around here

hi friends

how are you all holding up?

we’re good over here but i have certainly had my share of unmotivated and uninspired days

which is ok i think

and once i come to peace with it, i allow myself to be what i am feeling and wanting/needing

there is always the next day right?

i’m just trying to breathe and take it one day at a time

i think that’s what we are all trying to do right?

wishing you a peace filled weekend

i spent some days in the basement going through and organizing my storage boxes. found the nineties

i also found this frida kahlo paper doll book i bought for Lily when i think she was still in my belly. had looked for it years ago and couldn’t find it. we both decided it should stay as is and in our frida collection

and speaking of collections, been going through all my nature treasures trying to somehow feel closer to the ocean

there have been lots of delicious meals

tuna nicoise

grilled octopus

a loaded hotdog with chips and radishes. i never liked radishes before

three ingredient banana, peanut butter, cocoa powder muffins

banana bread

strawberry clafoutis

plenty of time being spent in the kitchen these days

mother’s day

on nice days we take lots of walks around the neighborhood

cinco de mayo

it’s been really loud here all day every day with the hotel construction still happening below our backyard. they start jackhammering at 7:30 every morning and don’t stop until the end of the afternoon. despite all the noise that makes me want to crawl out of my skin (and leave this house), i try to create and focus on the quiet corners

flowers still getting me through the day. especially pink ones

our first peony this year

late night shenanigans with Lily when she asks me to brush my hair out

still trying to keep busy through my hands. ordered some self drying terracotta and made my own beads

a distancing visit to her bestie and her chickens to drop off some books

and a visit to her teacher to drop off some flowers for teacher appreciation day

#mamaandlilycovidspringbreak2020

i guess for the sake of having a spring break post like in the previous years, i should do one although, it was very much the opposite of all the previous years due to covid19

it was the same for everyone else

i am aware

a stay at home spring break

not worth much talking about but worth documenting and sharing i guess

happy weekend friends

there was baking

there was cake for breakfast

there was an easter folar

there were positive moments

and not so great positive moments

there were many slow mornings

there were creative mornings

there were safe outings

there was safe distance playing

there were healthy lunches

there were many walks around the neighborhood

there was a haircut

there was snuggling with all the loved ones

there was a stuffed animal chair project

there was golden light

and there was a super pink full moon in libra

17/52. twenty twenty

“a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2020”

Lilian

wearing earrings she made herself

this past week we spent around two hours going through and organizing my bead boxes, most of which i started collecting in the nineties

she inherited a large collection of beads and findings and has learned how to make earrings

something new to help times pass by creatively

happy monday friends

#theguerreiroeilerstribe

this isn’t an easy post to write and i have been putting it off because of not knowing exactly what words to use but I’m just going to say what comes naturally and from the heart

because so many of you are and have been a part of our journey (personally and virtually) William and I thought it was only right to let you know that as of February, we made the decision to separate

after couples therapy and trying to work out our differences on our own, we made the decision that we are better friends to one another than we are husband and wife

not an easy decision but the right decision

for us

we will always be good friends

we will always be family

and we will continue to always be the best parents to Lily that we can be

as for Lily, telling her was the hardest thing we have ever had to do but we have raised an amazingly understanding and loving human who despite her tears, understood and is dealing with everything in the best way possible

this isn’t the end for us

this is just a different ending to the story we originally started twelve years ago

individually and together we love and appreciate all of you and will need your support and love more than ever as we go forward through this new chapter in our lives

with love, Claudia William and Lily

around here

it’s tuesday, 8:47am and Lilian is up, dressed and having breakfast at the dining room table while listening to a fractions video her teacher made for her class

spring break is officially over and homeschooling is back on

supposedly they will go back to school on may 18th however, i highly doubt it especially since the last day of school is may 29th

most states have already declared that students will not go back to school

we shall see

anyway, how are you guys doing?

i have reached the highest of highs and the lowest of lows

i’ve gone from getting up and going on my long walk and being happy about spring to wanting to stay in bed all day with my head under a pillow like it was winter

between the quarantine life we are all living right now, life changes that i have not opened up about on here yet, spring break here instead of in miami, pms and the full pink moon in libra, i cried for three straight days last week

i couldn’t help myself

it was all i could do

it was all i wanted to do

once i did, i felt better

sometimes you just have to cry

i do anyway

miami memories with my brother from 2006

from a spring walk

quarantine roots

our art sofa/wall

did a little cleaning in the basement and found this beauty from 1994

how we do sundays sometimes

it’s all about the beets

she gets ready and dressed for homeschooling every morning

made some of these. it had been a long while

William built two boxes and planted some things

after dinner walks

where we would have started our spring break this year. with our K in st. pete

and then in miami at the same building we have stayed the past three years for the remainder of the time

Lily’s crying rabbit that she painted when she was two, was a mood for a few days last week