friends

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december

can you believe it?

we are so close to the end of twenty nineteen and the beginning of twenty twenty

twenty twenty

it seemed like a date that was so futuristic and so far to reach and now here we are

december has become a bit of a crazy month for us since Lily joined the nutcracker with her ballet school a few years ago

extra ballet classes (even on some weekends), nutcracker itself (two performances the week before christmas) and for the second year in a row, she will be participating in the big crafty (this saturday and sunday)

we are busy, busy, busy in december and before we know it, we are in west virginia and it is christmas

although i am always in awe (and complaining) of how quickly time goes by these days, once november comes, i always want to just fast forward to january when everything feels calm once again

everything just feels so overwhelming this time of year

maybe that’s another reason why i love summer so much

happy friday friends!

we spent thanksgiving cooking. just the three of us for the most part. it was great

how we spent black friday

Lily made a delicious mixed berry cobbler mostly all on her own and it was the best i have ever had

she flew in on thanksgiving night and for that we were all thankful. it had been a while

the best mirror is an old friend. twenty eight years and going

a beautiful sunday out and about in town

i was sick and spent a lot of time at home this week. there were rewards though. sunrise

sunset

dog walks

flowers help. always

so does hot oatmeal

post homework, pre ballet

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it’s wednesday morning and thanksgiving break has officially begun

it is just a little after 8am, rainy and gloomy, William and Lily went to the gym (she likes to think she can run on the treadmill) and i am just sitting here with a hot cup of coffee brought to me in bed

this hardly ever happens

i am usually the first one up and about but today i decided to just stay in bed, give up control and let them do

it feels good

thanksgiving is tomorrow

we are staying in, cooking, eating and then at night we will be picking up one of my oldest girlfriends from the airport

we have a fun filled weekend planned with her and other friends

i am looking forward to and thankful for all of it

happy thanksgiving friends!

autumn sunrises have been winning lately

autumn inspired home cooked meals

Lily’s birthday celebration continued two weeks after the day

a beautiful and delicious bowl of ramen

more birthday celebrations. this time a one year old’s

keeping up with staying blonde. it had been over six months

autumn colors on an autumn day

decisions, decisions

always finding the sunny spots

what sundays are for

early morning marvel discussions

visiting our friends’ shop downtown and finding new work by one of her favorite local artists

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friends, thanksgiving is next week and november is almost over

how? how? how?

too fast, too fast, too fast

this year for the first time ever i think we are spending thanksgiving on our own

this has never happened before since Lily was born

in miami we were always the ones hosting it and since we have lived here, we have gone to west virginia once and spent the others at a neighbor’s house

although a bit strange of a feeling just spending it on our own, we are welcoming the change and the day spent home cooking, watching the parade and best in show

happy friday friends!!

a sleepover with four of her besties

green spaces are my favorite spaces

we found foxy on Lily’s third birthday. which means he has been with us for seven years now

a big change to our dining room. for the better

me

also me

Lilian

also Lilian

yesterday’s sunrise

around here. halloween

this year halloween was celebrated for a week

it started last friday when Lily got dressed up to go to her halloween lock in at her gymnastics

then on saturday we had our neighborhood halloween party

and finally yesterday on the rainiest and coldest day of the season we finally went trick or treating on actual halloween

phew!

all fun but, dare i say that i am a little halloweened out???

happy friday and happy november friends

it is currently thirty degrees

temperatures have really dropped and will continue doing so for the weekend

we are staying in!

all dressed up for her halloween lock in

getting ready for our neighborhood halloween party

some of the neighborhood

with her bestie since first grade all ready to go trick or treating on halloween

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temperatures changed drastically this week

it was in the low forties in the mornings (and almost all day yesterday) and it’s in the thirties right now (it’s a little after six in the morning)

it’s like we went from summer straight to winter (let’s not talk about how it already snowed in west virginia)

but this crazy fast change in weather won’t stay

true autumn weather is in the forecast and i am looking forward to it

hope you guys are enjoying the change of season where you are

happy friday friends!

early morning walks and preferred architecture. clean, modern, brick free

sevilla memories

a playdate

miami dog always looking for the sunshine. i am guilty of the same

autumn light and shadows

saturday morning hammock snuggles

that tiny beauty mark by her eyeball tho

reading trump tweets

my collection of acrylic portraits is growing. as of yesterday there are six

Lily’s amazing elephant

all the green babies will soon need to come inside but i am putting it off as much as i can because this space will look sad and empty without them

looks and moods

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although temperatures are still high around here (in the 90s), it feels like all of the sudden the end of the year has snuck up on us

with halloween, Lily’s birthday (10!), thanksgiving, christmas and new year’s around the corner it feels like the next couple of months are going to just fly by

i always wish that the second half of the school year would go as fast as the first half

but it doesn’t

there are always less holidays, less three day weekends and there is always that dreadful winter to make things feel…. well, more dreadful

on that note, happy friday friends!

this was our last southbeach beach day all together while still living in miami. it has officially been four years since we moved to asheville

my green babies are so happy these days

we went to the greek festival

that surprise ferry ride from vermont to new york and vice versa

as long as there are flowers and color….

