It's been a whirlwind of a year! From the birth of our joy, Gianluca, to my decision to leave TV news and become a stay-at-home mom, 2014 was jam packed with major changes in our lives. It's five days late but we want to wish you a HAPPY 2015!!!
In prep for the New Year we have a family tradition of deep cleaning the house top to bottom (we want to ring in the new year with a fresh home), out with the old and in with the new (purging things we don't need), making sure all the bottles in our home are filled with whatever content was in it (to welcome the new year with bounty), stocking up on salt (I think this is a Filipino thing?), taping $100 bills to our front door (to make it $$$ in 2015), placing a kadomatsu by our front door, and making sure the lights are on & windows are open at the stroke of midnight (to encourage a bright future). My mom taught me the majority of these things and my husband just adopted them :D For our new year's meal my mom always made sure we served fish and of course we need mochi!
My husband and I also have a tradition of telling each other what our goals are for the year. In 2015 my goals are to focus my energies on what's really important in my life: my family, my passions & a few secret projects in the works. It's so easy for me to get distracted with things that don't really matter to what's happening in 'the now.' I credit that trait to my Sagittarius tendencies. For my husband, he has a few real estate goals that relate to his business and also wants to improve his Japanese so that our son can learn the language and eventually speak it fluently. At home, I made Sal talk to Luca only in Japanese. He can speak English to me and other adults, but when he's talking to his son it can only be in Japanese. The same rule goes to my mom and dad who speak Tagalog and Urdu. I personally don't understand those three languages fluently and don't mind that I can't understand what they're saying to Luca, because what matters most to me is that he gets that exposure to language at this young age to help with his overall brain development. #tigermom is coming out.
Cheer's to this exciting new year! I'm curious to hear what your family traditions & goals are :D LMK below!