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Visit The State of Texas Capitol

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Entrance to The State of Texas Capitol
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Hello Sunshine! Last week I had my nephews visit for the week & I think this is normal that the 2 are completely opposite. One is into museums and the other is into playing at the parks. We compromised,one day at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum & a Pinball arcade then Zilker Park & Barton Springs to exercise both. Another day visiting The State of Texas Capitol, another pinball arcade & park for exercise.

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The Back of The State of Texas Capitol
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I am a Native Austinite & I have a son that I have taken to both Texas landmarks frequently when he was younger, also I attend mass weekly at a Cathedral about 2 blocks away from the State Capitol that I see it so often, I kind of take it for granted. I thought I would share a few pics I took with my nephews.

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Goddess of Liberty Plaque
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Original Goddess of Liberty
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The original Goddess of Liberty that towers above the Capitol is in the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum.When she was replaced in 1985 my dad took us to the capitol to see it. I still have the memory. There was a crowd and my brother & I had hot cocoa, while my dad had coffee. I am sure my dad is the reason why I have Texas Pride today. When I was telling my son all of the places I took my nephews to, Barton Springs, Zilker Park, The museum, The Capitol; he said those are all the places I took him to. We were frequent visitors of the museum because we always saw the new exhibits.

The Rotunda ceiling is grand and has a star with the letters TEXAS around it. It is a must to get in the center of the floor look up and take a photo. Just as much as when you get to the top floor, it is a must to look down and take a photo of the floor.

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Rotunda
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Rotunda ground
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On the walls of the rotunda are painted portraits of the past Governors of Texas. I took a photo of Ann Richards because, I took my son to her Texas Flag-draped casket in The Texas Capitol when she died. Something I will always remember because there where so many waiting to see her.

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Ann Richards
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The House of Representatives Chamber

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House of Representatives
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The Texas Senate Chamber

The Texas Senate

The Texas Senate

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Door Hinges of The State of Texas Capitol
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Door Knobs of The State Capitol
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Bob Bullock Quote
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I often use The Great Texas political & historian, Bob Bullocks quote of “God Bless Texas.” He has it on his headstone at the Texas State Cemetery. He had a love for Texas that that is more than any of us can claim, but I will always aspire to.

The State of Texas Capitol was Completed in 1888. An extraordinary edifice by any measure, the 1888 Texas Capitol is the largest in gross square footage of all state capitols and is second in total size only to the National Capitol in Washington, D.C. Like several other state capitols, the 1888 Texas Capitol surpasses the National Capitol in height, rising almost 15 feet above its Washington counterpart.

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Extension Rotunda Floor
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In 1993, the $75 million underground Capitol Extension was completed in the North, doubling the square footage available to Capitol occupants and providing much improved functionality. In 1995, a comprehensive interior and exterior restoration of the original building was completed at a cost of approximately $98 million. Finally, in 1997, the park-like grounds surrounding the Capitol were given a much needed $8 million renovation and restoration.

Thanks for visiting & please share.

Lots of love from Austin, TX,

Lisa

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Family Fun Science Slime

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Hello Sunshine! Well, I don’t mind telling you that I am the annoying baby sister! My brother and I are only a year and a 1/2 apart so we always played toys together as kids. The neighborhood kid and my brother always picked on us little kids because we were smaller. I always followed my brother along because I wanted to be ‘cool’ and he always let me because he wanted me to stay out of trouble.

When we visit my brother who is now a single father of my 2 nephews he was telling them the story of how I would always take his Star Wars play lands and play with my Barbies in them. I can remember playing in some Ice castle as if it was Barbies cool ‘All white modern’ home. Even then I was a bit trendy. When my nephews heard the story they were just laughing thinking how bad they felt for my brother! They are very polite though. They said, “Excuse me, but that sounds really bad.” At least he said excuse me? Well, We are going to make slime when they are here!

The classic is always slime. You have probably made it before, if not try it out. I always love to make the slime and say~ similar to family~ no matter how much you pull it apart, it gets back together, like when they fly back to Seattle, they are still family and we will always be together. I like that each of us can make our favorite color and of course, the boys would never make pink, they need me around for that!

