Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
And also from the balcony he took this other pic of Chani, Henrito and me "embellishing" the party table, lol...
As party favors I made this little placemats with Ikea fabrics and using a mix of the picnic placemat and the regular one from Lotta's amazing book! And also made some matching coasters. (please ignore the &%&/%$%&/$ fly in the plate, lol...)
I prepared the table for everyone and then decided to leave a part for a buffet so anyone could choose which sweets and candies they wanted. We ate tooooo much! lol...
Well, with everything ready to go I am also happy and ready to receive all my friends and have fun with all of them!
My Dad was so happy with my birthday and he insisted we wanted to come to the party and see me. He gave me a cropped jacket for present that's amazing. I'll post a pic of it because it's worth it!, lol... He's a delight and Celita adores him to death!
Well, we installed a pool for the little ones but look.... Only one "oficial-baby" inside, lol... Oh my God, the kids did really had fun yesterday!
Look at Celita's face! She was so happy!
Look how's Elmita enjoying the pool! Isn't the sweetest?
And then there was a bigger pool for the big children. Oh, they did have fun there! lol... Even at night they went again to the pool! lol...
Oh, I saved this pic here because it shows the bunting, pennant, party garland (all those names for the same thing, lol...) Click in the photo so you can see it bigger. I made using the Purl bee tutorial.
Here we are: form right to left, Elma, Elmita, Lisa, me and Celita. We have one photo like this from EVERY party we've been together, lol... It's like a tradition. I am so fortunate to have such a great group of friends. We're more than in the photo but the three of us we know each other since Lisa came from the UK to marry Juan Pedro. I bet she's more Canarian now than many born here, lol... I adore these girls so much and also my other friends in the party that aren't in the pic. I am so blessed I have them all and I'm nothing without them! Thanks God for letting me live so happily through these 35 years and let me live the same with all my big family here. Love them all!
At night again inside the pool!!!; lol...
The cake was a disaster! I made a three layer mocha-frosted cake but the frosting went bad and I had to "erase" it, lol... I bought one in the last minute and was disgusting, lol... Henrito was in the pool when Henry started to light the candles and he came with me all wet kissing me. He's so sweet! In the pic you can see his hair, lol... He blew the candles and went back to the pool with the rest of the kids. No one was brave enough to eat the cake, lol...
And Henry went to the sofa to rest while watching some cartoons. I think he didn't even see the start of it before falling asleep, lol...
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I was so stirred yesterday morning.
My mom's from a beautiful historic small town in the north of the island. It's called Garachico and in August 16th there are the local festivities in honor of San Roque.
Every year we go to a mass in the Saint's chapel. Now, there are too many people and they get San Roque out from the Chapel and the mass is outside. Jose Luis, the priest, always tells us the same history of San Roque, how he was born in a rich aristocratic family in Montpelier. And when his parents died he gave all the heritage to the village he lived in and he went to Roma, he wanted to help others and live a religious life. He stood by the plague patients and then he started to cure them. People thought it was miraculous and everyone came with him to recover.
Then he got the plague himself and went to a cave where a little dog came always to heal him up. God was meant to have done this and also to have made a little river to go where he was and so he could have water. A friend of him found him and treated him until he was so ill and went back home where nobody recognized him because the illness and he was given to jail. He died there and it's said that a great light came from him and they discovered the born-sign he had in his chest; a cross.
Since then everywhere in Europe suffering the plague prayed to San Roque to save them and get the plague out of their towns.
That's why, when in Garachico centuries ago, the plague came in a boat from Seville, they prayed to San Roque to help them and they promised that if the plague stopped they'll make a mass every August 16th for him.
My mom always goes to this mass as she went always with my Grandma and now it's me who goes with her and also my kids.
But yesterday I don't know why I was soooo touched in the mass.
When San Roque went out from the chapel he did it with a back music of his new hymn. It was so pretty and I got so emotional. I thought I was going to cry. Everyone around was so touched also and he was so beautiful with his little dog besides him.
The square of the chapel was so pretty decorated with the typical ribbons in a "bamboo" stick. And full of people dressed in the typical antique clothes. It was so pretty everything and it deeply touched my heart.
I have been "angry" with God for so long, but I have staretd feeling better since my little girl was in the hospital and the only healing I had was talking to God and asking him to take care of my little newborn girl. So yesterday I felt so near to San Roque and God and felt really good!
Here are some pics of the mass and the procession that took place after the mass and where everyone sang San Roque's hymns and a folklore group played songs also. It's so pretty to see a whole village together celebrating how a saint helped them to go over a plague so bad!
Well, I know this blog is not about Faith but sometimes you get touched by all the good energy around a festivity like that!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
I have tons of good pics from this beautiful day and this group is a good one! There were 2 pools for the kids! A castle to jump in all the afternoon and lots of good food!!!! Elma and Carlitos were all the afternoon before baking and the cake was amazing! Lock at the pic! Hello Kitty!, lol...
Henry got totally wet by the kids. While they were playing in the small pool they "splashed" him all over making a fight, lol... I thought he was going to get ill!; lol...
Neni is so fun in this pic! I don't think she did even eat that piece of cake, we were just enjoying the photos!; lol... ISn't she wonderful and pretty???
Oh, that shoes, do you remember them from a post before? Well, Celita got inside the little pool with them! There's a pic of her all dressed inside the pool in the first group of photos, lol... It was so fun! She got inside the pool alone and there she was like if seated in the grass! lol... Like I said a great and fun day!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I really can't remember how many times may I have photographed this window! They always have precious things there! And this dress is just amazing!
The only thing is that one of the pics I took was from a Valentino lace blouse that was $4500(or was it even more, Elma?) so I don't think this dress may be afordable for me either. Well, not to mention that it won't be my size at all!, lol...
Monday, August 11, 2008
Is it a better way to start a new week than a full cookie jar??? These are my kids fave cookies and can eat thousands of them! It's a delight for me to see my little Henry climbing the chair to open the jar and get one cookie before getting out from the kitchen running as fast as he can, lol...
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
That's what I thought this morning (after thinking I am silly). It's incredible that the Colorfast inkjet fabric sheets can cost here in my island $31! And I can find it online for $10,99 exactly the same thing! Even paying for rush delivery international it could have been cheaper for me. How could I be so silly to buy it here? I was so excited that I found it here that couldn't resist! lol...
Saturday, August 2, 2008
I really totally adore Leila and Ben's patterns!
Friday, August 1, 2008
It's been a while since I last wrote here but I haven' been crafting anyway.