Must have of the day

Although Lily is still too little to appreciate Easter egg hunts and the Easter bunny, these Robbit Plushies (LOVE the clever name) on I Love To Create Blog that we  found through We Love Indie are a great future project for Lily and daddy Will.

Will loves robots and I’m sure Lily will love rabbits. A daddy and  Lily Easter project? A “Must”!

Happy Easter!

We have had a wonderful family weekend so far.

Great day at the beach yesterday even though it was more crowded than usual due to the holiday and Spring break.

We put Lily in her Kushies swim diaper and she was in the water more than before. She looked so cute and loved sitting along the shore watching the waves roll in.

There were Portuguese men o’ war (jelly fish) everywhere so we had to be careful because they were washing up right by where Lily was sitting.

We must have tired Lily like never before because she slept for 12 hours straight from 7p.m. until 7a.m. this morning.

Today we are having a lazy Easter sunday.

We woke up late, Lily went for a short bike ride with daddy Will on the Bjorn and we had a wonderful brunch on the balcony.

Lily is now taking her first nap of the day and when she wakes, we will be going to the park.


Here we are on the beach yesterday in our beach Easter bonnets. 😉 (Lily wears a romper by Old Navy and hat by Zutano). Lily sitting waterside wearing her Kushies and Zutano hat. A Portuguese man o’war. And a happy sunshine Lily! And today bike riding with daddy Will wearing her Old Navy pajamas and sitting pretty on the couch wearing her Easter dress by OldNavy.

Things we LOVE!

Going for walks and looking at all the beautiful nature that’s around us.

Even though we live in Miami, we can tell it is Spring.

There are SO many beautiful flowers around.

And….we LOVE flowers!!!  🙂

Here are some of the flowers Lily and I saw on the way to the park yesterday.

And remember,  April showers bring even more May flowers. We can’t wait!


Yesterday we gave Lily broccoli for the first time, and let me tell you, she is NOT a fan! LOL

I felt it was important to start giving her some green vegetables since she was eating mostly all orange vegetables. Sweet potatoes,carrots, butternut squash… all orange. I was afraid she would soon turn orange.

Will steamed the broccoli and then pureed it. It didn’t look, smell or taste appetizing at all. We shall see we thought.

When it was time for Lily’s lunch yesterday, I set her up on the balcony like usual and fed her the first spoonful. Oh boy…the face!  It was not a happy face at all. LOL

She kept it in her mouth and wouldn’t even swallow for a while.

I wouldn’t want to eat it I thought to myself. So why would I feed it to her and expect her to?

I took the broccoli back into the kitchen and mixed it with carrots. Success!!!

She ate the whole thing. She loves her carrots. Why would she not? They are sweet and yummy!

And because I felt bad for feeding her that awful broccoli on its own, I surprised her with a bit of mashed up ripe mango. I have  never seen her lick herself the way she did after each spoonful. Her tongue was all the way to her chin!

Yay! Broccoli and mango now part of Lily’s menu. 🙂

Here is a suspicious Lily sitting in her chair waiting for me to feed her lunch wearing a romper by Old Navy and a bib that was a gift. And a not so convinced Lily after the first spoonful of broccoli. Adventure begins here? Oh boy did it ever! 😉

Things we LOVE!


We LOVE and miss our families very much ALL the time.

So please….come visit!

Here are some more wonderful family moments.

Avo Carmo with Lily (Lily wears a bodysuit by The Children’s Place). 3 generations, my mom, me and Lily the day my mom left to go back to Portugal, many tears that day (Lily wears a jumpsuit that was gift from avo Hayes and aunt Sarah). Avo John with Lily in WV (Lily wears a bodysuit by Old Navy and pants by babyGap). Avo Hayes with Lily in WV (Lily wears her Lucky Finn bodysuit and knitted dress, both gifts). A quiet moment with aunt Sarah and a napping Lily in WV (Lily wears a jumpsuit by babyGap).

Distance. It makes my heart ache, not grow fonder

When I was younger, I was constantly moving and the further away from family, the better. Since I’ve gotten older however, I want to be closer to them.

My family lives in Portugal. That is in Europe next to Spain, not in South America next to Brazil. (I know most of you know this but, it is an inside joke. Ha Ha.)

We usually visit every year in May. It is a wonderful time of the year to go visit. It’s warm enough but still a bit chilly for the beach and for all the tourism. Forget about going to Europe any time between June through August.

When Will and I were in Portugal last May, we were 4 months pregnant. We surprised my parents and brother with the happy news at the airport. We had 2 wonderful weeks there like we always do and I dreamed about going back this May with a 6 month old baby. We didn’t find out it was going to be a Lily until we came back from our visit.

Well, we won’t be going this May and even though we will be going in September (just as great of a month to visit), it is breaking my heart.

By September Lily will be 10 months old. Just 2 months short of a year (tears and more tears) and it will be the first time that my dad and my brother as well as the rest of the family will be meeting Lily. (more tears) Never mind our cousin Ana who has become Lily’s #1 fan!

I don’t know why but 6 months seemed more comforting than 10 months.

It was wonderful having my mom here for a month but, Lily was only around for 2 of those weeks so it’s almost like they haven’t met yet.

Living in Miami we are far from both sides of the family. Mine that is in Portugal and Will’s that is in West Virginia. Now that we have Lily, it is so much harder to be so far away than it ever was before.

These days I long for family. I remember being a child and my most cherished memories are of being around family. I want the same for Lily. It’s important for both Will and I to raise her amongst grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

I don’t however want to discredit how lucky we are to have wonderful friends near us who are a big part of Lily’s life. From the beginning might I add. They were there minutes after Lily was born.

So, for the meanwhile I just dream about the day we will introduce Lily to my parents, their first grandchild. And maybe another month in West Virginia? Or at least a visit from West Virginia? 😉 (wiping tears)

Here are some wonderful cherished moments with family that I miss.

Will and I  in Portugal with my parents and brother in May 2009. My mom, me and Hayes with my favorite tree (Lily was born 6 days later). The day Lily was born,  me, Will, Lily and avos Carmo and Hayes. Avo Hayes and avo John with Lily at home the day she was born. (Lily wears a jumpsuit and hat by babyGap,wrapped in a whynottsewn blanket). My mom with Lily (Lily wears a bodysuit that was a gift and Old Navy pants). Lily dancing with aunt Sarah in West Virginia (Lily wears a tunic by babyGap and pants by The Children’s Place). Will, Lily, uncle Jud and cousin Adelaide (Lily wears a dress by babyGap, tights and booties by Zutano). Lily with aunt Desiree

Things we LOVE!

Watching Lily grow! (tears…..)

It’s amazing going back to look at pictures of Lily from 2 months and even a month ago and seeing the differences in Lily.

It’s joyful and sad all at once.

Here is Lily in January wearing an outfit given to her by uncle Ricky and Anabela. In February wearing pajamas by Old Navy. And in March (yesterday) wearing a bodysuit by babyGap and swing top by Zutano.

Must have of the day

Oh Stella, Stella why do you do this to me!!????

Stella McCartney, one of my favorite female designers is at it again! Gap just released her new Spring/Summer kids and baby line and I am drooooooling!

The Fall/Winter line was pretty genius but Spring/Summer is to die for! It’s a “Must”! Everything!

Now if she would only do a line for women for the same prices…..I would probably even cry about it. 😉

Here are some of our faves.