Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day 22 - What Makes Me: Me (and not Me: You)

I the "our" of "yours, mine, and our." I enjoy writing, reading, cooking healthy foods, and occasionally baking unhealthy treats. I am sensitive at times, but have the strength to power through adversity. I put my faith in our Lord. I have a wonderful husband and son, amongst an even larger amazing family. I love to laugh, my loud boisterous laugh and have fun with friends getting down and getting funky (but not too funky). 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Day 21 - Something that Makes Me Happy

A few months back, I won a diaper from If Breastfeeding Offends You, Put a Blanket Over YOUR Head. However, I didn't get the email for about a week after they sent the notification.therefore, I missed out on the diaper. I was very disappointed, but the lady at If Breastfeeding Offends You... sent me a message and offered me a infant shirt for Little. I was super excited! I almost even forgot that I missed out on the cloth diaper!

Today, I received the shirt in the mail and can't wait to put it on him!!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Day 17 Changing Lives

Who I Would Want to Switch Lives with for the Day
I really wouldn't want to switch lives with anyone, to be honest.
(I know... gag me!)
I really love my life: my husband, my son, and day to day experiences.
I think it's important to love who you are and what you are doing.
Otherwise, you should be doing something different.
There are some things I would change up, of course.
I would wish away household tasks, like: laundry, dishes, trash, stinky diapers and 3am wake-ups;
and opt for more Miami, Birmingham, NYC and Chile (and general out of the country) trips.
But for who I'd like to be...
just plain old me!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Day 16 - 09.11.01 Memorial (Photo of Myself)

09.11.01 Memorial - PBG, FL

As I was reading the names of all the people that were lost in the 09.11.01 tragedy,
I noticed a legend at the bottom of the memorial.
It noted which individuals were firefighters, police or emergency personnel.
Then I noticed another symbol; one for with-child.
It had never occurred to me that some men not only lost their wife, but also lost their unborn child/children.
Fortunately, I do not know what it's like to loose a child nor could I ever imagine the pain that one must feel.
These men lost what matters most, not by nature or by accident.
My heart pours out for them.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day 15 - Random 10

Music on Shuffle
I haven't updated the music on my phone in a long time (about a year and a half)!

Jack Johnson - Bubble Toes

Jack Johnson - Do You Remember
(Love this)

Britney Spears - Lucky
(Always brings me back to 13 years old)

The Helio Sequence - Lately
(Came on my phone...never deleted it)

Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9

Beatles - Yesterday

Death Cab - Someday You Will Be Loved

Duffy - Tomorrow

Down AKA Kilo - Lean Like a Cholo

Billie Holiday - Lady Sings the Blues

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Day 12- Blogger

How I Found Out about Blogger
Why I Made a Blog

One of my friends made a blog about their pregnancy.
I thought that was a great idea.
I felt it would be a great way to share with our family is in Alabama, New England, and Chile.
 I started with a blog about Roman when he was just "baby."
Then, I converted it to a Mommy blog.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Day 11 - The Day in Delray

Sunday morning, I awoke to the sound of dishes softly clanging on the glass table by our bedroom. Fabian had woken early with Roman. He had Roman watching B.E. in our home office and had quietly prepared breakfast in bed for me. We ate our pancakes, scrambled eggs and ham in bed while watching some tv.After breakfast we got ready for a day out. Fabian suggested that we spend the day on Atlantic in Delray. We gathered all our things and headed out. We parked in front of the cutest little cupcake bakery, Cupcake Couture Sweet Boutique.

Cupcake Couture Sweet Boutique

Yves Saint Lemon

Christian Louboutinilla

All of their cupcakes are named after designers and each cupcake represents their name perfectly!
The only things that aren't couture at this boutique are the prices. They are very reasonable for the size and the deliciousness of the treats.
After debating and debating, we finally decided on the Christian Louboutinilla
(A vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting)
the Yves Saint Lemon
(A vanilla cupcake with Lemon Curd topped with Meringue)
Both were very yummy, but my favorite was the Yves Saint Lemon.
counter tops at CCSB

We lunched down at Boston's on the Beach (It's really across from the beach).
We split a Classic Bacardi Mojito; which I think the server forgot on the bar. Because by the time we got it, it was pretty watered down. Fabian and I shared both the Neptune Wrap ($9) with the chunky cranberry-nut chicken salad in a tomato-herb wrap with a side of sweet potato fries and the Mahi-Mahi Sandwich ($10). Chunky is definitely the right word to explain the chicken salad! It had huge chunks of apple and wasn't very flavorful. However, their Mahi with key lime tarter sauce and sweet potato fries were insane!

 After lunch we strolled around Atlantic, occasionally ducking into a shop to get out of the heat.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Day 10- Music I Love

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Ingrid Michaelson "Be OK" (Photage Version)

Bob Marley- Redemption Song

Andrea Bocelli - Besame Mucho (2006)

Andrea Bocelli - Ave Maria (Schubert)

Joni Mitchell - Blue

Priscilla Ahn - Wallflower

Priscilla Ahn - Dream (Official Video)

