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. πŸ™‚


A bit Baseled out…

Last night auntie K, Lily and I (if you are wondering where Will is, he is away on business until monday πŸ™ ) went to the design district and well… I think Lily was already a bit Baseled out from the night before.

We started out at uncle Oli’s Swamp Space where this year he has some fun kissing booths.

Right across the street was Rainbow City which looked like great fun however, due to N.E.R.D performing last night, the line was HUGE so we didn’t get to go in.

We walked around a bit and did some gallery hopping.

There was a mix of everything as always. Some bad art but for the most part there was some really wonderful art.

I was really blown away by Chambliss Giobbi and Jorge Santos in particular. Their work is AMAZING!!

Lily hung in there a bit (cranky at times) and then it was time to head home.

It was another great Basel night out.

Have a great weekend everyone!

(Please vote for us. Thank you!)

at swamp space

uncle Oli


Home sweet home

Well, we are back in Miami!

We actually ended up leaving on sunday instead of saturday because we brought aunt Sarah with us. Yup, we adultnapped her. πŸ˜‰

After a very, very long drive mostly during the night, we finally arrived at around 2:00 pm yesterday.

Lily was sooooooo good, she slept almost the whole entire time!

When we got home, we had the nicest welcome from auntie K who had made welcome signs for us and bought fresh flowers for our empty vases. She also took very good care of our plants while we were away.

Thank you auntie K! You are the best!!

We already miss West Virginia but it also always feels good to be home…

Lily sleeping in the car

aunt Sarah driving while Will finally rests



I usually don’t post on the weekends however, I’m so excited about these two new blogs that I have to “share” them with you.

Auntie K forwarded Megan Blandford’s blog Writing Out Loud to us because she knows how much Lily loves books.

I instantly became a fan of Megan‘s blog. Not only is she a great writer but she also has great suggestions for babies/kids books and suggestions about how to get your little ones into reading.

Then, Through her blog, I found Kids’ Book Review.

Kids’ Book Review is exactly what we have been needing!!

Lily LOVES books.

I don’t know about you but, I find it super hard trying to find the “good” books for Lily. It’s overwhelming with ALL the books that are out there!

Just the other day we bought 6 new books. Some were a success and some, not so much.

So, thank you auntie K! Now we have 2 great blogs to look to as solution to finding great books for Lily. πŸ™‚

our little reader at the library. Lily wears a top and shorts by Old Navy.

Lily’s first 4th of July

We had a great 4th of July.

It was a rainy sunday so we relaxed most of the day by taking turns napping.

At around 6pm, uncle Darren and auntie K met us here at home and we all headed over to our friend  Nilsa’s barbecue.

Nilsa lives right on the water so it was the perfect set up to watch the fire works. The view is amazing.

Lots of people showed up and there was lots of food and drinks to go around. It was a great turn out.

Once it got dark, the buildings downtown looked beautiful all light up in the patriotic red, white and blue. It was double the pleasure with all of Miami’s skyline reflecting on the water.

The fire works were great and everywhere!

Two different spots downtown were throwing them at the same time and then once they were over, we could see the ones on the beach as well.

Lily was mesmerized! She loved all the colors and sparkle.

She got to stay up a bit later than usual but it was worth it. It was her first 4th of July! πŸ™‚

(If you’ve enjoyed this post, please vote for us by clicking on the following link http://www.topbabyblogs.com/cgi-bin/topblogs/in.cgi?id=claudiag and then clicking again. It’s that simple and we so appreciate it. Thank you!)

Lily wears a jumper by babyGap and shoes by Old Navy


A Hole evening with the girls

I had so much fun going to see Hole with my girls!

It was pouring while I was getting ready which made the decision of “what to wear?” a little hard but, I chose to go with one of my favorite looks, a dress with boots.

I always like the contrast of a dress (soft) and boots (hard). (I often wonder why I live in Miami since it’s hot most of the year and I don’t get to wear my boots often enough.)

As far as accessories, I borrowed Will’s bag (his murse :)) and what else does a mommy and wife need other than her engagement/wedding ring? (I usually wear earrings but since I knew there was going to be some head banging, I decided to skip them.)

The getting ready:

the dress, vintage H&M

the boots, French Connection. The bag, I scream seams



The weekend starts now and it starts off being a rockin’ weekend for me.

I’m going to see Hole perform tonight and I’m so excited about it!

Me, the girls (K, Jocelyn and Valerie) and Courtney Love.

What a way to kick things off for 4th of July weekend. πŸ™‚

I wish you all a wonderful holiday.

Be safe and have fun!!

Must have of the day

Auntie K and Lily are having quite the fun and loving relationship lately. (and I’m so happy because not only is auntie K one of my closest friends but she was also there minutes after Lily was born)

It was a little rocky for a while there (Lily would cry every time she would see auntie K) but, now that they know how silly each other really is and how much fun they can have with that, their relationship has blossomed! πŸ™‚

An auntie K who comes over, brings snacks, invites us to lunch and most importantly…let’s Lily pick her nose? It’s a “Must”!

auntie K and Lily at lunch yesterday. Lily wears a dress by babyGap

auntie K has a pretty nose ring and Lily likes it!


Father and daughter afternoon outing

After a hot morning at the beach yesterday with Claudia and Sofia, Lily and I stayed indoors for almost the rest of the day. (it is seriously getting ridiculously hot already and it’s only June)

At around 4:30pm, auntie K came over to see what us girls were doing. Both auntie K and I were starving so we decided to have a girls lunch out. So, all 3 of us (Lily, auntie K and myself) headed out the door.

It was still very hot in the sun but thankfully there was some shade at that time already.

We went to one of our favorite places on Lincoln Rd. Books & Books. It’s always good there.

Lily sat on a highchair, we ate, talked, it was wonderful to be out on a girl lunch date. Something out of the norm nowadays.

Towards the end of the lunch, Will was done with work so he came to pick up Lily so the both of them could have some father and daughter time and so I could have some Claudia and K time. (something that used to happen almost daily and I miss terribly sometimes)

When we met up at home later, Will had some great pictures of their outing.

Will took Lily to a new building on the beach, they went to the very top and explored the views all around.

I always love to see what they do together.

Father and daughter outings are usually different from mother and daughter outings. And that’s what it’s all about! πŸ™‚

Lily wears a dress by babyGap