Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in Theaters Now!

Disclosure: I was invited to a pre-screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 by Disney Pictures. All opinions are my own.

It’s finally here, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hit theaters this weekend!

Best movie poster ever!

Guardians of the Galaxy is Brandon’s favorite Marvel movie, and I was so excited to take him to the screening last week, before Vol. 2 hit theaters (Yay, cool mom points for me!).

I will admit, when the first Guardians of the Galaxy came out, I was not really interested in seeing it (I know, I know, what was wrong with me?). I ended up watching it on DVD at a friend’s house one night, and oh my goodness: The music! Chris Pratt! The unconventional heroes! The music! Groot! The humor! And did I mention the music?! I loved it (how could I have doubted Marvel?), and off we went to buy our own copy of the DVD. The boys and I watch it often, and we we were all looking forward to the day we could see our friends Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and of course Groot again.

From the start of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I knew it would be just as entertaining as the first. Three words: Baby Groot Dancing. But there is so much more to this movie than a cute sapling busting some moves. There is more of what we love from the first GotG installment: lots of humor, continuing romantic tension between Star Lord and Gamora, and a few surprises that you don’t see coming. And of course, a killer soundtrack!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is rated PG-13 and is written and directed by James Gunn. It stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers.

Go see it and come back and tell us what you think. Look out for the cameos, and make sure you stay until the very end, as this movie features FIVE mid and post credit scenes!

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Coast to Coast: Done!

I am beyond thrilled to report that not only did I complete half marathon number 13 last weekend, the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon, that race earned me a Run Disney Coast To Coast medal! I set this ambitious goal a little less than a year ago in celebration of turning 40….and convinced my friends C and K to do it with me (I still have no idea who’s crazier, me for suggesting it or them for agreeing to it).

Although part one of this bi-coastal adventure, the Star Wars Light Side Half, went fine in January, I was quite anxious since my following race, the Miami Half, was horrible. It was so bad I didn’t even want to blog about it, which in hindsight was wrong since I should document the good and the bad. Let’s just say my finish time would have deinitely gotten me swept if it had been a Disney race, and I had huge blisters on the bottom of both my feet that took at least three weeks to heal. But I digress….I was so nervous during the start of the Dark Side half.

My stomach starting turning as we were waiting for our wave to start. We were in Corral G, which was the last corral, but Run Disney did something a little different this year: Corrals C through G had mini-corrals, so there are different start waves within each corral. We weren’t sure if we were standing near the front or back of the corral, which is part of what made me so nervous. We figured out where we were, and thankfully we were in the first group out of Corral G. Once that was all sorted out, I decided that I would just put one foot in front of the other and get to that finish line. And I did. Even with potty stops and character photo opps, C and I finished in 3 hours and 30 minutes, way ahead of the infamous balloon ladies.

We lost K around mile 4, she had some major pain in both her feet from just standing during the corraling, and she separated from us to not hold us back. During the entire race we weren’t sure if she stopped at a med tent, or kept going, or gotten swept. We finally found her at the med tent after the race when C went to get ice, and she ended up finishing before us by 18 minutes! She pushed through and did it, and I’m so proud of her.

I’ll be honest, my eyes filled with tears when that finish line was in sight. I was so proud of myself for setting this goal that once seemed impossible. It’s been six years since I started my running journey. The road has been bumpy, with a lot of highs, and definitely a few lows, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

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CARS 3 Road to the Races tour is coming to Miami!

Calling all fans of Disney*Pixar Cars movies: To celebrate the upcoming release of Cars 3 on June 16th, life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen, tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm will be rolling into 27 cities coast to coast. The tour rolls into Miami this weekend!

A variety of activities will be available for children of all ages:

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I survived my first class!

It is no coincidence that I have not blogged in a month. My first day of class was one month ago, and it’s been a jam-packed five weeks with deadlines at work, research and assignments to do, and pre-service teacher clinical observation hours to be completed (and of course, parental and household duties!). But I did it. As of right now, I’ve earned A’s in four out of the five assignments I submitted. The fifth is still pending a grade. Final grades for the course will be published on Tuesday. I’m about 99% sure I got an A, which means all those late nights were worth it!

The next class starts next week, with class every Friday evening and all day Saturday over the next four weeks. That means I have five days to get this house in shape so that we all survive the next month. I tried my hardest to delegate household duties to the hubby and kids. The boys were on their own for homework, Matty even completed an awesome book report on Walt Disney that I’m super proud of, all by himself!. We were mostly on autopilot, with just the essentials like laundry, dirty dishes, and checking the mail for any pending bills getting our full attention.

I’m going to try a little harder this time around to make bigger meals so that we have more leftovers for those crazy nights when I’m working on assignments. We definitely resorted to ordering take-out for dinner due to my homework commitments more often than we planned to.

I’ve got eight classes left to finish the program, but if they go as fast as the first one, I’ll have my certification in the blink of an eye!

