Random Thoughts

In this day and age, having an online diary will help me keep track of my daily travels.  This is my first attempt at documenting my thoughts.  I believe doing this will make me aware that no matter how my day turns out, there’s always, always something good in it that’s worth remembering.


18 responses to “Random Thoughts

  1. crystalreflections

    January 10, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    It’s still Christmas in my house. I planned on putting down the decorations last weekend but of course, activities, clean up, other chores took over my schedule. Long story short… It’s still Christmas!

    I love Christmas. I love that it reminds me of our salvation. I love that it makes my house feel so warm and inviting – much like the home I have known when I was growing up. I remember the holidays I have spent with my family. To give you an idea, I am the 8th in a brood of 9. I have 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Out of the 9, 7 are married. I have 13 nephews and nieces plus my 2 kids.

    Let’s do the math… Mom (my dad passed away in 1997) + 9 (kids) + 7 (spouses) + 15 (kids) = 32. Can you believe that? That’s a lot of people, don’t you think? Those gatherings are nothing but fun, fun, fun.

    Oh, did I tell you that they’re all in my home country? So how do we celebrate Christmas? Usually with friends, or with my mom’s sister in Virginia or with my father-in-law’s sisters in Virginia Beach. That’s as good as it gets.

    I try to hang on to Christmas as long as I could. So I am thinking of maybe leaving the decorations up for another week. I don’t think anyone will mind. Happy New Year All!

  2. crystalreflections

    January 11, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    I had a presentation this afternoon.
    I am developing this cool intranet site that my clients are so excited about. If you are in IT, you know how things go. Naturally, I got this error messages that I never saw before. I felt so small in that conference room. That part has been working since day one! Now, I am in the meeting, trying to show everybody the rest of the pages while a part of my brain’s thinking – “How did that happen?”. Geez.
    I am so blessed to have really kind and enthusiastic clients. They didn’t even mind the errors – it’s almost like it never happened.
    Whew! The next time they see these pages, it’ll be fool-proof and they’ll love it!

  3. crystalreflections

    January 16, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    I just found out last night that my kids’ babysitter is leaving us… ;-(
    I had 2 months of not worrying about dishes, laundry, cleaning and not rushing in the mornings to bring the kids to the bus stop. Well, it’s almost over! Pretty soon, It’ll be back to reality for me. Bitter sweet. I’m sad that I will have to bring them back to YMCA’s after-school program; that I will have all the stress and busy-ness of keeping house; that our schedules will not be as flexible again. However, I am glad that I will have the honor to serve my family through the household chores; that my husband and I will get to do the laundry as a team once again; I am glad to reclaim our home. It’s just not the same having somebody else in the house with us. Even the kids aren’t as comfortable as before. Now, we will have it back. Yes, HOME SWEET HOME!

  4. crystalreflections

    January 18, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Pictures are worth a thousand words…
    I love pictures of my family. The past few days, I received a bunch of pictures from my sister who is in my home country. Wow, it seems like the kids have all grown. We went home for a visit July of 2006 and yet it seems like it has been eternity! It’s fun to go home. I grew up in a very “family-oriented” environment and with 8 siblings, you can never get tired of being together. Me and my sisters can literally stay in one small room for weeks and we’ll still be enjoying each other’s company. We are very close. I miss my family back home.

  5. crystalreflections

    January 25, 2007 at 11:44 am

    I woke up this morning with a thankful heart. I have made a decision that today will be a day of thanksgiving.
    I thank the Lord for my life – I’m loving every second of it.
    I thank the Lord for my husband of 9 years – He’s the best! He is supportive, a great friend, a loving husband and a sweet father.
    I thank the Lord for my children – They are a reminder of how God loves me. They’re such blessings.
    I thank the Lord for my family – I miss you all.
    I thank the Lord for my mentors – I will not be me without your positive influence in my life.
    I thank the lord for my job – for putting me at a place where I like what I do and the benefits are good.
    I thank the Lord for each and every opportunity that He has led me to – I have learned a lot through each one and am still learning.
    I thank the Lord for this blog – This is a place where I can vent and I have found that writing somehow reinforces my beliefs and my convictions.
    I thank the Lord for this day of thanksgiving – I can never stop thanking You for all you have done for me.
    And the list goes on… and on… and on…

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  6. crystalreflections

    January 26, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    It’s Friday!!!
    There’s nothing like Friday afternoons. The closer it gets to 5:00 pm, the more excited I get. I miss spending a lot of time with my family. Yes, I know I see them every night, I eat dinner with them every night and we breath the same air but that’s not enough. Weekends – 2 days to catch up with one another and to just do “stuff” together. Yes, the “stuff” are chores but I guess it’s the being together that makes it so nice. I look forward to my weekends .

    This weekend, our babysitter is leaving us. (*sob*)…
    Tomorrow, I will cook something real easy for a friend who’s coming over. Then, it’s all about cleanup… All the laundry has been done. I just need to put everything in the closets. It’s been a good 2 months with help but now it’s time to get back up and do the chores that I didn’t really miss doing. I’m ready. That’s part of life.
    Sunday, we’re going to church, then maybe spend a couple of hours in the mall. I’m hoping we can enroll the kids to the swimming class at the YMCA. I might need to cook some dishes in advance so preparing dinner will be easier next week.
    And then comes… Monday. I will have another week to get excited about the next weekend.

