1. THE SHINS- caring is creepy
2. LED ZEPPELLIN- black dog
3. RAMONES- judy is a punk
4. HARY NILSSON- let the good times roll
5. JURASSIC 5- high fidelity
6. THE FLAMING LIPS- brain damage
7. IGGY POP- the passenger
8. WILLIAM ELLIOT WHITMORE- lord only knows
9. SEX PISTOLS- anarchy in the uk
10. NIRVANA- come as you areJIM CROCE= you don't mess around with jim
11. DR. DRE- let me ride
14. NIRVANA- come as you are
15. NORMAN GREENBAUM- spirit in the sky
16. M. WARD- rave on
17. THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS- you're gonna miss me
18. BLACK LIPS- buried alive
19. THE ZOMBIES- she's not there
20. DEAD PREZ- hip-hop



life has been hot & sleepy over here (heat=sleepiness if you're me) so we've been keeping it mellow. this was the last week for all of the playgroups we go to until the middle of september. it's so weird to me that this happens. it was especially weird when all the mama's were saying their goodbyes to one another, i've gotten used to seeing these ladies multiple times a week & now i'm not going to see most of them until mid september. it's weird! the city is definitely starting to clear out & it shows as you walk around, it's a little less crowded & i'd be lying if i said it wasn't nice, haha. i've been spending most of the days at the park eating all the popsicles & ice cream offered to me, going to the pool with friends, & finishing up details on our summer trips. i'm really excited for those to come up! i've been getting a lot of inspiration from pinterest (naturally, am i the only one that turns to pinterest when planning trips!?) & thought i'd share some of my pinspiration! happy weekend everybody!
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my fun blog friend leah challenged me to tell 10 things you hopefully don't know about me. i love doing these sort of things & reading other peoples, so i was pretty excited to read her & see that she asked me to play along! for some reason it took me an insanely long time to think of 10 things, but i finally did it!
1// growing up i played tennis just about 5 days a week from the time i was 4 until i quit when i was 10. i don't think i touched a tennis racket again until i was 14 & i joined my high school tennis team. considering how long i played & that my family is really into tennis, or was, i should be a lot better than i am... but i actually didn't like playing until i was about 16, so i never took it seriously.

2// i'm a sucker for tv series, i can get sucked in easily & then i have to finish it. no matter how bad of a show it is.

3// my ringtone has been hip hop by dead prez for the last 4 years. if you don't know that song, listen to it here!

4// if something is made with cilantro & lime, or lemon i automatically want to get it. even if it's something i don't usually like. i just really love those 3 flavors.

5// i had hair to my waist & sometimes longer until i was 12. i always begged my mom to cut my hair & she didn't want to, then the day of my sisters wedding i was left alone with the hair stylist & she noticed my hair was slightly crooked so i asked her to cut it to my shoulders. i still remember my moms less-than-impressed face when she saw my hair when they all came out of the temple.

6// i have an ongoing list in my head of all the places i want to go to & am constantly planning adventures.

7// when i was little i would hum a lot & was convinced other people couldn't hear it.

8// i have a pretty firm belief that dreams have meanings, not all dreams of course, but there are just some that do, or sort of are a prediction of sorts. i've had multiple cases of having a dream & something incredibly similar happening shortly after. because of this i got interested in lucid dreaming for a couple years & read a ton about it & practiced it. dreams really intrigue me, but now.... i hardly ever have dreams. it's weird.

9// i know every single word to i wish by skee-lo. if you don't know it you can listen to it here! not sure why i know it, or how i came to know all the words, but it's pretty cool that i do, ha!