You only need a few items to make the science slime:

  • 1 Cup Elmer’s School Glue
  • 1 teaspoon Boorax (in the laundry detergent department)
  • 3/4 Cup Cold Water
  • Assorted Food Color of Your Preference
  • 1/2 Cup Hot Water
  • Zipper Bags for Storage of Science Slime

Instructions:

  1. Mix together the cold water, glue, & your preferred food coloring. (I Chose Pink)
  2. In a Mixing Cup or Small Bowl, mix together the Hot water & Borax, until the borax is Completely dissolved.
  3. Slowly add Borax mixture to the Glue Mixture, mix well. Pour off excess water, if any. You will notice the slime begin to form. Perfect lesson for the kiddos!
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Form The Science Slime
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Super easy peasy right? Well, it is! And it is fun to make with the kids. They love seeing how it forms to a solid ball of slime right before their eyes. I have made this with kids that we had over some of my sons friends and maybe now my nephews will make it with their friends.

One things for sure, Barbie and my toy Mini Coopers will be playing with pink slime with my nephews! I have to be their lovable Auntie that girls everything up! I hope you get to make slime soon.

Thanks for sharing &

Lots of Love,

Lisa

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National Sibling Day

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Hello Sunshine & Happy Friday! A beautiful weekend is ahead of us all. We have April showers for us in Austin, TX. I couldn’t be happier because as we all know, April showers bring May Flowers.

Did you know that today is National Sibling Day? I am so very happy to honor my Big Brother, Anthony. I have always looked up to my brother & not just because he is taller than me. He is such a great man. He has always been so patient and wise. He has always given me such great advice and maybe since he is a big brother, he has been the best protector. When I saw the movie, Boyhood I was just so taken by the story. How they fought in the backseat of the car when they were kids and teased each other, but no matter what, they were so close. That is us!

Boyhood

Boyhood

Of course, that movie spoke to me on other levels as a parent and a wife of divorce, but that’s a different story.

My brother is a wonderful single father and will be visiting us in a few weeks and I can’t wait! Now, my nephews are growing up to be the sweetest siblings that are very loving, kind, respectable & I know that they will be able to build relationships as adults that are loving to others. I know that Family is where it begins. Family is the foundation.

Celebrate National Sibling Day. Call your siblings & let them know how much they mean to you.

Just my 2 kisses.

Lots of Love,

Lisa

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Romantic Movies For Valentine’s Day

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Hello Sunshine! Love is in the air! Do you have your plans ironed out? We are a bit of an old couple so we stay in for Valentine’s Day. I love to give kisses to The Hubby & I guess I feel in the comforts of home, I am not embarrassed of too much love!

Since we will be home, we will be watching a romantic movie! I decided to make a list of movies that we could watch. We are ‘Movie Watching Fools’ & it only makes sense to re-visit a favorite.

Paris, Je T’ aime

Paris comes to life in this whimsical patchwork of 18 five-minute shorts united by a common theme: love in the City of Lights. Natalie Portman captures the heart of a blind student, Juliette Binoche is visited by a ghostly Willem Dafoe, and more.

Once

In this charming contemporary musical, a street musician in Dublin strikes up a friendship with a migrant street hawker, and the duo ends up composing and recording a series of songs over the course of a week that mirrors their burgeoning romance.

Silver Linings Playbook

After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, bipolar Pat has no choice but to move back in with his football-obsessed parents. While he tries in vain to reconcile with his wife, Pat meets a woman who’s as unstable as he is — and she changes his life.(Netflix Stream)

Shakespeare in Love

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (Netflix & Amazon Prime Stream)

Of course, you can never go wrong with Moulin Rouge, Sleepless in Seattle, The Notebook, Love Actually & Notting Hill! So, maybe put your favorite beverage on ice, make that heart shaped pizza and have a nice romantic night in for Valentine’s Evening!

Sending Love to you!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Movie summaries from Netflix.

Trick or Treat?

Trade Treats To The Treat Trader Phantom

Trade Treats To The Treat Trader Phantom

We all love Halloween, right? We love to get the kiddos dressed up because they look so darned cute! They love picking out their costumes months ahead of time. I mean come on, how many Frozen Princesses are we going to have this year? And how about Those adorable Box Trolls? Lets not exclude ourselves adults, I can already see Austin’s Own 6th Street crowded with Orange Is The New Black Prisoners.

No matter what age we are, we love to get our costumes on! What we are not into so much, is the candy. I mean, I do like my Skittles and chocolate a little, but I don’t need a bucket full. I just want to show off my costume and my cute nephews or cousins costume. The kids don’t even consume that much candy. The just want to show you all the hard work and thought they put into their get up.

