Definitely 2015 was the year of you discovering what Disney World was all about. It all started with Sophia and soon after you discovered the Disney Princesses and by now you know all 13 by names, you know their voices and even the color that represents each princess. You began your second year with your first kiss. Your good friend Ryan. Unfortunately Ryan is no longer in your school, but to this day you always mention him. This year we moved into our new home and even though mami and papi had selected which was your room, when we once asked you which one was your room, you actually showed us which was to be your room. Mind you, we never told you before.
You continue amaze us. You asked for a phone and a purse. You love to carry your purse whenever you go “pasear” with mommy or daddy. You are a very independent child and love to do things on your own instead of us doing it for you. You are persistent to cut your food and feed yourself. You already know how to use a fork and knife. This year you went from diapers, to pull ups to potty training which was a huge achievement. You love spending time with us; be it “paseando con mami” or doing yard work with papi. You mimic us and try to do things we do. You even have your own planter’s box with all your tools. You help daddy to open holes for trees and mami with brooming the house. This year you rode the tricycle by yourself and when Santa brought you the bike you wanted, you jumped on the bike and rode by yourself. And right around your birthday we surprised you with your full size bed.
At daycare you started ballet classes as well as soccer. Let me say, you are the only girl until recently on the soccer team and from what I have heard, you are great. You are even better then the boys. Yes papi is proud… but not just for this, we are so happy of the person you are becoming. Very strong character and you know how to defend yourself and even protect your close friends.
In 2015 you discovered what a “cucuyo” is. We went each night to catch them, even though you were scared, you loved going out and finding them. You love to dance and love singing. During Halloween, each night we went outside to dance with the boogie boogies. This year you truly enjoyed Christmas music especially on our ride home from daycare. You loved to hear “Carol of the Bells” and even learned that it was composed by Tchaikovsky. This year Santa began calling you and you enjoyed your conversations with him. If there is one passion you have is for animals. You love seeing them, petting them, going to Petco and seeing the fish. How can I forget; you are bilingual, you count from 1-20 in Spanish and English and many times you ask how to say something in one of the two languages. You love chocolate, sweets, and had your first “arroz con leche”. You are a fashionista. You love to select your outfits and combine them with your shoes. Howard, your beloved pacifier, is still around. The pacifier has been replaced, but Howard is still going strong, but now Winnie the Pooh pacifier has joined the pack. Looking back it has been a great year.
My Baby, as you will always be, thank you for having your daddy wrapped around your finger. I admit it and have no regrets. The time we spend together as a family are priceless and as I created this video, it was a great year seeing you grow and learn new things. As it is, one of my duties as a father is to be the creator of memories and I will do just that. Some might think that your life should not be documented as much as I do, but I know one day you will look back and enjoy watching these videos. I know I do when I watch the videos my dad filmed when we were your age.
As the song says, “you got a friend in me” but in your case “you got a friend in us” as your mom and dad will always be by your side and support you in whatever you chose to do. We love you little angel. Happy Birthday…
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.
It has been some time since I post anything about our princess and what better time to create a short film then on our first visit to the Beach. To no surprise she loved her first visit. At the same time, what better way then to put the GoPro to action.
As first time parents, you never know what you will need until the moment arrives. So several weeks of talking about going to the beach, I went out and bought the cooler with wheels, the bad ass beach umbrella, chairs, water bottles, sunscreen, beach toys and even a new bathing suit, for myself I must add. Note to self, pulling a rolling bag and rolling cooler on the beach sand is to be avoided. Major workout. At the same time, putting up a beach umbrella on a windy day, not the easiest task. As the umbrella went up, the wife covered the princess with sunscreen.
Now the time had arrived… The moment of truth… Would she love it or hate it. So we walked her together towards the beach and all she would say was “agua”, water in Spanish. She walked fearlessly towards the water and walked right in. As we expected, she loved it to the point that she even cried when we took her out of the water.
By the way, one thing we learned is that talc powder is great at removing sand from feet, hands and anywhere else. Sharing it with you so that you can pack a bottle next time you head to the beach.
Here is her short film. enjoy…
When I found out that my wife was pregnant, so many ideas came to mind of what I wanted to do aside from being the best father in the world. I always promised my wife that the day she became pregnant I would build our first child a rocking horse. Never will I forget when I received the news that my wife was pregnant and how shocked I was. So after several weeks of keeping the news to ourselves, I went off to build the rocking horse from scratch and achieved it.
My next goal was to make her a video on the day she was born. I recall spending months looking for that perfect song and story-boarding in my head how I wanted the video to look. As the due date neared I had my camera bag packed and batteries charged for the moment when we had to head to the hospital. The day arrived, cameras ready and filming away I went. Twenty-six hours later our angel was born and let me tell you that cupid struck me from the moment I laid eyes on her (my eyes are watering up as I write this…). I had always heard that one does not know what love is until they have children and how right this is. What a beautiful and wonderful experience. I have always respected women, but respect them even more after seeing my wife determined to have a natural birth and 26 hours later delivering our child. Now the time had arrived for me to put everything I had in my head into a story, our princess’ first video. I was once asked what has been the hardest video I have ever edited and I must say it was our baby’s first video. You see I am a very emotional person (I tear up with Publix commercials) and seeing all the video that I had taken of the baby’s birth made the editing so much harder as I was overwhelmed with emotions. I remember being in the hospital room with headphones on, editing the movie and tears just coming down my face with no end in sight. Tears of Joy… Below is the movie I made for her if you never seen.
So the next challenge was on. Actually several challenges to be exact that come with parenthood, especially during the first born where parents are clueless on what it is to a parent. Aside from all these parenthood challenges, I wanted to take a daily picture of her with the date for a full year as well as video. This was a challenge in itself because at first it is easy, but once they start grabbing things, getting sick, etc… it just becomes harder to take the picture. Some people told me I was crazy, but let me tell you I stuck with my idea and how rewarding it is to put it all together and see how much she has grown and developed in a year. Just amazing and yes another tears of joy come down each time I sit back and watch the video. So here I present to you our princess’ first year.
To Catalina Nicole Gil,
“I hope you Dance” and always Live Life Love…
On February 25, 2013 at 5:35 in the morning after 26 hours of labor, our princess was born, Catalina Nicole Gil, in South Miami Hospital. She weighed in at 7.4 lbs and measured 18.75 inches. Everyone says your life changes when your first child is born and we couldn’t agree more. My biggest fear (as well as every family member) was that I would not survive witness the birth of our child, but I can say that I survived. I watch it all through the lens as I captured this footage. To this date, this has been the hardest edit for me to create.
Sit back and watch a montage of our lives leading up to the arrival of our princess…