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Dumbarton Oaks & Gardens Museum, one of the Best keep secrets to visit if you plan a one day trip to Georgetown. With its beautiful gardens and one of the biggest exhibitions of Pre-columbian art. It is a lovely place to spend a wonderful afternoon, visiting its gardens (2p-5p) and of course don’t forget to

Dumbarton ad-jpgstop by at their unique gift shop. Evelyn Brooks Designs debut its collection last year and it is been a great success. Shop our Nazca & Classic Collection here at Dumbarton Oaks & Garden;)

For more information visit www.doaks.org

 

ToroMata (in the heart of Adams Morgan) Looking to do something different, visiting  a really nice and eccentric neighborhood, well don’t forget to include in your list ToroMata, voted the Best Commercial Art Gallery in

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Washington DC, ToroMata is also the number ONE & ONLY Gallery featuring Peruvian Art from the most reknowned Peruvian Artisans. My story with ToroMata has many years.  I personally love how our relationship has grown over the years.  How they represent my work and how they speak about it is PRICELESS. This Spring ToroMata is carrying  Evelyn Brooks Designs largest selection of earrings. So if you are looking for a great gift for you or your love one, you know where to find it. ToroMata is open Tuesday – Friday: Noon – 8pm,  Saturday: 10am – 8pm, Sunday: Noon – 6pm, Monday and other hours: By appointment

For more information visit: www.toromata.com

National Women’s Museum in the Arts, this amazing museum has been featuring my work for over two years now. Evelyn Brooks Designs crochet collection has been the best seller at their gift shop.  My crochet collection has been growing and it has caught the eye and delighted by many women who love all the museum has to offer. The museum is open daily 10a-5p women's museum ad-jpg

This museum is solely dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts.  Since opening its doors in 1987, the museum has acquired a collection of more than 4,500 paintings, sculptures, works on paper and decorative art. For more information visit www.nmwa.org

 

In my next blog I will tell you about the places to shop Evelyn Brooks Designs in Alexandria VA:)

Have a lovely weekend! and enjoy the weather;)
Sincerely

Evelyn Brooks

It was my son’s last day of school. He is now four years old. One more year and he will be off to kindergarten. I decided to write this blog post because after hearing those kids singing God Bless America – My home sweet home. It brought tears in my eyes. Making me realize how much time has passed, what have I learned after all those years?; with my son being in pre-school and indeed reafirming that this is MY HOME SWEET HOME.

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Even though I will always miss my family and friends in Peru after a few weeks there I miss my home in the States, my house, my bed, my car, etc, etc…and once more this is one of the reasons why I write this blog TWO WORLDS ONE CHICA. So many could understand how I feel as an immigrant that will always belong to two worlds. Hoping one day my kids will read my blog and learn about all the things mommy and daddy went through.

Let me share with you a little bit of what I have learned…

Tyler’s pre-school was recommended to me by a neighbor. To be honest I didn’t have time to look around for preschools. I wonder how many mompreneurs have the time to look around for pre-schools? I enrolled him and started to pray so it was a good place for him and for us to be part of. My son Tyler goes to All God’s Children in Alexandria VA

From the beginning I knew this isn’t Lima-Peru. So I would have to learn how things work around here in many areas. I will need a few posts to tell you ALL about JUST PRESCHOOL.

Tyler with Ms. Laura on his 1st day of school at All God's Children

Tyler with Ms. Laura on his 1st day of school at All God’s Children

Whenever we travel to Peru, I also try to enroll my son to pre-school, for many different reasons but most importantly because I want him to be around other kids to play & learn while practicing his Spanish.

This is what I have seen in Lima, for example:

– Before the end of classes, teachers take 30min to clean the kid, wash their hands, brush their hair, even put cologne.

– Teachers or assistants carry their backpacks to their classrooms, poor little kid he could fall off if he/she does it herself

– Teachers write everyday in a notepad what the kid has done

– Most of the teachers and assistants greet the kids everyday with a kiss and a hug as they walk into the pre-school

– I love that Tyler wears a uniform so I did not have to think or fight with him every morning about what to wear to school;)

Tyler with his teacher in Lima - Peru

Tyler with his teacher in Lima – Peru

Lunch time

Let me tell you my experience in the States so far…

– Kids have to carry their own backpack and lunch box. Teaching the kid to  to be self-sufficient and to carrying its own belongings. I can still remember Tyler’s teacher telling me: Oh…Tyler can carry his own backpack. Sometimes I forget to do it, but it is true he can do it.

– Here they teach them to dress themselves, put their own jackets, put their backpacks.

– They teach them to be independent. When my mom sees Tyler put in on his shoes she says: Poor him, he doesn’t have anybody to help him!!!

and many other things…most important also Tyler has made great friends:) as well as practicing & learning his English.

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Tyler's art work:)

Tyler’s art work:)

I think one of the things I miss the most is the warmness of our culture. The hugs and kisses for us is so natural. In Brasil they even give three kisses…so I think is a latin…thing or shall we say our flavor;)

I respect every culture and every country I have lived in. My best advice is just adapt and respect so you can be happy wherever you live.

I must also say one of the things I feel proud of; is that I did not listen to those people who told me. Do not teach Tyler Spanish until he is 3 years old. Right now he is fluent in both Spanish & English. He still has to practice both but we are very happy with his accomplishments.

I truly love the pre-school where Tyler’s goes to. I would not feel well if I would see him un-happy. Now we will spend part of his summer break in Peru;)

Hope this blogpost helps you while raising a bilingual family.

Sincerely,

Evelyn Brooks