Family: She Glides

     What a great night to spend outdoors. The weather is chilly, but not freezing my fingers off. The light breeze reminds me that I didn’t bring a scarf with me. My mother made last minutes to go to dinner. My cousin Yenny is in New York from Dominican Republic. She was here in the summer for the first time, where I took her on the jet skis (see that post HERE) and had a blast.

This time, she was experiencing winter. She mentioned she saw and felt snow for the first time in Connecticut the other day, and whenI ask her how she felt, she blushed. See in D.R. all they know is heat, and in their “winter” months, it’s still pretty warm. She ended up buying a coat here in NY, and when I laid eyes on her, she was all bundled up, leg warmers included!
I insisted on us doing something a little fun, instead of just dinner. Ice skating it was. I bought myself a scarf from a street vendor and picked out the brightest one that my eyes laid on.
       We rented out skates, and Yenny was nervous about hitting the ice. I chuckled because I know she was excited. Her boyfriend, Alexis decided to stay on the sidelines and admire her from afar. Bryant Park was packed, and I was trying to remember the last time I was on skates. Which was pretty much in 2014 on a date. Ok, now I was nervous.
Yenny stepped on the ice, but her balance seemed perfectly fine to me. I was tricked! She looked like she knew exactly what she was doing. She kept saying how much her son Victor would love this. I only reminded her that she got to see snow for the first time, and now she gets to skate over it.
    After I got my balance on the ice, no.. I didn’t fall. Yenny and I pretty much held hands the whole time. started off slow, guiding her close to the wall. She fell pretty much 3 times, and it was the cutest thing. She kept getting back up, and after they cleaned the ice, it was now slipperier. (Yes, I had to make sure that was a real word) Now it was time to speed up, and I was maneuvering my way around, gliding through everyone else, tagging along her with me.

After all the ice skating, we made our way to Red Lobster, where my brother Kiki met up with us. My parents split a huge frozen margarita, and it was delicious! We all pretty much got full off the lobster pizza, and mozzarella sticks. Once our entrees came in, we didn’t even know where to begin. I ended up packing my dish for lunch tomorrow.
Spending time with family is so important, and I’m glad we’re making all these memories. Since we’ve all gone through a loss recently, I played a home video I shot 2 years ago with my late cousin Ceasar. We all smiled as we got to see his personality shine on the screen. It only made me realize that all the documentation I do is so important. Now that we have so many kiddies in our family, it’s time to make these memories last. Like my mother used to do when we were younger with all the home movies. Talk about nostalgia… hmmm.. I should see if I can buy a VCR so we can replay some of those.

Jonahs’s 1st Birthday

Well, hello there Captain!

My cousin Sasha’s baby boy is officially one. Time has gone so fast, from her maternity pictures, her baby shower, his arrival, baptism…. a whole year. Wow!

He’s the cutest little thing.

Sasha decorated everything amazingly. I was so happy to see my cousins. Here’s a quick video of our night.

Elijah Turns 6

So many cousins, so many babies, so many birthdays, so much cake.

My cousin Ciara’s baby boy Elijah turned 6, and he’s such a cutie.

I was running a bit late, and I was kicking myself in the ass for it.  Luckily for me, I was one bus ride away that took forever to get to me,  but once on, I arrived pretty damn  quickly, thank goodness. I was so happy to see all of my primas, almost all of them had taken a vacation to Dominican Republic for the holidays, to go visit some more family. So I can in with bags of presents ready to give out that never made it to their possession from Christmas.

Ciara had the cutest desserts set up for everyone to devour,  my favorite was a white chocolate strawberry that was covered in sugar. I was a good girl though and only had one…but I wasn’t too good, because I had like 3 slices of pizza to match.

Almost all of cousins have babies, and it’s just 2 of us now, baby less… or at least I thought… my cousin Janneice is pregnant and I couldn’t be more excited for her and husband. That’s when the girls started to pick on me, saying I was the last one left… hey, by the time I have mine, all of theirs will be grown and babysitting my kid. haha

Hey with all these kids around me, I don’t need to be popping anything out just quite yet.

