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Christmas is Around the Corner.

There are only three days left until Christmas. Who is prepared and ready for Christmas? Who is not prepared and running around like a chicken with its head cut off? I have always been an early shopper. I start around October or maybe earlier. My husband and I have big families, so it gets expensive. I put extra thought on each gift I give our friends and families. My husband is only responsible for my gift. I shop, pick out, and wrap all the gifts. I am a very impatient person, meaning I start wrapping gift early as well. I am just wrapping up some gifts that have arrived, we are still waiting on more to arrive from our families. Being in Japan, online orders and packages from the states take forever to arrive, therefore when it all arrives it comes in bulk. I would go insane if I saved all the wrapping for last-minute. On top of wrapping all the gifts I buy for my little familia (spanish for family). Our friends and family sent us some Christmas gifts. Jason is the first grandson on my family side, he is crazy spoiled by them. So, on top of wrapping our gifts I have to wrap the dozens of gifts sent my our families for Jason. All the gifts under tree are mainly his. I love Christmas, it is my favorite holiday. I try to make it as special and magical as I can. I know Christmas is not all about the gifts, but I just like giving. It makes me happy, whether it be a gift or baby sitting our friend kids and giving the parents a few hours to themselves.

Making sure Christmas is perfect is so important to me. Growing up my family always made sure we had a great Christmas. We were always with family, laughing and stuffing our faces. Hispanic cooking is the best and I sure am going to miss my daddy’s cooking this year.  We always had what we wanted under tree, alongside with some undies and socks. I use to take those for granted, now as an adult I wish those were in my stocking again. How do you guys prepare for Christmas? What are your traditions? Do you wait for last minute or an early preparer like myself? Let me know how you all handle the holiday stress.

 

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Christmas Tree Fail.

When I was growing up, my parents always bought a real Christmas tree. I was so used to having a real tree. I thought I would not be able to get a real tree out here in Japan. So,  I went to the MCX on base and bought an artificial tree. I came home and set it up immediately. As I was setting it up, I kept looking at it and it just did not look good. My husband told me to just set it up and decorate it and it will start to look good. It still did not look good to me. I took all the ornaments and lights off, put the tree back in the box and returned it. Now, do not get me wrong there are beautiful artificial trees, but they cost a fortune. The one I bought was sixty dollars. That can explain why it looked so crappy. I just came to the conclusion I would not have a tree this year. One day I went to the MCX again and saw they had a tent full of real trees. My heart skipped a beat. I was so happy, I was going to get a real tree! I went inside and asked to buy one, but they were not selling them until after Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, my amazing husband went and bought me a tree. I was so excited to finally set up my tree and see how Jason would react to the tree. Needless to say he was excited. This tree was so tall, full, and smelled so good, there were no bald spots. It was just gorgeous.

As the weeks went by, the tree started to not take the water. It started getting dry, stiff, and started shedding like crazy. I eventually took off the decorations and lights. I did not want to burn down my house with Christmas lights. We are now using my son’s little tree his best friend sent him to put gifts around. I am not ashamed to show you all my fails, I am not perfect and I will never pretend to be perfect. This is my life. I hope you all get a little laugh out of this. To be honest, it is freaking hilarious. My poor tree did not make it to Christmas.  I just can not keep plants alive to save my life! I think I will invest in a good artificial tree for next year. Let me know if you all have had any fails during the holidays.

 

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Family Funday.

Today was a fun day for the Boucha family. We went on a little trip to Hiroshima, it is about an hour away from where we live. We have gone to Hiroshima before, but today we went to this gigantic Japanese mall. I mean it was huge! It was three stories high, they had the cutest shops. I was obsessed. If only I could fit in their clothes. But that did not stop me from doing a little shopping. Most of the shops were having a sale, I could not pass that up. I bought four cute snow globe ornaments. I love snow globes, I think they are so magical. There was no way I could not buy these adorable ornaments. I also bought a mug with the initials “Y” on it. I was never lucky on finding my initials back in the states, but in Japan I find them everywhere. Yay! There was this sponge shaped like a popsicle, it was perfect to wash Jason’s sippy cups. Lastly, I bought the cutest spoon and stirrer for my mother in law. As soon as I saw it I told my husband, “mama law would love that.” She loves butterflies, so now when she comes to Japan her coffee will look pretty. Not only did they have the cutest shops, but they a lot of delicious food. We had a hard time deciding what to eat. We finally chose to eat chinese food. I had spicy rice with chicken, it was delicious. For dessert we went to a Hawaiian themed restaurant. We ate a shaved chocolate and banana pancakes. So yummy. Jason enjoyed them a lot. It was an overall great family day. Hope you all will keep up with my blogs and follow our little adventures in Japan.

