Monday, November 30, 2009

pictures....

Here are some more pictures from the wedding the other night. These are the pictures from the photographer, he took some awesome shots...here are just a few.


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Style

Last Wednesday we (MPE & I) were honored to attend a small intimate wedding dinner for a close friend of my oldest brother who is originally from Argentina. It was at Puerto La Boca, a fine little Argentinian restaurant in Little Italy. It was typical Latin Style. Party started at 8:30pm, not many people actually got there until 9 and dinner was served at 11. Between 9 & 11 there was delicious appetizers served, a tango show and lots of interesting conversations with other Uruguayan/Argentinian immigrants. This excited me for my upcoming trip to Uruguay. I can't wait to be surrounded by EspaƱol, the Atlantic Ocean, mi familia, and enriching the lives of my girls. I am so thankful for this. Felicidades Diego & Marina!
Here are a few pictures from a lovely evening.




The next morning we had an early wake up call -  MPE, the girls & I were off to Father Joe's Thanksgiving Day 5k walk/run. This was our second year participating in this but I am sure it will be a life long tradition for our family. It was such a great way to start our Thanksgiving Day.


Hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My new mantra...for right now...

I don't have too much to say...actually that's not true. I don't have too much time to write tonight. I need as much sleep as I can catch. I have been working hard on two of my photo books which I am excited to share...as soon as I complete these novellas I will post them.


But I will leave you with the mantra that has been going on in my head for the past couple of days like a bad Hall and Oates tune. I find it so fitting in my life right now. It's something Kate Moss said. I don't really consider her a role model or a mentor but she recently said, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels".


I can relate so much to that idiotic tidbit right now. I love it. Sounds crazy, almost on the verge of some eating disorder (thank g-d my cousin is an eating disorder clinical pyschologist) so I am not too worried. But after carrying around excess weight with my pregnancies and finally fitting into some of my pre-pregnancy clothes (yay for me 74.5 LBS down) I can say it does feel better than anything I have tasted...for right now.



OK, my thoughts are straying to BED...enjoy life and remember to GOBBLE-GOBBLE.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Daily Schtick

It's funny how my priorities change on a daily basis, actually on an hourly basis. When I wake saying to myself that today I HAVE to get this done than my energy and focus channels there. Unfortunately I haven't made my blog a priority the past 4 days and I feel like I have totally neglected my writing. I am so sorry blog.

Between birthday parties, Thanksgiving feasts at V's school, Thanksgiving coming up, planning & buying for our big trip at the end of December and a few other projects I have going on... I have just been too busy. Oh yes and of course my full-time job (taking care of the kids, taxi driver, maid, CFO, grocery shopper, etc.) I do have a lot I want to write about - the funny thing is by the time I can sit down I am kind of fried. Like hard. Tired and thinking/planning for the next day's adventures.

I get woken up every morning at 6 am (the Swiss could set their watches...) by V coming into my room needing help to put her pj's back on. See, every night before going to bed...she tells me a story about how hot she is and she just can't bare to wear any pajamas. So in the wee hours of the morning, with my eyes closed... I feel around, helping her climb back into her pjs (the feet on the bottom can be challenging sometimes, especially when they are inside out). She than usually wants me to get up and hands me my glasses or she jumps (literally and she has a great vertical) in bed with us and squirms until one of us gets up.

So, my point is I have not forgotten about you Blog and I have longed to write, I just need a few more hours in my day.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A little Velveeta (Cheesy)

I'm not one to dress my kids the same, it's just not my style. But secretly I thought this would be cute....




I'll be back with more later! Enjoy your day!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Life, Love & the Rest (or lack thereof).

The days slip by so fast like sands through the hourglass...these are the days of the 21st century bloooooggggg! My "To-Do" list doesn't seem like it ever shrinks, if anything it just gets longer. For each task crossed off, 3 more take its place. I have been busy shopping (see great buys pics below) for Uruguay and scoring deals I tell ya...Great Deals (I think clothing feels and looks better when you don't pay retail).

Having guests over for dinner, running errands.... well you know, the same old fun stuff, the list goes on and on like rabbits multiplying. To the great buys over the weekend for our trip to South America- here are a few of the super cute summer items I digged up in the stores by the Mexico border, for literally a couple of bucks each! On a side note, I miss Mexico...




