Friday, May 31, 2013

Dear Family





Dear Victoria I regret never meeting you. OH, how I want to pinch your chubby cheeks and love on you. I promise that we will meet soon. Dear Natalia Speaking to you over the phone yesterday was amazing. You have gotten so big and I love you so much. I hope you know that. Dear Pachi I love you so much. You ARE my favorite brother. I am so happy that you are out of the hospital and that we now know what is wrong with you. Stay strong. You have SO MANY people that love you! Dear Valeria We have not spoken in forever. But I do think of you often. I miss you tons! Dear Alicia You are an inspiration. The lack of fear that you have. It blows me away. Dear Christina You are amazing. So smart. I really am so proud of you. Yeah. We fought growing up. BUT you really are a best friend to me. I love you! Dear Maribet I just want you to know that I miss you and I do love you! It has been such a long time since we have talked and I truly do appreciate everything you have done for me and my dad. You are an amazing stepmother. Never forget that! Dear MOM I love you with all my heart. You deserve so much credit for raising us three girls. We were a handful. You could have given up. But you did not. You were the best mother that any child could wish for. I love you so much! Dear DAD I have to say that you are such a wonderful father. You were tough. Yet loving. You were (and still are) the smartest person I know. You can do no wrong in my eyes. I love you. I mean that!

Dear blogworld My dad always taught me that family comes first. Friends will come and go. BUT Family will be there when shit hits the fan! Remember that. It's the truth!

Dear Colon You rock. Thanks for putting up with a crazy emotional wreck this week. I love you!

Dear God Thank you so much for my brother's health. Thank you for a family that is so loving. Thank you for the last few conversations that I have had with my dad.
 I truly am blessed.

XO


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Thursday, May 30, 2013

A lesson...

My last couple posts (here and here) have been cheerful and great. 

But while writing them, my family was going through a lot. 
It was hard for me to think about it.
Writing about it here has been down right impossible. 

Friday: 
I talked to my younger brother on the phone. He sounded great. Just bored. He casually informed me that he was home from school because he had some kind of stomach infection. 
No big deal. Nothing serious.  

Saturday:
I wrote this post and left for Scottsdale with NO IDEA of what was to come. 
When I look at my phone in our room at the resort, my heart pounded. 
My sister called me 3 times and sent a text stating that my brother was in the hospital. 
I was so scared. I kept thinking,
"I talked to him yesterday"
"He was fine yesterday". 

I called him and he sounded OK. Just bored. 
He said that the doctors do not know what he had .
He was having stomach pains. 
Internal bleeding. 
He could not walk because of the pain. 

Sunday:
I talk =ed to my brother again. No progress. Same symptoms. 
He was bored. 
and scared. 
How could he not be?

Monday:
My dad arrived in the states and immediately spent time with my brother.
Everyone is torn up. 
A colonoscopy is scheduled for Tuesday. 
Hopefully we will have answers.  

I prayed and prayed for him.
I secretly said a prayer for him while in the chapel  in Sedona. 
The rosary was my comfort on the drive back from Sedona. 

 
Tuesday:
No news. It was hard to call them while at work and I am assuming that they were sleeping when I called after. I hate the time difference. 

I begged God to keep my brother safe. For a clue as to what is wrong. 

Wednesday:

God is good. 

A mass text from my dad. 
They did the colonoscopy. 
Found out what was wrong.
Administered the meds. 
My brother has no more pain.
No more symptoms.

I spent two hours in the adoration chapel that day. 
Thanking God. 

Thursday:
My brother has Crohn's disease.
Now I have to read up and do research.

In this whole experience, I have been reminded that 

God is good.

I have taken him for granted.
No more.

XO


I love you Pachi





Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hump day

...but daydreaming about this past weekend. 

When I wrote this post on Saturday,
  I was slightly delirious after a week of being sick 
I had no idea how amazing my weekend would be.

I wrote that post earlier in the day before Colon even woke up. 
Yes, I sometimes write my posts in advance!

