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!!!
My mom... She is: intelligent, bright, sweet, always so smart, she has the perfect words always, truly knows what's best, has your back, your front... She is happy, funny, sentimental, a believer, cheerleader, the best grandma ever, capable of making you smile no matter what, and after you break that smile she will make you laugh, forever young, my architect, my shrink, my driver, my friend, my rock, my example, my critic, my partner, my best advice, my interior decorator, beautiful, gorgeous, my best conversation, my truest one, my one phone call away solution... MY MOM!!!! ❤️ happy birthday mami! TE A M O gracias a Dios me tuviste joven, y solo estas cumpliendo 72!!!!
If I could... once in a while I would hide under the table and try to go unnoticed while I love all my family, silently, observing life happen, feeling the love that happens when family gathers around a birthday cake, or a weekday dinner, listening to all the laughter and giggles that happens so easily. I would just witness love and family and would feed my soul with that, and then I would appear with my heart fuller and I would kiss and hug everybody... and cherish them even a little bit more!
Hope you all have a great weekend and hopefully a good family meal!
Our black cat Bernie fell ill in December and we had to put him to sleep. We have had to say good bye to three pets in the last three years, and it never gets easier, it doesn´t matter if they are turtles, fishes, a cat or a dog... these little animals share your house with you, you rlives, they are our silent companions, always there. We didn´t want to tell the girls over Christmas or ruin their vacation, so we waited until we got home from our trip to tell them. They would ask everyday about him, and everyday we would tell them that he was hospitalized and that he was not doing fine.... Sincerely I thought that they would take the hint and prepare themselves for the loss of Bernie. So once here in Caracas, we were driving home from school and they asked me once again, this time I answered with the truth and very matter of factly, (I truly believed that they were asking just to confirm what they already knew), and chaos struck hard, they started crying, they just couldn´t believe that their cat was gone.... and I in turn couldn´t believe they believed what we were telling them without ¨proof of life¨. I mean it had been over three weeks since Bernie died.... After they calmed down I asked them how in the world they still believed that Bernie was alive, that we would leave our pet for almost a month without visiting him, their answer was so very simple: ¨mom you always tell us the truth¨
And that my friends is not true! You can ask my sister... she always tell me that I am the greatest Big Fish mom ever, always guarding them from the cruelty of our real world through make believe stories and fantasies... But I guess they have learned through time that what you believe in is the truth, that you can live in the world you want to live in, and be happy and believe in Unicorns. So to them, I have never told them a lie... wow.... incredible! It humbles me on how our children never doubt a word you tell them, how we shape their lives, how they trust us, how they love us.
So.. mom to the rescue, which meant mom on a mission! We needed a new cat, and fast! That same night we found a humane organization that rescue dogs and cats and puts them up for adoption. IN their page we saw this pretty little kitty and we immediately fell in love! Next day, dropped the girls off at school and went and got her!
We named her Chloe! Hopefully she´ll be with us for the next 15 years or so!
Here is Chloe!
And because we believe in unicorns and a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow... We have been living with princess Anna for the last week, and I am expecting to see her for a good part of this year. Up to now, not much laundry coming from Ari, just her Cinderella dress and Anna´s dress!
Hope your week is filled with unicorns and rainbows!!!
¨We choose our joys and our sorrows way before living them..¨
Truer than true! Happiness, sometimes is so easy to find, to rejoice, to see it... is the birth of your baby, your wedding day, a promotion at work, a new house, a day at the beach, a trip.... but happiness doesn´t always come in big packages, real joy comes from the very little things that surround us every day, it is those small blessings that sometimes we are so pretentious that we don´t care to see. is the smile on your child face when she wears her Cinderella dress, the sparkle in her eyes when she looks for your approval, is an uneventful afternoon at home, is Sunday pancakes, and even being able to breath and sallow. Is a call from your mom to talk about nothing, and a good laugh through whattsapp with your sister!
