|AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE (Y UNA PERDIZ PICANDO PERAS DEL PERAL).|
THAT'S ELENA'S GORGEOUS MOTHER MONSERAT NEXT TO GONZALO. A BLUR OF MOVEMENT.
San Geraldo every year loves to lead in the singing (and dancing) of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." None of our Spanish friends had ever heard of the song. San Geraldo printed out copies for everyone and led a sing-along/dance-along. We all had a ball. As you'll note by the translation in the above caption, we had good reason to sing the song in English.
|SISTERS ELENA AND FATIMA.|
|MORE BEAUTY. CARME (ALBERT'S AMAZING MOTHER) AND IVONNE.|
At midnight, the Spanish tradition is to eat one grape for every chime of the clock. If you succeed, you will have a good year. The stores all sell special 12-packs of grapes for the occasion, but they usually have seeds. San Geraldo doesn't like grapes with seeds. Elena and Gonzalo bought His Highness his own special tin of New Year's Grapes without seeds. Everyone else toughed it out.
Still no hot water. Still more leaks found. But, today, I don't care!
|MY FESTIVE BAG OF GRAPES WITH SEEDS (LEFT). EVERYONE SPOILS SAN GERALDO.|
|MITCHELL: "¿CÓMO SE DICE EN ESPAÑOL ROAST BEEF?" (HOW DO YOU SAY ROAST BEEF IN SPANISH?)|
MATI: "ROAST BEEF." (ROAST BEEF.)
|2013. TEXTING "FELIZ AÑO" TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD.|
|IVONNE AND ALBERT FOLLOWING THE LEAD OF SAN GERALDO.|
FIVE GOLDEN RINGS (CINCO ANILLOS DORADOS).
|ALBERT AND IVONNE.|
|OUR HOSTS AT 1 A.M.|
GONZALO, STILL HANDSOME BUT CLEARLY TIRED. ELENA, AS PERFECT AS SHE WAS AT 10.
|ELENA WORE THESE ALL NIGHT!|
|COFFEE THIS MORNING WITH THE MARVELOUS MATI (GONZALO'S MOTHER).|
I'M IN LOVE.