{life} a very late Christmas recap

I'm well aware nobody is taking about Christmas anymore but I didn't want to end the month without writing down a quick recap of our Christmas Countdown 2014. 

We continued this little family tradition I started a few years ago and were able to complete it. It wasn't easy though. We managed to do/have/complete a Christmas related activity everyday but not necessarily according to the calendar I put together. Also some activities were done by just three, or in some cases two, of us. Either way, we had a great time. The boys looked forward every morning to discovering the activity of the day and having a little treat. I brought our calendar to Lima with us so my family could be part of our countdown for the last days.
 {we made Christmas crafts}
We spent a lot of time in New York City. We were there every weekend in December and I loved it! We took G to his first Broadway show and it was so much fun. We went to more train shows {because you can never get enough, right?}, walked around admiring the beautiful window displays and of course went to see the Rockefeller tree. 
 {G loved Radio City Christmas Spectacular. He watched attentively almost all the show}
{Grand Central train show}
 {the boys were both amazed by the holiday windows at Saks Fifth Avenue}
 {G was obsessed with this moon. "Mama, mira, luna!!!" he kept screaming!}
 {the holiday windows at Bergdorf Goodman were my favorite. The Architecture one was the best!}
{there is something magical about NYC during Christmas time}
 {we got together with family. It warmed my heart watching my boys having fun playing and
sharing with their cousins}
We also attended some local Christmas shows and events and went on a Christmas lights driving tour. They all were fun but the boys favorite? They loved the house all decorated with the beautiful lights and music. They danced in front of the house and didn't want to leave. When we got to the next house G said "But mama, no tiene musica!" {mama, it doesn't have music!}

We arrived to Lima a few days before Christmas and had some fun activities planned there.

 {a beautiful Christmas display at the mall with a little train ride}
 {G decorated cookies with Titi}
On Christmas Eve we spent the day getting ready for our late dinner {our tradition}. G went to bed as usual, excited about the next day. L was going to stay up with us but he was so tired he went to bed before midnight. Not even the fireworks woke them up. Just little L, my baby boy nephew, woke up with all the noise and was ready to party!
{dear Nona}
{following tradition baby L opened some presents at midnight}
Christmas morning was magical. G had mentioned before he didn't want "Papa Noel" to come down the chimney. He wanted him to come and knock on the door {which was perfect because my parent's house doesn't have a fireplace, so it worked out well!} Well, his aunt had the great idea of hiring a Papa Noel to come very early on Christmas day to deliver some gifts. Obviously we let G opened the door. 
{his little face when he saw him...unforgettable}
{my sweet L. He knows there are people who dress like Santa but he really believes Santa exists. He's growing but remains a little kid at the same time}
It was a very special Christmas for us, especially for me. Living miles away from my parents and siblings it meant the world my boys were able to spend Christmas with them. They got to experience Christmas with their new baby cousin and Nonos and aunt and uncles, sharing, living, building memories. Hoping and praying there are more of these in years to come.

Christmas 2014 was a good one.


{life} enero - january

{image via Smashing Magazine}

Today we started the last week of the first month of the year and I'm just getting back into the swing of things around here. We came back from sunny and warm Lima to cloudy and cold New York last week, and although I'm so, so happy to be back home and reunited with my boys, these first days back have felt kind of a like a limbo, not wanting to officially start the new year. You see, we started 2015 in vacation mode: mini-getaway with the husband, lots of lazy days lounging at the pool, building sand castles and jumping waves at the beach with the boys and eating lots {lots!} of ice cream.
We had a wonderful Christmas back home, too. The first of my baby boy nephew, the second one spent in Lima and the third one spent all of us together with my side of the family. We granted G his wish of opening the door to Santa, L couldn't have been happier being at the beach house for a week and M and I had a mini-honeymoon when we traveled to Cuzco for a few days to ring the new year, just the two of us, no kids. I told you, we were spoiled. 100% vacation mode.
Then M and L came back to NY to their respective responsibilities while G and I enjoyed a couple more weeks of doing nothing. And that's exactly what we did: nothing. Well, not really but you know what I mean. We spent two weeks playing with his new toys, going to the park, going to kiddie gyms, trying out new coffee shops, visiting Titi and baby L, going to the beach house. It was strange to wake up every morning with no responsibilities other than enjoying the day.
When preparing for our trip I had planned that after G went to bed, I'd be blogging, organizing my never-ending to-do-list, writing down ideas and new projects for the upcoming year and much more. I even brought my laptop {which was only used just at the end of each day to look at pictures}. G goes to bed relatively early and despite having the time to do all those things mentioned above, I didn't have the energy or, should I say, the desire to do so. Instead every night I just sat down with my parents to eat something while we watched some TV or talked, or go out with my girlfriends for coffee or dinner to catch up on our lives. A little part of me felt guilty thinking I could be doing more productive things. But the other part was like whatever, we are on vacation. Despite my struggles I enjoyed all those moments of "doing nothing". After all I only get to see my family and friends in Perú a couple of times a year. And spending time with them was good for my soul.
And so here I am, back in New York, back to real life, trying to do all those things people do at the beginning of the year: setting goals, resolutions, organizing and planning, just a month later. Looking back it seems I may have to set the same goals for this year: be more present and mindful and learn to manage and organize better my free time. And I may add a few more: finally take the plunge, stop  procrastinating and focus on the positive. I know I'm being a bit vague. But like I said I'm just getting back into the swing of things here.

 Ok, 2015, let's do this.


{winter fun} holiday on the hills

This year we ventured one more time to Lasdon Park for their Holidays on the Hill Train Show. This time around Santa and Mrs. Claus made appearances at the Mansion to talk to and take pictures with the kids. Another new feature for this year was the Elf Adventure Tractor Ride, a ride through the woods looking for Santa's elves. 

During our visit G didn't want to go talk to Santa. For some reason he was a little scared and I didn't want to force him. So after watching the trains display for a while we went outside for the tractor ride. G was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately it was very cold and even though we were wearing hats and gloves, we were freezing the few minutes we were in line waiting so we decided to forgo the ride. 
We couldn't enjoy the ride but we definitely enjoyed some hot coco which was perfect to keep us warm and apparently give us energy to start running around despite the cold weather.

This may not be a huge production like the NYBG Train show but we think it's cute and the grounds are beautiful so we enjoy going there. As I already mentioned it this was our second year and I can see it becoming one of our family holiday traditions.