Mike: Spending time outside playing with neighborhood friends until the sun went down – riding our bikes and exploring new places, climbing trees, playing baseball and basketball at the park, fishing, building snow forts, and if we could convince our parents, having sleepovers!
Marisol: I have wonderful memories of dancing at family get-togethers when I was younger. I have a large family and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to ‘show off my skills’ that I learned from taking lessons in a variety of ethnic and folk dances as well as jazz and tap. My favorite was Marinera, a coastal dance of Peru, because of its elegance and how it reminded me of home.
Mike: TV shows on HGTV and other DIY channels are fun to watch for learning something new. I’m a sucker for holiday movies like Elf and Home Alone. The Secret Life of Pets also recently had me laughing off my seat.
Marisol: My favorite TV show is Shark week. Don’t go in the water! I also love the Disney movie classics like Toy Story and The Little Mermaid, as well as my newest favorite – Coco.
Mike: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, a story about climbing Mount Everest. I love reading tales of adventure and survival.
Marisol: The book that my son Danny wrote about Autism when he was in 3rd grade.
Mike: Anything involving building or creating. I love working with my hands whether it is cooking, gardening, repairing a car, drawing, home improvement, or learning a new hobby. My latest project was a special homemade ramp to enable our dog Pisco to get in and out of the lake by himself.
Marisol: Reading is a passion of mine, whether it is on my own for pleasure, reading to others, or simply for the pursuit of knowledge. I also enjoy yoga, hiking, collecting and tasting different teas from around the world, and teaching our puppy new tricks.
Both: Pizza is our weakness. Our latest topping creation – Italian Beef and Pineapple!
Mike: My favorite vacation was our first family trip to Peru where I not only discovered the wonders of Machu Picchu, but discovered a wonderful extended family full of amazing culture, love, and tradition.
Marisol: Disney World has always held a special place in my heart. My most prized memory was spending time with my late Grandpa Oscar. We went on rides together and he always treated me to my favorite ice cream.
One of our favorite family traditions is cutting down a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving with our son Danny, our dog Pisco, and plenty of hot chocolate. We also enjoy weekend trips to our family lake cabin in Wisconsin where we hike, swim, kayak, fish, cook-out, and just have lots of fun. After a tough day at work or school we often regroup as a family to uphold another regular tradition – hot pizza and cold root beer at our favorite neighborhood restaurant.
Mike: One of my favorite holiday memories started off a bit scary when I was rushed to the hospital on my 10th birthday to have my appendix removed. But a couple days later in my hospital room, and on Halloween no-less, I was surprised to receive a box full of get-well cards from all of my 4th grade classmates, and candy from my sister who trick-or-treated for me.
Marisol: A special holiday memory of mine is spending time with my Grandma (mi Abuelita) in Peru. After opening presents at midnight, I would help my Abuelita make a special homemade hot chocolate, which I loved, and cut up the Panettone – even though I didn’t like the taste of it at the time. Spending time with my Abuelita is what counted the most, and I will never forget it.
Mike: I scratched ‘triathlon’ off my bucket list a few years ago but continue to enjoy participating in similar events, especially those involving bike riding and swimming. I look forward to joining friends in our first Tough Mudder obstacle race this Spring.
Marisol: I was born and raised in Lima, Peru, until I was 8 years old but also spent time living in both Florida and New York. I can safely say the winters in Florida were the nicest!