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Monday, June 28, 2010

Monica's Christening

Please join me in welcoming the newest member of our family, my youngest niece, Monica Grace I. Lopez.   Born: May 18th.

Here is a sampling of digital scrapbook pages I put-together of  Monica's Christening, held last June 20th.

(cover page)
My sister, Ima, and her husband, Marlon


My adorable niece, Monica Grace I. Lopez









After being the youngest of three for eight years, my third niece, Miriam, is excited to finally be a "big sister." She's ready to assume the role! Teehee.








Click HERE to view the complete digital scrapbook of Monica's Christening.
Click on Full Screen for better viewing.


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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mission San Jose @ San Antonio Texas

Some friends invited us to visit Mission San Jose, a National Historical Park located at the heart of San Antonio, Texas, some three hours away from Houston.  Mission San Jose is the largest of the  missions found in San Antonio. In the 1930s, it was almost fully restored in its original design by the Works Projects Administration (WPA).


Click the badge if you want to see more scenic views. Happy Scenic Sunday!


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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Do you like Horror Movies?

What's with young people and horror movies?! Two weeks ago, my husband and I took off to visited my sister and her family in Arizona and we spent two weeks with them. We just got back earlier today @ 2AM.

My sister has four daughters -ages 12, 11, 9 and a month old baby. I have observed that unlike me, my three older nieces have a fondness for horror movies. The kind that makes them scream. Yikes!  Funny thing is, whenever they watch, they have a huge throw pillow to cover their face with... hehe. Just recently they saw the movie Ghost Ship, and was so interested they even looked it up online. They are thrilled to find out that there is an actual Ghost Ship at Morey's Piers. Now, they are trying to talk us into taking them to see it. Hmm, I don't think my sister can go places with her month old baby.  For the meantime, Doods and I took my three nieces with us here in Houston.  I do not know much about horror films, am not a fan of it. Am thinking of taking the girls to the park to feed the squirrels, or to the beach for a bonfire or some kite flying perhaps.

How about you, do you like horror movies?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wishful of Arbors!

I'm not the garden guru, but I do take pleasure in working in my yard. Last spring, after an awful experience with one of Houston's nastiest winters, we pulled-out four huge dead palms and four huge oleander trees (dead and dying) from our  backyard and replaced them with double knock out roses and crepe myrtles. We added some trees in one corner and kinda like how it turned out. Our peach tree is very generous, we like it a lot.


We also added some yellow and lavender roses. We added a beautiful bright red climber called don juan. When  it started blooming, it made me wish for garden arbors! I see some arbors  in the park near our place, and there's one romantic-looking arbor  in our school. I really like those wooden arbors. They spice up any yard and transforms it into a dreamy, relaxing place. A haven to rest, to sit long, read leisurely... *sigh* I wish! Anyway, I also bought camellias -do not know what colors I have- they were on sale and I decided to get some so our garden wouldn't be so dreary come winter. I am excited to see what colors those camellias are. I spend a lot of time in the yard lately -don't you just love spring and summer! :)


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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lock Your Mailbox

Identity theft is prominent now more than ever. Identity thieves are familiar with the tricks on how to obtain important information about their victims. The mailbox  is a treasure trove of  significant personal information. Bear in mind that it is possible for your mail  to have checks that can be chemically washed and rewritten, incoming checks, greeting cards that might have money or gift cards in them, utility bills that have info that can be used to open fraudulent accounts in your name, bank statements, credit card offers, and such. Mail theft is one of the easy ways these thieves can get your personal information. Using locking mailboxes can be a practical and easy way to prevent mail theft. Don't go cheap, this type of investments go a long way.

If your village does not have residential mailboxes yet, now might be a good time to request or write a petition for it. Am sure a lot of your neighbors are wishful of this clean-cut, practical and safe type of mail boxes. For offices, commercial mailboxes are also available.


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Friday, June 11, 2010

Rendezvouz with a Fur Ball

I chanced upon this playful guy @ the gardens of  Mission San Jose in San Antonio, Texas. I was busy admiring, and taking photos of  the breath-taking period architecture, I  lowered my camera to give my arm a rest, and out of the blue a hairball jumped in front of me. We locked gaze and I slowly raised my camera to position, doing as little as possible to startle the fur ball! After a shot or two, Mr Squirrel got busy with his acorns and as quickly, forgot about our rendezvous! How cute!


For more critter photos, visit Camera Critters

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Weathered and Worn

It's been a while since I last joined the Brenda Photo Challenge. Am glad to be back, guys!   

Challenge:  Weathered and Worn

This is one of the 18th century doors found @ Mission San Jose in San Antonio Texas

 Please come and join me as I visit other participants! 


Friday, June 4, 2010

Taking Advantage of Spring

Hello blogging buddies! It has been quite awhile since my last post. Whew, for a while there, I was a bit lost at how to upload photos and stuff... hahaha. So much has happened in the last two months. April and May, school was at its peak with activities (Kindergarten graduation) practices, paperworks, tests (checking and grading of papers) and such!  School is winding down now. Today is our last day in school and I can't wait to go back to blogging (synonymous to relaxing!) Yay! I missed everyone! *hugs friends* Grateful to blogging buddies who continue to check on me and inspire me with their posts.

Another thing that got me busy is gardening! I took advantage of spring and worked real hard in my neglected garden. Gardening has been my saving grace from so much stress. *Sigh* We started with a little tilling and some planting and before we know it, the garden has expanded bigger (and better)  The simple roses my husband and I planted started blooming beautifully. Most of our plants cooperated and gave us unparalleled delight! Below are just a few photos of our flowers. I will try to share some more photos. Now, every chance we get, we spend in our yard. We  are looking at adding some garden furniture We love sitting at our old garden bench, but since some friends started coming to enjoy the yard, we are thinking of getting a simple gazebo. More on gardening in my next posts... for now, am just glad to be back! Miss visiting blogs! Blogging here I come! Yay!

Our roses are generous with their blooms

Lovely Lavanders

Delightful yellows!

Lily of the Nile

Saw this lovely garden decor and fell in love with the words...

Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hope you enjoy a short tour in our garden! 'Til next time!


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