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feliz 28 Perú!

feliz 28Following our tradition, this weekend we will celebrate 28 de Julio, Peru’s Independence Day, with a trip to a Peruvian restaurant for some yummy food. We did it last year with my Peruvian friend and her family, and this time our Boston friends will join us, too. It’s going to be fun! Feliz 28 a todos los peruanos!


july – julio

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{images via smashing magazine}

July is a special month. We celebrate not only 4th of July, the United States Independence Day, but also 28 de Julio, Peru’s Independence Day. As I mentioned before, it’s one of my biggest intentions to expose and teach my kids about my culture. Specially in G’s case, since he’s half Peruvian. It’s very important to me he grows up bilingual and knows everything about Peru, its wonderful places, delicious food, interesting customs and historical traditions. Our annual trips to Peru will absolutely help with that. This last time we were there, I noticed G picked up many Spanish words, and he’s starting to speak as much Spanish as he speaks English now. Yay!

We started the month with a late, late birthday play date for G. I’ve been busy with work, so I couldn’t plan anything earlier. Check out mamemima, for some pictures soon!

We’re taking it easy this long weekend. We’ll take advantage of the days off to organize things around the house, finish some projects that were on hold, and plan some others. I think the kids bathroom remodel is happening {crossing my fingers} so I have a lot to think about. I can’t say the same thing about the second floor rooms switching though. M said he never had the chance to move anything so when we came back, about two weeks ago, everything was as I left it. And that’s definitely something we’re {I’m} not ready to handle now. It’ll have to go to the bottom of our to-do-list.

The rest of the month is filled with day trips, birthdays and of course a 28 de Julio celebration!

june – junio

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Yesterday we celebrated G´s second birthday. In Lima, Perú, my hometown. And I can not express how happy and excited we were. Although we miss M’s family and our friends in New York, being able to celebrate G’s birthday with my side of the family and friends meant the world to me.

G’s nonos {my parents} helped us host a nice party. It was great to see some old friends and family members, all celebrating with us this special day. This is our last week in Perú. We are really enjoying our time here but not so much the weather. It´s getting cold.

I haven´t planned much for the rest of June, because I know it´s going to be a little hard getting back into our schedules and routines after a month of vacation. Also, it´s Summer time in New York so I´m sure we´ll spend a lot of time outdoors.

We´ve been having so much fun and it´s going to be hard to say bye, but it´ll really be just a see you son, because we´ll come back! Next time when it’s nice, sunny and warm!

may – mayo

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{images via smashing magazine}


My intention is to post these desktop wallpapers the first of every month, or at least the first week. But the first week, turns into the second, and then the third and by the time I notice the month is over. One thing I realized is that although I have the time, I’m not being very organized with it. I start doing something, and then switch to something else. An hour later or so I pick up another task and the cycle continues throughout the day. Then the day is over and I never finish task number one.

I do get things done in the middle, especially work related. But I really think I need better time management skills so I can be much more productive. I’ve been working on that for a long time and still need to improve. Specially since I’m expecting the same thing from my 8 year-old. We noticed he has some difficulty focusing on one task at a time {meaning a 20-min homework takes an hour to complete}. I can not really demand something I not doing myself, right? Work in progress I guess.

March and April were busy months. We got some things done around the house. I find it interesting, how I plan things in my head, like I mentioned here. But then one day I just randomly change my mind, and do something completely different. I’m still debating if that’s a good thing {flexibility, spontaneity I guess are always positive things} or a bad thing {unpredictability?). However, whatever changes I made, I do so thinking about our family dynamics. I try to adjust our home to our current needs and habits, and although it may be a little uncommon sometimes {turning a dining room into a playroom?!} it works for us. We still have big hopes to redo the bathrooms this Summer, or maybe Spring. And the second floor rooms switching is happening. That’s going to be interesting since I’ll be gone for a month. I gave M the task to start moving the furniture from room to room so we’ll see what I find when I come back.

May has been another hectic month, full of family and friends events. G and I are already in Lima, Peru and we’re having a great time. But we miss L and M and we’re looking forward to seeing them in a couple of weeks. It’s going to be an intense week, celebrating G’s second birthday, going on a little trip, celebrating a cousin’s wedding, seeing family and friends, and to end our vacation celebrating Father’s Day. We can’t wait!

march – marzo

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And just like that, we started a new month. February was short but sweet. I think I managed to complete almost all the things in my to-do-list for the month. We found part-time child care for G, he has responded incredibly good and that makes me happy. My schedule is not very structured yet, so this “working-from-home” thing is a little hard sometimes {I’m still working on my time management skills}.

