I Lava you & our Hawaii experience at De Young

The other day, while at the park with Dominika, a little gift from heaven was given to us. We were playing in the sand while a cute little boy entered the area we were playing at. He was very charismatic and playful and it reminded me of Mark Jacinto, my son. My boy is about to turn five in a couple of days and  started attending TKindergarten, spending a longer time in school than last year.

The little boy's dad entered the picture and he seemed pleasant in demeanor. We started talking about our kids and I noticed a string instrument inside his bag. I asked if he played the instrument and he said that it's been an on and off pursuit but that he enjoys playing the ukelele very much. 

I thought, how cool is that! "Would you play some music for us?" , I asked. The father nodded in affirmation and said "yes". 

He started playing and singing and all the sudden realized that it was the "I lava you" song!! ( If you haven't seen it it, is the short film that Pixar releases right before the Inside Out movie starts at the movie theater) That very day, I was experiencing disappointment and was a bit discouraged about a certain something I have been working towards that seems to test my patience but God always have ways to say " It's ok, I've got you". I truly take this sort of things as little kisses from God, the very unique and personalized ways that he knows will make my heart happy again. I love string instruments and live music!

I got reminded that not one day is ordinary, that even when you are feeling blue, there are fun and beautiful things around you.. if you open your heart to see it. Dominika started crying because she was hungry so we said good bye to the father and son. After that, my day was energized in a new sort of way and some wonderful things happened after that.

Going along the Hawaiian topic, I wanted to share some pics from this past weekend were we attended the De Young museum's opening of the Royal Hawaiian exhibition. 

Dominika and her friend Leo.

Hawaiian singer with a lovely voice!

We met with friends there and after some art viewing, we went outside for some snacks and visit the dome which the kids love. 


Oh, that smile!

Inside the dome


So my husband Mark pretty much brings his speakers wherever we go. While in the dome, around two dads and their kids entered the dome and were a little restless, running around circles over and over again. Well, Mark cleverly played the Star Wars music and all of the sudden the kids started playing with a "sword" and were in battle, in slow motion too! haha. 

Mark Walter has this knowledge how much music affects people( he used to dj in Europe) that irritates me sometimes but it works! For example if I'm a bit cranky or something and we are about to have dinner he plays bossanova music, usually some Joao Gilberto or Elis Regina and, since he knows that it soothes me, I immediately float. My children got the same gene because Dominika can be really upset about something but if music is played then she can help but move her bootie. That girl has got moves.

I have never been attracted to Hawaii for some reason but after this exhibition and the lava song it's on my travel bucket list now. Love the picture of Mark Walter below, I think it captures his essence.

Hey, guapo!

Wonderful performance!

What are eating now, girl?

Love the dancers performance, although there were so many people there, we were able to get a peak. One thing is bringing kids to a museum but another thing is having a playdate at the museum, that's when things get a bit complicated. We kept it short and sweet and then headed to the park to run off some steam. The kids had fun!

Brother & sister love

I absolutely love the picture above of my little ones. They truly love each other and look after each other. 

Loving that swing.

De Young Museum

It never ceases to amaze and inspire me these children's ability to find beauty and excitement in their surroundings. Mark Jacinto was quite for a while. I found him by this trunk and he said: " Look, mom, Aren't they so cute? They are so little!" He is such an animal lover, I'll tell ya. 

Loving the ants

I'm humbled by this journey of being a parent, they have and continue to teach me so much. I'm constantly learning from them their ability to trust, to have and express joy, to love so freely. Humbled, humbled by their fascination of their world, their insatiable curiosity and fierce desire for living. It's contagious!

Family Art Class at De Young Museum

This past Saturday we went to the De Young Museum to take a family art class. The class was called Doing and Viewing Art. I loved how they had a specific topic for each class that is offered most Saturday mornings. It started with an introduction around the gallery, explaining the artists process and what we will be doing. Basic Shapes were the main subject so the instructor was asking the kids to look for shapes in the artwork we were shown. It was so cute watching the kids looking for the shapes, discussing about it and finding their own point of view. Of course, Dominika wanted to touch the paintings and sing the frozen song in the gallery, but she was just in need of her cheese and apple fix, which is her current favorite snack. So I took her to the lobby for a couple of minutes until she was calm and her tummy satisfied. I really enjoyed seeing my husband and son doing this sort of thing together for it made my heart full.