 I then proceeded to pack my bag. 
Colon mentioned that he had a staycation planned and I wanted to make sure I did not forget anything for this trip. 
Yes, I have done this before. Like when I brought over shirts that NEEDED an undershirt but I forget the undershirts. I had to be creative during that trip and turn my skirt into a dress. It was awesome!

 Once Colon woke, we were on our way. 
We pulled out of the drive way and... 
I had to run back inside several times because Colon forgot different things.
Eventually we were on our way. 

Our first stop of our trip was The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
It was a beautiful resort and I was shocked, to say the least. 
When we pulled up, we valet parked out car and a bellman walked us to our room. 
I was speechless. The room was gorgeous. 
The view from the room was gorgeous. 
The bathroom had a HUGE tub AND a steam shower. 
The toilet room had a telephone in it. 
You read that right. A TELEPHONE. 



Colon and I were ready to explore. 
We changed into our bathing suits and started to walk the premises. 
We saw HUGE lizards and some rabbits throughout the property. 
We walked by the spa and some of the many ponds.
We then stumbled upon one of the pools where we ordered a drink 
(for Colon  remember that I was still a little sick)
and settled down for an hour. 

After dinner, we made our way back to the room. 
After we got comfortable, we opened up a bottle of wine and sat on the balcony. 


Colon smoked a cigar and we talked. 
Before we knew it (like an hour or two later), we had finished that bottle. 
This accounts for the HORRIBLE sleep we got that night. 
We went to bed around one and were both awake by four because we were both uncomfortable. 
Too much wine for us.

So, we ended up sleeping in until 11:30 on Sunday. 
...and we were both still a little bit sleepy. 

We finally made our way out to Sedona.
I had no idea what to expect.
The beauty during the drive was... overwhelming.


We immediately started to drive through Sedona. 
Just getting visuals from our car.
Eager to start hiking. 

But we headed to the hotel first.
We wanted to drop off our bags and get a bite to eat. 
We stopped at Picazzo's for a very disappointing meal. 

We then started to explore. 
We found a lot to park our car and went on our first trail. 
It was already getting dark, so we had to cut it short. 
But it made the day no less amazing.
Once we got back to the car, we decided to star gaze.   

It was so relaxing.
So thought provoking.
Time to reminisce. 
Time to fall asleep. 

...and we spent the rest of the night in the hot tub of the hotel and sleeping the night away. 

We were supposed to get up early (again), but ended up getting up at 10. 
This day was spent window shopping in Sedona. 
Once we got bored, we went and visited the Rock Cathedral. 

Via

We lit a candle for Colon's brother and said a few prayers. 
We then headed to various trails in the Red Rock area. 

Look at the color!


We hiked this...

After getting out hiking fill, we headed back to Phoenix. 
Things I learned from this trip:

* Hotels have telephones in the bathroom near the toilet. 
* Bring comfortable shoes to hike. Do not wear sandals.
* Do not wear white shorts to hike. They WILL get dirty. 
* Gluten free food is not as good as people make it out to be. 
* Colon is amazing and GREAT at planning trips. 
*Bring a car with 4- wheel drive to ride on unpaved roads. 

... and my weekend was just amazing!

XO


PS... I am sorry this post was so long.
PSS... The pictures form this trip are also in the slideshow from this post. Go check it out. 




Saturday, May 25, 2013

Backwards E and R

It's the weekend! 

I have been out sick all week and it looks like it'll be another relaxing weekend spent listening to the Harry Potter soundtracks taking care of my health. The last few days have been spent daydreaming, listening to Harry Potter soundtracks, and reminiscing. 

Have you ever laughed so hard (by yourself) while thinking of all the fun times you have had? 

Well, I must have looked crazy because that is what I have been doing. 