Yesterday afternoon when we got home from after school activities and city traffic, the girls still had it in them to go for a bike ride... and I did too. In that moment I saw the day end in yellows, and oranges, and light blues.... I saw the trees always so green, and I saw Ari giggle trying to keep up after her sisters, and their laughter at I don´t know what, and I was happy! Triumph always comes after a battle, and rainbows after the rain.... but yesterday I felt triumphant for no reason at all, and that right there is a blessing!
Happy Wednesday!!! and don´t forget to link up at www.CommunalGlobal!
2015... it feels like it´s been gone since forever, as well as I´ve been missing from this computer for too long myself. So even though is the middle of January, it still is my first day of 2016 in this blog and my thoughts are echoing loudly inside my head to come out. I feel content and restful of the year that just passed, as I am excited about the infinite possibilities of this new year! The girls are growing up so very fast, Ale will be 13 in two weeks, and with that teenage years are sure to challenge us to our very core... Each year defies me a little more as a mom and as a wife as a woman. IT doesn´t get easier, it gets messier, it gets more challenging it gets funner!
For New Year we traveled to Florida to visit Gabriel´s family. He is one of seven siblings, and five were going to get together this year at one of his sisters´who lives in West Palm Beach... isn´t that awesome?? We had the best simple time ever, barbecues at the beach, movies for the young, beer drinking night for adults as we watched the kids become best friends for life and make memories that will last a lifetime. WE talked for hours, remembered all times for hours again, we sat danced, we sang, we were always loud... we were family!
I could sit endless hours just looking at them...
my babies ready to celebrate
no age difference whatsoever!
This is what happens when you get your American Uncle to dance like a latino!
After this much fun what better than more? We didn´t win the lottery this year, but last year on the cruise we took, I won a cruise! So on January third we set sail again!!!
cruising... something I can definitely get used too!!!
Specially afternoons spent like this...
Gabriel always asks me why it is that I always stay behind... well, who wouldn´t with this view. Just watching them be brings joy to my life!
Benefits of having teenagers and a toddler?? you can take the night off once in a while!
Yeap Ale... we are going swimming with dolphins!!!!!
So here we are, starting a whole New Year... I will always walk two steps behind taking care of this family, I will then walk beside you, and in front of you when you need me too... The thing is that I will always be there, always! There’s a giant beach out there, the cruise of life that will take us everyday to a new destination, because even if it takes us to the same place everyday, or if it cancels a port of its itinerary there will always be something to enjoy as long as we are together.
So whatever it its that we make of each day, we will sing, dance, we will make noise, we will make color, we will forgive each other, we will make love, we will carry the twinkly lights that we took of the Christmas tree in our hearts, and we will shine through, we will thank and praise God for the love that we have and even though we might cry somedays, we will smile!!!
Happy New Year!!!
Christmas IS my favorite time of the year, it beats any other holiday by far! I love everything about it, the twinkly lights, the smells, the tree, the sounds, the sights.... but what I love most is the ¨feel¨... it brings me so many cozy warm feelings that it could easily be a very nostalgic time too. I always go back to my childhood Christmases, I remember everything about them, literally everything and most probably every Christmas. Things I remember... us putting up the tree, my mom putting up the most gorgeous nativity scene in history of the world, the 3 days that we spent at my grandma´s making ¨hallacas¨(our typical Christmas food), the sound of Christmas Carols, Aguinaldo and gaitas everywhere (Venezuelan Christmas music which is full of energy, drums, and color), our so very intense blue sky and a bit cooler weather during December, going to church, our parties on Christmas Eve where waiting for Santa was all that mattered in the whole wide world! Although we believe and have Santa Claus here in Venezuela, Baby Jesus is the one who comes and leaves the presents! And waking up so very early on the 25th was pure and simple magic... I didn't necessarily get everything that I wanted, but it felt so good to wake up and belong, and feel loved... that´s all that mattered.
When I was in my teens I remember, sitting down by the tree with my notebook in hand when everyone else was asleep, and writing, pouring my heart and soul into a piece of paper, inspired by the magic of the dim lights and a twinkly tree, dreaming of my future Christmases with my own family.... maybe three girls and a handsome loving husband!!!
