Christmas came and went, and left us again with our hearts bigger and fuller, and our families stronger because we have more memories of happy children, and sleepy babies with xmas pjs, and wishes easily fulfilled. I have come to think that all the glitter, twinkly lights, candles, and pretty outfits are so, so we can create beautiful images to last forever in our hearts, in the story of our lives. So with only a few hours left of 2014 I am happy to have another year of memories tucked in the right place. And as I look through the pictures of my girls I feel content and grateful for being able to witness and create magic and wide eyed wonder for them! Sometimes people as close as my husband don't understand why am always in a contenplating mood... Or why it is that nothing really bothers me, and it is not that am always happy because really no one is, is just that at this point in my life I have come to realize that life is not about big major events, or amazing destinations, or dramas or God forbid tragedy, life is about all those little insignificant stories that make our everyday life. And as long as I am able to see them and be grateful I will be happy and hence give happiness to those around me.
Here are pieces of our Christmas.... Christmas eve is always perfect with our very own super real Santa Claus!!! He has visited our family since I was about two, and has never missed a visit! I thought he looked like my dad when I was little... Now the girls think so too.... Haha I think they are just plain crazy!!!!
All pics are from my iphone since we are currently visiting family in florida and am blogging from my phone!
Christmas morning, a thousand new toys, dreams fulfillee, happy kids, christmas carols, coffee, tired parents, it doesn't get any better!
Happy New Year!!! Feliz Año Nuevo!!!! Love to all!!!
The quite Christmas I´ve been talking about that I love has not been so quiet lately. I´ve been doing like a million things, and I really haven´t had as much time as I would like to, to enjoy the twinkle of my tree lights. Still I try to breath it all in whenever I get the chance!
My dad´s birthday was this past Thursday, and because it is so close to Christmas, is like our private advent as we know that Christmas is near. That, plus some magic that my mom uses decorating her house that makes you stop and breath, and feel warm and loved since you walk through her front door!
My dad.....he is one of the most loyal, noble, bighearted man I have ever met. Of course he is my dad, but I do think he is all that, plus the best grandad around! And he looooooves his birthday. My mom always celebrates it and no matter how small or big a party she plans she makes it feel like ¨the¨ party... and there he is with a big smile, enjoying like a kid, playing music that takes us back to our childhood, and that will surely create some old memories for our children as they will remember those sounds when they are older as music from their childhood too. At the end, blowing out the candles with all his grandchildren on his lap (it´s a good thing we all live in the same city) is all my dad wishes for!
Here is some of my mom´s magic...
Yesterday we had my cousin Gise´s baby shower. She lives in Texas but because we are Latin and us Venezuelans have the hardest time leaving home, my aunt decided to throw her a baby shower were she would attend via facetime! We were supposed to be there at three, but this time things did not fall into place as this past week, and we were running late. When we are late, this household is complete chaos. Ale wanted help figuring out what to wear, and that meant like 100 different outfit possibilities, Emi wanted me to braid her hair, Ari decided she wanted to wear tight shoes... And of course I needed to get dressed too, but apparently that was only important to me. In between our bickering we managed to get ourselves in the car, and my plan was that once in the car I would do a quick fix to my chipped nails.. then I realized that we hadn´t fed the dogs (Gabriel always does this but he was at his company´s Christmas party) That meant more yelling... Ale called me a ¨diva¨ because I was not moving because of my nails... So as you can see, this was not a very blogable moment, or is it?
Life is not perfect, I am not perfect, nor are my children, and believe me...we are not trying to be perfect. We yell, we holler, we scream, we get frustrated... sometimes we hurt somebody along the way, we make mistakes, we get mad for the wrong reasons. And it would be a big fat lie if I said that we will try not to loose control ever again, because we will fight, and snap, and loose our temper many more times in our lives. But I promise myself, gabriel, and my chidren that we will always ask for forgiveness, and forgive each other. And if we fight loud, then we will make up louder, we will hug harder, and kiss longer and we will say am sorry. That is the beauty of life, of family, of love....!!! There is no shame in fighting as long as we never forget that even though we are fighting that person standing there is someone that we love, that we respect, that loves us so much that is able to stand there and put up with us for no other reason than love. And then, I know we are all right when we are able to look back and laugh at our imperfections!
And because the sun shines after it rains.... this morning we were in no hurry to go anywhere, so we decided to clean the fountain in our garden...
Sang some aguinaldos (Christmas carols) and lit the third Advent candle.
and remember yesterday´s afternoon at my aunt´s
I made this little paper diapers so that everyone there could send Matteo a little note of love!
So remember.... if you fight, go kiss and make up! Have a great week!
Some days nothing happens, and then come the days were everything happens. This was the case this past Monday were I had Emiliana´s Flamenco open class and Alessia´s gym open class... Ale´s class was at 2:30, and Emi´s at 4, so I went picked Emi up around noon, got home put some make up on her and did her hair, then ran to get Ale at school and help her get ready too. Miraculously we were on time at the Gym, and I was able to get by 4 at Emi´s class.
Ale´s class was a hit, all my pictures were blurry but I did manage to film her... I think I need to improve my sports picture taking techniques....
I did a better job photographing Emi, but again... blurry and grainy pictures....
This is the kind of happiness that only dance and friends can give!
So that is a wrap for Flamenco and Gym until January, for now school until friday, and afternoons free to enjoy home and Caracas´ bright blue December days.
At home the girls wrote their letter to Baby Jesus (here in Venezuela comes Santa and Baby Jesus, but the one that brings present Christmas morning is Baby Jesus). This is one of those Christmas surprises that will stay with me forever. I did not the girls were doing, and then I hear music, I go to the living room to find the three of them as concentrated as can be writing their letters.... isn´t this sight what us moms strive for everyday?? I just marble at how in this crazy world we live in, children will always be children, and their innocence and their happiness the best lesson we can learn each day.
Ari and her new found friends the nutcrackers are inseparable! They are supposed to be underneath the tree... I gave up!
I have always loved that time of the day around 6pm, when the city is returning home.... you see cars full of families, tired moms with tired kids in the back, dads listening to the news, young people not even aware of what time it is, grandmas trying to get home before dark, buses full of people, motorcycles rushing through traffic... I don't know why but it has kind of a romantic feel to it!
Knowing my love for this time of the year, Gabriel has given me for the last couple of years the best present.... my very own Christmas tree for our room! Some people don´t get it, but I enjoy so much going to sleep looking at the twinkly lights, and smelling its scent all night that it really makes all the sense to me... plus it lasts a complete month, so I guess that is better than flowers that last a week! Another cool thing is that the only decoration it has is made by Ale and Emi.... so that makes it more special! That and Christmas Pjs is like icing on the cake for me!
For the First Advent Sunday we went for lunch to my mom´s... as always she greeted us with like royalty and had a delicious lunch! We lit her Advent Wreath while there, and then we came home to lit ours. we tried to sing some Christmas songs but we ended up singing happy birthday for Ari as she really did not understand why on earth we would sing other song than happy birthday in front of a lit candle! But hey, this is what is all about right... being together and feeling loved.
today I´ll give you a piece of our December blue sky! isn´t it amazing??
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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