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Valentine’s and a Birthday Weekend

19 Feb

Last weekend was insane! Good insane though, just really busy and action packed. The weekend for me started off relaxing to a 90 minute massage my brother in law treated me to from The Zen Mama. She came to my house while the kids were in school last Thursday and gave me one of the best massages I’ve ever had! My back and sciatica pain are gone! I still feel nice and loose and if you know someone who lives in the South Bay and is pregnant, I highly recommend Zen Mama! Friday was our first busy day with it being Valentine’s Day. With the help of my hubby and Caleb I was able to make 46 felt hearts and have them stuffed with chocolates and bagged up with a Valentine’s card for the boys classes.

valentines goodies

Caleb was able to write his name in all of his cards this year and helped me fold them and sticker them closed. I’ve made these felt hearts for the past 2 years while Caleb was in preschool and this year making them for 2 classes was a challenge! I’d never had to make more than 20 before. Later that day my Mother in Law flew in and took the boys out to a special Valentine’s dinner while the hubby and I went to a friends restaurant, C&M Cafe in Los Angeles where for the night she did a pop up dinner and served gourmet food. It. was. amazing. Not only was it nice to get out on a date with my hubby, but it was so nice to eat food that our kids would never touch. Adult food. After eating dinner there we are anxious to go back during normal business hours to eat some of the amazing food on the menu.

Saturday was Caleb’s 6th birthday. I can’t believe my baby is 6 years old. It blows my mind. We started the day out as a family going to eat breakfast in Hermosa Beach and then asked Caleb what he wanted to do. Without hesitation he said Chuck E. Cheese. So off we went to let the kids run wild and play games. Later that night we went to Blaze Pizza and got to create our own pizzas! Then we came home to sing Happy Birthday and have some ice cream cake, yum!!

caleb's birthday

That face!! He’s such a sweet handsome little guy. I’d say he had a pretty good birthday full of fun, except the celebration continued the next day with his Uncle Jerry coming into town to go with us to Boomer’s in Irvine. This place was crazy!! They have go-carts, mini golf, laser tag, arcade, batting cages, and more. Everyone went on the go-carts first which I had to sit out, but at least I got a couple of cute pictures of the boys.

go-cart racing with Daddy

go-cart racing with Uncle Jerry

Talk about fun! Gav had a huge smile on his face every time he went by me, it was adorable! We then played the kids first ever game of mini golf. That was interesting. I helped Gav on the first hole and managed to score him a hole in one, after that he more or less played on his own. It took them quite a few holes to figure out the rules but towards the end they started to understand they had to wait their turn. I ended up winning by 1 point with my hubby and his friend tying for second. I don’t know that I’ve ever laughed so hard while playing mini golf, but everyone was cracking me up! Especially my MIL, I had no idea she was so competitive! After spending all afternoon there we came home to have some yummy home cooked Peruvian food by my MIL. We were all pooped and tried to watch a little of the Olympics but we all just wanted to sleep. We went out to breakfast the next day and then my MIL had to go home. It was a busy weekend, but we all had so much fun. I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s (yes I know i’m late on that), and are having a great week so far! I’ll leave you with my latest belly shot, courtesy of my 4 year old photographer-who still cuts off my head in every shot.

31weeks pregnant


Has it been almost 1 year??

3 Feb

Has it really been almost a year since I last blogged?? Wow. That is terrible! And understandable. It was a busy year for us, Caleb graduated Preschool and started Kindergarden in the fall. Gavin started Preschool in the fall and has just blossomed, it really blows my mind. We spent many, many, many days at Disneyland enjoying our season passes and I managed to fit in a little sewing here and there but mostly selfish sewing. I got a little overwhelmed in the fall when Caleb started Kinder because I had no idea how busy our days would become. From waking up around 6:30am, getting breakfast made, lunch packed, everyone dressed and dropped off by 8:15, entertaining Gavin when he wasn’t at school, picking up Caleb at 2:30, homework, a little play time, clean up, dinner, bath, bed, I was exhausted. Turned out I may have been tired for an entirely different reason as we found out in September that we would be welcoming another little bundle of joy into our family. And here we are 29 weeks later, closer to welcoming our third son into this crazy family.


