Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I Want To




She was his first friend and therapist.  She doesn't completely understand Autism, but then again who really does? She has her own struggles, but she worries about him.  They fight and she knows how to push his buttons, but she loves him.  

As a parent we worry about what will happen to our kids, if we aren't around.  This thought has kept me up on many a night.  This one moment will always stay in my mind.  Devynn came to me.  Devynn was 4 going on 5, and she comes and lays next to me.  She asked, "if you and daddy die, I take care of the boys right?" I was stunned.  The thought had crossed my mind.  My response to her was, "we will be here for as long as we can.  I want you and your brothers to love each other so much, that you would always be there for each other, but you don't HAVE TO, take care of them." She looked me in my eye and said "I want to".  

I pray that their bond continues, and I pray that he nurturing soul grows stronger.  I am proud to be her Mommy!  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Autistic Kids Rock!!!!

Today is the Day!!!!! We've put ALOT of hard work into this event, and I cannot wait to see it all come to life!!!!! 



This evening we come together to celebrate our AMAZING loved ones who are Living with Autism!  Cheers to their accomplishments and to how far they have come!  

This evening we Salute the Autism Moms and Dads for their unconditional love and dedication! 

This evening we take a moment to turn off our propellers and relax a little.  No need to Hover!  

This evening we surround ourselves with people who understand just what we go through and support you.  

This evening their is no judgement because we have walked a mile in your shoes.  

This Evening we let the Bronx and the world know that Autistic Kids Rock!!!!! 

Come out and show your support!!!! Doors open at 5 pm!!! There will be a complimentary Latin Buffet provided by Sabor Borinqueño, drink specials throughout the evening, hookah, prizes, and great people!!! 

Located right by the heart of Westchester Square!!! You can take the 6 train or the BX 21, 31, 4A!!! You don't want to miss it!!!!

Can't make it but would like to donate? Click Here!!!

#Autistickidsrock 


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Live Love and Laugh!!!!!

Parents are their children's first teachers.  We are they're first example.  They watch us and learn from us.  Even when you don't think they are, they pick up on everything.  How you react to a situation.  How you go into a situation, and what you feel about a situation.  Think about that.  

If you as a parent go into a situation with a negative outlook, they too will become pessimistic.  If you don't try, for fear it won't go well.  They too will develop that same fear. You'll never get to enjoy new things and experiences. 

Having three kids all in a very close age range, can make outings and events a little difficult.  Throw a meltdown in, with a twist of just plain spoiled, it can be exhausting.  But it's all a learning experience that may end up leaving you with an everlasting memory!!!

Think positive, live life like there's no tomorrow, cry because you're laughing too hard, and love like your heart was never broken!  We have one life to live, SO LIVE IT!!!!!! 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Waiting to Exhale

So many have thanked me for putting together the Challenger League, but i want you to now that I am forever grateful and thankful to you all!  This has been one of my most rewarding and fulfilling moments in my life.  Being able to meet so many super amazing children and their amazing families is hands down top five in my lifetime experiences.  

When I learned of my son's diagnosis, I was mixed with emotions and felt powerless and confused.  I can't say alone, because I had my husband, but we didn't personally know of anyone else diagnosed with Autism.  As we pushed forward we met others who experienced the same heartache, struggles and overwhelming love for our children. 

This hasn't been an easy journey, as a lot of you know.  But it is a very rewarding one.  I have to say that the rewards outweigh the meltdowns and red tape I get tangled up in at times.  All their milestones and accomplishments  are that much more greater, because we know how much they had to overcome to make it happen! 

Last season, when baseball started, I had no idea what to expect, but I went into with the intention of creating an environment where everyone involved was going to get something out of it!  It was and still is important that parents and family trust me and understand that I had only good intentions.  My goal was to make them feel at home!  And to allow them to be comfortable with letting their most precious possession be themselves.  I wanted them to have the same service that I would want for myself and my children.  It's why I take the time to know each child and get to know the family!  

I love talking to parents who are unsure about signing their children up.  They're always sound so tense, but once I start to explain, I hear that sigh of relief.  That exhale.  I look forward to our second season!!!! 



Thursday, February 5, 2015

Every Little Bit Counts

For a few years, I raised thousands of dollars to donate to an organization that mainly focuses on research of Autism.  Which by the way is a great thing.  But, my child HAS Autism and Needs services now.  I live in the Bronx and most times have to travel out of the borough I live in for activities and/or programs that are tailored to my sons needs. 
 
I began to feel uncomfortable about handing over so much money and never really knowing if the money was going to services and not advertising or incentives to raise more money.  So when my child asked to play baseball, I did all that I could to make it happen!
 
I am so proud to be able to put all my fundraising efforts into a program that benefits children on the spectrum, and that is Free.  I love being able to see just where the funds that we raised are going to. 
Check out our Website to see how successful our last season was!!!! We went from having 65 players and 4 teams to having 145 players and 12 teams for our upcoming season!   Help us to make our 2nd Season even more AMAZING than last year!!!!!
 
Come out on Friday April 3rd, 2015 to sing your hearts or just support at our 5th Annual Autistic Kids Rock Karaoke Fundraiser


 
Can't make it out to our event, but still want to donate?  You can check out our GoFundme Page

 
Want to learn more about our program and see pics of our great 1st season? Click here to Check Out our Website


Sunday, January 25, 2015

My Amazing trip to the South of France

Being a mom makes it difficult to get away.  So when you find a place that can take you away like Calgon close to home, it's definitely a keeper!!!! 

