Friday, October 22, 2010

Found the best giveaway, TODAY

On my search for my usual giveaways I found a great giveaway at The Bragging Mommy.  As I have written before being latina but having children that do not speak spanish can be a challenge.  I receive all sorts of hell from my father and other imigrant family friends that can not believe my kids don't speak spanish.  And dealing with Latin America Sales I know the imortance of knowing a second language first hand.  It makes you so much more valueable to a company.  So she is giveing a way a set of Kids Love Spanish 7-DVD Box Set.  How Awesome is that.  I truely believe that if kids see and hear a different language they will learn it. For some awesome resources on how to teach your kids a different language you should visit Kids Love Spanish.

Hope I win.  Will update if I do!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I Heart Being A Latina

I must say I love being a Latina….I love that I can blend flavors to enrich a meal with flavor (sabor). I love that I can speak a second language fluently and of course write and read it. I can pick up a book by a chicano writer and relate to their writing (Robert Rodriguez). I can talk openly about growing up as a first generation Mexican-American with pride that I know know the bond of a family and how a family dynamic works.

Family to Latinos is so important. Even though most Latino parents don’t say the words LOVE they show it in their own ways. They might show you how to ride a bike or take the time to build you a paper kite, that may not even really fly. Having a small get together just doesn’t really happen itS always grand and over the top. Let me mention my son’s birthdays or their baptisms we would have about a hundred people at these events. Talk about hectic, but we loved it.

I love being latina and being able to enjoy traditions that others do not experience especially during the holidays..can we say tamales and buñelos and during Quaresma los nopales en salsa roja, y tortas de camaron that I have finally mastered after about ten years of cooking them.

I can only hope that my children will love it as much as I do

Thursday, October 14, 2010

WORK: Love and Hate

What happens when your work really starts becoming repetitive and boring.


I used to really enjoy my job but since that whole thing that happened a few months back please read below very first blog. I truly don’t have the energy to make changes or make a differenece in a place where I feel I am not valued for who I am.

So I need to go back to school and finish my Bachelors Degree.

I have a bit of ADD so my brain without excitement begins to lose its glow. To put it in a visual perspective.

On the note of school: my son (#1 Star War’s fan) asked me when was I going to finish school… I do talk about going back to school all the time. And even though my kids are young I always instill in them how a better future one has when they finish college. Well I didn’t know how to answer him….Cause honestly I myself have no idea. I really want to but feel intimidated to go back and with four kids how am I going to manage. Although I do currently have my assoiciates, I would technically only need 2 more years as a full time student. But then I was studing to be a teacher and since being in the working world , I would like to go into international business. I know big change, but then I still get to use my Spanish. I honestly think if I had not had kids I still would want to be a teacher, but my kids are so close in age that they really have not given my any breathing time.

So to ponder and figure this one out!!!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hispanic/Mexican- What are YOU?

The great debate with my husband has been that I am not Mexican enough.

Well what exactly is being Mexican?

Lets start off by saying I am was not born in Mexico. So Technically…if we wish to get technical…I am American. I am a first generation American. I can proudly say that my parents came to this country illegally to better themselves, from Mexico. A poverty sticken country with lots of corruption.

I am not a ghetto Mexican-American but a much more modernized one with great values and traditions that were instilled in her.

More or else I am not a California chicana, as what I think he, my husband, is referring to.

I don’t like to cook, what a Mexican that doesn’t like to cook!@$  Don’t get me wrong I do Love to cook but Mexican (authentic Cusine) takes so much time to cook and prep. and with 4 kids and a husband and a full tiem job who has time???

I can read and write in Spanish better than most people in my family and friends and ummm my husband. So what is being Mexican?

I am in tune with my culture;

I love tamales and thanks to my mother –in – law, who by the way is American born tejana, has showed me how to make them.

I love Mexican Music – old school – Los caminantes, Banda Machos, Antonio Aguilar, Pedro Infante….not the American made Mexican music, Durangense – what is that?

I like the Ranch and the animals

I love Beans (yes Beans... so versatile and tasty)

I love the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe

So once again what is being Mexican!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Raising Bilingual Kids

The dilemas of raising children when you are 1st generation Hispanic.

How to Teach them Spanish?

I know Spanish fluently, can write and read it.... But why then is it so hard to teach my children.

Twin B, has truely picked up on it with no problem, But the other three don't really try. 
My father gives me such grief, not only me but my sisters as well.   What am I to do.