My Cup Runneth Over

My Cup Runneth Over

I absolutely LOVE the movie “Hope Floats” with Sandra Bullock (playing Birdee) and Harry Connick Jr (as Justin Matisse). The first time my sister and I watched it, we got angry. “What the HECK!? How much more can go wrong for this girl!?” But in the end she pulls through and she walks off into happily ever after with cowboy version of HCJ. Birdee’s mother, Ramona (played by Gena Rowlands), is an absolute rock throughout all of Birdee’s trials. There’s one scene where she’s having a special moment with her granddaughter, Bernice, and says, “My Cup Runneth Over.” Later at the end, sweet Bernice, who’d gone through everything alongside her mama, also says reflects on how absolutely loved she feels with the same phrase. I was lucky enough to catch this flick last night and the line stuck with me.

I’d like to think I walk around constantly throwing confetti and making everyone’s day better, but sometimes even pink-loving PartyBFF feels blue. I’m a pretty bubbly girl. We all know this, and it didn’t take long for my pals to notice that I’d gone flat. Work is stressful and growing old isn’t fun, but all it takes sometimes is a sweet treat from a friend and a good conversation with your hubby to pick you back up to glitter-tossing status. A series of events brought the pep back into my step. One of my pals stopped by work with an early birthday gift and a sweet treat. I came home to one of the SWEETEST cards from another friend. I was overwhelmed with love from family and friends this morning and only have more to look forward to with all of the sweet surprises my husband has planned for this weekend.

My cup does runneth over and I’m so lucky to have everyone remind me so. Birthdays or any celebration remind us of how lucky we are to have what we do. From my girls who know exactly which sweet treat picks me up, to my in-laws who don’t let thousands of miles stop them from showing their love, to my family who is constantly on the run with me making me laugh (my grandpa actually interrupted my writing with his fabulous opera rendition of “Happy Birthday!”). I am a lucky girl.

Life is a celebration. Sometimes it’s the prep. Sometimes it’s the cleanup, and sometimes someone we dislike crashes the party. But you have to simply grab a cocktail, clink to a toast and celebrate the wonderful things you have.

Cheers!

-Vanessa

Cinco De Mayo – A Formula for a True Mexican Celebration

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This weekend will be raging with mustaches, sombreros and tequila. Yes this American holiday created to stereotype Mexican culture is one of my favorites. (When I think about it though… The Mexican men in my family mostly do all have mustaches, and we DO love tequila. So I guess we’re just off with the sombreros!? I digress!)

As a Mexican-American, I consider myself an expert here and am giving you the formula for a true and special Mexican celebration. Here you go!

1. Family must be present – If you’re having a Cinco de Mayo party and there’s no family around, you’re not embracing true Mexican spirit. And keep in mind, family doesn’t only mean “relatives.” Invite everyone you love and if they bring friends, that’s fine – We’re all family! We welcome strangers and gringos with open arms. We love hosting people and celebrating, and if we run out of drinks or food, don’t worry we’ll send your primo out to get more.

2. Food – Chips and salsa do not count. Ask any of the white boys who’ve dated the “Flores girls,” you don’t enter a Mexican household and not eat a real meal!

3. Drinks – A “frozen margarita machine” is fun, but that’s more Senor Frog’s on the beach, than it is Mexicano. Tequila, coke, sprite, lemonade, water, Corona and Dos Equis! Don’t forget the limes.

4. Music & Dancing – Yes, there’s no party without dancing; you don’t have to stick with the stereotypical mariachi album. Those are definitely fun, but mix in some Juanes, Gypsy Kings and Sonora Dynamita and you’ve got yourself a baile on the horizon.

5. That stick up your butt, leave it at the door – My theory on why this stereotypical holiday has come about, is because Mexicans are FUN and people want to partake in our joyous celebrations (have you ever been to a quincenera or a bautizo??). The reason we’re fun, is because we aren’t all only about the decorations and the food. We focus on everyone having a good time. Dad walks around with a tequila bottle and your boyfriend’s cousin who came along, is dancing with your grandma before you know it. So if you’re going to celebrate the Mexican way, you’re going to forget about what everyone thinks and you’re going to have a good time.

My Tio (uncle) Martin once said, “Come and enjoy us!” instead of “come and join us” and we’ve fully adopted the playful phrase . It’s the truth. When you’re at a Mexican celebration, you’re there to enjoy yourself and all those there celebrating with you.

There you go… it’s as simple as that!

Happy Cinco de Mayo my friends. Party hard and be safe.

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Flores girls on Cinco de Mayo, 2013