Only 11 weeks to go, give or take, and only 9 more weeks left of work-so close! I didn’t sew for a good 3 months due to having morning sickness that lasted all day and peaked at night around 5pm. Unfortunately for me the sight of my sewing machine and fabric made me nauseous and claustrophobic.  I think what finally snapped me out of it was my desire to finish Gav’s birthday quilt before his birthday. If you remember this was supposed to have been for his 3rd birthday but that came and went. It’s finished now and currently resides on Gavin’s bed where he loves to sleep under it.

Gavin's quilt

I love the way this came out and am even happier that Gavin loves it. Lastly I have been sewing up things to help pay off the newest addition to my sewing machine family, a Juki HZL F600. I love her. I made a deal with the hubby since he had found me quite a bit of unclaimed money that I sent in paperwork to get back, that I would use that money towards it (which paid for most of the machine) and I would sell handmade goodies to pay off the rest. I have an amazing husband who knows how much I love to sew and fully supports my desire to pursue it as more than a hobby. I’m still searching which online store I want to open so for now I have them up on my Instagram @robbynsnest. It’s a little hard to part with them because I want them all for myself!


I’m trying to stock up before baby comes in April because Lord knows when he gets here the last thing on my mind for a few weeks will be sewing. Hope you all had a great start to the week and I’ll try not to be such a stranger round here.

Happy Halloween!

31 Oct


We are trick-or-treating twice today!! Caleb’s school was dismissed an hour early so that all the kids could go trick-or-treating at the shops on the block where Caleb’s school is. It’s really awesome to see how excited the store owners and patrons are when the kids come in all dressed up, especially the ladies at this little beauty parlor that looks like it’s from the 70’s. The ladies there were so sweet and before we left Gavin said “thank you, Happy Halloween!” The ladies just LOVED that and I think the visit from the kids really made their day.


The kids all had a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go out tonight, especially now that Gav actually knows what to do this year. Who knows, I may even get dressed up!



I managed to get one of the whole class, with some siblings added in there. We made the bags last week in class which is perfect because now Caleb has a bag to use tonight! Well, we are off to take naps now, and then get ready to get Daddy and go out! Have a safe and Happy Halloween everyone!

Beach Day!!

7 Aug

Yesterday was my hubby’s Birthday and he wanted to go to the beach so after what felt like an eternity, we were finally all packed up and ready to drive down to the beach. I’m going to let the pictures do the talking today.

Chillin eatin a snack

Gavin and Daddy

Face plant in the sand trying to tackle Daddy


The day began a little rocky with hold up after hold up, but all in all we had a lot of fun at the beach! Sunday night we surprised my hubby with a chocolate cake, a happy birthday banner we made, and a birthday card made by the boys. Caleb was so excited for his daddy to come home and see the surprises we made for him. As soon as my hubby walked in the door Caleb told him to close his eyes, led him to the kitchen, and then told him to open his eyes and yelled “Surprise Dada, we made you a cake!” I know we’ve been saying it for the past couple days, but I want to say again to my hubby, Happy Birthday! I love you and look forward to the many more birthdays we will celebrate together.

A little catch up

28 Jul

I started to write a post yesterday in the heat of the moment and then realized today that in order to be a better person, I should delete it and start fresh. I am deleting yesterday afternoon’s events from my life and am starting fresh today. I try not to live in the past despite the fact that about once a year it tries to invade my life and cause chaos, I try to always focus on the things and people that I have in my life instead of the things and people that are not in my life. I woke up this morning to find my husband laying in bed with me and the words he said to me, simple as they are, made me smile, on my face and deep in my soul. He said “I’m still home”. I know, the words may not mean anything to anyone else reading this, but to me they meant more than him just being physically here. He is my home. My two boys are my home. The heartbreak and events of the past, both good and bad, have shaped me into who I am today, and as difficult as times may have been, I’m a better Mother and Wife because of them. While both my parents choose not to be a part of my life, I do have to thank them for the lessons I have learned. I am a stronger person because of them. I’m lucky that I didn’t let my past define who I became, but instead made myself the opposite. I have realized that I  no longer stand alone, I have a husband to protect and stand up for me, and two wonderful boys who love me more than anyone ever has. That is enough for me.

