My baby girl.. the best surprise I´ve ever received in my life turned three last friday. I always say she came like a party favor.. when we thought the party was over.. haha!!! I always say that we are a pretty loud bunch, there is always something happening in the background, someone´s singing, someone´s dancing, someone´s crying, someone´s doing a cartwheel, someone gets mad, and someone is happy we fight loud, we make up louder, we kiss a lot, we hug, we laugh a whole lot too... and then there is Ari, she arrived in our beautiful crazy world to make it even crazier, when she is happy, she is the happiest, when she sings... you have to listen, when she dances...you better dance ... when she talks, you have to listen, when she wants mom or daddy to herself you better let her... she is Ari Rico, sometimes she is Princess Anna, she is always Peppa´s best friend, and she will forever be our baby!
Three whole years.... OMG I have tried to hold on to every second of them but they have gone by way too fast... And all I can do is look into her black eyes just like I did when she was born, and wonder where did time go... I knew this would happen, it happens every time I look at my girls, but the feeling of ´oh I wish I could stop time¨ never goes away. Is like if those million kisses I´ve given them, those forever hugs, our time no matter how long or how short is never enough to express our love.... oh ïf I could turn back time...¨ That was Ari when she was born, the ability to turn back time and relive my two babies with her, we did it... now she is growing, and I can´t keep having babies... so I´ll have to subside and accept time!
On a less sentimental note, we are planning Ari´s piñata! Remember here is Venezuela this is how we do it, it´s super cool for kids, but a lot of work for moms! I imagine when you think about a piñata you imagine something little like in the movies, well, it has evolved to this:
Enormous piñatas of whatever theme you want, Ari´s choice this year is Peppa of course! We ordered a fairy Peppa!!!
So, this is were we are at this week! Peppa all around!!! Sweat dreams everyone!
So is true that we are summer people, that we live in the Caribbean, that here in Venezuela is always green and blue, but I promise you that a day at the beach never gets old, is always fresh, fun, flirty... is always like a first time.
Then of course, going to the beach is not in any way an easy task when you have kids, specially toddlers, luckily, Ari being my third I have kinda figured out that all it takes for her is a bucket and a couple of shovels and pails, no need for the whole extra beach bag full of toys... Of course putting sunblock on every member of this family could scare me away too... but I discovered spray sunblocks... and well whatever ton of work leaving the house meant, once my feet touch the sand, is like magic.
I have a feeling that I belong to the sea, and with every breath of salty air I feel, I love, I remember, I wish, I dream... I am. And at the end of the day there is always peace and gratitude. Gratitude because I know that my girls are happy, that they are making memories, that they are being kids, and their bond is strengthened with every laugh under the sun!
Of course there is the sun, the air, the sound of the waves... but the sight of them playing as if they were all the same age tops about anything else!
On our second day in Margarita we went to this beach called Playa Caribe that has the most perfect sunset, the view is so intense and full of color and sound that I think it´s there to make you feel blessed. It´s impossible to walk down that beach without recharging your senses, your soul, your love. It is always still and peaceful, yet full of energy. It makes you relax without giving you the chance to know you are relaxing, its carefree, and thoughtless... There I can´t think, I can just feel...
And so some coconut water, a hat to keep the sun away from my face, and my girls ever lasting laughter is all it takes for me to just want to come back again and again!
And of course a very relaxed hubby willing to take a selfie is chocolate frosting on the cake!
Sweet dreams!!! Have a great rest of the weekend!
Childhood, is were our stories begin, is the place we go to when we need comfort. We think childhood is about children, but really is something we carry inside for the rest of our lives, is what we talk about when we are adults while we are decorating our homes for Christmas, or what we talk about on road trips, is what makes us feel we belong somewhere, is the songs that makes us want to sing out loud, dance or even cry... Childhood are those scents that suddenly appear and take us back to a specific place and time.... and most important is what we do as parents, is the magic we create in hope of making our children happy people! Sometimes that magic just happens, it happens maybe on a Sunday morning, or a day at the beach, but sometimes is on us to create it, to turn up the volume of a cool song and dance to it, to bake a cake, to watch a Disney movie on a Friday night instead of watching a thriller...
