I’ve got sunshine, on a cloudy day.

This life is chaos. My family is a beautiful, traveling circus – perfectly combining entertainment, excitement and suspense all in one ball of energy. Will the tightrope walker make it across the line? Of course – she’s a professional. Will I make it through the week? Of course – because I have no other option. And I’m also a professional Mom.

And what makes a circus even more interesting? Really awesome animals. Elephants. Lions. Tigers. Rare, giant creatures, fascinating to look at – who’ve learned impressive tricks. That’s pretty much what my kids are, just sans the giant part. Fascinating creatures, who’ve learned tricks like saying “Thank You”, or who can sit up in a high chair and smile at people.

So today, while this nasty cold front moves through, and the clouds steal my sunshine…. I’ve got these two wonderful beings to brighten our home. <3

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Cumbiambera Chechies

Ummm… Can this kid get any cuter? Ok, I’m a little biased… just a little. I cannot believe how big my beautiful princess is getting. 3. My baby will be 3 this year. And then, she’ll no longer be my “baby” – but my “big girl”.

One of the things she’s always loved to do is play “dress up”. Whether its putting on my tank tops and pretending it’s a dress or putting on an actual Chech sized dress and wandering around the house asking if we’d like to come over to her castle for vegetables. So when Javy’s Abuela in Barranquilla sent us a Cumbiambera dress – I was SO excited for her to wear it. She had it made JUST for her, and sent all of the beautiful accessories to make the outfit complete.

Barranquilla, Colombia, where Javy’s family is from, hosts the second largest Carnaval Celebration in the World – second to only the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. Think, Mardi Gras, except on every inch of the city not just a few streets – and for 24 hours, 7 days a week for a few weeks. There’s Pre-Carnaval, Carnaval and Post Carnaval… needless to say it’s a giant party that I’d LOVE to see with my own eyes one day. One day when I’m not a Mom to a toddler – which won’t be for a few years at this point… Regardless, a Cumbiambera is a woman that dances to Cumbia, a traditional style of dance that’s found all over Barranquilla during Carnaval.

Here’s a cool video I found on YouTube that shows you EXACTLY what Cumbiamberas are. You’ll also see in the beginning another traditional outfit that Chech wore for a little photo shoot a few years ago here:
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So, here is my little Cumbiambera… I love her so much. 🙂

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Sunday “Family” Funday | Palm Beach Zoo

For the first time in a while, neither Javy or I had anything work related we had to do – and on the same day. So we decided to take full advantage and have a fun little adventure. We headed up north to the Palm Beach Zoo and spent the afternoon exploring something completely new. 🙂 Here are our family photos – hope you enjoy! 

It was just a little sunny?

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It’s a Mini-horse… not a pony.

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We had fun hopping around all day.

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I LOVE my little family. 🙂

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Apparently the River Otters at Palm Beach Zoo give High Fives?! So cool. 🙂

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Why Alexandria will Speak Spanish & My Faith in Humanity is Restored.

The last 5 days have been a crazy whirlwind of excitement. Messages, Social Media Notifications, Article after Article linking back to this blog, showing off my baby girl. I’m still at awe at how many people are interested in something so simple… a birthday message for a man who makes our lives better every single day. But, there are always those people who try to spoil something sweet. For every 5 “aww”s and “she’s so cute”s, there’s a rude, obnoxious comment.  The most hysterical one so far? “This is America, she should be saying Dad” comments.

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Listen people, if you feel this way, you should just stop reading now. I’m over it. I’m done. If you want to live in a world with no culture, no diversity and a lack of tradition that’s fine by me… here, let me direct you to a nice boulder somewhere for which you can build a home and a community under. You and your closed minded buddies can all just go live there, under that rock, where you’ve probably been for the last 15 years or so. And there, you all can have meetings and rallies and make signs, and keep your bigotry and hate to yourselves.

Because after all, that’s what you’re trying to promote right? People staying to themselves, people staying with their own kind. Because I have some news that may be quite shocking to you… something that I know might shatter your whole world to have to come to terms with: The Hispanic Culture isn’t going anywhere.