 

 

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A Gift From Above.

Children are a blessing. They may not be planned but they are a gift from God. I am beyond grateful for my squishy bear. There was a time I thought I would not have the chance to carry my own child. At the age of 18, I was told I would not be able to conceive. This news broke my heart into a million pieces. With tears in my eyes, I told my parents they would not get any grandkids from me. They looked at me and told me not to be discouraged and that God will bless me with a bundle of joy on day. All I can think to myself is “how can they say that? I took a test and it proved I could not get pregnant.” I could not get over the fact I could not get pregnant, it upset me to no end. Why could I not get pregnant? There are so many women getting pregnant that are drug addicts, women who do not want a baby and get abortions, yet there are women who are trying and would give anything to be able to carry their child. As the years went by I accepted the fact I would not be able to start my little family. However, my Almighty Lord  had different plans. On my 22nd birthday, my husband and I went to Raleigh to visit my in-laws and celebrate my birthday. As I was sitting on the couch my mother in law looks at me and says; “you are glowing, you need to take a pregnancy test.” I looked at her with a “are you joking” face and told her, ” you know I can not get pregnant, right?.” Long story short, my husband went out to buy me a test. I took the test, since I thought it would come out negative I started to get a little depressed. I was confident it would not come out positive, I mean why would this test be any different from the other tests I have taken. A few minutes go by, I walk out and ask “what does 2 lines mean ?” I was in such disbelief. Like holy moly. It finally happened I am going to have a baby. I was so overjoyed and blessed to be able to carry a baby for 9 months. On June 5th, 2016, my handsome baby boy came into the world. He looked just like his daddy. Everyday I thank God for blessing me with my squishy bear. He is the most happy, hyper, loving, smiley, and funny toddler ever. I wish I could snuggle him all day, everyday but he is Mr. Independent always running around all over the place. But when he lets me snuggle him, I enjoy and embrace every second of it. he truly is my little angel from above. If you are going through a hard time and are trying to start your family, do not get discouraged. It will happen at the most unexpected time. There are always other ways to start your family. Just have faith.

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A Very Special Ornament.

As I was placing this ornament on our Christmas tree I could not help but to feel blessed. This ornament has a special meaning to me, it reminds me that I am lucky to have these combat boots lying on my living room floor. I would get so upset and annoyed everytime I tripped over the boots or had to pick them up and put them away. One day as I put the boots away I began to think about those families who have lost love ones fighting for their country. I am very fortunate to have my husband come home every day to play with our son and give me a kiss goodnight. This ornament is a reminder to never take any moments for granted; because at any moment my husband could be gone and those boots will no longer be on my floor but will be on enemy ground. I will always try to be the best wife I can be, to always love and support my husband. These boots are our lives. boots

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The Christmas Spirit.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! My favorite time of year has finally arrived, Christmas! Everything about this season is amazing, the weather, the fashion, the beautiful lights, and most importantly being with family and friends. I go all out for Christmas; you can call me Mrs. Claus. I go crazy decorating my home and making it feel as magical as I can, I mean it looks like the North Pole puked in my house. I make sure the gifts are perfect for all my friends and family, and so far I have not gotten any complaints. Even though this will be the first year spent away from our family and friends for Christmas and the New Years, we get to create our own little family traditions. It is very depressing since I have always been with my family or my amazing in laws for the holidays, but one year down two more years to go. Being in Japan has been an amazing experience and a great opportunity to explore a new country and have amazing adventures. Thankfully the beautiful people of Japan celebrate Christmas too. Like I said the lights are one of my favorite things about the holidays. Being able to see the Christmas lights and decorations out in town makes me feel happy but also seeing  Jason’s reaction to the lights is everything to me.blogpic.JPG