|Deni and Alex hanging out at home|
Wow, where has 2012 (almost) gone? The house felt strange after Denisse left in May. She had certainly brought a vitality and spark to it, which we certainly missed when she left. The first few weeks felt strange, but like most things in life, you learn to readjust and cope. We decided that we would visit India over Christmas, so that kept our minds occupied as well as gave us something to look forward to. We bought the Lonely Planet India guide and started to ask friends about where to go and what to see. It has been on our 'to do' list for ages.
|The out-laws, Kazz and Alex|
|Going to Ecuador ... yayyyyy!!!|
So, our new travel plans were beginning to take form. We trawled the internet (you try and find cheap tickets to Ecuador in early September for Christmas) for weeks and finally went, via a recommendation, through Karen at Escape Travel in Knox City. She did a fantastic job of getting us the best deal she could in what can only be described as a peak time! Tickets purchased ... we were going! So, since then Alex and I have employed a little more structure to the way we have been planning our trip. Traditional 'let's wing it' people, we have been plugging away to ensure that Dad will get the biggest bang for his buck!
|Ombi and Alex with from L to R: Moana, Mikey and Pablo|
In October Alex was involved with helping organise a free concert being put on by the Embassy of Ecuador in Australia and the Consulate General of Ecuador in Sydney. Finding out about this through another
|L to R: Jorge Saade-Scaff and Julio Almeid|
|With Raul Gangotena, Ecuadorian Ambassador to Australia|
Catching up with friends, dinners, parties ... we always have an abundance. In fact, usually more events than we have time for, but we love our friends and family and always find a way to fit them in.
Life is for living, and I only want to be surrounded by positivity and people who get me! For those that don't ... please take a bow and move on! The same goes for Alex.
We are off overseas again tomorrow! First stop, Fort Myers, USA, where we will spend a few days with Alex's cousin Christian, before flying on to Quito, to spend Christmas and the New Year with the family.
BRING IT ON!
"There comes a point in your life when you realise who really matters, who never did and who always will" - Unknown
|Betty, Dion and Karina|
Dedication: To all the people who know me, love me and respect me for who I am, and not for who they'd like me to be. You know who you all are. I would like to make a special mention of two of my very special friends Betty Penna and Laurice Asmar; thanks for your unwavering love and support and for being the voice of reason,when I felt that all reason was lost! Love you both!
Books read: The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
|Betty and Alex with Julio Almeida|
|L to R: Jorge, Ombi, Gary and Sam|
|Alex and Linda|
|Happy Birthday to me|
|With baby Josh|
|Reclaim the Night ... Womyn Unite|
|With Auntie Rina|
|With my soul mate|
|Pablo and Moana, Pablo's Birthday|
|Arepas at Gimela's|
|Dad and the Garcia Clan|
|Deni trying her hand at an Aussie meal|