Catalina Nicole Gil
To our angel…
What a year it has been. So many things happened; you developed in so many ways that I look back and cannot believe all the changes you have done in one year. You began 2014 from crawling to walking; You transitioned from being bathed in the kitchen sink to the tub; started to talk and so much more.
We will never forget the first time you visited the beach. We had a feeling you would enjoy it as you love the water, but we never thought you would love it so much. I will never forget when you turned around as I was holding your hand to walk into the water and you told me “no papi, no” and let go of my hand. I was in shock.
Oh and the famous swimming lessons. That is one thing you did not enjoy.
The moment you started talking was amazing. Started with a few words and now you are counting to 10. I am still amazed how you pick up our iPhones and know how to search for pictures and play video. And boy do you love taking pictures of yourself. You discovered the playground and now you ask for it on a weekly basis. You even discovered Mr. 305, PitBull and said “Dale” a few times, your mom was not too happy about that when I taught you. You went to the zoo, the seaquarium, birthday parties, shopping at the mall during the holidays, you helped me to put up Christmas lights, you even had your first kiss… You were baptized; help me each night when I prep the dogs to walk them and you shout out “pipi, caca”. I remember when you had your first tooth and now you have almost all your teeth. Mami taught you how to pray and kiss the cross by your nightstand each night. She reads to you each night and many times you awake in the morning asking for a book to be read… You 2014 was a very memorable year.
Then came the holidays… They started with Halloween and teaching you not to be scared of the “boogie, boogies”. We would walk out each night and you would love to see all the decorations. Then came Thanksgiving and you loved the “gobble, gobble”. Then Christmas arrived and we taught you who Santa is and each night take you outside to enjoy all the decorations. We would walk around and end at the Nativity where you would give baby Jesus a kiss. Never will I forget the one night as we were walking down the sidewalk and you were holding my hand. You pulled my hand down to sit with you on the sidewalk. As I sat down, you sat on my lap and started singing Jingle Bells. Still brings tears to my eyes. Christmas day arrived and you enjoyed opening your gifts and riding and crashing your quad cycle.
You began to watch Disney Movies and of course the three favorites are Nemo, Little Mermaid and Frozen (reason why background music to this montage is around these movies scores). You love Minnie Mouse so this year your birthday theme was Minnie Mouse. You had a blast in this birthday. You ran, played, danced, jumped, everything you can image a 2 year old can do.
Catalina, each day you will learn more and more and we will watch you continue to develop and learn. I honestly never knew that someone can love someone else so much and it is beyond words can explain, but we continue to promise you that we will do everything that we possibly can to bring you the happiness that you deserve and never fail you. There is nothing better that after a long day at work to pick you up from daycare and see your smile. At the beginning of the year I would carry you and place you into the car. Now you walk out of daycare with a smile on your face waving goodbye to everyone and blowing kisses as the princess that you are. Each night when I come home early from a long day at a wedding, I look forward to getting home and hearing you call “Papi” and it just places a huge smile on my face no matter how tired I am. If there is one thing you have always had is a beautiful smile, very loving and very affectionate with everyone. As I once said and will always tell you, “I hope you Dance”…
Mami and Papi love you very much and only want the best for you. We will always be by your side and support you to reach your dreams. Never let anyone take away that smile from your face and always keep your head up high… Happy Birthday angel.