I am sad to say I haven't had much time to myself. I haven't been to the gym for what feels like FOREVER. The weight loss has slowed way down and I am itchin' to meet my goal! But I am happy to announce MPE has jumped on the program. Not my program but his own. I feel like we all feel young most of the time, but the truth is that we are aging and have to take care of ourselves. We have kids to raise and we need to model good behavior so we don't twist them up too much. MPE is back to the gym and eating healthy starting this week. I am so excited to support and cheer him on, and oh ya see his cholesterol level go down, WAY down.

Did I mention we have a new crawler with a tooth who likes to stand herself up on everything and anything in the house? HolllAAAAA for Tobs. Which also means there's a lot of whining and crying from the pain and thanks to her... the whole house was up until midnight with her painful cries. I think that major dose of infant Tylenol finally did the trick.



OK, off to bed very soon! Thanks for reading and keep on chuggin' (not beer, but maybe Water)....

Thursday, November 12, 2009

30% off Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic

For those who know me, you know I love getting good deals. Who doesn't? Especially in this economy.

So if you don't know about the 30% off Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic (including their outlet stores) please e-mail me so I can forward you this AWESOME coupon. I will share the good deals I find later after I raid some of these stores :) I also love this event because they donate 5% to a non-profit of your choice.

To be continued.....


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Zzzzz's

Gotta go catch up on some sleep! Feeling a little bit sleep deprived. I hope to be back tomorrow fully reloaded!


Monday, November 9, 2009

Manic Monday

It's been a Manic Monday because...of these two delightful little shits angels. 


 
 

Sunday, November 8, 2009

It's good to be me...

I have lost 71 L-B-S's! That's about 2.5 Valencia's give or take some.

I am so stoked about my weight loss but I am even happier about my new outlook on life. I feel a bit of confidence coming back into my psyche. I feel sassier and gregarious, maybe even a little bit funny again. More playful and definitely more energetic!

In a sense it's been a spiritual enhancement to my life. Not because of the weight loss but because of my will power, my resilience and reaching deeper inside to face my realities and demons. I know it sounds dramatic but it is for me. I am so more accepting and less judgmental. I don't really care for insignificant pettiness or much drama in my life when there is this new found acceptance for myself & the ones that truly love around me.

It's amazing what a little bit of change can do! Remember "Roots and Sol" is more than a blog, it's a way to kick ass in life!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ugggggssssss!

MPE loves to get me involved in his commercials, well his clients' commercials. I am not one that gravitates to the camera. I don't like posing for the camera, or talking on camera. In fact, when I am at weddings and see the videographer coming my way I run...fast! I think this goes back to my modeling days for Bon Marche and JCPenny, but that's for another posting.

But today was different. I was interested in the product, who doesn't want to wear a pair of new Uggs from SuperLamb? Who doesn't want to see their little girls posing in fabulous Uggs for the camera. Check out these new beauties they are carrying...I want a pair! I wore these today for the shoot, they were soft and warm and oh so nice on. I think MPE has a fisherman's sweater made out of the same material.






The setting for the commercial was in Del Mar Dog Beach - an expanse of sand that's beautiful, the waves were 2-3 feet, and the sun broke through the cloud cover for the shoot. Eyefull studios was easy to work with, they made me feel at ease and brought the star quality out in me and everyone at the shoot. They are a great production company here in San Diego and their work is on a national looking level.

I'll upload the spot when complete.

On a side note - Congratulations to Misti & Brumby Broussard for the birth of their baby boy Brogan, can't wait to met the little stud!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I'm the worst wife ever but hey I need a vacation too!


So, the opportunity has arisen to go to Uruguay to soak up the sun, visit family & friends, eat well, NOT clean house, run errands, stick by strict bed times and bath schedules. How can I pass this up?

Here's why I'm the worst wife ever! I leave December 23rd...I am leaving him, MPE, alone for Christmas, New year's AND his BIG 4-0....can you believe it!? How can I?

This is why I can...I have repeatedly asked P if it's OK and he has repeatedly said GO GO....I think some peace and quiet and partying whenever he wants is his vacation. I think this will be a vacation for him as good as mine will be for me.  3 weeks with no wife and kids...I'm sure he's going to be just fine.

Or am I just trying to make myself feel better?