December 20, 2014

My Grandma is Home For the Holidays! ��������

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My grandma is home for the holidays!

You all have no idea how happy I am to have my grandma close with me, and to celebrate Christmas with!

Good deeds never go unnoticed! The gift that I received in return for helping spread holiday cheer was having my grandma fly in from Puerto Rico to be with us.

Check out the photos and videos below of how excited we were to see my grandma!

My Mom and I Spread Holiday Cheer and Presents to Children at a Recreation Center! ������

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My mom and I spread holiday cheer and presents today by visiting children at a recreation center in St. Petersburg.

The recreation center was packed! I believe there was more than 100 children! (Don't believe me? Video will be uploaded soon!)

It was our pleasure to hand out gifts these children during the holidays. Seeing their faces light up when they saw they had a gift for them was completely priceless!

Check out the rest of the photos below! (There a few photos because we were obviously busy handing out gifts, but we took a couple of snapshots in between.)
 

December 10, 2014

Meet the Newest Addition to My Family: Oyuki! ��

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Meet the Newest Addition to My Family: Oyuki! �� (Leave it up to my mom to assign exotic and unique names!)

Oyuki was just a little, tiny kitten when she arrived to our house a couple of weeks ago. (My family and I believe that Oyuki is Chanel's daughter because they came to our house together.) I cannot distinguish the gender clearly, but I think this is a female kitten. I believe that my mom named her "Oyuki" because she is like a ninja or samurai. This kitten is so active and jumps anywhere, so I think that is why my mom found a Japanese name for her. Oyuki is the most playful kitty that I have ever met. Do you guys remember Boots? Boots was playful, but he never played with those toys that are for cats. Oyuki, on the other hand, has the time of her life chasing after the little ball with the feather attached. I am not really a cat person, so interacting with Oyuki by playing with the cat toy is changing my perspective of cats. (I had a REALLY bad experience with a black cat when I was younger, so I have this skepticism when it comes to cats.)

It was not until today that Oyuki got comfortable around us, so today marks the day that we accept her in our household. Oyuki can be my mom's daughter. My hands are full with Da Vinci LOL!

December 7, 2014

November 28, 2014

I Am Thanful For...

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I am thankful for...
The alarm that goes off in the morning hours because it means that I am alive;
My shadow who follows me because it means that I am out in the sunshine;
The spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means that I am capable of walking;...
The lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means that I have no problem hearing;
A lawn that has to be mowed, windows that have to be washed, gutters that have to be fixed, and rooms that have to be cleaned because it means I have a home;
The huge pile of laundry and ironing because it means that I own a lot of clothes;
The parents that God has blessed me with because I would not be where I am today without their continuous love and support;
Everything I have been working hard for and more.

November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving From My Family to Yours! ��

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May our home be full of joy.
May our hearts be knit with love,
As we give our grateful thanks,
For Thy blessings from above.

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours! ��

November 22, 2014

On This Day in 2005... ��

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On this day in 2005... my only grandfather that I actually had the privilege to meet (Abuelito Layo) passed away at the age of 88. (Tears are producing in my eyes, so I will keep this short and sweet.)

Not a day passes by that I do not remember my grandpa, his smile, and his tilted hat (pictured above). My grandpa would literally wear his hat tilted all day, everyday. I also remember how he would kiss my forehead every time I kissed his hand (said "Bendicion"). Through all the smiles, there were also sad times. My grandpa battled the last stage of Alzheimer's disease. It was hard for both him and the rest of our family seeing him suffer. I sincerely believe that he is in a better place now.

Te quiero mucho, Abuelito Layo! Espero que estoy haciendo usted muy orgulloso!

October 26, 2014

Rest in Peace, Boots! ��

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Today, my family, my neighbors and I mourn the loss of our beloved kitty, Boots. (Literal tears are falling upon my keyboard as I am typing this...)

Boot's manner of death seems to be undetermined. He was perfectly fine a couple of days ago, and his health began to decline for some strange reason.

Boots was such an energetic cat. I remember how Boots did not want us petting him for nothing in the world (due to the fact that we were complete strangers at the time) when my family and I moved into our current home. But then he began warming up to us. I believe that Boots really loved us as much as we loved him because he was always at our house, meowing his little mouth away. Also, every time that we had to go somewhere or got back from somewhere, Boots always welcomed us by jumping over our neighbor's fence and sitting in the middle of the driveway to greet us. My mom said that Boot's last, loud four meows was dedicated to her when she was calling out for him. We will never know if he was meowing saying "I love you!" "I will miss you!" etc.

I will always remember Boots wherever I go. Rest in peace, Boots! I will miss you, but I will never forget you buddy!

Below are some of the hundreds of photos and videos that I captured of Boots during the time that we knew him.