    Aaaahhhh weekends.

  7. crystalreflections

    January 28, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    It’s Sunday night – just a few minutes away from Monday. Here I sat, watching a movie and getting ready for the week ahead. I love regaining control over our home. I never really lost the control but having someone do my chores made me feel guilty of not being able to do that for my family.
    Living in America has it perks but with it comes the stress of keeping house. In my home country, we have household helpers, nannies and drivers even if a lot of people complain about the high cost of living. I just find that even if we have to do everything on our own here, it becomes a privilege. I think it keeps us real. It forces us to be responsible for all our actions. It keeps us thinking twice before making a move. I came to a realization that having no help may not be so bad after all. It’s just a matter of putting everything in perspective. Have a good week, everyone.

  8. crystalreflections

    January 29, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    I have a six year old and she is in first grade. She has always been smarter for her age – she’s one who gets bored at everything. I never had to remind her to do her homework. She asks for more and each time she’d say, “Easy. I want more!” So we have always known her to be an achiever.
    About a month ago, her art project was submitted to the town’s annual Art contest. She didn’t win. That’s alright, we said. She didn’t even care. This afternoon, she gave me a note from her art teacher. That same artwork was submitted to the City’s Art Educators and will be put on exhibit in February at a local Ikea and also on their website. Her art work was one of the three that was chosen from her school. I believe there are 600 students in her school. Wooohooo! And I am the proud MOM! I am beginning to reap the fruits of motherhood. And it’s such a wonderful thing.

  9. crystalreflections

    February 7, 2007 at 11:22 am

    Yesterday, I called in sick… No, I wasn’t sick – just tired. I was waking the kids up and they were too tired too so I took advantage of the situation and made that my excuse. A day away from school is okay, I think. They’re young kids! It was too cold, anyway.
    So we spent the whole day just around each other. It turned out to be a wonderful day. I got to spend time playing the Nintendo Wii with them. My 5-year old son beat me in boxing and my daughter is getting really good at tennis. They were both good at bowling. Of course, it’s not quite as real as the real sport but it’s the quality time spent with family and friends that makes it a great console. They have cool games too. I was never a fan of the new, complicated games like Zelda. I was stuck with my tetris or pacman or super mario until the Wii came. I’m glad I can play classic and simple games with my kids.

  10. mkrules

    February 12, 2007 at 1:40 am

    Everyone needs a “me” day sometimes. I’m glad y’all had a fun family time together. 🙂

  11. crystalreflections

    February 12, 2007 at 10:15 am

    Yes, it was really fun. Thanks mkrules!

  12. crystalreflections

    February 12, 2007 at 10:20 am

    The past weekend was “extended” family time for us. My 2 aunts, cousin and niece came for a visit and slept over. It was a really good weekend. We are the ones who normally drive and visit them so this is a welcome change. I love that we can all be together and just catch up with what’s going on in our lives. They’re not too far from where I live but we really don’t get to talk as often. It was all good.

  13. crystalreflections

    August 14, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Whew! It’s been awhile, I see.
    We’re driving to Virginia this weekend. We are bringing my mom to my aunt’s until she leaves on the 30th of August. Has it been 5 months already? Time really flies.
    It’s been good. I know that we will realize everything that she has done when she’s gone. Now it’s time for her to go back to my 13 nephews and nieces and my siblings. She wanted to get to know my kids more and she did. I can never thank her enough for doing that. It makes such a difference. A grandma-grandchild relationship is really like no other. It’s wonderful.
    I pray that my mom will have a safe trip. I pray that somehow we have touched her life in the same way that she has touched ours. We’ll surely miss her.

  14. crystalreflections

    May 28, 2008 at 11:57 am

    I have a brand new kitchen!!!
    Yay! I love it!
    The good thing is, I was part of it all. I picked everything, from the floor, to the cabinets, to the backsplash, to the countertops… EVERYTHING!!! I was soooo scared that something will not go well together. But it did. I am sooo happy. I love my new kitchen!

  15. crystalreflections

    July 21, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Last week today (July 14), my daughter turned 8.
    8 years old! Already? I can still remember how small her little fragile body was when she was only 8 days old. And how tiny her feet were at 8 months. Now, 8 years old – she’s growing up way toooo fast for me. Before her birthday, we changed the color of her room. It used to be pink/purple and now – teal and turquoise. She’s done with dolls and is now into sports. I like that she is sporty-active. However, she’s my princess and it’ll never change even though she doesn’t like them anymore. Like I always tell her and my son – they will always be my babies – no matter how old they are.

  16. crystalreflections

    July 28, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    On Friday, July 25th of 2008, we lost a great man.

    “Randy Pausch, the professor at Carnegie Mellon University who inspired countless students in the classroom and others worldwide through his highly acclaimed last lecture, has died of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 47.” ~ Carnegie Mellon ~

    His book inspired me to live each day to the fullest and to focus on the more important things.

    I say a prayer for him and his family.

  17. crystalreflections

    August 7, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    We’re going camping!!!
    I’m sure it will be fun. The kids are excited. I am tired. But we’ll have fun anyway. I just look forward to getting away from my usual day. I need it. Somehow nature has its way of relaxing us. I know sleeping in tents and on sleeping bags and air beds aren’t exactly my idea of a vacation but for sure the beauty of the outdoors will overtake me.
    Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


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