Fun Friday: Santa Barbara Overnight

Today is Juan’s birthday and we are in Santa Barbara for an adults only overnight.It’s one of those times where the planets aligned and all the kids are either with the other parents or with Grandma. The gods were especially smiling since I managed to secure a discounted price at a beachside hotel and a nice restaurant.

We are enjoying each other and some of our favorite things.

Happy birthday to the one who keeps my heart awhirl!

 

Guess What Today Is?

There have been two occasions that I can recall when  my husband Juan, upon waking in the morning,  was so happy that the day had arrived that he proclaimed with joy like a child on Christmas morning, “Guess what today is?”

One of those occasions was the morning of our wedding day. He woke up, rolled over and with a sleepy, but happy grin said:

 “Guess what today is?”

 Of course, I responded, “Our wedding day!”

To which he replied, “No. Kiss/Aerosmith concert tickets go on sale.”

Did you think I was joking when  I told you before about his obsession with the rock band Kiss?  So, I really should not have been surprised when I learned that on the morning of the day when we would pledge our lives to each other, he was thinking, not of our pending nuptials, but that the long-awaited Kiss/Aerosmith concert tickets would finally go on sale. So, while I was getting coiffed, made-up and dressed up for our big day,  he was at home, on-line , buying concert tickets for his favorite band.

The second occasion I can recall when Juan woke up happier than a kid on Christmas was yesterday. Juan woke up and announced,  “Today is the day I am  finally eligible for the iPhone 4 upgrade!” Yes. It was the long-awaited day when he could upgrade his phone. But his joy was short-lived when I reminded him that we had discussed it and he had already decided he would wait until January to purchase the upgrade. Like a kid who found coal in his stocking, Juan sighed and agreed that he was going to wait.  I thought that was the end of the discussion until Juan called me while I was driving home from running an errand at the local shopping mall. The conversation went something like this:

J:   Did you buy anything?

Me:   No. Nothing for me, but I bought Diego a pair of shoes.

J:    Really? Didn’t you want to find something for yourself. Maybe you should go to another store and check out what they have?

Me:   No. I am tired. I am coming home. Why? What have you been doing?

J:   Well, Diego and I went to the yogurt store.  

(Hmmm… Since when does a husband need to encourage his wife to go shopping? How suspicious that the yogurt store happens to be across the street from the Apple Store.)

Me:   Did  you buy the iPhone?

J:    Well….yes. We can talk about it when you get home.

Of course, when I got home there was nothing to talk about. It would have been like telling someone that Christmas was cancelled. Besides, Juan was already playing with his new phone, and had completed configuring his old iPhone for my use. So, Christmas came early for Juan, and now I guess I’ll be learning how to use his old iPhone.

Date Night With My Husband

Last week I told you about my date night without my husband. Thank you for your comments, it really was a special night for  Nico and I.  Last, night was special too because I had a chance to have a date night with my husband, Juan.

When Juan and I met and started dating we already had kids–Olivia was 5,  Erica was 3, Nico was almost 3. Between our jobs, the kids and our custody arrangements, Juan and I didn’t have the typical courtship. We dated on our “kid free” weekends and sometimes, because we worked together, were able to have lunch together during our workday.  We dated for 2 years before we got married, and once we got married,  our date nights and lunches became pretty infrequent.  Add the new baby in the mix, and  let’s just say we were pretty much settled into a routine where date nights meant getting the kids to bed, renting a movie, opening a bottle of wine, and falling asleep in front of the TV.

BUT lately, things have begun to change.  For the better.  Except of course, if you are a high school girl with her own social life.  You see, Olivia is now 15, and in my book, that is Babysitting Age.  Add to that fact,that Diego is now 6, and the other kids are pretty self-sufficient, and that means that I can leave the kids for a few hours occasionally and go out for a date with my husband.  This works out pretty well for us, except when it infringes on Olivia’s “plans,” then it doesn’t work out as well for her. Oh well….A happy husband and wife, makes a happy family life. Or something like that. Still, we try to be careful not to “burden” the kids too much with self-sufficiency, and responsibility. Ha! (Anyway, I digress, and that’s a whole other blog post.)