my nephew/godson turned eight. this was last year in sevilla spain

took myself on a lunch date

had ourselves a shelf filling party at our neighbor’s

a rainy moment on the porch

a sunny moment on the porch

a green corner on the porch

homework in the car

homework in her bedroom. i cherish it all

a bright kitchen corner

morning rainbows

a lost cove studio visit

after school safety patrol trio

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one month into the new school year, it is now dark when we wake in the morning

after a month of ninety degree heat, this week we finally got a break and the temperatures dropped to the seventies

autumn is right around the corner and i welcome the change

the cooler temperatures feel good and so does the new golden light

happy friday friends!

autumn colors

this weekend Lily and i will attend my goddaughter’s wedding

i mopped

a concert night. dr dog and shakey graves. so good!

in an old costume all excited for this year’s halloween

quiet time in her bedroom

quiet time in the living room

post school, pre gymnastics class stretches

transitions

portugal memories. from left: my cousin Ana, my cousin Helena, my great grandmother Delfina and me

third year at the fair with her bestie. traditions

a sunday drive

that autumn light slowly creeping in. sunrise

sunset

cooler mornings

friday ice cream sandwiches in ninety degree weather

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i always think i keep up with what’s around here and then i look to see when the last post was and… well, it’s been a while

i still have so many summer break pictures to share

monument valley, grand canyon, sedona, vegas, panama city beach….

but as much as i’d like to stay in vacation mode, life just keeps moving forward

these days faster than ever before

at the end of this month summer will be over and it will officially be fall

i enjoy fall

but i dread what comes after it

it will also be four years since we moved from miami to asheville

four years!

it’s hard for me to believe it’s been that long

i still miss our miami life in the red house with the pool and our dear friends near

perhaps i don’t miss miami as much as i miss us in miami

and regardless of how good life is here, how great the house we live in is (we have paid our price) and how many friends we have, i still feel landlocked, like i don’t belong and want to head towards the ocean just about daily

asheville makes me feel the loneliest i have ever felt

it’s a feeling i can’t seem to shake off

even after four years

thanks for listening friends

hope you are all having a good week so far

flowers, flowers and more flowers. i don’t think i could (or would want to) live in a world without flowers. which makes winter harder than it already is

our neighborhood divas the day before starting school

first day of fourth grade

second day of fourth grade

santa fe memories

sunrises

and sunsets

he turned forty two

last summer in spain with my family memories

lazy weekend mornings

and not so lazy weekend mornings

back to lots of home cooked meals

ropa vieja

tuna nicoise

taco torte

panama city beach memories

homework

besties since kindergarten now in fourth grade

Lily is back to art class after school on tuesdays

green errands

i’ve been painting lots of dresses

billie eilish everything

pre school dog hangs

and after school dog hangs

a favorite green corner

a car selfie

post dinner family walks

a day at lake jocassee

bandelier national monument

i am writing this post from a couch in panama city beach overlooking the ocean

Lily and i have been here for almost a week (sadly today is our last full day here)

being on the beach has been the best soul filling way to end this summer break

we miss William and wish he was here but understand that he doesn’t care for the beach the way we do

that said, we are thankful for the opportunity to be here

it’s after 9am and Lily is still sleeping

it has been that kind of summer but it will soon (too soon) be over when she starts 4th grade next monday

we have had a wonderful summer

two weeks at home, one week in the mountains of west virginia, two weeks in the desert of new mexico, arizona, utah and nevada, two weeks at home and one week at the beach

a little bit of everything

beach was a last minute add on but a must

for me it is not summer without beach time (it’s just the way i was raised. beach=summer)

while in santa fe, we drove out to see bandelier national monument

the 33,677 acre monument preserves the homes and territory of the ancestral puebloans of a later era in the southwest

most of the pueblo structures date to two eras, dating between 1150 and 1600ad

being there was a surreal experience to say the least and a once in a lifetime experience we will forever remember

if you would like to read more about it, please do so here

Santa Fe, New Mexico

this year for our family summer vacation instead of heading towards europe or the ocean, we headed west towards the desert

a little out of character for this ocean girl but for some reason, those desert vibes were calling me

and i am so glad they did

santa fe is filled with so much beauty!

i loved the architecture, all the details around it, the art, the colors, the food, the weather…. eighty five during the day, no humidity and cool nights

so many things to do in town and so much to do out of town too

hot springs, hikes in beautiful national parks, all under a gigantic blue sky!

and the best part?

our miami friends got to come meet us and we got to spend some much needed time together and as a family got to experience something new

it was a week filled with santa fe memories i will forever cherish

happy friday friends!

ps- i took a lot of pictures with my phone. this is a short instagram summary of our trip. we also went to the georgia o’keeffe museum and to Taos. we tried going to the georgia o’keeffe house/studio however tickets were sold out for the whole week we were there. next time!

our airbnb was pretty awesome

after dropping our bags off we quickly went out and stocked up the house with all sorts of fresh goodies

coffee mornings in santa fe

shopping on canyon rd

there are beautiful details everywhere you look in santa fe and i fell in love with every blue door i saw

fell in love with all the windows too

and all the details….

there were many matching outfits

celebratory times for being all together again

many delicious meals

a trip to the rio grange gorge

many outings around town

a trip to bandelier national monument

jemez hot springs

laundry down time at home

a night of amazing flamenco at el farol

and meow wolf

my santa fe souvenirs home in asheville. so many fun things to see and buy there!