10// i have absolutely no rhythm what so ever. so i'm basically the worst dancer in the world / most embarrassing one. i've learned to embrace it :)

i challenge whoever else wants to play along!



sorry things around here have been a little quiet! turns out when your computer (that pretty much has your whole life on it) crashes, blogging comes to a slight halt. at least it did for me, haha. but it's time for an update, & some instagram pictures since they're sort of all i have to work with for the time being :)
austin started his new term at school & it's a full term squeezed into 2 months so it is keeping him busy, plus he is doing an online internship as well. talk about busy! but there is a major silver lining- once he's finished with this term he has an entire month off!!!! i cannot wait. our summer plans aren't finalized yet, but i have a pretty good idea of what we're going to do, plus we are going on a trip with my family that i am really excited about! so it should be good. the year has seriously flown by. by the time we come back from summer austin will only have three months of school left & then who knows what will happen. i mean, hopefully by then we will actually know, but as of right now we have no clue where we will be. it's kind of exciting, the options seem so endless!
cedar & i have been keeping busy going to the park & pool on the hot days, jumping in puddles & going to the retiro library on the rainy days we had last week & finishing up at playgroups. i've learned that everything starts to end & close in june, here in madrid. so all playgroups are coming to an end which is leaving me wondering what we will do all of july.. haha but i'm sure we will figure it out. luckily we won't be here for the extreme, extreme heat of august & for the complete city shut down. one piece of advice: don't go to madrid in august. it's hot, everything is closed & no one is really here, so it's a bit like a ghost town.. & i'm already seeing it start to happen. it blows my mind how an entire city can close down for a month & while i haven't been in spain in august, i have been to milan, italy in august & almost nothing was open. it was a real buzz kill for our trip, but i'm guessing that's how madrid will be.
i've been keeping myself busy working on a bit of a side project. i haven't talked about it much on here yet because i have been protective & worried that it wouldn't fully workout, so i didn't want to chance myself! i'm working on opening an online shop soon-ish & for some reason starting this project makes me feel a little vulnerable. i won't say a whole lot more quite yet but what i will say about it is a) it's been keeping me really busy & it has been really fun & exciting! b) it makes me nervous c) my computer crashing has made it REALLY hard but i'm trying to get it going still.
cedar has changed so much already since his birthday. it's as if he turned 2 & a switch went off, in a good way. he hasn't hit the terrible two's yet & it is leaving me really hopeful, haha. but he has grown so much! he is talking SO much more, repeating everything i say & using it on his own in the correct ways & just learning so much. it's amazing to watch & it makes my heart so proud. he is pulling his own sentences together & really trying to say what he wants or is feeling. i have waited so long for this to happen, speech has come a little slower to cedar since he has been dealing with the dual language thing, but he's really getting it now. even more than speaking his motor skills are going wild, he has always been good at stacking different objects, but he is all of a sudden obsessed with puzzles & can do them on his own & loves naming the shapes while he does it. it is really, really fun to watch.



for our 3rd anniversary we went big. at least for us. we got a babysitter for the very first time since moving to madrid & went to a fancy dinner, just the two of us. see? big things.
i was fairly nervous leaving cedar with a sitter, but luckily we found an extremely trustworthy one through a friend that works at the u.s. embassy with my friends husband. it worked out fairly easily since no where is really open before 8, the babysitter arrived right when cedar was going down for the night & naturally this was the one night that he didn't want to go to sleep... kids can seriously tell when you're leaving, it's nuts! once we got him down we were off on our big date.

we went to a restaurant called la bodega de los secretos that's in downtown madrid. we got all dressed up, i even wore a dress & heels which is a rarity these days with all the walking i have to do! by the time we got the the restaurant we had half an hour to kill before our reservation, so we took the opportunity to wander around the downtown area, just the two of us. discovering the city just the two of us was completely different than when cedar is with us. we get so occupied with him, making sure he's happy, not hungry, entertained & just being with him that it was really different without him. we got to wander the streets hand in hand, just the two of us with the city being so romantic & not having a care in the world about anything or anyone else, it was really nice. but don't get me wrong,
the restaurant is one of the cooler places i've gone, it's in madrid's oldest winery that has been transformed perfectly into a restaurant while maintaining all the charm of a cellar. the little cellars are the perfect fit for little, intimate tables, making it a pretty romantic spot. & then there's the food. the food was amaaaaaazing, we were both in heaven. we had delicious ceviche, tomato & burratta cheese salad, great ox tail & delicious desserts. i could go on & on about it. it was also the fastest spanish restaurant i have ever been to. most dinners we go to that start at 9 aren't finished until midnight, but we were out of there within 2 hours which was a surprise to both austin & i! but it was perfect for us to be able to get back to our little sleeping guy & finish the night off with a movie.