Merry Christmas Friends & Family!
Well Christmas is this weekend and boy am I glad that we started our e-holiday card tradition last year so people know what to expect this year!
On December 31, 2010 Juan Carlos and I spent a quiet New Year's Eve at home. We also made the first of many wedding planning phone calls. Juan Carlos was on the phone and I remember very clearly watching him from the kitchen, hands clasped together smiling from ear to ear with my brand new 'we're really doing this' smile.
We knew that 2011 would be a year of weddings for us, but the details were ahead of us. They didn't disappoint. In February Juan Carlos surprised me with a beautiful engagement at the Museum of Modern Art where we had had our first date. In April we were married and in October and December we were blessed to be able to celebrate our marriage with friends and family in New York and Las Vegas.
2011 deserves a special thank you to our parents Victor & Lily Pineiro and Mark & Bobbi Stirek. Throughout the entire year they have supported us and loved us and let us be ourselves. The celebration in Las Vegas was absolutely perfect, we had such an amazing time! We will be posting pictures to flickr soon, sign up and add me as a friend to see them all HERE!
Thank you to all of our friends for the tremendous outpouring of love and support for our marriage! The well wishes and the gifts have been overwhelming and we are so grateful for each and every one!
Professionally, Juan Carlos is in the midst of editing his second feature film Know How. He also recently joined the team at Aha Life and has been graphic and web designing for the past few months. He's really enjoying having a 9-5 (ish) job after years of freelance work!
Our non-profit The White Roof Project is running at high speed! We had a great year, coating over 35,000 square feet of roof on Manhattan's Lower East Side and we closed out the painting year with a very successful auction fundraiser. In 2012 we will be expanding to other cities and supporting projects across the country.
I am still working at the hedge fund. Supplementing my time with a few side projects. I am running social media for White Roof Project, and have renewed my positions on the Junior Board of StreetWise Partners and on the Advisory Board of the New York City New Leaders Council. In 2012 I will be the Institute Chair for the NLC Institute and am really looking forward to working with a great group!
We have some great travel plans for 2012, in the Spring we are going to head down to Puerto Rico to spend a 'second honeymoon' at the Pineiro Apartment in San Juan! My not-so-little brother Kincade is graduating High School in June in Las Vegas and my cousin Danny is marrying Jen, a wonderful addition to the family, in October in Chicago! My sister Blair is moving to Austin this summer and there's a chance we'll get to visit her too. It'll give us a chance to you know, check out Austin. See if it's somewhere that we might want to live someday too! Slowly but surely we're being called west!
This weekend we are staying in New York for the first time ever! We are having a small group of friends over for a Christmas Eve pot-luck and will be waking up to our first Christmas morning as a married couple in our own home!
We wish you all a happy and healthy 2012! Don't forget to let us know next time you're in New York City! We threw away our big couch for a love seat and exercise bike but we'll happily blow up the air mattress for you anytime! If you're a New Yorker let us know when you're in Astoria and we'll get together!
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