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I was always one of those people that would judge other people who loved their pets like humans. The first day I met Chapo when I picked him up, I could have sworn I made the worst mistake of my life. He kept whining on the drive back to Austin because I had him in a little crate in the back. Halfway home, I pulled over to the side and took him out of the crate. I placed him on my lap and started driving again. He cuddled up and put his little head in this little "cave" spot in between my arm and the seat belt. My heart melted and I fell in love. 
Happy Monday y'all! I feel like it's been FOREVER since I last posted. Life has been CRAZY. With work, wedding planning, and trying to spend time with friends and family there hasn't been much time for me to sit...

An Ode to my Little Sister

I wrote this post two years ago when my sister was 16 going on 17. Some things have changed since then. She decided to come to Austin to attend the University of Texas at Austin. (YAAAAAAAS!) She has now been dating David (ugh David haha) for almost two years. And she is now almost 19 years old. She moves into her dorm tomorrow and I could not be MORE excited! Here is the [updated] ode to my baby one, my little sister, and my heart in honor of her moving to Austin and beginning her college adventure.
Julian proposed on the evening of 6/25/2016 with both our families present. He told me we were having a USA vs. Colombia game watch party. Minutes after arriving to his aunt's house, a trio walked in playing our song "Amorcito Corazon" with my family in tow. I was super SURPRISED. And, I was also really happy that my family was able to make the trip up to be there with us. It was PERFECT.
But, my mom is sooooo much more than that. She truly is my number one role model...the true definition of a #GirlBoss. She is from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 13. She was able to overcome adversity and graduate college despite English being her second language. She went on to become the first woman and first Latina President/CEO of Border Federal Credit Union in Del Rio, TX. This past April, she was awarded the Cornerstone Credit Union League Professional of the Year Award. I took some days ff from work so I could make it to the awards ceremony. My mom has always been there for me, so I wanted to be there for her. I am sooooo fortunate to have my as a mentor, friend, and mom! She is such an inspiration to me. She inspires me and motivates me to be better and greater. Her and my dad came to the United States to give my siblings and I a better life. And I am sooooo proud of my mom and so proud to be her daughter.

For The Love of Baseball

My first vivid memory of watching baseball was at my grandparent's house in Sabinas, Coahuila, Mexico. My grandpa had his favorite teams: Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers. He picked his teams based on what games they would play on the Mexican channels him and my grandma had access to. He didn't care if he had no actual ties to a city or team. He just loved his baseball.
I am not sure when I changed. But when I did life was a lot easier for me and for everyone else. As I grew up I started seeing that a lot of my dad's advice had so much meaning. He raised it by teaching us to work hard for what we wanted. All those summers and winter breaks spent working with him were just a way to show us that nothing in life comes easy. I learned so much from my dad without ever realizing it. I wish I would have listened a little more and tried a little harder to be a better daughter earlier in my life.
06-08-2012. 3 years ago Julian asked me to be his girlfriend at the pool after my sister asked him what we were. It was random and unplanned just like the rest of our relationship up to that point. He was unexpected and I honestly...
My grandmother on my father's side passed away this past Sunday, May 3, 2015 around 3:00 AM. Ever since my grandfather passed away, she slowly started not eating and getting sick. She basically past away from being lonely. Her whole life after being a nurse, she dedicated her time to God, the Church, and my grandpa. Like most old-school Hispanic women she catered 100% to my grandpa's wishes. Once he passed, I guess she didn't have as much purpose to keep living.

January 23, 2012

Towards the end of the lab, we all got up to go to the basement of the building to put some samples in the oven overnight. He was in front of me in line for the oven. That's when I saw him, like really looked at him. it was the first time in my whole life I blushed from checking a guy out.

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