Three Kings day!

As a Hispanic and Catholic we end the festivities of Christmas with the Three Kings.  on January 6, they bring presents to all the kids, go to church, and at the end of the day a reunion with the family that includes a dinner. I’ve kept the tradition over the years and when my kids were younger they loved this special day.  Now is the turn of my grandkids to keep the tradition alive and to enjoy the story of the Three Kings and how they brought gifts to baby Jesus. My granddaughters send me a few pictures of their presents they got this morning under their beds. My grandson who lives close from me can stop talking about it. The Three Kings day is my favorite of the entire holiday season, beside watching the kid’s happy faces it also brings the memories of my childhood.



High Noon

It’s early morning and everyone in the house is asleep. I’ve a round of laundry done and it’s time for my coffee. The daily prompts just came out and is asking to take a pause at noon and write what I’m thinking. I will not have the time for a pause at noon. I’ll be extremely busy to be in the computer.

Today is Easter and my family will be home soon. I’m cooking a ham, ribs, potatoes, a green salad and for dessert a lemon pie. They’ll be arriving by 2. We want to do the egg hunt outside in my backyard is the weather allow it.  I’m in North Dakota and for the past few days we have a nice warm weather. However, today they’re predicting a cooler and chilly day with some flurries. I’m crossing my fingers with the hope it will pass us. The weather can be unpredictable.  

I’m sure by noon I’ll be thinking of trying to finish decorating the baskets for the kids, hiding the eggs, and putting the ham in the oven. The ribs will be grilled by my husband.

I’ll be posting early and tonight I’ll be checking everyone post. I love to read other bloggers.

To everyone have a Happy Easter and enjoy your day with family and friends.  

Daily Prompt: At noon today, take a pause in what you’re doing or thinking about. Make a note of it, and write a post about it later.


My Christmas!

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I have fun at the Christmas Eve “La Nochebuena” party that I host for my family. We all ate, drink, dance all night and sing our “aguinaldos” (caroling).

I did cook a puertorrican menu they consist in arroz con gandules (rice with green pigeon peas), pernil (baked leg pork), pasteles (mashed green bananas with pork, cover with the banana leaves), arroz con dulce (creamy rice with coconut milk), coquito for the adults (type of eggnog with coconut milk and Puerto Rican rum), and fruit punch for the kids.

The Secret Santa was revealed. My brother was my secret Santa and gave me a vibration foot massager. I love it.

All my kids spend the night with us so on Christmas Day they all wake up early. My grandkids faces were priceless when they saw all the presents under the tree. The little ones start to play with their toys, meanwhile the rest will watch a movie. It’s now a tradition in our home to watch a movie, meanwhile they’re waiting for the dinner to be done. My menu for the day was Ham, rice with green pigeon peas, pasteles, and flan. It was good.

Everyone has fun and we all enjoy the day. I was tired at the end of the day; however I’m grateful that I can spend all these days with my family. Santa brings me everything I ask for.

Now that Christmas is gone, I’m feeling a little blue. Usually it happens by this time of the year so I considered normal. My thinking is why it has to happen or what I’m doing wrong. My husband always tells me I’m trying too hard to please everyone and I should relax a little bit more. Maybe I can make this as my resolution for the next year. It will be nice just to enjoy and have no worries.

How was your Christmas?


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Christmas Cards!

I just have a fun day at work. We all are acting like kids. My secret Santa just left me a bag of candy and the potluck was delicious.

I have been enjoying every single moment of the holiday. Besides watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music it’s time for Christmas cards. This is special to me, since it reminds me, my mother. She would grab an inspirational book and choose the perfect message for each person from her list. Her finishing touch was Christmas stickers at the back of the envelope and all the cards will have a holiday stamp. I did learn from her how valuable was to take care of the people you love.

So, here I am doing the same. I already have my inspirational book, my list of family and friends, a package of Christmas stickers, and my holiday stamps.