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Brain Dump

Here are a few things floating around my mind, in no particular order:

  • After two days of orientation, I’m a little nervous, and excited, that I start classes next Friday. I have my schedule, I’ve ordered my textbook, now I just need to get through the next ten months.
  • My worst half ever this past Sunday is haunting me. I want to run and burn off some of the anxiety from my upcoming school/work/in-service schedule, but I can’t. My feet are still healing from the enormous blisters I got, thanks to soaked socks and shoes. I had to walk almost the entire Half, taking me 4 hours and 30 minutes. Just when I think I’m walking normally and can possibly try to run this weekend, I move my foot the wrong way and see stars. May have to give this another week or so…
  • Even though we can’t even consider buying a new home until early May, I can’t help checking listings online, even though we can do nothing about any of the ones I fall in love with until three months from now.
  • Speaking of new homes, I’m hoping we can avoid further hits to our credit with some creative juggling which would allow me to pay for school with money we have on-hand versus charging my classes on credit cards.
  • Note to self: Less eating out. And Starbucks. And visits to Target.
  • Those last two are going to be hard.
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The Force Was With Us!

I am so excited to say that I successfully completed the Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon, and am halfway to my goal of earning my Coast to Coast medal while I’m 40! And I didn’t do it alone: my friends C and K joined me for a girls’ weekend. We spent an amazing three days in California. Besides the race, we took a bus tour in L.A., drove to Santa Monica to visit Cookie Good for specialty cookies, had dinner with a few Darbys, and went to Disneyland for the first time. Continue reading

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Staying Organized and Sane

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As a modern Latina, I aspire to do it all: be a great mom, excel at work, (try to be) a good housekeeper, and keep everybody happy, including myself! January is going to be a busy one for us: we’re celebrating Brandon’s 14th birthday with a party at home. A few days later I’ll be traveling to California to complete my 11th Half Marathon in Disneyland. The week after I return, I’m starting an accelerated program to complete my education degree. And in the meantime, we’ve been house shopping and may be purchasing a new home within the first few months of the year. Sometimes this wonderful yet busy life is overwhelming…just looking at that list gave me a headache! That’s why I like to have Advil® Tablets on hand. Not only do they help ease the inevitable headaches of trying to juggle life’s crazy turns, but it also helps with minor muscle aches from my half marathon training.

The best way to manage all our activities and appointments is to write everything down! Whether it be an agenda, or To-Do lists, it helps to have everything in writing so that I can keep track of things and scratch things off as they get done, or even delegate some things to my husband or the kids and avoid going loca!

Here are a few tips to show you how I’m getting organized to survive the next few months:

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Cruisin’

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From a technical perspective, I know this picture is not that great. I’m shooting with the sun in the left frame, creating that haziness. But it’s my favorite picture of the trip we took earlier this month on the Carnival Vista. We set sail just four days after my 40th birthday, and it was the perfect break from the craziness of work, holiday prep and life in general.

The four of us as well as my mom, Eric’s mom, my great aunt and a family friend had been planning and paying for this trip for at least a year and a half.  Continue reading

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Celebrating 40

So in two days I’ll be 40. 40 seemed so old when I was younger. As they say these days though, 40 is the new 20. And I’ve taken that to heart. Yes, there’s some sagging, and wrinkles, and gray hairs, but so far facing 40 isn’t so bad. I’ve got some dreams I plan to make reality this coming year, and one in partcular that ticks off three items on my bucket list is just about six weeks away. Not only am I going to California for the first time, and Disneyland, but I’m going “Coast to Coast“! I’ll be running in Disneyland’s Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon in January, and in Disney World’s Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon in April. But wait, it gets better: I’m taking two friends with me! Can’t wait for these two girls’ weekends, one of which  is practically around the corner!

I’ll also be starting school for my teaching degree, finally! I went to an interview with the director for the program today, and most of the paperwork has been processed. Everything will be in order within the next week or two, just in time for the new semester in January. It’s going to be a crazy year, with classes on the weekends and reading assignments, service hours, portofolios and all kinds of other requirements, but I need to do this. For me. Because at 20 I didn’t that I’d have the chance to do what I dreamed of as a little girl, and at 40 I can make it a reality.

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Waiting

We’ve spent this entire week waiting.

I’ve been waiting for the official test results of the Subject Area Exam I took early last week. They still won’t be available for at least another two weeks, but I’m happy to report that I passed both subtests I registered for! Once I receive the official results and the Florida Department of Education mails me their Statement of Eligibility, I can finally register for school and start my classes on my journey to become a teacher.

We were all waiting on Tuesday to see who the next president of the United States would be. I have never gotten political on this blog and I will not start now, except to say that the democratic process is a privilege we have. Many countries are unable to vote to elect their leaders, policies, presidents and dictators are forced on the people who have no voice. My grandparents left everything in Cuba to make a new life in the land of the free and home of the brave, and give not only themselves the right to use their voice but those of us who came after them. As the great nation we are, we should respect and honor the position of President of the United States deserves, even if the winning candidate is not an ideal one.

And lastly, we waited to hear back on something we were neither planning for or anticipating, but got excited about nonetheless. Early this week we made an offer on a condo in our neighborhood. We weren’t looking to move, and didn’t even think we’d qualify, but we drove by a place, saw it, and said, “Why not?”, and made an offer. We found out yesterday a different offer was accepted, but I’m happy because now we have an idea what we qualify for and how much we can afford, and can plan to make a move in the next year or two.

What have you been waiting for lately?

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