Happy Valentine’s Day!!

This morning we went to a Valentine’s Day piano concert at the Miami Beach Community Church.

It was orchestrated by one of the moms we know from the park.

She played Disney, movie and classic piano love songs.

All of Lily’s friends were there and she got to give them the hearts I made for her to hand out. (because we heart our friends!!!!)

Everyone had a great time.




NO, this is not a pregnancy announcement!!

Lately I have friends say to me: “Lily’s getting big! It’s time for the second one, no?”

And when I posted on Facebook that I was sick, “BABY?” was the most asked question as well.

Well, Will and I are not planning on having another baby until we are really settled elsewhere.

We are trying to move from Miami to Raleigh into a house where we can ALL have more room and also easily accommodate friends and family when they visit.

Biologically ticking, I mean speaking… NOW would be ideal but NOW isn’t going to happen.

So, until then I am enjoying #1, LILY!

Have a great weekend everyone!

P.S.- Thank you for all the get well wishes. I’m feeling a lot better. 🙂

what’s with my hair? i have NO idea!


My dearest Lily,

With moving becoming more and more of a reality, I worry if this is the right move for our family.

I worry if this is the right move for you!

I feel such pain in my heart and such guilt when I think about taking you away from your friends and everything you know.

I’m aware that you are just 14 months old and you will adjust to just about any situation but, I just can’t help but to worry.

When I was little, I was moved around a lot and I hated it.

Constantly having to make new friends, getting to know new places, having to constantly adapt…

I hated it!

I hope that Raleigh will be the right place for us.

I hope you will be as happy there as you are here if not more.

I hope we get a house where you can grow into and have the same friends for a long time.

Roots are important.

I feel like I never had them.

Maybe that’s why it’s so important for me to give them to you.

Just know that pai and I always have the best intentions and your best interest in mind.

Love you,

your mama.

here you are with Dylan and Sofia (your best friends) at the neighborhood park

here i am on my 6th birthday with all my neighborhood friends. we moved when i was 8 and then when i was 10 and then again when i was 14 🙁

ARTsy wednesday

I know, today is thursday BUT, yesterday was wednesday and it truly was ARTsy wednesday here.

We were supposed to have a picnic at southpoint with 5 other mommy friends and their kiddos but because it was not picnic weather, aside from an early walk down Lincoln Rd, we mostly stayed home and played with the wonderful artsy gifts that Lily has been given.

The easel was Lily’s birthday present from avo Hayes and avo Joao.

I love it and I think Lily does too! (one of my favorite presents from my dad is my easel, it hasn’t been used in a while but I’ve had it since 1995(?) and I think of him every time I use it)

I do have to say though, thank goodness for washable paints. 🙂


Like we never left

When Lily woke up yesterday morning, the first thing she did was visit her books and spend time going through them and all their pages.

Later in the afternoon we went on a walk down Lincoln Rd and she was just ecstatic looking at the water fountains.

Once at the park, she was so happy to see sand again!

She sat down in it, picked it up and let it run through her fingers for a while.

Then, her friends showed up.

It was like we had never left… 🙂

i love that smile! 🙂


A birthday celebration

Yesterday was my birthday and what a great day it was!

I woke up and the sun decided to come out after not being out for days.

I got to chat online with my brother. 🙂

I got many (many, many) wonderful birthday wishes on facebook from all of my friends.

Our friend Blair and her 2 kiddos, Penelope and Oliver came over to play.

Will, Lily and I went back to Snowshoe mountain to Taste of Asia for a yummy sushi lunch.

Once we got back home, Lily and I took a nap together.

AND…..Hayes made us all lobsters for dinner.

HELLO!!!! VIP treatment. 😉

clear blue sky


More bundled up fun at the park

It was chilly again yesterday. (YES!)

We went to the park in the morning and met up with our friends.

Lily, Sofia and Dylan were so fun to watch.

They are totally aware of one another now and they are so funny!

I got a little Christmas shopping done also.

Can you believe Christmas is in 17 days?

I can’t!!!!

I have to get all my shopping done this week because we are leaving for West Virginia on the 16th and there will be no shopping after that.

That means only 8 days!!


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Claudia took all the kids because she was freezing!



I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving yesterday.

Despite us not being with family and having some dear friends away, we had a great holiday.

We collaborated with our next door neighbors.

He’s a chef so he cooked 2 turkeys, mashed potatoes, broccoli, baked fresh organic bread.

I made the stuffing Portuguese style this year (it’s called migas in Portuguese which is basically fried stuffing) as well as organic cranberry sauce.

It was my first time making the stuffing this way.

As a child, I watched my great grand mother make it at least once a week.

It turned out awesome!

Lily enjoyed herself by playing with all the adults and cat at the party and eating all the delicious food.

Happy black friday everyone! Happy shopping and have a great weekend!

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mushrooms for the stuffing

i love the color of cranberries