family

Avo Carmo’s birthday

It was my mom’s birthday yesterday.

Tia Tete organized a big lunch at her house with the whole family. (only tio Ricky and Anabela were missing 🙁 )

The lunch started at 12:30pm and when we left it was 9pm. LOL

It was an ALL day event.

Everyone had a wonderful time just spending time together enjoying the present and reminiscing about the old times.

There were also exciting news… prima Ana is pregnant! 🙂 We are all soooooooooo happy for her and Nuno.

P.S- if these ALL day eating events continue, I will need some fat pants because I sure won’t fit in my skinny ones.

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Vitor, avo Carmo and Ana

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Tio Ricky’s birthday party

My brother turned 30 on thursday.

Yesterday after we picked Will up from the airport, we drove to Evora to go to his surprise birthday party that his gf Anabela, her family and friends threw for him.

The party took place at an old grain house.

The grain house is part restaurant, part museum.

Lily was miss social butterfly the whole night.

She played, ate, laughed.

We didn’t get home until 1am!

It was a great turn out, we all had a great time.

WARNING: this post is picture heavy. but then again it’s not every day I celebrate my brother’s birthday at an old grain house with family and good people all the way around.

Happy November everyone!!!!

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Moura and Amieira

Yesterday was a great family day. (it’s not that often that we are all together)

We all (my dad, my mom, tio Ricky, Lily and I) headed out early (10am) in the morning.

We drove around at first not knowing exactly where to go until we decided to head over to Moura.

Moura is a small town (not even considered a city) about 30-45 minutes north of where my parents live.

Once there, we walked around, we had lunch, we took Lily to their great park. (the best one so far actually)

On the way home, we stopped off in Amieira (also a small town) and checked out their new marina.

It was beautiful there!

An open landscape of water, hills and blue sky.

All and all a really wonderful day.

(Sorry, it’s picture overload again!! 😉 )

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Only 5 days left!!

Portugal awaits us.

Lily and I will be leaving next wednesday. That’s in 5 days!

As I start getting ready for this monthly getaway, I can’t help but to wonder what Lily will think of the whole experience.

Every time we see a plane up in the sky, I tell her that she and I will soon go on one so she can meet her avo Carmo, avo Ricardo, tio Ricky and the rest of the family.

I also wonder what she will think when she finds herself in a country that speaks this special language (Portuguese) that really only I speak with her.

She is in for a big surprise!

There will be lots of new family around, new places to see, new foods and flavors, I can’t wait!! (I miss the Portuguese country side so much!)

This weekend will be for family.

I want Lily and I to spend as much time with Will as possible since we won’t see him for 2 weeks. (that is the longest we have ever been apart 🙁 )

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Here are some of my favorite places that I look forward to sharing with Lily.

the baixo e alto Alentejo

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Sunday ride

After many hours of just lounging around at home and what seemed to be a pajama sunday, we finally got motivated and decided to go on a family bike ride.

Will, Lily and I rode all the way across the beach to South Point.

It was the first time we all went on a bike ride together.

Will and I used to ride our bikes all around town (up until 1 week before my due date) and now that Lily is a bit bigger, we can ride again! 🙂

The weather was so nice on sunday. Not super hot. It was breezy. It was wonderful.

We had a great time! (as you can see. did I take enough pictures? 😉 )

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she loves riding

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Morning bliss

How do you start your morning?

We start our morning playing with Lily in bed.

It’s a special family moment that always seems to be the perfect way to start every morning.

After a little play time, Will takes Lily into the living room where they have some father-daughter time.

It is then that I grab my computer and catch up on emails and start my blog posts.

Shortly after, Will and Lily bring me my cup of coffee. It’s the sweetest thing!

That one hour to myself, is my one hour of morning bliss.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

notice anything missing? my coffee. it had not yet arrived.

Overwhelmed

Lately I have been feeling very overwhelmed.

Overwhelmed by how long it has been since I have seen my family.

Overwhelmed with trying to buy tickets to Portugal and when to go.

Overwhelmed by how fast Lily is growing and how big she is. (can’t believe she is almost 10 months old!)

Overwhelmed by how hot it is. (summers in Miami kill me)

Overwhelmed by how unmotivated I am lately. (I think it’s the heat, it makes me lethargic)

Overwhelmed by how long it has been since I have painted. (afraid I don’t even know how to anymore…)

Overwhelmed with trying to make a decision about moving. Do we stay in Miami or do we go somewhere else? (the heat plays a huge factor)

Overwhelmed by the loss of a friend.

Overwhelmed by the birth of another. (isn’t it ironic how that works…)

Overwhelmed by life…

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Last day :(

Today is our last full day here in WV.

We will be packing up the car and driving back to Miami tomorrow afternoon.

We are sad to leave but we feel blessed to have had such an amazing two weeks here.

We will deeply miss our family, friends, the dogs and this beautiful place.

I will also really miss the every day simple routine I have had here.

Waking up with fresh air from sleeping with the windows open.

our bedroom window

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