Yesterday, I found myself laughing hysterically over something Colon and I experienced in New York a year ago. Colon and I visited Yankee Stadium and ended up walking around the area. We stumbled upon the site of the old Yankee Stadium. While walking around, Colon and I noticed a plane in the sky. We also noticed that the contrail of the plane was spelling something weird. SO, we stood and watched. But, we were rolling on the floor laughing when we realized what the person was "trying" to spell. It said "Mary Me" with the "e" and "r" backwards. It may not seem too funny, but I could NOT stop laughing. 

We probably perpetuated the giggles by coming up with scenarios like:

+ What would happen if someone actually paid for that? 

+ I wonder what the girl said.

+ I wonder what the guy (who paid for this) is thinking right now.

Man... I am laughing so hard thinking about it right now. 

Would you have thought that was funny? Or are we just weird?

Maybe we are just weird. Proof is in the fact that I have a Harry Potter Playlist on Grooveshark and am listening to it right now. 



XO

Monday, May 20, 2013

120 colors

The week has begun.

Monday is in full swing and I... am in bed. Yup. Who woke up with ANOTHER migraine?

This girl! ::: two thumbs pointing at me:::

But before we get into that... let's recap the happenings of last week and the weekend.

Last week, work was hard. It was difficult to get into the "work" frame of mind. I was missing my family and friends in Florida. My birthday was great, but it made it so much harder to get into the "work" frame of mind.

I was so relieved when Saturday came around. I was surprised by a gift in the mail from my best friend in Gainesville. It was unexpected and truly appreciated.

Via

Man... you should have seen me when I opened the gift. I jumped around the house and may have even squealed a few times.

Colon took me out to Santan Brewery and we tried the Mr. Pineapple.

Via

SO YUMMY!

Colon and I then went to the mall. He needed to get a haircut and I needed to look for a dress for the nights outing. I don't know why I do this to myself. I wait until the last minute to buy outfits. I NEVER end up finding something and I always end up wearing the same old same old from my closet.

On the up side, Colon looked good. I noticed that finding a good barber for men is hard. I think we found a keeper!

That night was amazing. We started getting ready after the mall. I chose a cute dress that I found in my closet (I told you shopping sucks for me). I used my new BH Cosmetics palette and put on some red lipstick.

It's amazing how red lipstick just makes you feel... beautiful!

We pre-gamed at our house. AND I was surprised by an addition to our group. Fellow Gators are fulfilling an internship here in town, and they arrived on Saturday. They were awesome and came out with us to Wild Knight on Saturday.***  It was great seeing them.

Via

Such an amazing night dancing. Spending time with friends. With my love. Such a great birthday celebration.

Sunday started off great. I got a nice amount of sleep. BUT in the middle of lunch, I got a migraine. The rest of my day was shot. We immediately went home and I slept off the nausea and the pounding head ache.

I thought it would go away by this morning. I was wrong. So, I have been resting all day like a lazy person.

All in all. It was a great weekend.

I hope yours was, too!

XO




***(Photos from that night linked here)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wonderland

Yesterday was amazing. 
Today was great. 

I got yesterday off and enjoyed it! I felt so loved. 
Colon made sure to make me feel special. 
Facebook was pinging me 24/7. 
My mom and sisters called me several times. 
It really was an amazing birthday. 

The wine drinking started early...

Via
Colon took me to Grimaldi's where we had a carafe of Sangria... (more wine... I know)

Via

...and the wine helped me fell asleep.
 Such sweet dreams!

Today, I enjoyed my first real day of being 25 Years Old
Crazy to think I have lived that long. 

So... I am just sitting here. 
Reminiscing. 
Listening to John Mayer. 
Getting ready for the concert that Colon bought tickets for. 
Yes. 
The sweet boy knew that I LOVE 
(and have loved since I was 15... 10 years) 
John Mayer and gifted me tickets on our anniversary

So, I leave you with this playlist...
XO

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A quarter of a century...

I am back in Arizona and am missing Florida like crazy. My vacation was amazing. It truly was. 