I have found an amazing little spot right in my Hometown of the Bronx!  It's called The South of France.  It's a quaint little spot right on Westchester Avenue!  It's a Restaurant and Bar!!!! The best of both worlds Food and liquor YUM!!!!!! 



The name will fool you!  The only thing French Is the rustic stone facade outside and the huge sign with Red letters that reads South of France.  



The inside looks like a romantic Bistro, with its wood floors, posts and stone walls!  I've never been to France, but I feel like it would be a lot like this!  



But here you won't fine French Cuisine, you will find one of the Best Puerto Rican Cuisines I've ever tasted.  Their Rice and Beans are so flavorful and good, you may pick your plate up and lick it clean!!!.My favorite is the Sirloin Steak!!!! Oh how my mouth waters just thinking about it!!!! 

This morning I went for Brunch!!! 


And it was AWESOME!!!! There was a huge buffet!!!!! And everything was delicious!!!! 


I tried to taste everything!!!! There was mangu, with Salami, queso Frito (fried cheese), home fries, French toast!!!



And There was pancakes, sausage, yuca (cassava), quesadillas, stuffed mushrooms!!!!


 And Mussels, acapurrias, and Pastellios!!!! 


Potato Salad, Chicken tenders and Raw Oysters!!!! Yum!!!!! 

And I almost forgot.... The too die for Rice and Beans, Pernil and Beef!!!!!! 


They even made custom order eggs and omelettes!!! 

Then if you didn't have enough!!!! There was a large selection of fruits, cheese and desserts!!!! Including the freshest flan!!! Soooooo good! 


To wash it down you have Unlimited,  I mean Unlimited mimosas, bellinis and so much more!!!! All served by a beautiful bartender!


But what makes the South of France sooo much more amazing, is the owner Maribel!!! She is what a business owner should be! She cares about her establishment, and takes great pride in it!!! She makes sure everyone is comfortable and enjoying themselves!  Her huge smile and great spirit!  She makes you feel like you are with Family!  

The south of France is a great spot!!! Check them out!!! 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Turning the page

For as long as I can remember diabetes is something I've lived with. I personally didn't have diabetes, but I'd watch my mom nursing my dad and herself because they were both diabetics.  My mom monitored both their diets and their meds.   She'd lay out his pills. Prepare and give them both their insulin injections. She also kept track of their blood glucose levels daily.  They'd be pricking and poking themselves so much I joked that if they drink any liquids that it may start to pour out all their holes like a water fountain.  

I knew right away to get either one of them a glass of Orange juice or something sweet if their sugar dropped and keep an eye on them if they'd get dizzy from their sugar being too high.  It was always a concern that I'd get it too.  Both my parents and my paternal grandmother had it.  The fact that I was overweight worried my parents and doctors.  When I was pregnant with my oldest child I tested positive for gestational diabetes, and i needed insulin to balance my sugar levels.  Once I had my daughter, I showed no signs of diabetes, but I was told I needed to be very careful.  

A few years ago I was introduced to Zumba. I really enjoyed it and I started to lose weight.  I decided that it was time for me to take the concerns seriously.  I had three kids that depend on me and i needed to do whatever was needed to spare me a few more years to my lifetime!   I changed my eating habits and excersized regularly.  I was so into it, I started a Bootcamp workout.  I was loving how I was feeling and even more so how I was looking!  I even joined a gym to be able to work out during the cold weather seasons!  But unfortunately, certain things beyond my control took me away from my path of a healthier me.  

My working out began to slowly come to a stop.  I tried working out at home, but it got complicated and wasn't fun anymore.  I started feeling depressed and my anxiety started getting out of control. I fell back into my bad habit of filling myself with comfort foods in order to fill voids and ease my emotions.  I tried to work out occasionally, but I put on weight.  I began to spiral.  

Recently, I have been feeling pretty crappie! And started experiencing symptoms that were familiar.  Constant urge to urinate, feeling thirsty no matter how much water I would drink.  I thought I had developed a bladder infection, but turned out that wasn't the case.  I was tired ALL the time and I had no energy.  I started to see spots and my vision seemed to be getting worse.  So.... It was time to pay my doctor a visit!  

Today I went back for my follow up.  I was tired and thought about rescheduling my appointment.  It was freezing out, but I had been experiencing dizzy spells.  So bundled up and head out!

I was in good spirits for some reason and was greeted by great company when I arrived.  It made the wait at the doctors office go quicker and way more interesting.  (Thank you Junior)!!! 

My doctor wasn't in so I met with the physicians assistant. She was peppy and nice. She chatted with me and said let me tell you the good stuff.  Cool!!! Now here is the bad stuff we have to talk about.  "Your cholesterol is a bit high, if you work on it now you can avoid having to take meds" I thought I can live with that. Then here it was.  "You have diabetes" I felt relieved initially, because now I had a cause for the dizzy spells, spots and constant peeing! We talked about my future and management of my diabetes.  MY DIABETES!!!!!! Holy Sh!t!!! I have diabetes.  I don't have to take meds , but I have to visit the doctor regularly to monitor my diabetes!  

It hit me as I walked home.  I was suddenly thinking about how this was going to change my life completely.  If I didn't take care of myself, my kids Will have to live with diabetes just like me.  

Today I end another chapter in my life and tomorrow I begin a new one.  I will have diabetes, but I won't let diabetes have me!