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i feel like Lily had the shortest school week ever this week

no school monday (national holiday), no school tuesday (no snow snow day), delayed opening wednesday (weather happened)… good for her but it definitely threw me off my routine a bit

it’s all good though

a whole new week will start in just a few days

tomorrow four of Lily’s closest school friends will come over for a birthday sleepover

it’s part of Lily’s birthday present from us and the last of her birthday celebration

i look forward to having these five girls who have been friends for four years now run around the house

i like to call them “the fab five”

happy friday and happy weekend friends!

my brother turned 39 and i wish i had been with him

took a couple of tries but we finally got the color she wanted

tired morning after our neighborhood halloween party

a halloween double rainbow

halloween twenty fifteen

pretending i still live in florida in my florida room

him too

we’ve had some frosty mornings and these are all gone now

i washed my hair, put on lipstick, a sequined jacket and went out. at night

all the paintings

Lily’s first visit to the orthodontist. looks like braces at twelve years old

last day of being nine

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and just like that the end of october and halloween are here

this saturday we have our neighborhood halloween party and it feels like it was talked about forever and now here it is

i know i have said this before but i really do feel like this time of year goes by way too fast

there just seems to be one thing after another and before i know it, it’s a whole new year

anyway, we had ourselves a pretty easy week keeping busy with our regular every day routine

William has actually been in nyc since wednesday morning so it’s been just Lilian and i

happy friday friends!

autumn is absolutely glorious this year. outside

and inside

a selfie

all the portuguese memories that sit on our kitchen window sill

and in my phone

our kitchen is by far the most used room in our home

weekends are for sleeping in

weekends are also for finding new delicious places to eat at

i painted eight faces

Katya was already sent to her new home in seattle washington

and Bella was sent to her new home in st. paul minnesota

hat weather

leaf love

rebel girl

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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

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you guys, nashville with one of my besties and Perry was so much fun!

i kind of wish i was doing it all over again this weekend

we have had a pretty chill week here at home

Lily has been in music camp all week from 9-4pm and has been loving it!

William and i will be going to see her perform with her band/class this afternoon and i cannot wait to see her sing

hope you all had a great week

happy weekend!

Perry was amazing because that is just who he is

okrrrrrrrrrrrrr….

morning walks and flowers are still a thing

early morning weeding sessions

and afternoon tiedye skies

yup

i painted some new kimonos this week

cool summer mornings out here

and quiet summer afternoons in here

my sexy chef

nashville was a blast

our high school friend wrote a book and we found it in knoxville while having lunch on the way back to asheville

she and i met in seventh grade. having her around makes everything better

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last saturday at our friend’s end of the year party, there was an altercation between Lily and a classmate where personal boundaries were pushed and disrespected

parents had to get involved and a he said/she said situation is never easy

phone calls and texts were exchanged throughout the week, feelings and emotions were high but eventually on wednesday Lily and her classmate met up (with parental supervision) and Lily got to share her truth, her feelings and got her power back

it’s important more than ever to talk to our children about respect and consent

so proud of our girl for being strong, standing her ground, facing someone who scared and disrespected her and for speaking her truth

happy friday friends

us

a favorite breakfast

spring is still my favorite season here

third grade girlfriends now rising fourth graders

quiet screened in porch moments

and quiet kitchen moments too

we have created a rummikub monster. she wins more than she loses

rainy days inside. it rained for at least four days straight

but eventually the rain stopped and the sun came out

a sushi lunch date by myself

Lily is in full summer break mode waking after 9am every morning

a day spent downtown

mexico memories from this week one year ago in playa del carmen

slow summer break mornings

2.5 mile long morning dog walks

wild blackberries found on our walk

last night’s delicious tuna poke bowl

right now

around here. so long third grade

well friends, here we are

today is the last day of third grade

although i am so ready for summer break, i kind of wish third grade could go on forever

it’s been the most wonderful school year so far

Lily had the most amazing teacher/class and my heart is breaking already for when she will have to say goodbye later today

there will be many tears for sure (there always are)

Lily has grown so much this school year

not just in height (4″) but emotionally, artistically, academically… all with such confidence

she has risen all year!

we are so very proud of her

now if only time could just take it a bit easier on me

happy friday and happy weekend friends!

spring is still winning

Lily season on our front yard

when little cousins come to visit

miami memories

spain memories

kitchen poetry sessions

last monday of third grade

last tuesday of third grade

last car pick up selfie of third grade

last thursday of third grade

homemade end of the school year teacher gifts

stronger every day

these three have been riding to school every morning since we moved here during Lily’s kindergarten year. Next year there will be less one because she will be in middle school. we now have a rising sixth grader, a rising fourth grader and a rising third grader. love these vibrant girls

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i feel like it’s been quite some time since i have done one of these “around here” posts

life has been good

it’s spring

spring makes everything better (anything but winter, really)

after tomorrow Lily will have only one week left of school

it’s been a great school year for her

she has had the most wonderful teacher and i am expecting many tears from Lily on that last day (she LOVES her teacher)

summer plans were hard to agree upon and hard to come together but for the most part they are figured out and i am excited for them

that said, i need to figure out more beach and ocean time

this weekend we are expecting family and we are so looking forward to it

hope you are all having a great week so far

i am off on my walk with foxy and then coming back to do some youtube exercise video (been trying to be good and do that every day)

have a happy one friends!

spring is by far my favorite season here in asheville. hate winter, fall is ok, summer is too damn hot with no access to the ocean, but spring…. spring is glorious!

peonies from our garden. i loved peony season this year

our two hibiscus trees are like small daily miami offerings in asheville

what school mornings look like

what weekend mornings look like

a rainbow filled corner

Lily is still consistently creating amazing art

what mother’s day looked like this year

what memorial day looked like this year

a car selfie. William and Lily call me Elton with these glasses on but i don’t mind

what weekends sometimes look like

what after school looks like when there are no after school activities

this year’s ballet four will be next year’s ballet five

despite everything i still miss miami and the ocean every day