In a previous post, I mentioned that our Florida vacation started in Gainesville for Colon's graduation. I am still so proud of him and thought that I would show off some of the pictures from his graduation. 

lechagar's Colons graduation album on Photobucket

Before posting this, I looked through all of the pictures from his graduation day. Seeing the campus and seeing the stadium made my heart swell with pride. Colon's graduation was amazing and I truly am proud to be a Florida Gator. 

I think my pride is comparable to my sister's school pride. She attended the University of Miami and received her master's degree on Thursday, May 9th. This is the reason why we ventured down to Miami for the rest of our vacation week.

We celebrated Colon's lovely mother on her birthday and had a night out with Colon's brothers.

On Thursday, we attended my sister's graduation. How great it was to see her walk across that stage. She is growing up and I am so proud to call her my sister.

Via

Below, you will see pictures from that amazing day. You will notice two things. My sister is gorgeous. AND I had to wear the same dress that I wore to Colon's graduation. My other dress was too casual and was slightly wrinkled. I am quite embarrassed by this. But oh well. I had an amazing time.


lechagar's Christinas Graduation album on Photobucket

DO you see the happiness in my families faces? We were all on cloud nine. It was amazing! DO you know what else was amazing? Seeing my dad. I missed him a lot and I am seriously going to make efforts to keep in touch with him. I am HORRIBLE at keeping in touch with people. Even my family. But. This will end NOW.  I love my dad. I love my family. It will begin with me.

SO. Yes. Our trip was full of graduations, fun, and family. I had so much fun and it was hard for me to leave Florida. There were a few things that made me happy during our flight back to Arizona:

First class tickets!
Via
Awesome seats. 

Bothering this guy with pictures
Via
The love of my life. AND...

Thunderstorms over Texas.
Via
This beautiful sight. 

...and that sums up my trip to Florida. Yes. I miss it terribly, but life goes on.

Plus, I have these:

Birthday Cake Oreos
Via

to cheer me up. I will definitely need it since I am turning 25 today!

Happy Birthday to me!

XO


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Thursday, May 9, 2013

We all need a Mr. Darcy in our life...

I have been a horrible blogger lately. my posts have been sporadic. Life has been busy, yet quite uneventful. This equates to the perfect stay-at-home-and-be-lazy reading time. That is just what I have been doing. 

I am proud to say that I can add two more books to the list:

The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory 

Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange


Via Amazon.com


I have mentioned my love for Philippa Gregory before. Her books, no matter the series, are amazing. I always end up lost in the story and find myself coming back for more. 
This book was slightly different. I DID enjoy the story but I found it hard to become engaged. It was slower than what I am used to. At times, I found myself reading to finish the book rather than reading to find out what happens to the characters.

I am going to assume that I was not as interested in the characters of the story. They bored me and I had trouble finding a character that I liked.

Please do not avoid this book because of what I had to say. Definitely read it and see what you think!

via Amazon.com

I absolutely loved this book. The love story between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett will always intrigue me. I have read Pride and Prejudice  more than a normal person should. I am obsessed. So when my best friend Kirsten mentioned Mr. Darcy's Diary, I was dead set on reading it. 

Amanda Grange did a great job. The writing style used was quite different than Pride and Prejudice  but I got used to it pretty quickly. The book made me see Mr. Darcy in a different light and made me love him more! I kept mentioning Mr. Darcy to my boyfriend after I finished the book.

I definitely think you should read this book because

we all need a Mr. Darcy in our life!

Welp. I am almost half way through the year and am pretty much on track for my goal of 24 books in 2013. I AM keeping track of everything via Goodreads.com, so if you want to follow along come find me on Goodreads!


XOXO




24 in 2013: Progress

1.Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
2. The Constant Princess- Philippa Gregory (Reread)
3. The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory (Reread)
4. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
5. Forever - Judy Blume
6. The Boleyn Inheritance - Philippa Gregory
7. The Queen's Fool - Philippa Gregory
8. The Virgin's Lover - Philippa Gregory
9. The Other Queen - Philippa Gregory
10. Mr. Darcy's Diary - Amanda Grange


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Feels so good...

