Mommy’s Escape 6.0











{January 30, 2009}   Spin Cycle: Songs

When I think of music, I think of things that make you feel good and want to get up and dance and even sometimes…..well, you know….. with your significant other. Yeah! Music is just that powerful!

But sometimes there are songs that just get to you and drive you nuts such as the following…

Well, these really aren’t that annoying, they just get to you after hearing them multiple times.

There is one song though that would cause me to pull my hairs out of my head, chew glass, spit nails, anything to not hear it again!!! Yet, somehow I always hear it and don’t stop the insanity. And the most annoying song to.ever.be.created.in.the.whole.damn.world is:

This is just my opinion, you can go ahead and form your own.

Now, to see what other songs ring in the heads of many, please hop on the Spin Cycle and give it a whirl!!! (Cheesy huh Jen?)

(Psst… Captain, did you get to hear you favorite song?)



{January 29, 2009}   I’m not ingnoring you all

Just a quick note to say if I haven’t stopped by your blogs to say hi it is not because I am ignoring you. It’s because I am super busy planning this away trip which will prolly be a fiasco and the death of me to Disney World to celebrate Little Man’s b-day and Angel Eyes’s b-day (Monday) so if i’m not around for a few days, you know why.

But remember, I will be back and maybe – WITH PICTURES!!!



{January 29, 2009}   Happy Birthday to my Little Man

Today is the day that 6 years ago, that you, my first son, were born.

You were nothing short of a miracle from Heaven.

Your little face looked like that of a true Little Man.

Your cry was the sweetest sound I heard.

Your little fingers and toes were the cutest I had ever seen (next to all of your siblings of course).

As you grew, you became my little shadow.

Your daddy loves to call you “Mama’s Boy” – because in fact, you are and I am proud of it.

You took major steps forward and grew to be as big and strong as you are today.

You have overcome many obstacles  in your young life that many do not face in a lifetime.

You are not only my Little Man, you are my HERO.

You will continue to excel and strive for better.

But no matter how old you get, how big you get, how strong you get, you will ALWAYS be my Little Man.

Happy 6th Birthday Little Man!!!

In your honor, here is the video for the song that you heard this morning on the way to school and loved so much…

(Psst…here’s a little secret – if all goes well, we are going to Disney World this weekend!!!! Shh, don’t tell your sister)



{January 27, 2009}   A wedding that was not planned

Okay, I am not saying that I did not plan to get married because trust me, I did. When I turned 18 that was all that I wanted to do because I knew I was going to marry my-then-boyfriend-who-is-now-my-husband.

We did all the arrangements because we wanted to get married by a notary public and then plan a wedding to renew our vows on our 10th anniversary. We got the license, made the appointment with the notary, told my job that I was going to take that day off, bought a nice new dress, and even coordinated with my friend and her boyfriend who were set to be witnesses to go out to lunch afterwards to celebrate.

Everything was great and I was all smiles. I had just completed my GED exam and was so happy to be moving onto that new chapter in my life. So the night before we were supposed to get married, I called my friend to confirm the time that we were going to meet. No answer.

I called her 15 minutes later, I figured she was in the shower. No answer.

I called her boyfriend. No answer.

I figured they were doing something else so I waited another hour. No answer.

I started to panic.

I mean REALLY panic.

You guys have not seen me panic. I break out into a sweat when I panic. I have a hard time breathing when I panic. I was in full-out panic mode!

“This is a sign, this is a sign” I told my now-husband “This means that someone does not want us to get married” (Please don’t forget that I am Cuban and therefore have been raised around all that white magic-santeria crap and the very common beliefs that others can put “mal de ojos” on you and create negative energy and so forth – yeah, I’m pretty screwed from my childhood, I know)

My now-husband (who is not Cuban but Puerto Rican – same difference) laughed at me and said I was crazy that we were still going to get married that we might just have to reschedule the day.

Do you think that was the right thing to tell a panicking woman? I don’t think so!

I went off him on how there are signs and that this meant that someone didn’t want us together. That his ex-girlfriend (who was a nut job all her own – trust me on that one) was doing some santeria crap and I just let him have it.

Finally he said that he had an idea. He told me to put my shoes on and get in the car that we were going to his friend’s house.

We get to his friend’s house. They were having a big family get together because his grandparents were going to renew their vows that weekend so the whole family was there! Yeah, my husband asks his friend if he can take a few hours out of his day tomorrow to be a witness at our ceremony with the notary. Wanna know his answer?…

Friend: “Hey! My dad is a notary!! We could get you married here! Do you have the license?”

Me: “Yeah, it’s in the glove compartment”

My Now-Husband rolls his eyes and laughs

Friend: “Great!!! Dad…..”

