houston photo diary

Nash and I woke up dark and early to be dropped off at the Indy airport.  Thanks to my brother who helped me push my heavy luggage and the bag of carseat + base. I was prepared this time. Flying Southwest with a baby on your lap requires documentation that has baby's name + DOB. I had Nash's shot records and medical summary. A birth certificate or passport would also work but being baby #6,  I  don't have either one.

One of my very best friends from medical school picked us up and we drove straight southeast to Galveston beach. What a beautiful day.  It was sunny but windy. We were pretty much alone at the beach being a weekday.

I found a complete, unbroken shell that I took home as a pasalubong for the kids.

My friends brought me to the Kitchen at the Dunlavy, a super cute french brunch restaurant. That place was instagram-worthy!

It was overlooking Buffalo Bayou park. WE went for a walk after brunch, enjoyed the fresh air and sun before heading back. We passed by the waugh bat colony. I did not look closely in the crevices underneath the bridge. I don't want to see the bats.

Houston Zoo was hopping! There was no place to park. The women and children were dropped off. We took the train around Hermann Park.

Dinner was at La Guitarra con Sazon. If you are looking for authentic Peruvian food, come to this place. I had lomo saltado and ceviche nativo (mango, avocado, shrimp and fish) yummm!

Nash and I went to Mass at St. Vincent de Paul. What a lovely church!
I made a premature turn and had to turn around in the neighborhood behind the church. Those houses are beautiful. They average around 1.2 Million so yeah, not going to afford that location with 6 kids.

Back to Mass: I finally parked  at a public parking across from the church. I took Nash from his carseat and saw the blowout all over his back.   It was already 9:02 and I still had to walk to church by crossing at the crosswalk. I did not want to jaywalk 6 lanes and a median.

I thought about just going back to the condo... just for a split second. I was already there and I committed. I may be late but my intentions were clear. I want to be at church. I needed that hour with JC more than ever (thank you blow out!)

I entered the church. It was already the responsorial psalm. what?! I went straight to the women's restroom. I stripped off his baby Gap button down shirt. The shorts were safe. The mess went up his back but not down his leg. I gave him a  rinse on the sink. poor babe. He fussed but he needed it.

We entered the sanctuary and the gospel was ending. oh.... I totally missed the liturgy of the word, except for the homily.

We stayed after Mass to pray and admire the church. The stained glass windows were beautiful. The big case of relics was beyond amazing. I haven't seen that many relics  displayed in a church in the US! In Europe, yes, but in the US ~ their "collection" was astounding. St. Rita of Cascia's relic may have been a piece of bone.

In the afternoon, we drove about 45 mins to NASA. I was geeking like none other. I have always been fascinated by the cosmos, planets, stars. Besides the human body and its intricacies and how the different systems work, studying the planets and stars  have been a fascination for me. I like reading about astrophysics, albeit I may not even fully understand it. I am also into sci-fi (The Martian, Interstellar, Lost in Space, etc).

We took the tram to the mission control which was restored to the 1969 control center during the Moon landing. I sat at the chair where Queen Elizabeth II sat when she visited NASA.

We went to Independence plaza which showcases the now-retired Orbiter and the shuttle replica Independence.

There were alligators, turtles and longhorns in the NASA compound. There was another hangar and section  that we did not get to tour. That means I need to come back. The next time has to be with the kids. The older ones specially will enjoy the Johnson Space Center.

For dinner, we went to Gerry's grill, way across the other side of the city. The drive was worth it and thankfully no stopped traffic. My friends were impressed. I went very basic with what I ordered. I got grilled squid (which my much smarter MDPhD friend told was in fact cuttle fish), bistek (beef marinated in soy sauce, garlic, onions and lemon), pork BBQ, lumpiang shanghai (egg roll), pancit bihon (stir fried rice noodles with veggies and chicken), grilled chicken and crispy beef. I wanted to order the crispy pata (fried pork) but I have friends who don't eat pork. The fried beef was still so, so good.

If you are in Houston, make sure you visit Gerry's grill (not paid to advertise for them).

How about that?
My first post of 2020 is a photo diary! I sure miss blogging and using my macbook instead of just typing on that tiny iphone keyboard and posting it on the gram. There's something about typing here that is very therapeutic.

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happy 8th birthday Isabel!

Isabel's outfit details-
ShirtJeggingshair spray. I used my flat iron to make ribbon curls. Here's one for less and it has almost 30,000 reviews! 

