NEW YORK, USA: Interview with Maman Aya

NEW YORK, USA: Interview with Maman Aya

Where in the world do you live? And, are you from there?

I live in New York, New York – a city so nice they had to name it twice!  I have always lived in New York City, although I grew up in Queens (one of the outer boroughs), I now live in Manhattan with my family.  The convenience to everything is really hard to beat!

What language(s) do you speak?

I am completely fluent in French and English, and can speak (although I can’t read or write) Hebrew.  As such I have been teaching these languages to my children. I speak only French to the kids, while my husband speaks English to them. (more…)

Maman Aya (USA)

Maman Aya is a full-time working mother of 2 beautiful children, a son who is 6 and a daughter who is two. She is raising her children in the high-pressure city of New York within a bilingual and multi-religious home. Aya was born in Canada to a French mother who then swiftly whisked her away to NYC, where she grew up and spent most of her life. She was raised following Jewish traditions and married an Irish Catholic American who doesn’t speak any other language (which did not go over too well with her mother), but who is learning French through his children. Aya enjoys her job but feels “mommy guilt” while at work. She is lucky to have the flexibility to work from home on Thursdays and recently decided to change her schedule to have “mommy Fridays”, but still feels torn about her time away from her babies. Maman Aya is not a writer by any stretch of the imagination, but has been drawn in by the mothers who write for World Moms Blog. She looks forward to joining the team and trying her hand at writing!

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WASHINGTON, USA: Interview with Eva Fannon  (The Sidebar Editor)

WASHINGTON, USA: Interview with Eva Fannon (The Sidebar Editor)

Where in the world do you live? And, are you from there?

I am currently living in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest U.S. in Seattle, WA.  Like most people out here, I am a transplant from somewhere else.  I became a Washington State resident in 2002 after I got married.

I was born in New York City (Flushing, Queens to be precise) to immigrant parents, and my family moved to New Jersey when I was in elementary school.  It’s definitely hard being so far away from family and old friends – especially after having kids.

I feel like my kids are missing out on growing up with cousins and relatives, so we make an effort to go back for extended trips 1-2 times year.

After working in NYC for a few years after college and being used to the go-go-go mentality, I really enjoy the casual and relaxed quality of life out here.  I have finally learned to slow down and not feel the need to cross the street when the light is red for me, even if no cars are coming.  My suits are collecting dust in my closet and I can’t remember the last time I wore pantyhose to work!

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Eva Fannon (USA)

Eva Fannon is a working mom who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her hubby and two girls. She was born and raised on the east coast and followed her husband out west when he got a job offer that he couldn't refuse. Eva has always been a planner, so it took her a while to accept that no matter how much you plan and prepare, being a mom means a new and different state of "normal". Despite the craziness on most weekday mornings (getting a family of four out the door in time for work and school is no easy task!), she wouldn't trade being a mother for anything in the world. She and her husband are working on introducing the girls to the things they love - travel, the great outdoors, and enjoying time with family and friends. Eva can be found on Twitter @evafannon.

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Venezuelan Christmas Memories

I’ve always loved the Christmas season, and I have my mom and my auntie to thank for this. My mom brought us up with her Venezuelan traditions, and my auntie added a new tradition while we were living in New York City. I can’t recall which is the first Christmas I actually have memories of, but they were all pretty similar and bring back cherished memories.

I was born in New York City and while we lived there, come early December, we would head over to Corona, Queens with my mom to purchase banana or plantain leaves, which we used to make hallacas. (more…)

Eva Fannon (USA)

Eva Fannon is a working mom who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her hubby and two girls. She was born and raised on the east coast and followed her husband out west when he got a job offer that he couldn't refuse. Eva has always been a planner, so it took her a while to accept that no matter how much you plan and prepare, being a mom means a new and different state of "normal". Despite the craziness on most weekday mornings (getting a family of four out the door in time for work and school is no easy task!), she wouldn't trade being a mother for anything in the world. She and her husband are working on introducing the girls to the things they love - travel, the great outdoors, and enjoying time with family and friends. Eva can be found on Twitter @evafannon.

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