This is what this beach house ¨Miel y Papelon¨ is for our family... childhood! My parents built his house for their grandchildren, for it to be a place where memories are made, and where love grows every vacation that we take together. Family and sisterhood has been made here. Cousins have become best friends for life, and memories have been embedded in our hearts.
This time around we came by ourselves, which is also something that I cherish dearly. I love time with just the five of us, I love the closeness and the strength I feel when is only us... But being here in Miel Y Papelon is impossible not to remember the happy moments that have been lived here by all the Perisse Bunch! Like when I see them upstairs I remember the hours on end they played the airplane with their cousins.
When Ari plays with these sea shells, I am also remembering the day that they were picked at...
When I sit here with Ari taking a selfie I also miss the chaos that it is when there is all of us trying to leave for the beach!
This ¨La Virgen del Valle¨ Margarita´s Virgin, a great part or Venezuelans are devoted to this Virgin, and you can see it in many forms in a lot of houses, specially in beach towns. This is our VIrgin Mary, we hand picked her, or maybe she picked us one day shopping for art in the island... I remeber that the day verytime I come into the house and see her!
All of our children have had the time of their lives with this hose and this little tiny pool!
And this hammock... can you imagine how many dreams it has cradled???
So this little place in the world, in my dear Venezuela, holds a lot of my happiest memories, it holds laughter, scents, sights, dreams... it has seen our children grow, it has given us wonder, and magic, it has given us life!!! Oh how I love this place!
oh and by the way... Happy Valentine´s Day!!
I fell in love 13 years ago... deeply, truly, crazy in love!!! I will never forget that Friday January 31st at 7:30 am when I first the first cry of my baby and the Doctor say: ¨7:30 am, remember the time, because you just officially became a mom¨.That moment will be forever embedded in me...
When my baby girl was born, the best version of me, the part I like most, the part that makes me really me, was born too... Since Ale was born I was amazed at how she seemed to really be there, a wise soul observing the world she was born in, speaking to me through her big black eyes. Of my three girls she has been the one to cry the most, the one with the tantrums, while at the same time being the happiest baby you could ever see. She has been passionate about life since the day she was born, and one of her greatest gifts is the ability to share that passion to whoever is lucky to cross her path! She changed all of our lives, she awoke our sense of wonder again to never let it dim.
That little girl is now a teenager, we are learning together, I have failed at times, lost my patience some other times, I have talked hours on end wondering if she is really listening... but my doubts have always vanished with her happy self jumps into our bed at night to be cuddled like a little girl.
Ale gives our home at least one contagious laugh everyday, teaching us to laugh our heads off, while at the same time teaching us that we can sit immerse in our thoughts and dream and believe! She will hug you until it hurts, hugs that make me mad because literally she will tumble me to the floor with them, but that fill me with a love that you can even touch. She feels fiercely and wont quit until we are as passionate as her of whatever it is she is passionate about, it can be something so very simple as a cool flower or something as powerful as her passion for beautiful things, nut what really amazes me is that most of the time she is excited about the little things! She will always come in without knocking, she surely will turn up the volume of the radio, she will dance freely and loud to whatever rhythm life throws her way. She will always make you smile!
Today I am thankful and feel blessed to be her mom!
Happy birthday mi beba preciosa, te amo con locura!
A walk down memory lane.... too many pictures, here are some that jumped out at me!
Have a great rest of the week and remember... dance with fairies, ride a univorn, and swim with mermaids!!!
Hi! my name is Carolina Perisse de Rico, I am a stay at home architect with the biggest project ever... my girls! The oldest is 16, then I have an 14 year old, and my miracle baby who is 6. Glad you are here, hope you stay a while!
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