Now, people who know me personally, know my parents are both American. I’m pretty sure my Dad is the only White person left in Hialeah (<— there’s a link there for you that aren’t familiar with this little Cuban Sanctuary). When I was 8, my mom married a Cuban man, and my introduction to the Latin world began.  I suddenly gained an Abuela & an Abuelo. I learned that instead of just Christmas Morning we now have Noche Buena and the holiday was suddenly extended an extra day. And, primarily due to my nosiness and need to be in everyone’s business, I began learning Spanish. I may not have been born into the Hispanic Community, but I grew up immersed in it. In college at the University of Florida, I actually worked at a restaurant called Virtually Cuban.  My friends would joke with me CONSTANTLY that it fit me perfectly because that’s exactly what I was.

If it wasn’t already obvious, Javy is Colombian. One of the original reasons the video was uploaded was because I knew his family all over the world, who can’t live here with us, would like to see how much she loves her Papi. When the time comes for Alexandria to travel to Colombia, or Spain, you better believe I want her to be able to communicate with her family. Her Colombian Culture will ALWAYS be important, it has been since birth.

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And it will be, for the rest of her life.

For ALWAYS.

I was lucky enough to grow up in a community in South Florida where I had friends who were from all over the world. I joke all the time that our group of friends is a branch meeting of the United Nations: Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, England, China, the Philippines, Argentina, Nigeria… So, to play devils advocate, I can totally understand how someones fear of another culture could push them to hate. People are always scared of what they don’t know, it’s human nature. It’s part of our will to survive. Early Man would come across something they’ve never seen before and run from it – because that was safest. But in today’s world, where we’re not hunting and gathering to survive, this fear should be replaced with curiosity.

Instead of shying away from all that is unknown, why not try to understand? Why not try to learn? Why not try to adapt? You don’t think most of the people who come to this country try REALLY hard to assimilate into American Culture? Most learn English. I have multiple children in my class who have only been in this country for a year or so, and are working so hard to learn the language. It’s all about adapting to your environment.

Because unfortunately, if you don’t, you’re going to be all by yourself in that little town under the rock. In California, it is projected that Hispanics will be the new majority in 2014. And in the United States, Hispanic People will probably be the majority in 2043. Pretty soon, you’re going to have a Nation full of bilingual and multilingual individuals, and you’re going to be all by your lonesome.

The best part about all of this? My faith in humanity was restored yesterday. While the negative comments were flooding in, I tried my hardest to ignore them but they bothered me. Some were downright hilarious, like how Alex should be in Speech Therapy… seriously guys, she’s 27 months old. Your Speech Therapist License should be evaluated. But I digress.

As the negative comments came in, the internet fought back. Person after Person downvoted, or responded to the comments standing up for my little girl. Supporting our decision to raise her bilingual, and encourage further cultural diversity in the world. People lashed out about their ignorance. Users were forced to continuously defend themselves from their lonely hatefilled island they had put themselves on. Most erased their comments or just gave up. But knowing that so many people had our backs and we didn’t have to respond meant the world to me. And it will mean the world to Alexandria when she’s old enough to understand.

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Buzzfeed, Reddit & The Chech, Oh My!

Today, I woke up a little extra early to get ready for another crazy day… to find the Chech all over the web. lol Yesterday, A friend reposted The Chech’s Birthday Message for her Papi and someone from Buzzfeed just so happened to watch it, and now the internet has exploded.

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This is so effing exciting:

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Yea theres some questionable sexy chicks right above it – but whatever! There’s my boo – in all her glory – the first article on Buzzfeed yesterday! Needless to say this all blew up way faster than I could have ever imagined. I sat this little munchkin in a chair, and talked to her for about an hour about why she loved her Papi. That’s it! She brought up the Sports, She got excited about the Arepitas, and I just edited it all together!

And now, thanks to Buzzfeed, she’s got her own GIFS. GIFS that I can’t begin to explain make me CRACK UP to no end.  Check them out:

And my absolute favorite thing about getting on Buzzfeed – THEY GIF’D HER LAUGH!!!

Thank you THANK YOU THANK YOU Adrian Carrasquillo for being so wonderful and sharing my girl with the world!

I woke up this morning to her little video having 90,000 views on YouTube… I’m coming after you Charlie Bit My Finger! 😉

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