We are quickly ushered into the living room where everyone is playing domino’s and a video camera was quickly picked up, the dad stood in front of us and said, and i quote (minus the name change for my now-husband of course):

Friend’s Dad: “Now-Husband do you?”

My Now-Husband: “I do”

Friend’s Dad” “Krystal, do you?”

Me: “I do”

Friend’s Dad: “Great! You’re married! Now kiss and I’ll sign the forms”

Yeap…that was my wedding. Romantic huh?

Oh, and you haven’t even heard the best part about it – wanna know what I looked like?

I was wearing broken gym shorts, hadn’t shaved my legs in a few days, a house t-shirt (you know the ones that come complimentary from a restaurant – yeah, one of those) and flip flops with my hair in a not well done pony tail (I know, I can’t believe I left the house looking like that either!) What was my husband wearing? A pair of purple swim shorts (don’t ask, his mom bought them for him and he typically just slept in them), a house shirt, and flip flops.

Yeah, and guess what time all of this happened at?

10:30pm at night!!!!

Just MAGICAL!!!!

Well, Friday was our 8 year wedding anniversary and what I can say is that in 2 years we will have a real wedding because he owes me one!

Oh yeah, and if you are wondering what happened to my friend and her boyfriend that were supposed to be witnesses. They forgot about it and went out to Disney World. Needless to say, we don’t talk anymore.

Either way, I got a kick ass story to tell the grand kids right?



{January 26, 2009}   Gratitude overdue

It is funny how friendships are – even the virtual ones – without saying a word or a thought, your friends find ways to make you smile and know that there is a purpose to this life, no matter how hard the days may get or how far the future looks.

At this time, I am saying thanks to those friends who in their special ways have found the way to turn my days around without me even telling them I needed a pick me up.

I received these awards from these friends who are not just friends, they are sisters in the same path of life that I walk – they are autism mommies. Although we share one common thing, are lives are anything but! Even though, we have bonded together through this circle of trials and triumphs to remind each other that regardless of the differences of our children, they are our gifts from above and they are just as special as all the other children in this world!

The first mommy, is Danette over at Everyday Adventures. She has bestowed upon me these wonderful awards that have made me smile!

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This award is meant for people who are positive, show gratitude, and of course: make lemons out of lemonade!

The rules for this award are that you post the graphic for it, write a post that links back to the giver, and then pass it on to up to ten others. Leave a comment on the blogs that get the award, so they know what’s happened.

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The rules for these awards are:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Of course, the other yummy mummy that sent me the next award was the rainbowmummy herself over at Organizing the Jelly Beans.

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This award is given to a blog that invests and believes in PROXIMITY – nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind of bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!

Since all my blogging friends are spectacular in their own unique ways, I am bypassing the “rules and regs” for these awards and bestowing them to ALL OF YOU!!!! Yes, that means you too! Yeah, you the one reading this and not believing that I am generous enough to do such a thing – I could never forget about YOU!

So take these awards and post them proudly and pass them on if you’d like. If you already have one of these, well, you can still accept it and be gracious about it – no need to be picky now!!

Just know that you all are special to me and since I have joined this crazy world that is blogging, I have learned so much about so many awesome people and even more so of myself!



{January 24, 2009}   Update on Baby Alex

I previously posted a quick update on Alex and I just got this from his aunt Lori – such a cute video (click on the link below) (I really need to get me a video camera. I could get so many vids of the kids …aghagh)

Alex’s Friend

This is the message she sent in the e-mail:

he is doing GREAT!!  1 more round of chemo and that is it we think….the will not remove the tumor i found out….so i am just hoping that it just “goes away” w/the last round!!!

 lots of love to you!!!!
LORI
Let us pray that this is the last round of chemo and that he makes it through this. They cannot remove the tumor because of the location – it is entwined with a major artery and a lot of nerves.
Thanks to everyone who has followed Alex’s story with me!!!


{January 23, 2009}   The things we do for our children

This morning as I was getting everyone ready for school, I realized all of the things that as a parent I do for my kids and how to a person who does not have children, this would seem like pure insanity – take a look:

* I make 4 different types of dinner because everyone is picky
* When it is cold outside like it has been, I wash their sweaters, sweat pants, and long sleeve shirts every night because living in Florida, we don’t buy too much of those, of course raising my electrical bill more than usual
* I brush hair with the “magic brush” so that it will not pull the hair and when some hair is pulled, I fib and say it was the brush loving on the hair
* I lay down in tiny beds when a child is coughing just to make sure they fall asleep okay
* I make pancakes for dinner when Little Man does not want to eat what he previously requested and will only eat pancakes
* I will make up the weirdest sentences to help my daughter with her homework so they sound like they came from a first grader
* I will wrestle children to take “fuzzies” out of their noses and risk being assaulted in the process by flying fists and feet
* I will allow myself to become a trampoline by my 4 year old because he just loves to jump on me
* I don’t cringe when a child has just wiped his nose on my sleeve or shirt – heck, it will wash off
* I wash bottoms under warm water with my bare hands because they do not like the feel of baby wipes or wash towels
* I sing and dance at the top of my lungs to the craziest songs just to ensure that they will have a good start to their day
* I will allow them to play Mario Cart instead of watch my favorite TV shows
* I will wake up super early to make sure that they have everything they need for school even though I went to bed at midnight or later the night before

