SEE YOU SOON PRIMA

See you soon prima! For my non spanish speaking followers, prima means; cousin in spanish. And let’s just say that I have one special cousin that is so dear to my heart. She was here for her summer vacation from college. Yesterday she left sunny South Florida back for another semester in North Carolina. She is one of my best friends aside from being my cousin. No questions about it. Her name is Natalie. Natalie is 19 years old, going on 35. haha. I really don’t mean that in a bad way. You see..the point that I am trying to make is that she’s not your average 19-year-old. I have watched Natalie grow over the years and the change is remarkable. Remarkable in such an amazing way. I think what bonded us over the years, with me being some years older than her, is her sense of maturity. Watching her grow up from this little spunky girl to such a mature lady has been an honor of mine as her older cousin. I may be older, but I admire her in so many ways.

Natalie is one of the most DETERMINED individuals I have personally met and have had the chance to see the determination in full effect! When she put’s her mind into doing something, anything at all.. you better believe that she will deliver! I have been able to see her work hard for what she has and its honestly inspiring. When she was in high school she came up to me one day and said she was trying out for the “lacrosse club.” I remember looking at her and thinking “Since when does she even know what lacrosse is?!” Well, needless to say, she joined the “club” and taught herself and learned from those who were willing to teach her and soaked up all things lacrosse. That lacrosse “club” soon turned into a “team.” Soon after, we were headed out to her high school lacrosse games and watching her kick some lacrosse butt! Turns out the girl was good! SO good that she managed to be the first in our family to get a full ride scholarship to a University in North Carolina playing lacrosse. Her determination is so great that it never seems to fail her. And I pray that it never does =)

You see, besides being so determined..Natalie is such a loving individual. If and when you meet her, she seems a little straight forward and a bit standoffish. But once you get to know her and draws you in to her fun and laid back personality, you see all the love she has in her. She is so humble at heart, something I hope she never looses. Because Humility is a precious gift to have when you really possess it. She’s also a little jokester at heart and I love that about her because I think its something we both have in common. Laughing is always great, but when we laugh together its even better! I’m so glad that her and I will have so many memories to last us a lifetime. But I’m especially excited for all the future memories we will make!

So the day before she left, we did something we never get tired of doing in this family! Kayaking! Xavier and I packed our little  bags and took her to our favorite park to kayak! It was such a beautiful day! The water was amazingly calm and clear, so we took advantage and kayaked out to this amazing sandbar in the Miami bay. It was like being on a little island surrounded by the clear waters. The view is always pretty awesome with the Miami skyline and the palm trees from a far. Breathtaking! I wish that we would’ve spent more time while she was here for the summer. But being a grown up sometimes limits our time. But at the same time, the time we did spend together was great and memorable and full of good laughs!

Were hoping that we can pay her a visit soon to her School and add to the memory book we already have. So dear prima, you will be missed while away at school but I couldn’t be more proud of all your accomplishments thus far. I already cannot wait to see you the next time. Never forget that your favorite cousin is just a phone call away and will always be here for you! Keep your head up at all times and never lose your humility and that happiness you carry on a daily basis. Keep grounded always and always remember to keep God in your heart! It’s so great to be the audience of your life as of now. I am so proud of the woman you have become and all that you have left to be. I hope you have an amazing season and a great semester! Love you Prima!

❤ Jen

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SEE YOU LATER ALLIGATOR! =)

SUNDAY FUNDAY

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetToday we decided to spontaneously have a SUNDAY FUNDAY! Well kind of.. Late last night we decided that we should head over to one of our favorite places, Oleta River State Park. We also send out a last-minute invite to my parents and my little sister and they said they would let us know in the morning. So upon waking up, I guess they decided they felt a little spontaneous too and agreed to join us. We made a quick breakfast while my parents met us at our place. When they arrived we were ready to head out and we were full of excitement! This was going to be the first time we took my parents and my little sister to the park where I became Xavier’s girlfriend. Well the excitement was also due to them joining us on a kayaking Sunday in Miami. It was actually my moms first time kayaking and I couldn’t have been more proud of her! She did so well and was so much braver than I thought she would be. I think we all had a laugh or two seeing my parents on the same kayak and one doing all the work! At one point we looked back (since we did get a head start) and we just saw my mom holding the paddles still while my dad paddled to keep up! It was hilarious. My little sister definitely got a kick out of it and was glad she rode on our kayak. She was so cute today and was so excited every time she got a splash of water on her. She was a bit afraid at first, mostly because she kept thinking about “sharks” being in the water. Lets just say once she was on that kayak with us, her excitement and happiness took that fear away. We, re-assured her that she would be okay and that we wouldn’t let anything happen to her. We used the story that only dolphins lived in these waters and sharks lived a lot further away. Worked like a charm! haha. Well needless to say, the day was gorgeous. The sun was shining, and so were we! We made it out to a sandbar and had a blast in the water. It was so nice to be able to share one of our favorite past times with my parents and little sister! Their smiles today were priceless and heartwarming. But most importantly, it was wonderful to spend some quality time with them today…especially being such a beautiful day! We are hoping that next weekend we can head out there again. But next time we hope its with Xavier’s parents and our brothers and sisters. Im hoping we can make it happen! I love where we live. Miami is definitely great place to have in our backyards! This was our day through our iPhone’s.. Hope you all had a wonderful Sunday!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with g3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

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Love, Jen ❤

GAME TIME IN MIAMI

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Happy Memorial Day weekend to all of you! Hope you all have been enjoying the long weekend, the food and the sun! Unlike many here in South Florida, we had no weekend plans as in going to the keys, or Orlando or even the beach as many do down here. While I had three days off from the hospital, my boyfriend had to work this Sunday and Memorial day, which I will also be working. So we made our own low-key plans these past couple of days. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Friday we went to see family and after, dinner and movie. But yesterday, IT WAS GAME TIME! I am lucky gal really, you see.. Why? Well, because my boyfriend and his dad are Miami Heat season heat ticket holders! So when they don’t go together or when we have days off together, this lucky girl gets to tag along quite often! So, yesterday we did just that! We got our heat gear on, my wore down chucks, for comfort ( because this girl doesn’t believe in heels to a game lol my boyfriend appreciates this very much.. believe me!) and we were off to our lovely city of Miami. NBA playoffsFor us going to games together is special.. Since i was 12 and barely knew what basketball was, I was going to heat games.  And for Xavier, the same goes.. that, and that he’s a die-hard Lebron James fan (since cavaliers time.) It also made sense that one of our first dates, was to be at the American airlines  arena for a date! Well, yesterday was exciting, it is the NBA Playoffs and we were there for game 3! After our gear was on and we were on our way to downtown Miami, it was game time! But first, we had to do our game time, ritual! We usually try to get there early.. we go to Bayside, an outdoor marketplace and get something to eat at one of our top three restaurants: 1.) Los ranchos, 2.)Largo Seafood & Grill, or 3.)Bongos Cuban Cafe across the street! They all satisfy our bellies before games! Here are some of our pictures of yesterday’s GAME TIME! You’ll also get to see which restaurant we picked yesterday too! Hope you all enjoy, it was a beautiful day here yesterday in South Florida!  What plans did you all have for Memorial Day weekend? I would love to hear..

P.S.. Win or lose, GO HEAT!  Here’s our day through our iPhone!

Miami

Bayside

The winner was..LOS RANCHOS. A nicaraguan steak house. yum
The winner was..LOS RANCHOS. A nicaraguan steak house. yum
Love our City
LOVE our city
and got ready for this!
and got ready for this!
HEAT WIN
HEAT WIN