Weeknight Fun: Arcade Games

My youngest son really wanted to play some arcade games on a Tuesday night. We just returned to school and to our regular schedule after days off due to Hurricane Harvey. It was an easy first day back and because he was upset about losing the SUV due to Harvey, I decided a night out would be good for him. Andell and I decided to hit Regal Grand Parkway. We can give them a game card while we sit and sip coffee or eat. All this while watching the boys.

When we arrived it was obviously pretty quiet being a weeknight. We decided to join the boys in trying to get plushes from the claw machines. All four of us also played Pac-Man! The boys shot some baskets. All four of us also played air hockey. The boys had a great time!

They are into arcades #sons #follow

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#like #follow #sons

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There’s nothing like winning a plush from a claw machine!

Train your dragon #like4like #followforfollow #like4follow #likeforlikeback

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For The Guys/Mechanics: Lock Actuator

I had no idea what a lock actuator was. However, I knew something needed to be replaced in Andell’s prized car, his old BMW. It is now 11 years old. The left rear door suddenly made multiple clicking noises when the unlock key was pressed. It didn’t even open easily. He found a youtube link and bought the part for under $100 and in less than 20 minutes had it working like new. No more clicking noises. So long as no hurricane comes our way, this car should last for another many thousand miles!

This is the pic of the part he took out.

Birthdays in your Eighties

This was my grandmother’s post Hurricane Harvey birthday party! Something my mother started was for each grandchild to get a mini cake. Here is a pic of the actual cake made by Angel from Cake4Tay

The party was held at my mother’s favorite venue Sweetwater Country Club

Some birthday gift ideas for a celebrant in her 80s!


Here are some back to school portraits and a birthday one, too!

Jeep Commander

So long Jeep Commander
You were always ready to wander

From Texas to Arizona
We even took you to Chattanooga

From the snow in Santa Fe
You led us to any way

We took you to the northeast
And to Florida for a feast

You carried more than a load
From Lowes and Home Depot
You were the size of a great big hero

We wanted to see you over the 200k mile
You almost made it and you tried for a while

But came Harvey and brought much rain
We will now take you out of your pain

You were our first car as husband and wife
Not going to lie it hurts like a knife

Our ode to you our very first Jeep
You were totaled and must go to sleep


After Hurricane Harvey, we can finally celebrate my grandmother’s 80 something birthday!! Here she is from 2 years ago at 80+.

Below is a photo from this year during my mom’s birthday.

With 80 something gmother

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It’s pretty neat that my mom at 62 still celebrated with her own mother.

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My grandmother loved Oil of Olay! I am sure she continues her evening ritual with it. It has definitely worked for her skin!

Hosting LuLaRoe!!!

I am excited to be hosting for my friend LuLaRoeViv. She has taken her pieces all over the world. Join her on Facebook LuLaRoeViv!!!

This is a pic of Vivian in Asia this summer where she went to teach. She is wearing the skirt that I want! The moment she had it in stock, I got beat! I am definitely hoping for one to be in stock soon.

I loved this Amelia when Vivian wore it to work (we were both working as 2nd grade teachers). She wears it also to watch musicals on a date night.

I definitely had to get my own Amelia in Mauve (I think that would be the color…but whatever it is I love it!).

Recently, we traveled to Los Cabos. I brought my pieces with me. Here’s a pic of one.

In the morning, I actually wore it as a dress. Then when it came time to ride the bus, I tied it in a knot and wore it as a shirt over shorts.

Even though I am vertically challenged, I have a long torso. So the dress below I don’t mind wearing as a shirt over skinny jeans.

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I don’t have a pic of my mom in her Carly, but she cannot wait to get her hands on some more! She loves how comfortable they are. My mom is in her 60s (in case you were wondering if it was good for just a certain age group).

As teachers, these pieces are so easy to use because they don’t wrinkle. If you travel,they don’t take much room to pack at all. The Julia has held up really well after several washes. I got lazy about hanging it and sometimes Andell would end up washing a load before I could tell him to do this and that. But the Julia has really done well! The Amelia I do hang dry because it is a piece I don’t want to take a chance on!

Fall is heading our way here in America. When you teach here in the USA, gone are the days of wearing high heels. Teachers here must think about comfort when chasing after all different personalities. Public school teachers really working closely with students in small groups, also. Teachers love the comfort of the leggings from LuLaRoe, but you obviously have to hide the skin tight wear. The perfect layer is the Sarah. Here are the different looks! If you are petite like Vivian and me, no worries…check out Vivian’s IG page and you will see she carries the style well! I am definitely getting some for dressing in leggings/boots.

Check out some Sarah looks on IG !!!!

Wear them with Converse !

Or wear them with Birkenstocks !

