Artsy Fartsy

Jorge and I were kid-less this past weekend and we literally tried fitting as much as we could into our days as was physically possible (and without becoming stressed out, heh).

We hung around at home on Friday night, snacking on crackers, cheese, sausage slices and wine with John, and later, Junior.

Snacksies
Snacksies

This was, of course, after I’d gotten home from a long day at work and started organizing my bookcase:

Yum Yums, Care Bear ceramics and other bits!
Yum Yums, Care Bear ceramics and other bits!

I got nowhere fast with my desk. It’s always such a mess *sigh*.

I woke up at 6:30am to meet Mary and the girls at the girls’ school to support Alaethia during her very first UIL meet. Jenny and I stood around together, admiring the kids’ artwork on the walls and crossing our fingers for the girls. The girls emerged from class and were cheerful about how they “almost wrote the entire page!”. We exchanged smoochies and then Mary left with the girls.

Jorge had a rare day off ^_^. I got home and he got ready while I paid the bills online (he and John had both abstained me from doing so the night before, grr).

We dropped some fliers off for my upcoming event, then went to breakfast at Espi’s. I had some Abuelita hot chocolate (of course) and some menudo. And Jorge ordered choriqueso. DOH! My doctor didn’t prescribe my cholesterol meds this time around (they have faith in me, heh), so I didn’t want to push it, but I couldn’t resist!

We met EZ at a car show afterwards, since we’re looking for some 50’s cars for an upcoming photo shoot and the food festival in January. Made some contacts and then Jorge so patiently agreed to take me to Hobby Lobby and subject himself to lots of squeeing and “OMG, look at this!”. Little did I know he was behaving so well because he planned on playing video games and taking a nap haha.

I had my canvases I’d purchased about a month ago and wanted to paint something for the hall bathroom to match the new color scheme. I got some supplies and then got home and got to work while Jorge played on the Xbox.

A table full of ideas!
A table full of ideas!

I searched through several similiar-colored paintings on Pinterest and finally decided on an idea.

Took about an hour to cut and mod podge and paint altogether. I sent the boys a photo and Eenan said, “Holy wow, Mom!!”

The finished piece!
The finished piece!

We spent the rest of the evening at home, after searching all over McAllen for something to eat (we eventually decided on Salads Plus. It’s so expensive!).

Started our Sunday by John and I making a run to HEB. Found some Abuelita hot chocolate creamer (EEP!) and I made us some eggs on toast with cream cheese for breakfast.

Since I’d already done the grocery shopping and making breakfast for everyone I took full advantage of being lazy and chilling out on the sofa with my Mabby ^_^. I searched for ways to seal my painting since it was hanging in the humid bathroom. Jessica gave me some ideas.

John used us as guinea pigs to test out a Cordon Bleu recipe he’ll need to make with his classmates for 150 people. It was delish!

I made a quick run to Michael’s since I had a 50% off coupon. I got some Liquitex to seal my painting and looked around for ways to organize my desk and paint supplies. I’d been searching on none other than Pinterest for some inspiration to organize all my crappola, because as you can see, it’s insane.

My sanctuary!
My sanctuary!

I fell in love with so many different craft rooms/studios:

Like this one.

And this one.

And this!

Then I remembered I had my scrapbook organization box. So, after my day of work today, and picking Alaethia up at UIL, and going to the library, and picking up prescriptions at HEB, and making dinner, and spending time with the girls…

Silly things!
Silly things!

…and loving our snail-mail packages! Alaethia saved up her Tooth Fairy money and ordered Littlest Pet Shop toys on eBay (thus causing Emily to show me some she liked on eBay for an hour). And I received a package from Feeln, where they’re showing the new Rainbow Brite series exclusively!

Littlest Pet Shop!
Littlest Pet Shop!
Rainbow Brite! Feeln rocks!
Rainbow Brite! Feeln rocks!

…and talking to the boys and putting the girls to bed…I finally got around to organizing my box:

Organized!! Yay!
Organized!! Yay!

Now I just need to clean the rest of my desk!!

I can’t wait to get home and fix it up tomorrow. This week is a hectic one for sure. Added to my schedule tomorrow: painting at the Incubator!

Jorge’s Expo, Football, Dina’s Visit and Projects with the Girlies

Thursday, September 25th was a hectic day for both Jorge and I.

He had their yearly Expo at his workplace and I had to run around all over the place and try and make it on time everywhere.

I left work a little early to pick Jaylen up at school after football practice. I was earlier than he expected (to which he said, “I had just gotten comfortable and sat down to watch a volleyball game *insert sigh*”) LOL. We picked up Eenan and waited about 20 minutes for some pizza (they’d been wanting to try the pretzel crust one) and then Jorge and I met at the house with all the kids, we practically tossed paper plates out like frisbees and had them all sit down to eat. Jorge changed, left to work, then I changed as quickly as possible. I made it to the Expo by 7 and was taken on a tour by my Love :), where he showed me his latest creations.

Michelle, EZ and Ivan showed up a while later, as did Jenna. Jenna and I’d never hung out other than the Expo the year before, or comments here and there on Facebook and she really is such a sweet girl :). We walked around, ate, looked at the latest techie things and then the guys and Michelle left. Jenna and I stayed behind, eating and chatting and then headed to Roosevelt’s, where one of the Reps was taking us. Jorge didn’t want to be rude and decline so we went. It’s one of the very few occasions we stay out while we have the kids.

