Kindergarten Lately

Aston 5 yrs old
{Aston's latest Artwork}

The first month of Kindergarten was quite a breeze (with a just few reports from the teachers about compliance issues, oh well, stubborn boy). Carpool started last week and with the long line, we had a few moments to goof around with my phone camera while we waited for our turn (car is on park mode). 


We fought for airtime here :))


This past Monday he went home with homework so we arranged for a homework schedule. It worked well with him and I'm so proud of his reading skills. Slowly and surely getting there! 

Can't believe I'm saying this but I'm looking forward to working with him in his homeworks. I'm sure there will be days and nights where a frown or a "NO!" response is what I'll get but so far so good and I am hoping for the best! 


Every Friday will be Show and Share at his kindergarten class and today it is his turn to "show" what he wants to be when he grows up (it was to become a superhero last week). Last night, we prepared for his "show" talking about why he wants to be a doctor (inspired by dad) and he had a ball playing with daddy's "telescope" (stethoscope) and instructing the bear to "breathe". We'll see what he actually did in class from the full report of his teacher. I hope he didn't goof off and be the comedy man of the hour :)

Show and share


Glow in The Dark Party

Our weekend ended with an exciting glow in the dark party Aston attended for buddy Aiden. Such a super fun birthday party the kids and adults enjoyed. Glow in the dark necklaces, bangles and eyeglasses were a must-have and the colorful glow all around make for a cool party scene!

Aston rocking the glow necklace
Aston rocking the necklace as a headband! Such a ham!
Glow in the dark party
Out of this world fun!


Dots and More

Hello all!
 Thought i'd share a few favorites lately. Last week, it was all about polkadots and bold cocktail rings. My latest favorite that i wear almost everyday is this huge tortoiseshell ring from mackenzie's design darling shop (where i also got those adorable matches) and a blue gem from francesca's, I picked up while window shopping last week. These fun accessories truly add a little pizzazz to my daily uniform of tunics and skinny jeans!

I also happen to find great polkadot deals from target (shirt and pants, which i can't find online) and even a pretty cool polkadot wrapping paper from the dollar bins. And in other exciting news, this month's birchbox (get your subscription here) arrived last saturday and I am doing the happy dance that they included a discount card from madewell

Tortoiseshell and more Dots
I hope you're monday is a great mix of work and a little bit of play!


Weekend Scenes

Hello Monday! 

Tought I'd start the week with a few scenes from the past 2 days. 
It was a lovely weekend and we got a little tease of the nice weather. Although very brief, it was still a treat. 

Our little family enjoyed an al fresco lunch at our favorite burger joint, Guru. After that we indulged ourselves with starbuck's salted caramel latte and i discovered they also offer them in cakepops. we had both - double trouble! So yummy! 

Then on Sunday after church, we had brunch at Blu while waiting for the Texans game and had fun cheering them on on one of their best games ever. I had their french toast, which I think was pretty good. 
I'm in a pink kick lately. a few weeks ago my seashell pink vaio arrived and just had to order a monogram decal for it. I absolutely love it! I also happen to see this pretty pink Nikon at a recent Best Buy trip and I think I found the first item on my christmas wishlist! So cute! 
Panel patterns
We have moved to our new home almost 4 years ago and I am now just ordering my drapes. We currently have roman fabric shades in our family room in a beige neutral color and we wanted to add some color and pattern to our walls. the two fabrics above are what we picked at High Fashion Home and can't wait to share how it's going to look when it's all done.

 The celadon patterned (right pic above) one will go into our formal dining which will pick up some of the green of our antique chinese wooden screen (see pic below). The galatia brown will go in our 2-storey family room, it's dramatic quatrefoil-like pattern will add an elegant look to that bigger room. 

Fall decorating

And speaking of home decor, I finally busted out some mini gourds and pumpkins along with a few crystal turkeys and displayed them on the  tiered wire tray i previously used here. The turkeys may be a little premature but hey, they're cute. I'll be redecorating, moving furniture and sprucing up our whole place in anticipation for the holidays. So excited for the cooler weather, football season and the holidays in general. And here was last year's home decor display as well as this one !

i hope the week has started great for everybody! 


Snapshots From the Weekend

I hope you all had a wonderful three day weekend with friends and family. We surely did. in a whim, we decided to take a long drive trip to san antonio-hill country for the weekend and i'm glad we did. it was a great way to unwind and quietly celebrate our wedding anniversary. 

We stayed at this beautiful resort and spa and they are never out of engaging kids activities, poolside fun, spa luxury treatments, family entertainment and great hotel restaurant dining experience. 
Labor day wknd

For the labor day weekend, they even had foodtrucks come park in their sprawling lawn area and had live band entertainment to the delight of everyone. There is just something magical about dining on rustic tables and benches enjoying texas BBQ under the gorgeous sunset and then the sparkling stars!

Labor day wknd 
We totally enjoyed the lazy river and pool slides and spent an early morning there to witness the fun
lazy river rubber duck race. At night, it was nice to hang out at the lobby lounge, had a quick bite and a cocktail and enjoy the live music provided by a really talented musician.  Labor day wknd
The weekend was full of laughter, hugs and kisses and a short window shopping to scout holiday weekend sales. overall, it was what we just needed ~ a quiet laidback celebration of our wedding anniversary and the labor day weekend!

Oh, and i still owe you our Disneyland adventure post! Stay tuned!


12 Years

ben and paz

12 years ago today I married the most loving, funny, passionate, generous man I know. He remains my bestfriend, my rock, my heart. Thank you for caring and loving me and Aston unconditionally. You may not be perfect but I thank you for striving to be the best husband and father you are today. 

Love you much.