Thanks for letting me get that out. I’ve come to view this blog not only as a place to show my creative side, but also as a diary of my journey through life. So now let’s lighten the mood and look at what I’ve been up to this week.

I finished the crayon rolls that I had precut. I ended up having to redo 2 roll’s topstitching because I had some issues with the corners, so I changed to a walking foot and had no problems. I’m very happy with how these came out and am thinking that for Caleb’s birthday at school this year I will make these for his classmates instead of taking sweets. Ambitious, I know, but if I get started now there’s no pressure. I also finished another bracelet yesterday.

I love these bracelets so much!! They are so easy to make and I love a good portable project that can be done outside while the boys swim and play. And here’s what we’ve been up to lately in pictures.


Have a great weekend everyone!

The Story of Us

5 May

A love letter to my husband of 5 years.

As we celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary on the 19th I find myself reflecting on the past 13 years that we have been together and on all the things I have learned since I met you in March of 1999. I know I seem like a hopeless romantic, the one who can always find the good in the bad, the one who is hopeful for the future, but I wasn’t always that way. I didn’t believe in lasting love. I didn’t believe that anyone would love me forever. When I met you I was hopeless, lost, broken. I had lost so much, at least to me I had. I felt abandoned. And then I met you. I remember getting hired at Starbucks in Hermosa Beach and walking in that first day nervous with the excitement of starting a new job. You turned around and you had me. Seriously. People always talk about love at first sight and I never believed it until that moment. I knew that we would be together, felt it deep in my soul. I remember how you drove me home that night after work because I didn’t have a car and had skateboarded to work. I remember sitting next to you in the front seat and being so dang nervous, stealing sideways glances at you. I thought, no way this guy will EVER notice me. I’m so glad you did. We became fast friends, hanging out all the time, showing up at work while the other was working because we were “meeting a friend” (wink). We were both coming out of break ups so we were trying to be just friends. I remember the night you asked me to be your girlfriend not too much longer. We were at your old house and you had family coming to visit. I remember being introduced for the first time as your girlfriend.  There were many ups and a few downs along the way. A lot of laughs and many adventures. We ran a marathon together in Dublin, Ireland, went to Washington D.C., laid on the beach in Maui, camped in Big Sur, and most importantly, we grew closer together and fell more and more in love. You have always been my best friend, my biggest champion, my soul mate. I remember the day you proposed to me. August 10,2005. I remember I was working with my best friend, and my sister had come in to read (that should have tipped me off lol). And then my friend said someone in the lobby wanted to talk to me, so I walked out and you came around the corner, guitar in hand. I thought, Proposal? or maybe birthday gift since my birthday was the next day. You sang You and Me by Lifehouse and I was trying not to cry. I was so excited I hugged you as soon as you were finished, and then you dropped to one knee. I couldn’t wait to say YES, YES, I will marry you! This is one of 4 of the happiest days of my life. We had a long engagement, almost 2 years. We weren’t in a rush and neither one of us knew how to plan a wedding or what we were doing. So we chose Vegas. But not cheesy Vegas. Caesar’s Palace, in the garden, in May. I remember waiting outside getting ready to walk around that corner to begin the rest of my life. I was anxious, nervous, excited, everything. And then Forever Love (Digame) by Anna Nalick came on and I was walking towards you. I remember seeing you and all I wanted to do was run to you. Do you remember during the ceremony when the officiant told us to take a breath and we started laughing, I didn’t realize that I had been holding my breath. When I told you that I would love you in sickness and health, for richer or poorer, until death do us part, I have never been so honest. This was the second happiest dayt of my life, May 19,2007, the day I married my best friend. We splurged on a honeymoon to Bora Bora because basically we wanted the seclusion with beautiful beaches and crystal clear water. I am so glad we had that week of heaven together. We even managed to bring home a little extra something that 9 months later would be another new beginning. It’s funny that even today, 5 years later, when I hear New York Minute by the Eagles I think of having breakfast every morning there and of the time we spent exploring that little island, and I smile because it reminds me of how we began this journey. Shortly after coming home from our honeymoon I was tired all the time and not feeling that well. That’s when we thought maybe we were pregnant. We experienced the longest 5 minutes of our life as we waited to see if 2 lines appeared. 2 lines. That is all it takes to change you forever. Mommy and Daddy, that’s what we found out our new names would be as well as getting used to being Husband and Wife. You were so good to me those 9 months, taking care of me, rubbing my feet, giving me back rubs as my belly grew and my back grew sorer from carrying our baby boy, you did all the chores, cooked, and I fell in love even more. You were making all my dreams come true. And now we come to the third best day of my life. The moment they placed our oldest son in my arms. I was overwhelmed with awe and love, I couldn’t believe that we had made this tiny little person and that I could love someone so instantly and fiercely. I remember looking into you eyes and loving you even more. I remember how I struggled with breastfeeding and how you kept encouraging me, never offering to give up, waking up with me at every feeding, delirious from the lack of sleep but supporting me none the less. Thank you for that.  And then the fourth best day of my life almost 2 years later. How rare it was to find a man who would wake up every 2 hours to help when I had to nurse. You changed all the diapers those first few weeks, and we took turns burping them in the middle of the night so that I could get some sleep too since I had to wake up and stay awake to nurse. We were both sleep deprived and if not for the help of family we would have been asleep on our feet. I am so lucky to have someone who parents right alongside me. I never felt as if I was doing it all. Have I thanked you for that? Thank you. Thank you for doing so incredibly much then and now. I could not be the mommy i am without you. And here we are 5 years later, a family of 4. It’s not that long, yet it feels as if we have always been this way. In a world where divorce occurs in 50% of marriages and Hollywood makes a mockery of marriage, we have beat some odds. When I said I do, I meant it for life. You taught me what it meant to really love someone unconditionally. You have loved me through my ups and downs and I have loved you through yours. We fit together so perfectly how could I NOT believe that I was made for you and you were made for me? Now I want to thank you, thank you for being exactly who you are because for me, you are perfect. I hope that you know how much I appreciate all that you do for our little family, how hard you work to support us, and how much of yourself you give to us. I love you more today than I did on that day 5 years ago when I became your wife. You make me feel safe, loved, and appreciated. Sure we argue, we yell, we aren’t perfect, but I believe that we grow stronger from it, from the communication that comes from it. You taught me that. I love our life and the family we have become. I am so lucky and blessed to have been able to share it with you. I can’t wait until we are celebrating our 10, 20, 50th wedding anniversaries, because I know we will. Just like I knew that day I met you 13 years ago that we would be together, I know we will grow old together.