We ran into Jenny and her hubby, John, there and said our hellos. Then I tried my hardest to stay awake. I didn’t even want to order anything. I always feel like we’re taking advantage of the poor Reps =\. But we did have fun, and chatted and reminisced about the Expo last year and all the Shenanigans that happened. We said our goodbyes since we had to be up super early to take all the kids to school the next morning.

We got up, quite reluctantly, woke the kiddos up and got ourselves ready. I realized again that morning that feeling as groggy and tired as I did is exactly why I don’t like going out on a work night. I knew it was going to be a looong day.

I knew it was going to be an even longer day when we realized we’re all running late. I didn’t even get to make some coffee. We’re on our way, I pick up Gatorade for Jaylen (and Big Red gum for Eenan) and drop them off still on time, thank goodness.

I stop by the new Starbucks that I’d still yet to visit. There was only one entrance and exit and I wasn’t fond of the $4 I spent either, heh. Am I a cheapskate? Yes, yes I am, but I knew I couldn’t function without a coffee or latte.

The morning went by pretty fast, thank goodness. I was meeting Thelma and our instructors for our entrepreneurship project at Hobby Lobby to buy the supplies they’d need for the class on Wednesday. By the time I knew it, it was lunchtime and I met my love at Tacos Kissi. Such good sushi!

Sushi from Tacos Kissi
Sushi from Tacos Kissi

The afternoon went by fast, too, but not before Jorge and I got into spat by text. How I dislike those .

I picked up my boys and girls (Mario took the girls home with him so I picked them all up together). Dina, Briana and the kids were waiting for us at home :). We ordered in pizza and just chilled out at home. I think we were all exhausted and we all went to sleep earlier than we usually do when they come to visit. We all had an early morning the next day, since the 3 boys had football games!

I always wondered how it would work; like, would I make it on time the days Jaylen has games back in our city after dropping him off in the city he goes to school in. The first time we were presented with this type of morning was when it was storming and the game ended up being cancelled. So this was the first official time I’d attempt to accomplish this.

I dropped him off, drove alllll the way back, came home, got the girls ready and packed a bag of waters and snacks, then we made it to the school down the road where Jaylen would play. He was a bit disappointed the week before because he only played once but this time he was a receiver for the entire game! He did really well, although their team unfortunately lost .

#87
#87
My Jaylen :)
My Jaylen 🙂
The girlies supporting their bro!
The girlies supporting their bro!

We left the game after they played and I came home with the girls before we had to drive back to pick Jaylen up. Both the girls watch all these doll videos on YouTube and Alaethia had been wanting to do a project for a while. This one was baking breads and pastries for dolls. It was pretty neat :). We just mixed:

1 tablespoon of corn starch
2 tablespoons of baking soda
1 tablespoon of water, although we used a little more since it wasn’t mixing well.

Then we microwaved the mixture for 1 minute, let it cool, and kneaded it.

We shaped the pastries and let them air-dry while we picked up Jaylen:

Shaping the pastries
Shaping the pastries
The girlies at work
The girlies at work

When we got back home, we baked them for a while, let them cool, then painted them with acrylic paint:

Pastries
Pastries
More pastries
More pastries

Alaethia recycled a Prego lid to use as a pastry tray .

Briana, Dina and the kids returned from the boys’ game and we chilled out the rest of the day :). Emily started feeling under the weather. She’d mentioned that her ear felt weird the night before, so I asked her several times throughout the day if she felt okay, otherwise I’d take her to the doctor. She said yes each time, so we stayed home.

She woke up the next day feeling worse, so we’d be visiting the Urgent Care that night. She got a fever, and once she gets a fever she pretty much goes downhill. It’s pretty scary, so I didn’t want to take any chances.

Dina, Briana and the kids left that morning. It always feels like we don’t get to spend enough time together and it sucked because I was so exhausted this weekend .

I made everyone breakfast; well, the ones who wanted bagels with salmon and cream cheese:

Salmon and cream cheese bagels!
Salmon and cream cheese bagels!

It was a few hours before Urgent Care opened, so we did a few things around the house, like replanting things and setting up the birdfeeder, now that it finally stopped raining.

Emily helping me re-pot succulents from Dina's house :)
Emily helping me re-pot succulents from Dina’s house 🙂

Even though she felt sickly, Emmos played football with her bro:

Foosball!
Foosball!

She got tired and Justin came out to play with Jaylen. The kiddos later helped clean up. Eenan was caught in the act:

Helping mom :)
Helping mom 🙂

We had a late lunch of fish tacos, which, thankfully, the kids all liked (except Emmos. She had soup).

Fish tacos and the sugar skull mug my love bought me that morning :)
Fish tacos and the sugar skull mug my love bought me that morning 🙂

We got ready and left to the doctor around 5:30. And were there till 9pm, for them just to tell us she was fine and prescribed congestion medicine. That’s what I get for giving her Motrin for her fever, I guess. She didn’t have a fever when we arrived, and they said that supposedly her throat and ears were fine. I knew I’d have to take her back to the doctor later. Grr.

And sure enough. She woke up feeling even worse. I kept her home from school, gave her Motrin & her congestion medicine and made plans to leave work early to take her to her actual doctor. When I picked her up, Mom gave me a run-down of their day. Emily tells me, “I love my grandma, Mama. ‘Cause she takes care of me when I’m sick.” Aww!

By the time we got to the doctor, she was clearly showing signs of infection in her throat so they prescribed an antibiotic.

I got home and talked to the boys. Had a conversation with Jaylen. It was music to my ears :). Something I’d been wanting to hear for a long, long time . Now to get it all to fall into place .