So, I am going to let you in on a little alternative.

The Treat Trader Phantom

The Treat Trader Phantom comes to collect your ‘treats’ that you have collected for him on Halloween Night. The Phantom only wants candy or ‘junk food’, so if you received stickers, pencils, toothbrushes or any good treats ~ well, those just are not accepted. The Phantom will weigh the acceptable treats and leave you books, a toy you have been wanting or maybe a small monetary trade.

While you have been going to the shops looking for costumes, or going on regular errand runs in the shops~ during those times your child or children has possibly seen a few items that they have desired and possibly asked for? Wouldn’t it be nice if they had a few extra dollars? Perhaps, after Halloween night, they could have a few dollars if they left their treats out for The Treat Trader Phantom? Such a better treat to have something worth lasting than sugar and fats!

And what about you giving treats at your home? Will you be giving candy as treats? I really encourage you to look outside the box. There really are so many more options. Last year I went to Target, Dollar Shops and there were so many great items that were great to give out! Little tubs of play dough even! Little skeletons, pencils, puzzles, crayons, etc. Also, candy is getting pricier! Not to mention, our children are getting too many unhealthy snacks. Let’s make Halloween fun again & not just about eating candy.

I hope I get to see you out there in your costumes, look for me, I am always the bride!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Let’s Honor Our Hispanic Ancestors

With My Voter Registration Card. It Is A Law In Texas We Need A Photo ID Also To Vote

With My Voter Registration Card. It Is A Law In Texas We Need A Photo ID Also To Vote

Did you know the #1 reason Latinos don’t register to vote is because no one asks? I am a Latina. I am a registered to vote and I exercise my right to vote in every election! Growing up my grandmother would tell me of days when Latinos & African Americans did not have the rights to vote and she was always so happy to know that I was an active voter. I can remember times when I would go over my grandparents home and we would watch debates or election results. We would spend mornings having coffee talking about politics and what we thought about The State of the Union Address the night before. Sometimes we can take for granted our rights and what our ancestors have gone through to give us our rights. I am so grateful for all of those talks with my grandmother so that I never forget.

My Serrano Grandma

My Serrano Grandma

I would like to give you a friendly challenge and ask you to ask 3 Latinos this weekend if they are Registered To Vote. If you are in Texas, like me, Monday October 6th is the Deadline to register to vote & have your 3 Latino’s that you have asked to be able to vote in this November Election.

I have added a link on my blog to the right to direct you to Latinos2014.com and there you can register to vote! See, I make it so super easy for you!

Let’s make our Hispanic Ancestors proud! Exercise our rights that they have fought for.

Si se puede!

As always my dear friends,

Lots of love,

Lisa

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I also wanted to post the website National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2014 again in this post as I did in my previous post talking about Ofrendas. I always encourage learning more about Hispanic Culture.

In addition, I wanted to let you know that I stumbled upon PBS showing documentaries on their website PBS.org for Hispanic Heritage month.

Thank you so much for visiting and thank you for sharing on your social media pages. I really appreciate it!

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Our Ofrenda 2013

Our Ofrenda 2013

Hello Sunshine! I hope all is well with you & family and you are enjoying the beginning of this beautiful Fall Season. We have had some cooler temperatures here in Austin and also storms. I always appreciate cooler temps and I even like the rain, but sometimes they can bring on my post brain injury migraines. So I have been away for the last week because of them. Enough about that though, I want to share with you what my fellow Texas Latino Bloggers are writing about: National Hispanic Heritage Month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15th – October 15th. Most of you may follow my Instagram or Twitter or even this blog and know that I am a Proud Latina. I am always wanting to learn more about my Hispanic Heritage. Like, when I was able to meet The Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor at Book People, I was & am forever A Proud Latina. Or, when I posted my Instagram for Latinos Beyond Reel, I was encouraged to find more documentaries and more Latino Actors past and present that are not getting stereotyped. I encourage you to visit the webiste: National Hispanic Heritage Month to find more information about the observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor

My story begins with my hair appointment~Funny, I know, but anyway… I was so happy to find out that my fantastic colorist is engaged and she is just glowing with happiness, as we all are when we know we are to wed for life. She was asking of our wedding and I was telling her that we have a very big Hispanic family and our wedding was 250+ guests. Oh & that we married on Halloween. She was so intrigued, as most are when they find out our wedding & now Anniversary is on Halloween. She is from San Antonio and was telling me how much she loves these ‘Big displays of Halloween or family members with the food and beer or liquor bottles.’ I said, ‘Oh, you are talking about The Ofrenda.’ It got me to thinking that maybe this is what I am to write about for my National Hispanic Heritage Month Post.

