Congratulations Jeanette & Carlos

Carlos & Jeanette

Quite a day! One full of fun, but also reflection.

I’ve mentioned that our son and daughter are both getting married this year. First Carlos on August 6th … then Maggie on December 17th.  Saying it will happen, talking about it, getting ready for it… shopping for dresses, contracting the venue, arranging for a caterer – we’ve been into that for a while. What makes today so different is that I’m starting to FEEL it.

Carlos and his lovely Jeanette will be married in Norway (that’s where she’s from…) obviously not too many folks will be on the groom’s side of the church. And we do want our family and friends from Merida to have a chance to celebrate with them; and since she is in town this week… today seemed like the very best day to have a party.

We hired a great band – an ABBA tribute band… a tribute to our Scandinavian soon-to-be daughter-in-law. “Dancing Queen”, “Chiquitita”, and “The Name of the Game” – you name it, the musical group “Mr.Back in Time” sang it; along with Salsa and Rock n’ Roll hits. I love to dance and spent a good portion of my afternoon shimmy-shaming, twisting, twirling and Congo line leading. I really have very little shame!

Cochinita Pibilachiote marinated pork (cooked in an underground pit in the village of Tahmec); cold beer and iced wine wet the whistles; and various botanas – snacks such a black bean dip, guacamole and the crunchy sinful stuff kept up the dance floor energy. Almond cake and Jorge’s home-bottled limoncello left a sweet taste in everyone’s mouth…

Seeing my son – so happy, filled me with joy… but I couldn’t help but think back to the day (a week less than 30 years ago) when he came into our lives. A darling baby… a little boy who made us laugh… a metal music enthusiast in his teens… a university student who loved his alma mater (UNB)… an avid traveler… Our Carlos has done a lot in his three decades here on Planet Earth.

They will live for a while (at least, maybe more…) in Norway. Jeanette has a good job; he’ll attend grad school at the University of Oslo. There’s lots of excitement coming down the pike.

His first love and loyalty will be to Jeanette; this is how it should be, and I wish them as much happiness as Jorge and I have had. They’ll have highs and lows; joys and sorrows. It seems we all do. They’ll be good to, and for each other… they’ll form a new family.

But to me, he’ll always be… our bouncing baby boy.



Filed under Family and Friends, Vida Latina

16 responses to “Congratulations Jeanette & Carlos

  1. Jeanne

    Good job, Mom and Dad. Thanks for sharing your Carlos with us. Keep us posted on the wedding. It’s better than that British wedding for us!

  2. WOW! what a crazy,festive year you are having!! It is never dull with the Rosado’s!! Congratulations to Carlos and Maggie and their respective partners. And a celebration to wonderful Mom and Dad who saw that their children become wonderful, inspiring adults.

    So pleased to hear the news and to read all about it. Will try to stay in touch over the course of the year..wanna here about the weddings!!
    Best wishes to you all!

    Love, jan and richard from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

  3. I was gonna say your boy sure looks like you, but I see it’s already been said. I’m too late to say it. So I won’t.

  4. Congratulations Joanna,
    What a beautiful couple. Carlos looks so much like you. It’s so good that you clearly had a lot of fun at a time when it’s easy to be too stressed out!

    • Hi Debbie, good to hear from you. and yes… Carlos definitely looks like his mama… You’re right about Jorge and me- we aim to break every stereotype of the stressed-out parents of the groom / bride… Things will work out however they are meant to, so why sweat it?

  5. SO many congratulations and best wishes to Jeanette and Carlos – Their temperments really seem so well suited to each.
    And Congrats to you and Jorge as well – You Done Good!
    Abrazos Fuertes

  6. Congrats to the bride and groom to be and the parents. Isn’t it just the most wonderful feeling to see your child spreading his wings and seeing him form a new family? And, yes…may they be as happy, strong and united a couple as you and Jorge.

    • Yes Judy, it is an amazing thing… How did time fly so fast? Your Andrea made the big leap last year so I know you speak from experience. Thanks for your comment.

  7. What a marvelous celebration and such an excellent tribute. Congratulations to Carlos and Jeanette.

  8. Ron

    Thank you so much for sharing that. I am left with a bit of a sentimental old fool tear in my eye 🙂

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