Tuesday, December 31, 2013

13 moments of 2013

it was a good year for the mitas clan.  maybe not in the way we had anticipated, but nonetheless it was a good year.

here are 13 moments from 2013 that stand out:

1. jordan's graduation from cha.
saying goodbye to his school and his friends. leaving the safety of this wonderful place for the bigger adventures.  taking with him confidence and self esteem. it was a bittersweet moment for all of us.

2. starting high school at notre dame
going from a class of 27 to a class of 320.  from a school of 2 hundred to a school of 12 hundred. finding his way with more independence and responsibility.  being a part of the band and the water polo team. making new friends along the way.  experiencing high school life and all that comes with it. it was a change for all of us.

3. camacho family reunion
we worked for many months to put together a weekend for our family.  there was time for  games, food, laughter, and getting to know each other.  it was a great time with our family.

4. andrew's championship baseball season.
it was a roller coaster for him.  he started the season with confidence and then lost his mojo.  he went to every practice and took the game seriously.  he tried so hard but just lacked the belief that he could do it.  and when he had it, he would smack the ball and made an amazing catch in the outfield.  he is a star in our eyes.

5. running my 3rd half marathon.
the training was the hardest i had pushed myself in a long time.  it was a busy time but i made the effort and sacrifice to train, eat right and take care of myself.  the satisfaction that comes from all of that hard work is indescribable and it motivates me to work even harder.

6. this riding picture 
which i can't share enough. it means we had adventure and fun.  it means we were outside of our home and our comfort zone. it means togetherness and love. it means excitement and growth. i love this photo.

7. bobby making a movie in new mexico.
it was exciting for all of us to have bobby producing his first movie. but it was one of the biggest challenges of his career.  he was in charge of the budget, the script, the crew and cast, the schedule.  he was stressed but was on an adventure that he will never forget.  he still talks about the beautiful sky, the great friendships he made and all that he learned.  can't wait to see it on the big screen.

8. dealing with life at home while he was gone.
while bobby was away i had to deal with the house, the kids, 2 schools, 4 schedules and all kinds of emotions. it was a tough time for all of us.  if it wasn't for the help of so many family and friends, i'm not sure i would have made it through without going mad.  it was a learning experience for me as well; constantly reminding myself that i can do this and we will be ok. and i did it and we were better than ok.

9. watching sofia grow up 
this year i noticed she had grown into a big girl.  maybe it was the growth spurt and the change in her face.  maybe it was her attitude; she seems more like a teenager than an 8 year old.  she has so many friends and is a good student.  but i think it's seeing the sunshine radiate from her soul.

10. a girls' trip to palm springs.
spending the weekend with four women who inspire me and make me laugh.  we had great food, relaxed by the pool, went dancing, and did some shopping.  it's important to me to take a little time away from my everyday life. to focus on me and being a friend, sister and woman.  it reenergizes me and motivates me.  what more could i ask for? only that we do it again.

11. growing our garden.
it took planning and tending to.  we watched it grow everyday and then reaped the benefits.  it produced in abundance and we enjoyed every bite.

12. a burglary.
i hate to bring bring up something so negative but this made a huge impact on us.  2 weeks ago our home was burglarized.  it happened in the morning while i was at school celebrating the holidays with the kids.  they came in took our computers, xbox, some of our christmas gifts and our feeling of safety.  i came home and discovered what had happened and wept.  it was devastating and invasive and it angered us.  we know the material can be replaced, but the feeling of our home being sacred and welcoming was temporarily ruined.  we're working our way back to normal.  we replaced the stolen gifts and the xbox right away.  it looks like i'm getting a new laptop (i'm currently using bobby's computer which was safely with him at work) and we are organizing our neighborhood so we keep watch of each other.  but this one hurt and will have an impact for a long time.  we hope to turn it into a positive impact.

13. the fiesta bowl parade.
jordan and i ended the year on a trip to phoenix for the fiesta bowl parade with the notre dame band.  so many stories to share.  traveling with 120 high school students was a challenge.  but we had a great time and got to be a part of something so special.  thankful to have been a part of the trip.

i look forward to the moments that will make 2014 special.  happy new year!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

merry merry

wishing you all of the joy of this season!

the mitas family

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

2013 weekly menu: week 50

inspired to make my own sauce last week.  lots of cooking time, but so worth it.
week 50?

i had to check the calendar a few times to make sure my number was correct.  and it is.  week 50 of 52. day 344 of 365.  crazy huh?

getting ready for christmas and celebrating the days in between.  this week alone has notre dame fall sports award banquet, mother's guild meeting and holiday social, sharing traditions in 2nd grade (making tamales), kids' holiday concert, a getaway to palm springs, cookie bake and my dad's company christmas/birthday party.  how will it fit into one week?

weekend eats:
saturday: pizza and salad for my nephews birthday
sunday: pizza and salad for my mom's birthday

making this week:
monday: tomato soup and grilled cheese
tuesday: lemon chicken and hummus, rice and salad
wednesday: bbq salmon, mashed potatoes and lemon broccoli 
thursday: scrambled egg burritos (it's concert night)
friday: eat out

hope you are enjoying the season as much as we are.

Monday, December 2, 2013

2013 weekly menu: week 49

bobby made the pumpkin pie using this recipe.

feeling happy and grateful and really tired.  these last five days were so good, so good. but getting up this morning and back to the grind was hard.  good thing is that we have 3 weeks and then we're off on break for 2 weeks.  bad thing is i have 3 weeks to do what needs to be done for christmas.

we got a lot done this weekend; finalized the christmas list, planned our december weekends, cleared some space in the garage, ordered christmas cards, put up the christmas tree and decorated the house.  so i guess i'm feeling accomplished as well.

this week it's all about making use of the leftovers.

weekend eats:
saturday: chinese take out
sunday: tacos, rice and cake to celebrate bobby's birthday

making this week:
monday: turkey pot pie ; )
tuesday: creamy white bean soup, bread
wednesday: tacos, rice
thursday: pasta with homemade ragu
friday: deep dish pizza

on thanksgiving i also started the mile a day challenge.  i'm running one mile everyday (more if i have time) between thanksgiving and christmas.  working my way up to training again in january.  i'll have to run more than a mile a day in order to burn off all of this holiday food! follow me on instagram and keep me motivated.

have a great week.