My outfit details~
Unicorn sweatshirt, similar, old, cami ~ long because it's maternityAG jeans, booties, DottieCouture Boutique, lipstick (PUR x Barbie) 

Party decorations, walmart

My Thanksgiving-Black Friday baby turns 8 years old today. I interviewed her and asked her 8 questions. 

1. What do you like daydreaming about?

2. If you opened a store, what would you sell?
Dresses, all kinds of dresses

3. How do you show people you care?
By giving a hug

4. Pretend you're a chef, tell me about your restaurant. 
I will cook Italian food and if I have another store, I will sell cheesecake. 

5. If you designed clothes, what would they look like
It will have sparkles, flowers, hearts,  and rainbows. 

6. What are the best things about the nature?
Animals, leaves and trees

7. What would you do if you made the rules at home?
I would say: No fighting, no grabbing other people, no pulling their hair. No screaming too loud.

8.  If you would give your family new names, what would they be?
Daddy - Stuart, because Daddy likes that name. 
Mummy - Grace, because it's a good name. 
Daniel - Joshua, because Daniel is in the Bible and so is Joshua. 
Sebastian - Luke, because he likes Star Wars. 
Lucy - Madison, because it's a beautiful name. 
Lucas - Bob, because maybe Bob has long hair. Maybe Henry because I don't know. 
Nash -  I want it to be a cute name because he is a cute baby. May I see the baby book names? 
William because it's a cute name for a boy. 

Shoutout to the following VIP for making her party a success!
Dada - driver, pizza and cake delivery guy
Lola - for the party decorations
Uncle Isma - for helping out with the clouds and hearts and helping out at the movies.
NateDogg - for the balloons and HBD sign

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what i wore sunday + life lately

1. This outfit
I love a good chambray. Make it a shirtdress then it's definitely a win! I scored this one from Draper James and it's 100% cotton.

2. Who has seen Frozen II? Shhhh. Do not tell my children. I like the original better. I probably just need to watch (and watch and watch) it and then the songs will get ingrained in my brain and I will be brainwashed. Having said that, I still like the sequel and I highly recommend it.

3. Why watch a movie on opening weekend?
Anything for your children, right? We took our birthday girl and her friends to the movies. I am sharing  birthday party photos here on the blog tomorrow and on instagram. Be sure to come back.

4. I am consistently wearing this garmin steps tracker.   I received it after signing up on a research study. For somebody who has  avoided the fitbit for a decade (because I like my swatch watches and large MK watches), the garmin vivo fit 4 is good for entry level  activity tracker.  It covers the basics (steps + distance + watch + dates + timer + stopwatch + calories). There is no HR tracker.

5. Let's talk football.
Hubs' team SF 49ers are killing it. It is their time. They have been awful for the past few seasons. They had that one great year in 2012 but then did not make it to the Superbowl.
I have been thinking about Tua Tagovailoa, the QB of my fave Bama Roll Tide.  A hip dislocation is a serious injury. He underwent surgery and is recovering. It will be a long rehab...

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They say the #pinkdrink is good for nursing moms and #milksupply. Even if it’s not, I’ll keep drinking it. >>> #shopmylook using this link 

This may be the last weekend with the highs on the 80s. Mornings are in the 50s and full of #autumnfeels. But as soon as the 🌞 sun is out, it’s pretty warm. 😊 >>> I love finding 100% cotton items. Like these #chambrayshorts and top. Both are #jcrewfactorystyle you can shop here 

I need this photo today. I am dreading tonight. It’s my first night back in the call pool... Let me daydream the heat of the sun’s rays, the soft sand, (freezing) clear lake water. I live for these #summerdays with my #favoritepeople >>> Shop our look here

A colleague said I looked like #dorothyofwizardofoz with my curls and red shoes. What do you think? >>> outfit details here 

Here’s a #HeyMonday! Mondays for me: cuddling, cooking, “housemaking”, maybe napping, exercising (if I make it out of the cuddles) >>> outfit details linked here #exercise #athleisure with my @xomandysue #bekindshirt and #lululemon #alignleggings

