The Jinorio Family
What is your favorite family tradition?
Noche Buena! This was a tradition passed on from my husbands side of the family. Every Christmas Eve, we host a huge cuban style dinner and celebrate with all our friends and family. We start prepping at least a week in advance. We serve everything from pork shoulder and maduras to ox tail and tres leches. It's by far our favorite tradition because we are surrounded by so much love on this special day!
Tell us about your favorite family story.
My husband and I come from two different backgrounds. He was raised by a Cuban family, and I was raised by a family from the Deep South. We met during our freshman year of college and have been together since! We got married shortly after graduating college, moved to Washington DC for a year. Then decided to move to NC to plant roots and make a family. We had always dreamed of having a family, and after 4 years of marriage and traveling we had our first little baby girl. She was the best addition to our family and we are excited to welcome another precious baby in June 2020.
What is your family's motto?
Put God first, and everything else will fall into place.
Share Your Parenting Wisdom
What's your number one tip for new parents?
Easier said than done, but don't stress. Parenting has no instruction manual. Just go with it and enjoy the ride!
What has been the most surprising thing you've learned as a parent?
That you can run on exactly 2 hours of sleep and still function. My biggest fear when having a child was the sleepless nights and days, but God gives you exactly what you need. Even if its only 2 hours of sleep!
Tell us about your funniest parenting story (we all have them!)
When our daughter was 6 months old, we decided to take a trip to Mexico. So, we had to get her passport made. This was a nightmare. We arrived at the postal office 2 hours before opening to get in line (yes, there was already a line!) Finally, when the office opened and we had been waiting about 3.5 hours at this point, they finally called us up and our daughter decided to have a MASSIVE blowout. It was through her clothing, all over me, all in the carseat, EVERYWHERE.
They were attempting to get a picture of her, but they refused to put her on the white sheet they had (for the background) and I refused to get out of line! haha So, desperate times call for desperate measures, I made my husband remove his shirt so our daughter could sit on it for her picture. It was probably the best picture she has ever taken. She was smiling ear to ear and so was her mommy! Daddy- not so much. haha!
You can find the Jinorio Family on Instagram at @shellyjinorio.