This week is Holy Week. And our 2nd week off of school. Last week we were on Spring Break. This week we don't have school because it's Holy Week and I go to a Catholic School. But my Dad had to go back to work. He has to work until Wednesday.
We've been going to church almost every day during Lent. We go Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights. And on Sundays. I go every morning for school. My Dad and my Nana go on Wednesdays at lunch time too!
But we all enjoy going to church. This week, we are going every day. I wish my Nana was going to be here for Easter. But she is going to visit her family. We're going to miss her. I'm going to miss her a lot. Because I don't have school this week. Last week, she came over a few times. We cooked and baked. And she helped me with my sewing. We had a lot of fun! :) C
Yesterday we had a big birthday party at our house. It was for Maribel, Lauren, my Nana, and me. All of our birthdays are close together. And Lauren and Maribel's moms just had babies. Their birthday parties were supposed to be last weekend. But my Nana and my Tio Berto asked us if we could make them all at the same time. Since that is when the babies started to come. I was really excited! And my Dad said it was OK to have all the parties together.
Maribel and Lauren turned 3. I turned 12. I'm not sure how old my Nana is. But she is 20 something. Tio Berto asked me to keep the secret. We surprised my Nana. She thought the party was just for us 3 girls. But Tio Berto bought my Nana a big birthday cake, her own pinata, and lots of presents. :)
Our birthday parties are always Matanzas too. That's when you kill a pig and cook it. Early yesterday morning, all my tios and my Dad killed 3 pigs. And then they started to cook. They're really good at it. 2 of the pigs had been at my Tio Berto's house. And 1 had been here. We fatten them up until the day they kill them. My favorite part, are the chicharrones. It's pretty much fried pork fat. But it tastes good in fresh tortillas. :)
Everyone had a lot of fun! My tios played too! They're mariachis. And my Nana sang with them. They even got Maribel to sing a song. She's getting really good! There was a lot of dancing and eating. And we got to see both sets of twins. They came for a little while on their way home.
This was my best birthday ever! I got to spend it with a lot of people I love. And I got to share my birthday party with my 2 friends and my Nana! :) C
We're on our way home. We had such a fun time at Nono's house! My Nono and I are already planning our summer trip. My Dad said that we will get to come for at least 2 weeks in the summer.
We couldn't stay longer because the big birthday party and Matanza is tomorrow. Maribel and Lauren are going to share my birthday party too! I'm so excited. Because I think we'll have a really good time. My TioBerto and my Nana have been working hard on it all week. :)
My Dad also has to go back to work next week. But only for 3 days. He didn't get off for Holy Week like I did. I think my Nana is off too! She told me that she will come over and spend time with me. Probably on Monday or Tuesday. Because she is going out of town for the rest of the week.
But we had fun. And I bought lots of presents. I got some special ones for all the birthday girls too! And for the new babies. :) C
My Dad and I came to visit my Nono Sunday night. My Dad had a concert. But right after, we went to the airport. My abuelitas were excited to come too! They like to go shopping at Downtown Disney. :) Today my Nono and me are going to go to MGM Studios together. He's got a special day planned for us! I'm so excited!
We have 2 weeks off of school. But we're going back home on Friday morning. Because this weekend is my birthday party! It's going to be a lot of fun. My Nono and I are going to have a good day today too! :) C
Today is my Nana's birthday! I hope she has a good day! I LOVE her tons. But I know she has to work. My Dad and I are going to surprise her with some cupcakes later. :)
I wish my Nana had the day off. That way we could spoil her the way she spoils all of us! But she has to work. We still have lots of surprises for her! I can't wait to go see her. Later this week, we're going to make her dinner too!
Today Maribel turns 3. She is getting so big! Maribel is my friend. And I'm glad that we have our birthdays so close together. :) Her favorite character is Tinker Bell. I made her something special for her birthday. I just hope I get to see her to give it to her. Happy Birthday Maribel! :) C
My Nana and I have been talking. And I really want these books for my birthday. It's the set of Anne of Green Gables books. My Nana was telling me about a set that she had when she was little. She really liked them! After we watched some of the show from PBS, now I really want to read these books! :) C
Today is my birthday! I don't usually like Mondays. But it's my birthday! My tios came really early this morning with my Nana. And they sang me LasMananitas. It was really neat. :) My Dad made me strawberry french toast for breakfast. I'm pretty sure that it was his idea and that my Nana made it. But let's keep it a secret. :)
And my Dad gave me my presents from him. My abuelitas each gave me a present too! Everyone else is waiting until my birthday party. I don't mind. I just like that they all came to see me this morning.
I guess I should get ready for school. I don't want to be late. But it feels good to finally be as old as my friends. All of their birthdays are at the beginning of school. :) C
I went with my Dad to work tonight. He plays in the symphony. It was a beautiful concert. I'm super glad that my Dad let me go with him. After the concert we stopped at IHOP. We shared crepes and pancakes. I had strawberry crepes. They're my favorite. And my Dad had pancakes. They were good too! It's late right now. But we're on our way home. My Dad and I had such a fun time tonight! :) C
Last night my Nana came over for dinner. We had a lot of people over. My Nana was OK. But she was sad. I think she really misses her auntie. I feel bad that she couldn't be there with her. But she told us that she would be OK.
Marissa still doesn't want her little brother. Her mom is going to have twins. A boy and a girl. I think it's exciting. But Marissa doesn't want a brother. She has been trying to give him to my Dad. Everyone thinks it's funny. But she told us all that she doesn't want him.
It's getting closer to all of our birthdays. And to all the babies coming. That is really exciting! My Dad told me that there is just something special about March. All the really important people are born in March. I don't know. Because my Dad is special too. And he was born in January. :) C
I wish I could buy this scarf for my Nana. She needs something like this to make her feel warm and safe again. My Nana's aunt passed away on Wednesday. She didn't get to see her. Because she had to work. I know she is feeling sad. My Dad and her sat and talked for a while.
I know that my Nana likes scarves. And she likes ruffles. If I only had a credit card. Because I have $48. I would like to give this to her. Just so she knows that I love her. And I want to give her a hug. :) C
My Nono is leaving tomorrow. That makes me sad. He's been here for a while. But it has been nice for him to be here. Yesterday, he had to pick me up from school. Because my Dad got stuck in traffic. We went for ice cream after school. And he went with me to my dance practice. I think he had a good time.
Tonight we had a going away dinner for him. I'm going to miss him. I think my Nana is going to miss him too. My Nono was getting used to going to visit her at work. I know it made her feel better. Because she has been sad for a while. I wish my Nono still lived here. He lived with us for a little while. I miss him a lot!
I'm glad that my Nono came for a long visit. I'm glad that Steve gave him the time off. And that he got to come and play in the group with my tios. My Nono told me not to be sad. We're going to see each other soon. Because my Dad always takes me to Disney World for Spring break. Our Spring break starts on March 22nd. I can't wait to go visit my Nono! :) C