These and so much more are the chores of my life as a mom, maybe some of these apply to you. There is no thanks involved or immediate gratification. Heck, I’m lucky if I get a smirk out of them most of the time. The important thing is that I do this with my heart. Although there are those times that I want to scream at them…

“Go find your real mother!” or “Go home already!”

But alas, I am their real mother and they are home (usually) and I wouldn’t have it any other way. (Also, payback is a dish best served cold – wait until they are taking care of me! Hah!! Now won’t that be fun?!?!)

P.S. Below is a song I heard this morning while taking the kids to school. It is by the Barenaked Ladies and it is titled “Crazy ABC’s”. It is from their new album of kid’s music Snack Time. (I hope this is the song, it looks like it but my speakers at work don’t work – good luck!)



{January 22, 2009}   Test Results Are In

I have seen a few bloggers doing this and so I thought I would join the bandwagon and see what it wold say.

Why you ask? Because, all my life I have been called a nerd and not been upset by it – heck, nerds are the ones that make the money in the end right?

I have always excelled in Literature, History, Languages (yeap, like IG knows, I have studied French, Latin, Ancient Greek, and German – I had a choice not to take these courses and I did!!!) I even spent one whole summer in England studying – hello!!!! Studying, not partying or  having fun? I actually went to school in the summer – now if that is not nerdy, I don’t know what is. Heck, even my husband calls me his Trophy Nerd (get it, instead of Trophy Wife? ugh! you suck!)

Well, I took the Nerd Test and this is the result:

NerdTests.com says I'm a Non-Nerd.  Click here to take the Nerd Test, get geeky images and jokes, and talk to others on the nerd forum!

WTF? A Non-Nerd? This has just crushed my whole sense of self!!! Now I need to find out what I am!!!

Am I a fashionista? (Nope – and if you saw what I was wearing now, you would call What Not toWear or How Do I Look? to get me a makeover PRONTO!!!) Am I a socialite? (Nope, I have no money and no posh friends, well, except for all of you bloggy world peoples) Am I a freak? (nope, I did freak in middle-school, didn’t look good on me)

Aghghgh!!! This is so not right and so not fair – there needs to be a do-over of some sort or another test to figure me out!!! Aghghgh!!!

Okay, you all can laugh at my stupidity now, it’s okay, I know I’m nuts!! 6 kids and a husband will do that to you!



{January 21, 2009}   Spin Cycle: Poetry

A desperate need 
by: Krystal

Your hand gently
caressed the small
of my back.

You pulled me in
closer and I felt your
heart beat,
then mine.

We were in rhythm
with one another.

Our hearts racing
faster as our lips
came closer to
touch.

Your hands started
to cover me and
wrap me in
your heat.

I felt your need
was just as fierce
as mine.

You took a breath
as did I.
Faster and faster
we sought for
air because the
passion was
too much.

The fire was
burning hotter
and brighter in
your eyes.

With every touch
and kiss I
let you  know
just how much
I needed you.
How much
I wanted you.

You knew it
and yet you
teased me.
Made me want
more and more.

I let you know
I wanted more.
I became as
fierce as you.

Biting your lip,
pushing you
closer to me.
Squeezing your
body to mine as
if to bring you
into me whole.

Then without a
moment to spare,
before the room
around us engulfed
in the flames that
filled our bodies,

I stopped.

I stared into your eyes.

I could see you
were wanting more.
Your breath was still
heavy, urging me to
return to you.

I look at you and say…

“If you want more,
then do the dishes
and put the kids to
bed. I’m taking a
break!”

So Jen, how’s that for a Spin huh?



{January 21, 2009}   The wise once said

Yeah, the wise have once said that laughter is the best medicine.

I find this to be very true because my great friend Lori, Alex’s aunt (btw, he is doing a bit better, almost done with his 3rd round of chemo. had t be hospitalized for dehydration but is doing better now – please keep praying for him) well – she sent me an e-mail while I was feeling sick that hit the right spot.

She knows just what to say and do to make me laugh and so I wanted to share it with all of you.

Click HERE to see the reason why I laughed so hard and cried my eyes out with tears of joy to help me feel better.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!



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