Oh my. 
It feels SO good to be in Florida. 
My skin is loving it.
 My hair is relishing in the moisture. 
My body is definitely thanking me.

We woke up early on Saturday to catch our flight. Yes, we still cut it close. We missed the first shuttle that would take us from the parking lot to the terminal and we were stressing about time. The flights were long and uncomfortable. We were exhausted and sleeping on the planes were impossible. But, that would not ruin my excitement.  I was ready to be in Florida. 


Via


This trip was planned around several graduations. Colon was graduating on the 5th and my sister will be graduating on the 9th. It's crazy how everyone is growing up so quickly. Time is flying by!

My time spent in Gainesville was amazing. I had not been back to Gainesville since I moved to Arizona. SO, I made it a point to catch up with friends (Yes... I am talking about you, Kayla and Kirsten and Diego) and eat at some of my favorite restaurants (like Bento and Steak and Shake)

Via

I cannot even describe the pride I felt while I watched Colon walk across that stage. Sitting there with his parents and feeling the pride emanate from his parents was overwhelming. I am just... wow... so proud of the things that he has accomplished! 

We left Gainesville on Monday and have been lazy-ing it up in Miami ever since. My sister graduates tomorrow and I cannot wait for another day full of sister-pride.

I am just so happy to be in Florida!

Xo





Saturday, May 4, 2013

On our way...

We're on our way to see friends and family in Florida. Cannot wait! So excited to see  Colon graduate!

We're running late so hopefully we make it to the gate on time!

Love you all!

Xo lourdes

Thursday, May 2, 2013

happenings in my life...

Man...
 I wish I could say that I have been busy but that would be a complete lie.
 Yes, work has been taking up my time.
 BUT I have  had lots of time to myself. 

This past week and a half has been filled with stress due to work. As with any job, there are certain responsibilities, expectations and goals. The thing is that these expectations and goals have been stressing me out lately. Yes, they push you to strive for something greater. It's great to have goals. But what happens when you don't meet them? I tend to get discouraged and start to feel like a failure. I CANNOT let that happen. I give myself a pep talk every morning on my way to work.  Is this normal? Does anyone else do this?

So, yes. This week has been filled with stress. But it has not all been bad.

+ I have spent time with my love. AMAZING.

+ I have been watching Doctor Who. Love that show! Cannot get enough! 

+ Kicked ass at work for a few days. My morning pep talks actually worked!

+ Finally went out with friends for a fun night out. We dressed up. I wore heels. We danced. My feet started to hurt so bad that I had to take several breaks from dancing. My feet have blisters. Such a great night out!

+ Lunch at Rudy's. We can never resist BBQ.



+ Fun times at Ikea with the love. We FINALLY got a desk for Colon's man cave and moved his old desk into my room. My boxes are slowly diminishing in numbers. 

Is anyone else addicted to walking the halls of Ikea?
 



+ Colon and I celebrated our 6th anniversary. He took my to The Keg for dinner. We had yummy food and a bottle of wine. Yes. We drank the whole bottle. The restaurant surprised us with free glasses of champagne  We even splurged for some dessert. Such an amazing dinner. Most importantly, He is such an amazing man and I am so lucky to be with him.

And...this post is running long so I am going to peace out for now!

Have an amazing night everyone!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

6 years...

Why I love my boyfrend...

1. He is amazingly smart!

2. He gives me hugs and kisses.

3. He is always there for me. No matter what.

4. He cooks dinner AND loves to do it. AKA he asks to do it and I never have to force him!

5. He puts up with my craziness. 

6. He likes to eat my boogers. Just kidding. Just kidding. 

6 (revised). He  is one of the most loving men I have ever met. 

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There you have it. A reason for every year we have been together. 

That's right. yesterday marked our 6 years of being a couple.

Happy anniversary BABU!

XO