Juanes - No Siento Penas

Juanes - Tengo La Camisa Negra

Monday, September 13, 2010


Something I Did Recently
that I'm Proud of

     Friday, I woke up and decided to attack the dreaded curtain project. Making curtains wasn't something that I EVER wanted to do. It was actually the condo association decided that I could not have "dark green curtains." (They're actually brown; but according to them, they're dark green.) So last week, I took down my "dark green curtains" to sew liners onto them. As I was cutting the fabric to line them with, I chopped a section of the "dark green curtain."
As you can imagine, already frustrated with having to take down my perfectly nice chocolate curtains to sew liners onto them and now having them completely ruined- I threw the sissors down and started swearing about how I hate that old lady that has nothing better to do that to kick up a fuss about my window treatments! (Now, I know that I shouldn't have said that I hated her, but that's what I said. The truth is, I don't like her...I mean not at all, but I do feel a little sorry for her, that her life is so boring that she has to tourment with such pety things). So... back to the curtains; I spent the week looking for the perfect curtains, under $29.99. (I am a stay at home mom!) And of course, these curtains do not exist. So, I found some great fabric that was ironically made into a queen sheet set. So, I set off. I spent the morning and afternoon buzzing up one side of the curtain and down the other, stopping every 10 minutes to fix the thread, nurse Roman, rethread the bobbin, put in a B.E. dvd, change him, trim excess fabric, hand Roman a toy, and to collect needles (so Fabian's foot wouldn't find them later). At about 3pm (after knocking down the LR curtain rod and almost falling off the back of the couch), I had the curtains that were previously in the BR hanging in the LR and the new curtains hanging in the Master BR! I felt like I had finally reached the top of Mt. Aconcagua (tallest mountain in S. America)!

Victory Photo
The green curtains are the ones I made.
You'll have to excuse that the R one is off-center.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Day 8 - Short-term Goals

Short Term Goals
for the Month Week

(Month-That's list has to be done before Thursday. That's when our out-of-town guests arrive!)
1   make diapers- ha ha not happening 'til next week
2   sew (3) curtains (3/4 of one down...2 1/4 to go)
3   deep clean house (and already need to do again!)
4   re-re-hang towel bar (yes, I know that I typed re-re-hang t.b. It'll be the second time I re-hang it!) (about 12 more times!)
5   prep some easy-to-get to snacks for the weekend (tonight)
6   alter skirt
7   hem dress
  move the old office closet to new office closet
9   print and re-hang pictures (not happening)
10 patch spots and re-paint patches (from moving pictures)
Oh yeah, and BLOG

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Day 7 - The Biggest Impact

A Picture of Someone
that has the Biggest Impact on You

A year and half ago, I would have had to say my husband, Fabian.
He has taught me the true meaning of love.
He believes in me, even at times when I question my ability.
I know that I can trust him and can always depend on him.
He tells me the truth, even when I don't want to hear it.
He respects himself. Therefore, others respect him.
He is selfless and caring.
He is patient
He is an incredible Father.

Since then, I have had my son, Roman.
Roman has made a greater impact on my life than I thought humanly possible.
From the moment I thought I was pregnant, he has 
affected every moment in every day (and night)!
He is my hopes and dreams all rolled into one little person.
He is my ray of sunshine always keeping a smile on my face and
I think I have laughed more in the past 6 months
than I have in the 23 years before him.

These two guys are my world!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Day 6 - Superhero

Day 7 of the 30-Day Challenge
My Favorite Superhero & Why

My favorite superhero is Quailman from Nickelodeon's Doug, simply because I grew up watching it after school and on the weekends.

Quailman: Doug's primary superhero and alter-ego. Quailman (along with sidekick, Quaildog [aka Porkchop]), "saved the world" on numerous occasions. Often seen wearing a cape, clean underwear over his pants, and a belt around his head, Quailman was a match for any evil-doer using his three 'powers' -- patience, intelligence, and speed. If those didn't work, there was always the "Quail Eye", a ray fired from his eyes, which would render his enemies "helpless and stupified". Quailman's villains are often based on Roger, with "Klotz" always being part of their name, for example "Dr. Klotzenstein", "Klotzilla", "Baron Von Klotz", "The Cyklotz", and Dr. Rubbersuit. Mr. Bone was also a villain twice ("Robo-Bone" and "The Rulemeister"). His dark side pays homage to the evil Superman in Superman III. He is a native of "the planet Bob", based on the planet Krypton where Superman came from.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Day 5 - Chile

Pictures of Somewhere I've Been
Valparaiso, Chile January 2009

Desembocadura Del Bio Bio, Chile December 2008
Vina Del Mar, Chile January 2009
Salto de Laja Chile January 2008
Volcan Villa Rica, Pucon, Chile 2009
Ojos del Cadurga, Pucon, Chile January 2009

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Day 4 - Bad Habits

Day 4 of the 30-day Challenge
What is a Bad Habit that You Wish You Didn't Have?

I have the worst kind of bad habit. I am too honest, and too caring. I am a real person.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Day 3 - Friends

 Pictures of My Friends & Me
This is a picture of Oscar & Marcela, Cristian & Olga, and Fabian & me. It was taken in Destin, FL a few years back. We took a boat out a couple of times, so I'm not too sure which time this was. Yet, I'm sure it was fun. We brought lunch, beverages, and too many electronics with us (some ended up getting ruined by our wave crashing!).

This one was taken in June 2010. It's a photo of Lauren (Roman's Godmother), Leona (Roman's God sister) and me.

This photo was taken on New Year's Eve 2008-2009 at a Mexican restaurant in Chile.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Day 2 - Blogger Name

The Meaning Behind My Blogger Name:
My blogger name is Lindsey Cartes, because that's my name. I know, not very creative, but I had to pick my gmail very quickly at Tmo when I got a new phone.
As for my blog's name... I went with A Housewife's Weekly Journal. I thought it would be easier to commit to weekly entries, than daily ones! I think it works for me.
And the address (,
email (, and twitter ( are what they are to help unify everything!