I've been thinking a lot about joy lately. Looking back, early that morning, I was paralyzed with deep sadness. I had just received the news from my BBC app about the earthquake in Nepal. I didn't seem to shake that sinking feeling in my chest. Bad news are everywhere! and is so important to always look for the good, to appreciate what we do have and enjoy the present moment. I grieved and prayed and came to realized that we were given that moment, that morning and perhaps that entire day to live and to enjoy each other.  Moments like this, make me  the more grateful for the family I do have, and reminds me of how fleeting life can be. 

Doing art with my family was therapeutic for me. I came to realize that one of the things that gives me the most joy in life is spending quality time with these special beings. 


The art teacher send the kids to sketch their vision before painting.

Explaining about shapes and how to incorporate them.

Cutting shapes.

Glueing shapes.

Painting careeeeefully. Mark Jacinto is so meticulous at work^.^

Dominika's scribbles. J'adore! 

She helped me glue the shapes.

Painting some more.

Ok, she kind of glued the whole time pretty much. 

Masterpiece done! I personally like it very very much<3

Wally being goofy.

"Caught up in the air".

Dominika, you are growing up way too fast girl!

These two.

What if apples grew on the ground?  How else would have Einstein figured out the theory of relativity? 

Happy, happy boy! At the playground.

I loved doing this project with Dominika. I love her scribbles!! She's an intense and full of life little girl. She helped me glue almost all of the shapes. After the class, everyone was ready to have lunch and enjoyed time at their cafe's patio. 

Afterwards, we headed to Koret Children's Playground to let the kids run and play some before heading home. 

What are your favorite Saturday activities with your family? 

Have a lovely rest of the week.


Family Outing: Nopalito & De Young Museum

Bluecorn tortilla quedadilla. So good^.^

A few days ago, papi took an entire day off just to be with us. It felt pretty special since it was during the week. We went to visit the De Young Museum for the first time and had lunch at Nopalito. I loved the atmosphere in that place, I don't know why, I just felt at home. Spicy food is a plus in my book. Nopalito welcomed us with a small bowl of spicy roasted chickpeas that they served as an appetizer. They were so delicious, that I didn't even have time to take a picture of them because they were gone before I came to my senses. Gotta try the recipe! I was in cloud 9, seriously. Good food does affect me in that sort of way. My daughter inherited the same gene were food can have such a profound effect on you, as to make you dance or close your eyes because you achieved food nirvana, haha. 

Anyways, they had great mexican food, specially if you are into spicy food. The ceviche was very spicy. The traditional ceviche I grew up with(ecuadorean ceviche), it's not spicy at all so this was a nice take. They make their own chips and tasted so so good. We'll be back, Nopalito. You go to restautants to have great food and to have a good experience. We left having both and I love when that happens!

Afterwards, we walked to Golden Gate Park and headed to the museum. I can't even tell you how much I loved this museum. It was our first time there( I've been wanting to go there for a while!) and so was very impressed. Mark Walter and I enjoyed the architecture of the building, so Dwell! Many clean lines, natural colors, lots of wood and wide spaces. I literally felt that my head got into a calm state of mind just by being there. 

We enjoyed seeing the artwork together, talking about it and saying which ones were our favorites. As always with children there are potty brakes, snack brakes, and whatnot brakes so taking it sloooowly and giving plenty of time was essential for everyone's happiness. 

I also like that this kind of places, remind us to exercise our "inside voices" intentionally and that the museum is family friendly.

My family. A kind gentleman took this picture.

Mi niña. My girl at 19 months young.

On their way to the museum.

This place gives me peace.

Rad lights at their cafe.

Papi and son.

One of my favorite moments. Seeing my son stop to admire the flowers, what a gift!

The museum's cafe outside.

From the top floor.

This view.

Hello, San Fran!

We loved the South of Market exhibition by Janet Delancey, since it artfully portrayed the transformation that the area we currently live on, has gone through since the 70's. 

We ended up buying a print with the beautiful lady above on the right, since we liked it so much. It was such a beautiful family time I will forever cherish in my heart. Thankful.