Life happens in a blink of an eye... and here I am, the mom now, responsible for making their magic, their memories of forever, moments that will make them beautiful, kind and generous women.... It´s on me to play the music, make the scents happen, the lights twinkle, the magic happen, and I love it! And while I think that it is me that makes their memories, it is them that fuel my heart with the need to make it even more special!
And so every Christmas play is important, and I still can´t seem to hold it together... is like every year I find a new set of reasons to make it specially special... like this year it was Ari´s first play, and Ale´s first Gaitas festival, and she looked sooo grown up, and Emi was so pretty in hers....
We also have our share of bdays in december! mine on the 2nd!
Then is my dad´s turn on the 18th, and let me tell you, if you want to see someone enjoy a bday... well you just have to meet him!
Emi´s is on the 26th, but because we will be traveling we decided to celebrate it this week with a skate party plus a slumber party.... (I know we are brave!!!)
The truth is that there isn´t always music playing in the background, no sound track everyday of Christmas, and some days feel like a train ran me over.... but there is always something that makes me open my eyes and my heart to the magic that happens this time of year..... Like finding Ari every day by the tree just having it her way! She will play with every ornament she can put her little hands on to, and we let her because that is exactly who the tree is for!
Or lighting each advent candle with the best voice you have!
And although there might be many more glamorous ways to have a drink with your sister and cousin... who said that it needs to be glamorous to be fun??
not all Christmases are white, they all come in different colors.... the important thing is to find the magic in whatever color you are blessed to have and to see.... and then there will not be a sparkle you miss in your children´s eyes!
The good thing about having kids is being reminded with every sight of them how lucky you are, how needed you are, how important you are! Because no matter what´s going on outside, these little people that you are raising only need your love, peace and comfort to be happy... just that.... they need you!
As I looked closer into this picture I remember that before leaving home for this piñata she ran to my bathroom and grabbed one of my necklaces... and she said ¨like you mommy¨ And once she put it on, her little eyes sparkled, and her look told me all I needed to hear that day! She felt beautiful, not because of her dress or shiny new shoes, not because of her big bow or her bunny cologne.... she felt beautiful because with that necklace (in her mind) she looked like me. And if that isn´t enough to humble you, I don´t know what is.
And then I remembered this passage written by Mother Teresa:
Don´t worry if your children don´t listen to you, they are watching you all day:
When you thought that I wasn´t watching at you, I saw you put up my drawing on the refrigerator door and I wanted to paint another one!
When you thought I didn´t see you, I saw you arrange and put everything in our house in order so that it would be nice to live there, I saw you pay attention to details, and I understood that the little things are what really matter in life.
When you thought wasn´t watching, I heard you pray to God and I knew that there was a God that I could speak to and trust.
When you thought I did not see you, I saw you worry about healthy and sick friends and learned that we should all help and take care of each other.
When you thought I wasn´t watching, I saw you give your time and money to help people who have nothing and I learned that those who have something should share with those who have not.
When you thought I did not see you, felt you kiss me at night and I felt loved and safe.
When you thought I wasn´t watching, I saw you take care of our home and all who lived there, and I learned how to take care of what we are given.
When you thought I did not see you, I saw how you take care of all your responsibilities, even when you didn´t feel well, and I learned that I have to be responsible when I grow up.
When you thought I did not see you, I saw tears come out of your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, and it's OK to cry.
When you thought that did not see you, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything I can be!
When you thought that I did not see you, I learned all the lessons of life that I needed to know to be a good , kind, generous, courageous, and responsible person when I grow up.
When you thought that you did not see, I saw you and I wanted to say: thank you for all the things I saw when you thought I didn´t see you!
In an instant they´ll grow up... and surely they won´t wear your necklace... but they´ll still be seeing you, even by the corner of their eyes!
Hope you have a great week!!!
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 13, then I have an 11 year old, and now I am starting again with our three year old happiest toddler ever. Glad you are here, hope you stay a while!
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