And then there was Tossa

On our last day in Barcelona, our friends Valeria and Sandro were both off work and decided to take Will and I for a drive up the Costa Brava to one of their favorite getaways, Tossa.

Tossa is a small fishing village with a castle on the water, cobble stoned streets and the bluest water I have ever seen.

I fell in love.

If any of you are ever in Barcelona, I highly suggest you rent a car and go visit Tossa, it is a hidden gem.

P.S.- Hope I don’t disappoint any of you (Debbie) but, the Mamas & their babies segment took a break this week. Hopefully it will be back next week.


Thank you!

I am so thankful for all of you wonderful readers and friends who left comforting comments filled with support regarding the “Struggling…” post.

It’s a good reminder for why I started this blog in the first place.

Motherhood is not easy, it’s by far the hardest job I have yet done.

It’s hard for working moms, it’s hard for stay at home moms… it’s hard!

I’m happy to at least have you all on the same boat.

Thank you,


Arise, a self portrait (2005-6?)

Memorial Day

How was everyone’s Memorial Day weekend?

It was so wonderful to have Will hang out with us for an extra day, it felt like a mini vacation.

Yesterday afternoon we went over to a friend’s house for a little BBQ.

It was good catching up with friends we hadn’t seen in a while.

Hope you all had a great one too!



Just a regular morning at the park

Mornings at the park are effortless.

I know I have written about how much I love our park but, I really, really do.

We are a small group of mommies, nannies and kids who have been going there daily either mornings or afternoons.

We all know one another now for over a year and everyone watches out for each other’s child.

We have singing and dancing sessions, we have snack time where everyone shares what they have, all the kids play well together.

It couldn’t get any better, we are blessed.

This weekend will be filled with tia Sarah fun, she arrived last night. 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!


Happy Easter!

We had the most wonderful time at Zura’s house yesterday coloring the eggs for our egg hunt today.

Lily, Lien and Sofia loved dipping the eggs in the different containers filled with colored water.

They dipped, re-dipped and re-re-dipped 4 dozens of eggs.

Once the eggs were done, they dipped shells and rocks.

We sat under the shade of a big tree in Zura’s yard, ate bagels, drank bloody maries, blew bubbles, ran around…

We are truly blessed to have such wonderful friends to start such wonderful traditions like this with.

Happy Easter everyone!



No longer picture crazy

I used to be picture crazy.

Well, let me rephrase that, I used to be crazy about getting pictures printed out.

I used to be the person who would get almost every picture printed out, several copies of each picture and hand them out to friends.

I have many friends who would not have pictures if it wasn’t for me.

I have countless photo albums.

I’m not like that anymore. (haven’t been for years)

I guess I have a lot more to do now.

You probably won’t believe me when I tell you that there is not one single picture of Lily in this apartment.

What!? You might be thinking?

I take SOOOOOOOOO many, right?

Well, maybe there are a few on the fridge but from last August.

I’m so bad at getting pictures printed out that I don’t even send pictures to my parents in Portugal.

Which brings me to the whole point about this post.

My dad, is starting his own Lily albums by taking (stealing) pictures from the blog.

That’s what it’s for after all. 🙂

So here you go pai, some new pictures of Lily. (beijinhos!)