green

Hulk baby

That is the name my brother gave Lily yesterday when I told him through IM that when I checked on her playing in her room, she had taken a green marker and colored herself.

It’s not that often that I get to talk to my brother.

With 5 hours difference between us (he’s in Portugal), with his work schedule, I’m lucky if I get him once every two weeks.

He and his girlfriend are expecting their first baby boy in october and I am so excited because Lily and I will be there for the birth. (we will be visiting from oct.4th-nov.3rd)

On another note, I was sick the past two days.

I got a nasty stomach bug on sunday and I am just so lucky that it was sunday and Will was home to watch Lily.

Perrier, Ginger Ale and sleep were my best friends.

I’m much better today (just feeling a bit weak still) and I’m so thankful because being sick when you have little ones is no fun!

look at that face! lol. so thankful for washable markers

Clyde

Clyde is my oldest green baby. (what, you don’t name your plants?)

I have had him since 1998.

I remember when my friend Kevin moved to Utah and left him with me. (i was then living in NJ)

Back then, he was in a small orange vase, was maybe 12″ tall and had a total of 8 leaves on him.

Clyde has moved up and down the east coast with me more than once, has had many different homes but, from the looks of him, he is a happy fellow.

Can’t believe how BIG he is these days!! (he is literally touching the ceiling)

How about you guys?

Do you have any plants that you care for like your children?

Clyde in his home, the prettiest vase I could find (Anthropologie)

Sintra

On wednesday we went to Sintra and I fell in love!

Monsaraz used to be my favorite place here in Portugal however, the number one slot has been taken over by Sintra.

What an AMAZING place!

The town itself is small and quaint with cute restaurants and antique shops.

It is so wonderfully green and hilly there. (Hayes and John, if you are reading this post, both Will and I have decided that this is the first place we will show you as soon as you step off the plane!)

And then there is the Palacio da Pena. (you know what amazes me? back in the 17th century they didn’t have the technology they have today and they built AMAZING things. today they build… well, crap!)

“I have never seen such opulence.” Will said. Well put Will, I agree.

The Palacio da Pena is where the King and Queen of Portugal used to spend their summers.

Oh to be a queen… I wouldn’t have minded a summer or two at the Palacio da Pena either….

(sorry but it’s another picture overload post, 57 to be exact. but then again, beautiful places = lots of pictures. 😉 there are only pictures of the outside of the Palacio da Pena because they didn’t allow pictures inside)

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ARTsy wednesday

It’s ARTsy wednesday!!!!

Did anyone even notice that it was missing for a while? (it too was on vacation)

Today I would like to introduce a new artist.

Lily!

Just kidding….

We had art in the park yesterday at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden for the second time and I thought it appropriate for today’s ARTsy wednesday post. 😉

There weren’t as many moms and kids as last time and it was super hot and muggy but we still had a great time and can’t wait for the next.

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Lily setting up

the artist at work

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