I was also good at planning some family activities and we have enjoyed a couple of nice, relaxing weekends. The others were full of the usual, tedious but necessary, house chores: laundry, purging, cleaning, food shopping, etc, etc. We had a couple of Valentines’ play date for the kids which they enjoyed. I wasn’t sure about posting pictures, especially since right after the 14th, stores had everywhere Easter decorated! Really? I posted some pics, anyway.

Spring is coming so I’m also starting to plan our big house projects for the year. We’ve decided to renovated the kid’s bathroom {and probably our bathroom}, finishing the playroom/music room, redo L’s bedroom {he’s growing so fast and becoming a sweet and funny young man. I think he needs a new room} and update G’s room {I just need to make a few adjustments here and there and he’ll go from nursery to big boy room. I’m excited about this change, too!}. Of course there are more things I’d like to do, like finishing our Master Bedroom, finishing the Dining Room {we’re deciding whether to change it to a big office since we hardly use that space as a formal living room}, finish the Laundry Room and Exercise Room. Ok, just writing all that, made me realize it’s not gonna happen. I’d be thrilled just to complete the kids bathroom and their rooms. Crossing my fingers.

I can’t wait for the warmer weather and beautiful Spring blossoms! Happy Monday!

february – febrero

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{images via smashing magazine}

Oh, February, the moth of love. I always like the first of every month. It’s like a fresh start all over, again and again. The perfect opportunity to set new goals and intentions. {I started this post last Friday, but as you can see, never finished it. Always happen!}

Anyway, one of the big changes this year is I started working part-time. That means I’ll have to be much better at organizing my time {one of my intentions for so, so long and still working at it}, and also, that after almost two years of just me taking care of G, I’ll be needing help. We’re in the process of looking for someone and hopefully we’ll find the right person. Big changes around here!

This month I wanted to decorate the house, just a little, for Valentine’s and throw a little Valentine’s party for my kids. I know we should show our love and appreciation to our loved ones all year round but special days like these are the perfect occasion to do a little extra more to show all that love. And having a house full of boys, it’s the perfect excuse to decorate with some pink here and there.

I’d also like to continue with our home improvement projects so when Spring comes we are better prepared than last year. And I’d also like to keep working on a couple of personal projects that I hope see the light soon.

I’d better go back to work since the month will be gone at a blink of an eye! Here’s for a short, but sweet February.

Bienvenido 2013!


{image via etsy}

The first day of a new year. A new year to continue growing, learning, teaching, having fun, laughing, making memories, loving. This past year was a good one for all of us, but I’m sure this new year will be even better. It’s been chaos-land here at house 36, with my complete family staying with us. The noise, the mess. I decided not to worry about organizing or cleaning, and just relaxing and enjoying my family. Some days of messiness won’t kill anyone, right? It’s been great spending all this time together. We get to see each other 2-3 times a year, but we make sure to really live to the fullest those days.

Looking forward to all the awesome things to come. Welcome 2013!

christmas stockings & paper fans

{Even though it’s been a busy month I’m very glad I was able to complete some of the Christmas projects in my list. Christmas is a few days away so there isn’t much time left here but still wanted to share!}

Last year we didn’t get Christmas stocking for the kids, because we spent the Holidays in Perú and stocking are not really a tradition over there. This year however, I definitely wanted to get them cute Christmas stockings, as it’ll be our first Christmas together at home.

I wasn’t sure what type of stocking to buy, classic, modern? I was indecisive until I saw this picture, from my inspiration post, and well, I felt inspired to attempt to sew stockings. Yes. I decided I wanted to make my own stockings. I googled, found a simple and easy tutorial, went to the craft store to get some fabric and put to work.

christmas_decor_1christmas_stockings_2Also, I was planning on hand stitching the letters, but after I glued them to secure them to the stocking I got lazy and decided to leave them like that. Yes, I like easy and simple.

christmas_decor_4christmas_decor_8christmas_decor_2To finish decorating, I got some red and silver nesting boxes and wrapped a couple of boxes with some leftover wrapping paper, and created and framed a sign saying “A gift for you”. I love, love the way everything looks together, festive, merry, very Christmas-y!

Feliz Navidad a todos!