posted on: Friday, December 30, 2011
I just came back from the Orla, my peaceful running spot and place where I buy fish. Tomorrow we'll eat fish, fish, and more fish, and we'll dress in white and go jump 7 waves. We'll ring in the New Year with my mom, my sister, my cousin, and thousands of other people celebrating in full Brazilian fashion.
I feel so blessed. My kids are healthy. My husband is healthy. I am healthy. We had a full year of work, travels, and more travels. We moved, and that was really hard. Leaving friends and a community you love is heart wrenching. We saw family, and played with cousins, and as always we felt like our time with them was way too short.
Enzo learned, to do simple multiplication, and is currently obsessed with the Solar System, Capoeira, and wearing his goggles when he's not swimming. Baby Maria turned 2. She's hardly a baby anymore. She is talking in full sentences, loves to dance, and is learning how to swim. Christian got a grant and a TA sabbatical. All his hard work paid off and now his full time job is full time hanging out with the people of Itacare, Bahia Brazil doing participant observation. Not bad at all. I get to write, and cook, and take pictures, and occasionally I get paid for it. This year I even had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC to shoot a cooking video.
We're excited for 2012 and see what it has in store for our little family. We hope 2011 has treated you kindly. We hope 2012 will be a year of success, joy, love, love, and more love to you and yours.
Thank you friends for helping us with big and small things. Thank you family for always being there for us. And thank you my lovely readers who help me keep this blog going, year after year. This video is for you.
See you back here next year.