granma Hayes

Family, it’s a wonderful thing

We had a wonderful weekend with the whole family together.

Something that doesn’t happen as often as we would all like.

It was wonderful seeing Lily and Adelaide play together. The two cousins had not seen each other since Christmas time and Lily was not even 2 months old then.

There was some fishing in the pond, lots of running around with the dogs, blackberry picking, rolling on the grass, and lots of good cooking by avo Hayes.

It’s wonderful to be surrounded by family and nature all around. I feel so blessed to be a part of it all.

Lily and cousin Adelaide meet again

avo Hayes and Lily


Look who is getting SO big!

Every once in a while I like to look at “Lily pictures” from the very beginning.

Just the other day I did that and could not believe how much she has grown in the last months and how fast time is going.

The first time Lily sat in the swing, it was March. I remember she would get this nervous uneasy face with the first push but then she would ease into it and love it.

She is such a little person when she sits in it now. (that pretty babyGap dress that avo Hayes bought for her almost touched her knees when she first started wearing it. Now, it hardly covers her little baby butt)

I just want to remember everything…

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March 11 2010. the very first time

April 05 2010


Our parents

Inspired and challenged by I Rock So What‘s post of our parents and where we came from, I decided to join along and post some pictures of us with our parents and family.

Thanks Jess for the inspiration and the visit down memory lane!

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my mom barely holding me in Luanda, Angola (that’s where I was born) in 1973

me with my dad in Portugal (that’s where I’m from) in 1975


He’s a GIRL!!!

Lately it seems that every where I go, I have to correct people on Lily being a GIRL and not a boy!

I know that she does look like a boy at times, I mean, she looks just like her dad but, just because she’s not dressed in pink dresses with ruffles, it doesn’t mean that she is a boy!

People on the street: “QUE LINDO!”

Me: “LINDA!!”

People on the street: “QUE PRECIOSO!”


Sales associate at a store: “He’s going to be such a lady killer. Look at those eyes!!”

Me: “Well, she’s a lady herself.”

Sales person: “Oh.”

Me: “But I guess she can still turn out to be a lady killer, right?”

Sales person: ———-(silence)

So, last night for uncle Darren’s birthday dinner I wasn’t going to take any more chances. I dressed Lily in her pretty pink babyGap dress that avo Hayes gave her.

Not only was she wearing a pink dress but, I also put pink shoes on her as well! Lily wants us to help her walk all the time now so it’s time to put those little feet in shoes (as much as she hates it!). Our friend Rikki had given her a pair at my baby shower and they fit Lily perfect!

So there she was all pretty in pink (if I can say so myself). Behaving oh so well….

After uncle Darren opened his gift, I put the crafty ribbon on Lily’s head as a headband. It’s a tradition of mine to make somebody (usually me) wear the ribbons from the presents (can’t let them go to waste!).

Pink dress, pink shoes, headband….a girl was born!!!

I didn’t hear “LINDO” or “PRECIOSO” once last night. Instead, I heard: “LINDA!” and “PRECIOSA!”

Ahhhhhhh… was like music to my ears.

Here is our little GIRL at dinner last night.

Lily wears a dress by babyGap

P.S.- I think I’m going to try to make some more of those headbands because yeah…I can be crafty like that. 😉

Early beach morning

This morning after Lily had her cereal, I decided to head off to the beach. It was 8:30a.m. when we left the house and our feet were on the sand by 9a.m.

It was a bit cloudy this morning which was perfect. Not too sunny, not too hot.

Our walk down Lincoln Rd was just lovely. Nice and quiet. The only noise was of birds chirping.

Once we reached the beach, I was so glad that we had taken off early and that we were there. There was hardly anyone around.

The tide was out and the ocean was perfectly still reminding me of this time last year when I was pregnant with Lily.

Darren, Will and I would meet up on Lincoln Rd on our bikes around 7:30a.m., ride to the beach and then Darren and I would go for a power walk along the water while Will would do some Thai Chi. We would then do some swimming around before heading back home and then off to work.

I can’t believe that I now have Lily here and I can do the same with her. 🙂

Lily and I played in the water for some time (she loves it), we sat on the sand and looked around for pretty shells.

Afterward, it was time to come back home, shower, eat and of course after all that….take a nap!

What a perfect way to start the day!

Here we are just this morning at the beach. Lily wears a hat by Patagonia that was a gift from avo Hayes and avo Joao and a romper by babyGap.


Lily, art within art

On saturday we took avo Hayes and avo Joao to our friend Oli’s Swamp Space Art Gallery. With the exception of the avos (grandparents in Portuguese), we had all been there before and we love going and showing our support.

The exhibit was of Oli’s late brother Adolfo’s work. It was full of great colors and references from the 80’s in New York.

Lily is no stranger to art. We have some of my paintings hanging in our apartment and we have gone to art shows and art museums with her before.

Sometimes she doesn’t care for it, sometimes she is all about it. (Isn’t that the way art goes….)

After Swamp Space, we walked around to some of the other galleries in the Design District that were having the Art Walk.

One of the exhibits had a washing machine with with a laundry basket on it and a shelf above it with 3 bottles of ALL detergent. Because I could see that Lily was a bit bored and cranky (and because I like to be somewhat artsy with other people’s art), I placed Lily inside the basket on top of the running washing machine.

She loved it!! She had the biggest smile on her face, she was so happy!

Maybe Lily takes after her aunt Min and is a bit of a performance artist herself… 😉

Here is Lily in the Design District during Art Walk this past saturday. Lily wears a dress by babyGap.