I kept busy throughout the night chasing the kiddies around and capturing some random moments. These kids are hilarious. Let me let you guys scroll these pics, I’ll be back soon, especially since I had to go meet Tanya right after this kiddie fest.

Chuckie Cheese for Chase

2minxinx2minxinx2minxinx2minxinx2minxinx2minxinxI got to spend the day with my cousins Scarla and Diana, and their rugrats. Scarla’s oldest Chase was having a birthday, and even though the weather stopped her original plans from going Pumpkin Picking (boooo), Scarla was’nt going to let that stop her from surprising her little one with something special for his special day. She quickly set up some decorations and had Diana’s kids wait super quiet downstairs while her two boys, Chase and Chad got ready. Chase had no idea anyone was even in the house, so his face was priceless once he finally made his grand entrance and everyone yelled “SURPRISE!” After singing happy birthday, all the kiddies decked out in their ninja turtles attire it was ready for part 2 of the day.. Chuckie Cheese. While waiting for Scarla to get everything together, you know, mom stuff.. I took the kids outside and had them play red light, green light 1-2-3. I used to play this game all the time when I was their age with my cousins(who are all grown and popping out babies now! haha)

Once we got to Chuckie Cheese, I was on big kid mode, of course I was snapping pics away like I usually do, but I was ready to kick some butt! I did pretty good when it came to basketball, and apparently that was Chase’s favorite as well. That went out the window quickly as soon as he saw that Chuckie the mouse was coming out, he was sooo excited! I have never seen a kid so happy as I saw him when he came out. I swear Chase was holding on to the poor guy in the suit, and even though the mouse kept walking around, there was Chase grabbing him by the shirt. I can’t say the same for Katelyn, Diana’s baby girl, as a tough cookie that little girl is, (super smart, love it!) Her and Chuckie was not a good mix… as soon he got close or even half way across the room, she would panic, She was so scared, I felt so bad… but I loved when she was clinging on me! 

It was a good day!

Happy Birthday Chase!

Happy 26th Birthday Jasmine!

JasmineI’ve been holding on to this for a little while now, just waiting for the right time to publish it. What better day than Jasmine’s birthday? Today you would have been 26 years young! I’m at a loss of words, because I honestly don’t know what to express, but the obvious. I miss you like crazy. If you were here right now, you would’ve been counting down and getting us all hyped up. You would have had a gorgeous rocking dress with some killer heels and big hair. Beautiful, just like you.

Today, I’m meeting up with the rest of our cousins since we’ll be cutting a cake in your name, and of course, taking some shots of Patron in your name… you and your tequila, I don’t know how you did it!

Love you so much Jas, I hope you like my gift to you.

I’m sure birthdays in heaven are way more extravagant than here… rocking your all white gown.

Happy birthday beautiful.

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Raymond’s 19th Birthday

My not so baby cousin is officially 19 years young. I arrived early and got to help my godmother with all the shopping for the BBQ that was happening tonight. You had to see us, running around that supermarket like crazy ladies. We were running short on time and had so much to do. Raymond was expecting about 15 friends to come through and it was time for the grilling to begin, My godmother being the pro that she is, was on point and finished everything just as needed. The hookah was out and orange vodka was being passed around. Silly us forgot to bring out the cake that my cousin Sasha went nuts to get, so with most of his friends gone, Happy Birthday was sang with his tight close friends and family. Not a bad deal anyway.

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Captured by Belle:Raymond’s Prom

IMG_4110My baby cousin Raymond isn’t so little anymore. His Highschool prom was ready to begin and what kind of cousin would I be, if I didn’t go take some nice pictures of him.

Look at him so spiffy in his pastel suit 🙂IMG_4250IMG_4097IMG_4141IMG_4122