Arepas, café con leche & rice pudding 1
When they were old enough to eat their first breakfast by themselves, I knew that arepa, rice pudding and café con leche were going to be on the menu. I still remember their faces when they had their first sip of coffee and tasted the delicious sweet rice, they loved it! Arepas are our version of “pancake Saturdays” and arroz con leche is their favorite comfort food. They simply adore it!
Party with a piñata 2
I still remember the rush and the excitement of trying to get candy and prizes from a piñata when I was little. I couldn’t wait for my daughters to experience that on their first birthdays. For me, it’s not a birthday party unless there is a big piñata in the room and for my daughters too!
I just couldn't wait to see their faces when they saw the presents El Niño Dios brought them. We keep our traditions alive on Christmas. We read the novena with friends every night until the eve of the birth of Jesus, sing villancicos navideños and make sweets. We build a manger and wait for the Three Kings to arrive in January! It's a delight and I can’t wait to do it again this year!
First Communion 5
The first communion is such an exceptional day for most Latinas and as mothers we can’t wait until our kids hit that milestone. I’m certainly preparing the big day when my entire family comes together to celebrate my daughter's calling.
I can't wait for my daughters to experience carnival. It's part of our heritage and most of our countries celebrate during Lent. I want them to see the costumes, traditional dances, foods and feel the carnival spirit. It’s a national party and everybody celebrates. In the meantime, I’m teaching them to dance cumbia so when we go they’ll be all ready to party!
I can’t wait for the day my daughters turn fifteen and we can celebrate their quinceañeros. I’ve been secretly planning it for years! That day, they will dress like princesses, wear tiaras, dance with boys for the first time and be the center of attention. When I was a child, I dreamed about that important date and celebrated with all my friends. In the meantime, they will attend one of my friend’s quinceañero at the end of the year and I’m dying to see their faces!
Salsa Concert 8
Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Hector Lavoe, Willie Colón and Marc Anthony… You get my point! For most of us, salsa is something that unites us as Latinos because most of our Latin American countries dance to the rhythms. I play salsa all the time at home, but I can’t wait to bring them to a live concert so they can see people of all ages dancing and celebrating.
Learn to cook Latin food 9
My little girls love to eat traditional foods and enjoy every bit of it. I can’t wait for them to ask me to teach them how to make their favorite dishes. We’ll have a field trip at the bodega learning about all the condiments and special ingredients.