Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Micah Turns 5!

And just like that ... I have a 5 year old son. It feels like just the other day he was only one day old.. then three years and now my gosh.. I am the mother of a five year old active and wonderful boy! I've never done this before but I've decided to write about his 5th birthday party. A lot of planning and work went into it and it turned out to be a great party with the kids having so much fun. So here goes.

Micah decided that for his fifth birthday party he wanted a Spider-Man pool party in Trinidad & Tobago. We were going to be in Trinidad for school vacation so he would get to spend time with his family and friends. So once I got the theme I started planning. I bought all the stuff in Houston from Party city and I did my creative stuff and made personalized things for the party. I designed his party invite with input from his daddy, I made personalized party favor bags with each kid name cut out from spider-man paper I got from Michael's. I designed water bottle labels and the thing I'm most proud of is the covering of the number 5 I got from Hobby Lobby with spider-man paper. I used mod podge and then I painted it. These were just my little contributions to the party to make add a special touch. The birthday boy picked out his birthday cake and cake pops which I ordered months in advance. I booked a fantastic photographer and asked my brother to use his house as the venue for the party. Things were all organized.



As usual there was a lot of stress leading up to the party. Tension with family, issues with the rain and general tiredness and anxiety, especially since my husband was not around to help me. He was busy micro managing from Houston! Ha!

On the day of the party, the weather forecast was rain! rain! rain. Nothing new.. on our wedding day it poured so much that I thought it was going to be a disaster but it turned out fine and eight years later we are still happily married... so bring on the rain! Blessings for my son on his 5th birthday! It ended up turning out fantastic. The rain stopped and held up for the party which I am thankful for. The kids all had a ball. I even wore a Spider-Man dress which I got sewn in Trinidad. And the most fun party was Spider-Man even made an appearance at the party. Mom win! :)

See some pictures below and if anyone wants help planning a birthday party or ideas just contact me via this blog post and I will be happy to help.








Sunday, January 29, 2017

Time Flies

Boy how time does fly!

My last post was since 2014 and we are now in 2017. Somehow, life gets hectic and things get left unattended and since my blog was created as a way to just share a little something about myself and sometimes about my family, I neglected it for other things. In the past two years a lot has happened to my little family - husband, son and me.

My son is now four and a half years old! Imagine that! I've been a mama for 4 years already. I still fondly remember my days in Brazil with just my hubby and me enjoying life one day at a time. The saying "time sure does fly" is so true! Fast forward to four years later and we are once more back in Houston. Micah is growing up to be a wonderful, little energetic bundle of pure love and joy. He has us on the go with little time left to recover from our hectic days but I won't have it any other way.

Anyways, over the last two years we moved from Houston, back to Trinidad and then back to Houston. I just read my blog profile that says there's no place like home and I can't wait to move back to Trinidad to live. I am sorry to say that this is no longer true. Don't get me wrong. The year I spent in Trinidad was lovely. We got to spend time with family and friends, create memories and reconnect with people. However, the crime that is happening in our beloved country is scary and downright atrocious. I shudder to think what it will be like for my son growing up in that environment and I hope and pray that things change soon even though nothing points to that happening under the present government. My husband is determined to one day go back home and settle down but I am less inclined to readily agree with that unless the environment changes.

Back to the present. We are now in Trump country .... 2017 seems to have started off with some resemblence of happenings from 2016. So much hate and troubles that seems to have leaked over into 2017 but let's hope that somehow people start loving one another again and stop this shit! Enough is enough. We have become such a destructive society that we no longer seem to know where we are headed. I try to stay positive, to enjoy the time with my family and continue to make our memories.

I am excited for this year because my best friend Samantha is getting married. I am her maid of honour and even though I suck at that, I am super excited for her. She found a really great guy and I wish them all the best. So I am excited to go home for that wedding. Other things to look forward to are the family vacations we have planned. The unknown for this year will be where we might get moved to next.

Okay I think I will start posting more pictures and find topics to share. Let me just end by saying, stay positive people... hate less, love more. God knows we need more love.

Have a good night,
Love Leandra 

Friday, April 4, 2014

So many things...

Hello All,

I'm sure everyone is excited that today is Friday and in some parts of the world it's already Saturday morning. I have so many little things to do that I keep making lists, scratching out completed tasks, amending and organizing but more and more things keep cropping up. I am presently sitting here with the list in front of me and what do I decide to do? I decided to write a blog post about the many things I have to do, instead of just getting down to it, especially since my son is asleep and I have some peace and quiet to think. Procrastination to the highest! Oh well, maybe I should go have something to drink and a snack. :)

Happy Friday all! Have a great weekend.
Leandra

A friend posted this on facebook and it's so truePhoto

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Little things in Life

Good morning all! Happy Monday

Right now I am super excited! Got me thinking about the little things in life that make us happy. Living away from home, away from our family and friends is not easy. Trinidad and all that it represents is always on our mind. However, life here with our little family unit is great. We spend a lot of time playing, teaching and loving our son and each other. This morning my husband booked our tickets for a little getaway for us to go visit some family, spend some time on the beach and even do a little shopping. Something to look forward to. That keeps me going! Sad? I don't know but who cares! Now at least I can plan our trip, talk about it incessantly and consume myself with all things vacation related! 

Have fun people, I'm off to cook and tidy up and dream my dreams!