So last night, Juan and I enjoyed our date night and went to The Yard House where we sat at the bar, just like grown-ups, we had a drink,  and went to a movie. When we came home we said good night to Nico, kissed a sleeping Diego, and relieved Olivia from her Facebook childcare responsibilities. Then we tried to watch a recorded episode of Mad Men. That is, until I fell asleep in front of the TV.

Juan and I enjoying some adult beverages during an adult night out.

Discovering Mas y Mas

Yesterday I told you that I attended the Discovering Mas blogging conference over the weekend.  Because of this conference I have decided to overcome my resistance to Twitter and will begin”tweeting.”   Another thing I took away from this conference was this:

The sponsors for this conference gave all of the attendees some really great stuff. I had a lot of fun going through my bag of “swag.”  It was filled with beauty and health products, food items, and all kinds of great stuff. Thank you Proctor and Gamble, Que Rica Vida and Avocados from Mexico!

But I wasn’t the only one to get something out of the conference. My husband Juan got something out of it too. As I’ve said before, Juan is a gadget guy, and he absolutely loves his Iphone.  During the conference I texted him that I thought I would need a smart phone to help me Tweet and stay on top of my blog.  He texted me back:

“Do you want me to give you my Iphone and I’ll get the new Iphone 4?”

Hmm. ….I don’t really love the Iphone because I can’t seem to get my fat fingers to work the touch key pad. Still, there are features I like on his Iphone that I don’t have on my current phone. Juan has wanted the new Iphone since it launched, and has tried justifying the expense of upgrading to a new phone . This was just what he needed. So, it turns out that Discovering Mas has really worked out well for Juan. Maybe it should have been called Discovering Mas y Mas.  (Discovering More and More).

 Here’s what I got out of  the conference: 

  1. Valuable information
  2. New relationships with fellow Latina bloggers
  3. A whole lot of great stuff in the swag bag. 

Here’s what Juan got out of me attending the conference:

  1. The Iphone 4
  2. And two of his favorite picks from my swag bag:

This blogging thing is paying off!

Much Ado about (Almost) Nothing

After reading yesterday’s post on this blog, Juan made the comment that I am the Jerry Seinfeld of blogging. I asked him to explain, and he said that Seinfeld was an amusing show about nothing. He thought my post about Silly String was like that.

Well, I guess Juan is somewhat correct.  But, it is my blog so I can write whatever comes to mind, even if it’s something as silly as Silly String. I read quite a few blogs and many of them are about nothing profound, just the stuff that makes up life. One of the blogs which I enjoy reading is Pioneer Woman, by Ree Drummund.  Ree is an amazing blogger. If you haven’t heard of her then you should check her blog out. It will make you feel like you are an under-achiever.  Some days her posts are quite touching,  like when she writes about her developmentally disabled brother Mike. Other days her posts are just about as innocuous as Silly String. I am new to this blogging thing, but writing about the stuff that makes up my well blended life, is kind of the point of my blog. 

Last night, Juan and I tricked Diego and told him we were going to visit grandma, but instead we treated him to the Mickey’s Halloween party at Disneyland. Diego is all ours.  By that I mean  because we have a “blended family” Juan and I share Olivia and Erica with their mom, and we share Nico with his dad. Many times the other kids get to do things with the other parents that Diego doesn’t get to do. Juan and I occasionally try to do something special with Diego on our own. It’s difficult because when it’s just the three of us, the house is quieter and it’s tempting to just stay home and chill. But last night we made the effort, and I’m glad we did. There were no crowds or lines. Disneyland was decorated for Halloween, entire families were dressed in costume…Peter Pan and company, Incredible families, grown men dressed as Star Wars heroes accompanied by a Princess Leah wife and Yoda babies. We had a great time. In case you think Juan is not supportive of me and my blog, Juan took pictures for my blog all night. I told him I wasn’t sure what I’d write about and then he said, “Are you kidding? This night is full of good material. You could write about Silly String, but not this?”  I told him to get his own blog! Still, he was right. It was a night of good material. I am just not sure I want to write about it. So, instead I’ll post his pictures and close this post with photos from an evening that was special, even though it may not have been profound.

By the way, if you would like me to write about something in particular on this blog, leave a comment and let me know.