Happy shopping and be on the lookout for album sales on Vivian’s Facebook page!

Working From Home Skills

Since our youngest was born, Andell has been working from home. Shortly after, my sister started to work from home also. There are more opportunities now to do that. I predict that many income earners when my kids are grown will be using their home as the primary site of employment. Or as many like to call it, working but be location independent. Basically, have a working laptop and internet access and you can work and earn income. Based on what I overhear from my husband while he’s working, there are definitely key skills that I have to think about for my sons and what they will need to develop.

1)Communication- working from home involves a lot of verbal communication. Conference calls with peers  and clients are heavy on Andell’s schedule. Like I tell many of the parents I have conferences with, make sure your child is having lengthy conversations with you. From a community and business stand point, I would definitely say that public speaking/communication type programs are needed. In addition to Kumon type businesses, schools to promote communication need to be developed.

2)Tech-Saavy- With this, I am talking about using all the right tools/media. If you haven’t been in  school or worked in a while, you need to experience online learning platforms such as Blackboard. Google VIPKIDS where kids in China are learning English from teachers online. Definitely practice using all forms of social media. If you aren’t on Pinterest, atleast create a secret board so you have a grasp on it. What this means as a parent is that eventually, your kids need to use social media because they will be using different platforms similar to them in the work place later, working from home or in traditional settings. When should you start this? As I roam the web and talk to parents, I have seen parents allowing their 12 year olds to start using social media with public settings. Many parents in the suburbs where I live get cell phones for their teens between the ages of 14-16.

3)Tunnel Vision- You do have to focus on your work goals at home.  There are still deadlines to be met.

4)Network- You still have to know how to mingle with people! Make sure you don’t lose that ability.

5)Education-  Definitely research what jobs are out there now. So many job titles are new.


What your kids could be doing at home:

1)Email people (family members)

2)Create digital presentations (it’s not just basic PPT)

3)Create blogs

4)Create movie files and upload to YouTube

Practicing to work from home #wah

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Los Cabos

This summer we went to Los Cabos. The heat was intense for my two boys. This tells me that third world travel to the Philippines is still out of the picture. They did love the Hilton hotel! To make it easier, we booked with their airport pick up and drop off. To celebrate my sister’s birthday, one of the restaurants we ate at was Acre Baja . It was a beautiful area with many tropical fruits and farm animals. While we were there, they were just completing tree houses for future accommodations! How cool would that be! It will definitely call for another trip.

The family photo of the summer!

Photoshoot with @danielaortizphoto !! @hiltonloscabos

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Hilton Hotel

#portraits #kids #photos click on photo link in bio #sugarland #houston #pearland

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#latergram at @hiltonloscabos

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#latergram #travel @hiltonloscabos

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Enjoying his last moments

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Sunset in Los Cabos

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San Jose del Cabo area

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We visited the San Jose del Cabo area en route to Acre Baja restaurant. The four of us could not handle one more excursion for the day so we missed another restaurant outing with the rest of our gang. My son really needed down time after exploring San Jose del Cabo in the heat. When you are in Los Cabos transportation via taxi is expensive. The best way is to really have a prearranged private transportation as you tour around. The bus is great for typical families but for us, one destination at a time via bus was all we could handle.

A bus ride away from Hilton, you can go to a plaza with a big grocery store called La Comer. My husband made the initial trip for us to get groceries. He was on the bus very early and had no problem with that. But, on the return he was sweating from the bus stop to the hotel. The bus did have AC, the weather was just hot! My sister chose to have groceries delivered to the hotel since the they had toddlers with them.

I learned from Jaime our driver that a great place to visit next time is La Paz. It is about two hours from Los Cabos. Again, that will be for another trip!



Board Games

My sons recently requested to play board games together! Miracle, right? Who asks to play board games these days? I was glad that they did. I have tried different ones and the one they are enjoying the most right now is the Monopoly Disney Cars version. My older son who has a fascination with everything related to Pixar enjoys this game with his little brother in first grade.

#cars #monopoly #games #unplugged

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On our recent trip to Toys R Us we also bought Pie Face. We haven’t played it yet. I am just still surprised that they are asking to play something that is not anything related to a smart phone or a tablet! The great thing about Toys R Us is that they price match from Amazon. For this shopping trip, I did request a price match and I saved quite a bit! I am thankful that there is internet while in Toys R Us to look for those deals! So stores do make it hard to get reception preventing you from price matching.

Here are the direct links from Amazon!


Pie Face!


A game that we played a while back when my older son was in Kinder was Sequence. I should pull that out again soon. He did enjoy it at that time. This game was really enjoyed by my second graders also as part of a station.

There is a kids version.

We might have to be unplugged for a couple of days as a tropical storm is heading our way. Wish us luck!