Luv ya
Lee 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Changes

As you might know by now, I have a toddler. And we love him so much. Over the years I've become a homebody, mainly stemming from Brazil and then following through in Houston. Well this week I decided to change that and start finally making new friends up here and not just relying on my friends back home. After all, those back home can only contact me via the many social outlets. So I bravely took up an invitation and took my son on not one but two play dates this week. Back to back! One day we spent some time with a really fantastic girl and her son. It was so nice talking to another adult who's not my husband! And a girl at that! She was really nice and made me feel so comfortable and shared so much with me. Inspired, I took up another invitation and went out the next evening to meet up with not one but about seven other mothers and their nine kids. What fun!! It was so good to see my son interacting with other kids - kind of! Well now that I've gotten a taste of the "outside" world, I can't wait for next week for our next play date! YAY me! :-) I am only doing this for our son, otherwise I think I would have continued just staying indoors and you know what, I would have missed out on meeting so many lovely gals! I can't wait for when I have to carry him to football practice and swimming etc. I would love to be a "soccer mom" :) 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Disney!

Morning Folks,

How you are this fine, slightly chilly Friday morning? I love Fridays cause it means my husband is going to be home with us on the weekend and it's fun time. I shouldn't sound like that cause every evening is fun time for this little munchkin we have. It's either park, walks, football in the apartment or something for him. Anyways, I digress. So we decided to go to Disney for a mini vacation and my gosh, since I got that in my head I've been busy trying to plan, read up on everything and guess what.. it's stressing me out! Sometimes I think that the internet has too much information. Is that possible? Or is there even a thing as too much information? I think there is. It takes a lot to filter through some of the nonsense to get to the gist of things. Anyways, if you have any advice on anything Disney related, like maybe hotel suggestions, please feel free to drop me a line. I would love to hear from you.

Have a great Friday and fantastic weekend.
Lee! 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Such is life

Good morning World,

I decided to visit my blog this morning for a quick post. Just made my son's breakfast for him and I want to go make eggs from a recipe I saw this weekend. I recently lost someone I've always considered to be a very good friend. I didn't lose this friend to death, but to me to something worst. It's taking me some time but I am realizing that I can't always be the one to make the grand gesture, the one who has to always be the one try and keep the friendship going. If you keep battling to keep something that doesn't want to be kept, what's the point?

I found the attached photo online. It's a quote from friendship quotes on twitter. And it's so true, I can't always be the one to keep fighting. At times people do indeed need to fight for you and if they don't, then you have to learn to live with the result. Which is what I now need to learn to do, frankly because I'm tired. I'm done. I don't have any fight left in me anymore for this relationship. It was great while it lasted, but I think that my family needs more attention more than time wasted on this. I wish my friend all the best, as well as all the luck in the world. Sorry things had to turn out this way but maybe a little loyalty would have been great.

Okay enough on this topic. I'm off to try that egg recipe. It looked so delicious in the pics. Let's hope mine come out like that. Have a great day people. Life can't always be ups. 

Luv Lee

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Twitter

I joined twitter a long time ago but only started tweeting when a friend of mine encouraged me to. I hardly tweet but I think maybe I should get more into it. Just another thing to waste time :-) You can find me on twitter @Leandraluv I think! See I don't even know how to properly use the darn thing. Anyways people keep in touch. It's a new year HAPPY NEW YEAR. All the best for the upcoming year.. at least the next 10 months that are left. Geez time flying so fast. Just now will be my son's two year birthday. Time sure does fly. And oh year I'll be getting older like everyone else. Somehow it's not so exciting looking forward to a birthday when it's in your 30's. Maybe I should embrace it and change my thinking. Okay back to child rearing. Have a good day people

I took that photo in Micah's doctor office. I rotated it but not sure why it showing up there. Oh well turn your head and read it.

Lee

Friday, August 23, 2013

Laugh for the day

Hello World,

I came across this and thought I'd share it just to give you guys a laugh. I think it's hilarious. I got it from facebook a while back but unfortunately I did not save the source. My apologies. Okay time to laugh! Enjoy


Okay Okay I know it's simple but I think it's hilarious!

Lee

Thursday, May 9, 2013

America...Environmentally Conscious?

I spent all morning trying to clean our apartment in anticipation of a friend visiting. With a baby in the house that's not such an easy task ... not to mention all the baby stuff around the house. So much garbage accumulates it's not even funny. However, my mind wanders to the paper trash that accumulates. It makes me wonder - is America really that environmentally conscious? I know as a developed country they are always looking at developing countries and their environmental standards but I think they should look within their own lands first. The burden should not be placed on developing countries. So what exactly am I referring to? 

Well as you may know - this is a consumer country. Everything you can imagine is available at the tip of your finger. Most stores have fully functioning websites with all their merchandise just a click away from being purchased. Yet, almost on a daily basis our physical mail box (not internet email) is filled with flyers, pamphlets and booklets from stores advertising their merchandise on sale. Mind you - every other day there is a sale here. So why is it necessary for the grocery stores and clothing stores etc to send constant reminders whilst using up valuable paper and not to mention ink etc. So much waste. So much paper just being thrown away for what reason? A total waste of time, energy and not to mention trees. Come on people, in this day an age - no need for so much advertising using valuable paper. Just show it on tv or put it on your website or just bombard people with emails. 

Okay the baby is calling. Got to go. 
Lee 

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