These days with the internet and the social media been so popular some people prefer to send their best wishes that way and nothing is wrong with that. However, I’m an old fashioned person who prefers to write Christmas cards.  By the end of the night all of them will be done and tomorrow morning a quick trip to the post office. I love writing, receiving, and displaying Christmas cards.

What do you think? Do you prefer writing Christmas card?

I think, I’m ready!

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What a week. I can’t believe how busy I have been. I’m getting ready for the holidays. My house is all the decorated. Every room and corner of the house has been decorated and ready for the holiday. Today, I just finished my youngest son’s room. He will be back from college in a few days. I can’t wait to see his face. It looks festive. I just put a small blue tree in front of his window, a pair of nutcrackers on his desk, a bowl of candy, and a cute snowman on top of his TV. He’s so spoiled.

Yesterday, I did some of the groceries for the party, and the menu has been selected. I always have two activities one on Christmas Eve with the entire family and the second on Christmas Day with the kids and grandkids. My shopping is almost done, only one gift left, my husband.  Then, the hard part is wrapping all of them- that’s a challenge.

I feel the happiness of the season, but at the same time a little stress out.  Usually, the holidays cause all this mix emotions. The memories of my childhood always present, especially my mother. This is the time that I missed her the most.

I have one more week of work before my Christmas vacation will start. The school has a two week of vacation, so I better rest and enjoy the time.

I’m getting ready for bed; tomorrow will be the start of the countdown for our vacation. We will start the week with a potluck, then on the Tuesday exchange of gifts, and the rest of the week with candies and lots of sweetness. It’s fun and that’s one of the reasons I love my job.

I want to hear from my readers. How everyone is doing at this time of the year?  Are you ready for the holidays? Because I think I’m ready.

See you soon.

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The Countdown begin…


The countdown to the holidays has just begun. I have to start shopping for the holidays. For several people it’s too soon, but having a big family is never too early. Usually I make my first layaway the day after Halloween starting with the three oldest. After that, I do the little ones so they have more time to think what they want. They loved to write a few letters one to Santa (the big letter) and the other to their grandparents (one gift). My last gift to buy it will be for my husband after 31 years of marriage it’s getting difficult to obtain something special for him.

I have my Christmas tree already up with no decoration yet. I will décor my tree and my house on Thanksgiving Day with the kids. It’s a tradition we all want to keep.

I’m planning the menu for that day with the help of my daughter. My older kids want to add their own specialty. We do a secret Santa on that day. The rules for the secret Santa are a silly prank, a postcard, and a handmade gift no more than 10 dollars.

I still have another week and a half to prepare meanwhile, I have been watching and enjoying Christmas movies from the Hallmark Channel. It makes me want to have my home already decorated. The spirit of the holiday season has already invaded my home.

Day 16- NaBloPoMo

5 days till Christmas!


I work at the school kitchen, so I’m on Christmas break too. I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping. I still need to get something for my husband. I still don’t know what I’m getting for him, maybe a beer kit -he loves beer, socks, or pajamas. I know for sure that I will be wrapping the gifts at the last-minute.

I will be baking, making the pasteles, coquito (type of eggnog with coconut and Puerto Rican rum), flan, arroz con dulce (creamy rice with coconut).

At my house, my grandkids have been playing founding Buddy the Elf. Every night, Buddy gets hidden and whoever finds it gets a point. He can’t be touched or his magic will disappear. It’s so fun that I’m been playing it too. My youngest granddaughter has the most points. The winner will get extra cookies, popcorn, and candy cane.

Also during this weekend, I will be taking my grandkids to see the Christmas lights at the park if the weather allowed it. They are predicting snow and below temperatures. It’s cold here in North Dakota.

This last five days before Christmas we will be doing some sledding, watch Christmas movies, read Christmas stories, and of course drink hot cocoa with lots of marshmallows.

I have been blessed this year. Having my family so close to me is a truly blessing!

Can’t wait for Christmas day!