattan furniture! Oh yeah! 

The second bath is plain and simple.  An easy fix really. New vanity out of vintage chest...and ....well that is about as much thought as I have put into this room. 
Here is the boys room. Big Windows. They will totally be sneaking out of those in 10 years. 
It's a great size room.  Ernesto is going to build bunk beds in the corner to free up floor space. The boys are pretty excited about it. 

Technically this is the fourth bedroom.  It does have the closet and window, but it is small. 
We are still debating what to do with it.  One thing I know is that it is the only room that I can afford to wallpaper. So get ready for some pattern in here! 

Well folks. There you have it.  Welcome to our new abode. Get ready for some changes to happen.  All of which will be documented here on VivaCindy. Yes.. more house posts and a continuing of cute kids pictures and ramblings here on the 'ol bloggy blog. Stay tuned! 

We are not even CLOSE to being settled in, but mi casa es su casa! Come visit us!!

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