Happy 5th anniversary Renato. I love you.


10 Mar

Well, my hubby left it up to me weither or not I post pictures of the kids on here. After quite a bit of thinking I decided to post them. I also added a little “do not use these pictures etc” down at the bottom of my blog. I decided that since this is a blog not just about sewing, but about being a mommy as well that I couldn’t not feature them. Plus they are just too cute and photogenic! So without further ado, meet my beautiful boys!

These two make me so happy and crazy at the same time, which I guess is Parenthood. The other day I was looking back at pictures of my pregnant belly and pictures of them as newborns and I can’t believe how fast time has passed.





















There are times I want time to just stop time so that I can hold them in my arms and kiss their little feet for as long as I want, and other times I want to fast forward through the terrible two’s and tantrums. Like today, started off kinda crappy, way too early, and we were all cranky. We had some ups and downs, tantrums, and quiet times, and at the end of the day after dinner had been eaten, the house was clean, and the boys were ready for bed, we all laid in Caleb’s bed and I read them a story. I forgot for a moment that this had been a long day and that my hubby had been at work all day-still is as a matter of fact, and I did it all alone. Props to the moms and dads who do this by themselves day in and day out. I knew that having children changed your life and I knew that it would change me, I just had no idea how much. I am a much better person now and contrary to what all my single childless friends had said about my life being over once children came along, I feel like my life has actually STARTED. I wouldn’t trade any of  this in for a life of what others call “freedom”. I am free, I just have someone else I put before myself, someone else’s needs that come before my own, and really when you think about it, these first 5 years are probably the hardest most tiring parts of raising kids. Soon they won’t want me to sit in their room and play with them, they’ll be dying for me to leave! So while some days I may complain that it was rough, that I didn’t get any time to myself, that I had to catch vomit in my hands, deep down, I love it. I love my life. I love my boys. I love my husband. I am a lucky, lucky woman.