Ofrendas are an essential part of Dia de los Muertos celebrations. The word, Ofrenda means offering in Spanish. Ofrendas are also known as altars, but not the kind of altars for worshiping. These altars are for paying a special tribute to our departed. It may seem melancholy to have our wedding on Dia de los Muertos & even I had questioned it in the beginning. I called Sister Helen from my Catholic Church and she gave me a beautiful response of how she thought it was beautiful that we were having such a Blessed event on the Eve of All Saints Day. It was done. See, I no longer had my father and my grandfather had also passed prior to our wedding. My husband also has loss in his family that it was so fitting and felt comfortable to have this as our wedding date. We also had a close connection to Halloween in our dating history. We do not think of Halloween or Dia de los Muertos as a sad, scary or unpleasant time, but a time to bring both of our families together in our anniversary and honor & remember or departed that have passed over the years. Oh & this year there is going to be an animated movie called The Book of Life and it will be about living and the departed. I am looking forward to it!

It’s early still, but I want to give you enough time to prepare if you would like to make an Ofrenda for Dia de los Muertos. Now, these do not have to be morose or haunted, quite the contrary! The Ofrenda welcomes spirits, but guides back to the departed’s journey. Also, there is no correct or incorrect way to make an Ofrenda. I included pictures of our pet Betta Fish last year because he died & why not? We loved our Betta! If you have a pet you should include yours as well! It is all a part of your Faith & your family. Here are a few things you may want to include in your Ofrenda:

  • Photographs of your loved one
  • Glass of water represents quenching the thirst of the spirit after their long journey, water also purifies & cleanses
  • Salt is to season the food that you are offering him & the continuance of life
  • Pan de muerto ‘Bread of the Dead,’ is a dessert bread found at panaderías, Spanish bakeries, or HEB in Austin
  • Favorite foods or beverages: a plate of food, candy bar, bottles of beer, wine, or other
  • Small, personal items that belonged to the deceased: a watch, piece of jewelry, hat, belt, handkerchief, etc.
  • Marigolds Sometimes a cross is made with petals of the cempasuchitl flower. Also with the petals, paths are set to guide the souls to the ofrenda. I bought my Marigolds from Ben White Florist last year if you are Austin
  • Skeletons/Calaveras these are becoming popular in the shops every year! Any type of style you find is perfect to fit your decor or that may fit your loved one. I love to add as many as I can. Why not start a collection?
  • Candles represent fire & at least one for each person being honored. Also four candles at the top represent the cardinal directions & provide a lighted path to this world
  • Copal/IncenseBurning copal is a tradition from the Aztecs, who used the incense as an offering to the gods. It is still used in Catholic funeral masses
  • Papel picado/Brightly Colored Cut Tissue Paper serves as a colorful & meaningful trim: Black = death, purple = grief or mourning, pink = celebration, white = hope  yellow = sun

Other items that are known to be in Ofrendas are beans to represent fertility, woven baskets, pictures of Saints & toiletries. I like to make it a happy place. Our family and friends spirits are coming by and are having visitors and I want them to have a nice place to be entertained. I am always one to be the happy host!

My Beautiful Grandmother

My Beautiful Grandmother

This year I have a tough one because I will be adding my Beautiful Grandmother. I miss her so very much.  I want her beautiful Spirit to be welcomed in the most beautiful Ofrenda ever! I am going to make a Pretty Pink Space Just for her! That is what an Ofrenda is, to make a special tribute to the departed. Ofrendas are not to be sad or bring depression when you look upon it and see your departed. Ofrendas are set up to remember and honor the memory of our ancestors. I want to look at my grandma daily and be happy and see her favorite things and remember her in the best way!

You can also make a little Ofrenda with a little cardboard box, maybe a shoe box, cereal box or maybe any box/crate you are not using. Start adding your items inside. It does not have to fill an entire table. Make a mini size Ofrenda.

If you make one, Instagram it & tag @princessmousey. I would love to see it!

Enjoy your National Hispanic Heritage Month &

Lots of love,

Lisa

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