If you think I have it all together ~ let me tell you a story:
Last year, I missed my child’s special person’s day in school because I cancelled the wrong clinic date. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I was proactive this year. Before I went on leave (3-4 mos ago) I cancelled the date 🗓 for this year. That was 7 mos before the event. #soproudofmyself
Tuesday night, my child who I cancelled clinic for just told me she is inviting a different special person 😳 👨🏻‍💻Hubs to the rescue: you should still take your mummy. She cancelled clinic for you. 👧🏻: ok. Can she bring baby??? So I was uninvited. Then re-invited as long as I bring Nash. (Who is the special person in this scenario??) 🤱🏻 The following day, I realized I canceled the wrong date for special person’s day! That’s two years in a row!
Bec of this #momfail, maybe I do need to be uninvited. 😆 >>>
Target dress in blush pink I have the honey brown color too 😉

Spray 🎨
This photo and my caption do not correlate. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I just want to update (and document) that I did survive my first call after #maternityleave. With all the drama last night on #instastories i did not combust... contrary to my melodramatic posts. I am now past the hump so my mood is significantly better. 😊 >>> https://shopstyle.it/v/BLk no wonder people (women) rave about #lululemonleggings! These truly hug you in the right places(!) plus I love the side pockets.I linked them here 

On call again? I mean come on! Who scheduled me two Wednesdays in a row???!!!! 🙄
Ha. It was me. I did the schedule. #callingmyselfout ðŸ˜ >>> wearing this cute @medthusiast shirt about a neuron and #actionpotential. 😉 I’ll be a neuron tonight. I have LOTS of action potential. 😆
Rest of outfit details are linked here  happy Wednesday, friends!
I was just kidding above. I knew it was me who should be blamed by the schedule all along. I didn’t forget. 🤗👩🏻‍⚕️

Ok. First, do not laugh at these photos. If you do, just don’t tell me. 😝
Second, I have fun posing ⚔️ when my children take my photos.
I’m late at this #GOT bandwagon. Believe me, I tried watching a couple of years ago and the opening scene with gore and beheading - I wasn’t prepared for all that. So I stopped watching and returned the dvd to the library.
Spring 2019, @jenniferfulwiler shared her #bingewatching #gameofthrones and I was “influenced.” Yet again. She shared @emilia_clarke’s brain surgery (x2!) after filming seasons 1 and 2. I decided I’m going to give this #hboHit a chance. I was also more prepared this time around. I knew there was a lot of killing and gore and guts and nudity. @jenniferfulwiler said if i make it past season 2, the nudity scenes go way down. I was still shocked 😳 watching the guts (think #battleofthebastards) and nudity (brothels, sex scenes) but I did make it past season 2. In fact I’m caught up and watched all the way to season 7 during my maternity leave.
I liked the story so much that I’m reading the novels 📖 (as I’ve shared this summer) and rewatching season 1 (just started this week). I’m a sucker for #foreignaccents and dark-haired heroes. Hello Robb Stark 🤴🏻👑 . Hello Jon Snow 🗡 🐉 🐺 . Hello superman (wait superman is not on GOT. Just testing if you made it this far on my caption)
How about you? Are you a game of thrones fan 🤴🏻A) from the very beginning B) yes but started halfway through the series C) late like me, watching it after the series ended or D) not interested. Count me out.
If you’re a fan, who are your favorite characters? >>> shop my look  sorry guys but my #Valyriansword is a church festival prize.

Whew. We all survived a Tuesday. Shout out to @spencercali for helping at the soccer fields. My husband (mr. superdad) was going to coach 3&4 yo soccer practice and watch the 2 yo and the baby and the three older kids. 😳 I know he could do it. But come on hubs. You make me look lazy.
My mom was my 👀 eyes out there while I was still finishing in clinic. Hubs didn’t want to ask for extra help but 😐 coaching with a 3 mo and 2 yo 🤦🏻‍♀️ Even superdads don’t have gazillion eyes to watch everybody. Thank you again @spencercali ðŸ™ðŸ¼ >>> I wore this @shabbyapple dress one more time before I say #seeyoulater in spring. I wore #blackaccessories with my bracelet and #moto flats for an edgy look.  outfit details here

It’s October! My anniversary month. The month of the Holy Rosary. Breast cancer awareness month. Down syndrome awareness month. Rett syndrome awareness month. Fall break. It starts with the #littleflower’s feast day. #stthereseoflisieux. In a couple of days, it’s #stfrancisofassisi.... Both saints are my daughters’ namesake.
I hope y’all have a great start of your October! >>> Shirt is @heypjk merch. Rest linked here 

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