Essence of Now: Reflections

For this week’s Essence of Now post I’m going to take you on a journey with some highlights from 2012 which was a really big year for the Torres clan.



The husband and I went to Kauai for our 30th birthdays and our 5 year anniversary.


I attended Blissdom and hung out (mostly at the bar) with some special blog friends.


I was finally able to potty train my toddler.

potty training

And she turned 3 (how much longer can I call her a toddler?)

3rd birthday

We had a mini vacation at Lake Tahoe.

lake tahoe

We spent many weekends at Buck’s Lake in our new trailer.


We also spent countless hours in the water where the oldest learned to wakeboard.

H wakeboarding

There was a trip to the Reno Rodeo.

reno rodeo

The garden had another successful year with lots of tomatoes and other produce.


We started homeschooling.


Our second family vacation for the year was a trip to Santa Cruz, California.

santa cruz boardwalk

I went to Bloggy Boot Camp in Las Vegas with my blogging twin.

Lena and jess

The oldest child turned 9 and I suppose is now officially a tween.


I’ve created countless cocktail recipes including this Citrus Champagne Punch.


AND…the biggest accomplishment of the year? Layla started sleeping in her own bed at night (thanks to the tips on how to get toddlers to sleep through the night from my interview with a Pediatrician)!

toddler sleep own bed

Overall, it was a good year. Now it’s time to start making memories for 2013.

Happy New Year’s my friends!

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Hi and welcome! My name is Jessica Torres and I'm a homeschooling mom of two adorably insane girls on the path to greener living. I'm also self declared iPhone addict and lover of all things Apple. When not attached to my kids, my iPhone, or my laptop, you can find me creating cocktail recipes. Subscribe by RSS Feed or by email to join in the fun over here.

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28 Responses to Essence of Now: Reflections

  1. big year! A tween! wow! Love the photos of you at the conferences :)

    • Jessica Torres says:

      I’m not sure how I’m going to handle having a tween in the house yet. Guess I’ll have to figure it out. fast.

  2. Kimberly
    Twitter: KimberlyAMuro

    What a long strange trip it’s been… right? ;)

    Next year’s post will include one of us at BlogHer. Boom.
    Kimberly recently posted..Essence of Now: A New Year, A New Way

  3. Alison says:

    Big year indeed!
    Love that Flat Alison is in the Blissdom photo, heh.
    Have a great 2013!
    Alison recently posted..Three

  4. Grandmother says:

    I didn’t see a single thing about grandma visits or babysitting. So sad.

  5. Nicole Morgan (@thesistershood)
    Twitter: ByWordsMusings

    Your year makes me smile xxxx
    Nicole Morgan (@thesistershood) recently posted..Cry me a river

  6. Roxanne says:

    What a great year it was!

  7. Mad Woman behind the Blog
    Twitter: madwomandiary

    What? No recaps of you modelling underwear? I’ve been robbed! Hoping it won’t be another 11 months before I see you!

    • Jessica Torres says:

      Ha! You are the only one waiting for those pictures.

      And we might be headed your way in Feb… I’ll keep you posted.

  8. angela says:

    Well, of course it took her a while to potty train. That’s quite the Starbucks :)
    angela recently posted..Rejection and Other Plans

    • Jessica Torres says:

      The Starbucks is larger in the picture than in reality…

      And everything with this kid takes longer.


  9. Aleta says:

    Isn’t Hawaii wonderful? We went there with my parents and brother and his wife and had a great time. So lovely :)

    My husband and I are talking about home schooling. My mom is a retired teacher and she’s made the offer. I like the idea :)
    Aleta recently posted..Ruth Chris Steakhouse

    • Jessica Torres says:

      Hawaii is wonderful and I hope to go back someday.

      I think it’s great that you are considering homeschooling!

  10. Robin | Farewell, Stranger
    Twitter: FarewellStrangr

    You guys really do get out there and do stuff. It’s great! Love seeing this recap of the year.
    Robin | Farewell, Stranger recently posted..Explore: 2013

  11. Susi
    Twitter: bocafrau

    So, I just have to let you know that I just had a ‘oh look Layla has the same pj’s as my youngest’ moment! :) Great recap and a big year all around. Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best.
    Susi recently posted..A New Year ~ A New Fill In

    • Jessica Torres says:

      Ha! I have had several of those oh look my kid has the same jammies moments!

      Happy new year to you too and I hope you have a great 2013.

  12. Such a great year! Happy 2013!
    Natalie @MamaTrack recently posted..Three and a Half

  13. Natalie
    Twitter: corp2domestic

    I mean you had a fantastic year…I want to be in your family now.
    Natalie recently posted..You Say Hello, and I Say Goodbye…

  14. Tonya says:

    Nice recap! Potty training Lucas was a huge accomplishment for us too. :)
    Tonya recently posted..Sick

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