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Our first “We are going home” moment

Lily and I went to Flamingo park yesterday morning.

We were having a wonderful time until she threw her third fit while there.

They weren’t big fits, but they were the first ones I have seen her throw.

She lightly threw herself on the ground and whined when I told her “No.”.

After she threw herself on the ground the third time, I lightly cupped her face to REALLY talk eye to eye with her but before I was able to say anything, she slapped my hand.

Are you kidding me?

Who is this person?

After she slapped me, I told her that we don’t slap and due to her bad behavior, we were leaving the park and going home.

Which we did.

Moms out there, are your little ones doing this too?

If/when they do, what do you do?

Advice please!

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Little nature girl

Lily is truly a nature girl.

I’m not sure if I have written about this (I think I have…) but, when I was pregnant, Will and I would joke about how we would not buy Lily any toys. (and we really don’t)

That Lily would just have to entertain herself with sticks and stones. LOL

Well, sticks and stones are no problem for her.

Actually, she loves sticks and stones.

And sand.

And leaves!

At a playground full of swings and slides, Lily will just sit in the sand and play with it for a long while.

Or she will walk away and go towards the grass where she can find sticks and leaves.

She loves nature best.

I love that about her. ( I hope she stays that way)

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playing with leaves on Lincoln Rd

playing with sand at our park

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My dearest Lily,

Well, after another very long flight (you only slept 2 hours out of the 9 but yet you behaved so well), here we are back home in Miami.

I must tell you that you became quite the little person in that month we were in Portugal.

2 weeks after we were there, you started walking and you also became way more vocal.

You are quite talkative these days.

You now say “da” (give in Portuguese) and “agu” (agua, water in Portuguese).

It must have been the fact that you were surrounded by people who spoke the same secret language that only I spoke to you up until then.

You felt comfortable.

You were friendly and easily took to everyone.

Your avo Carmo and avo Ricardo fell in love with you the moment we walked out of the airport gates.

Every morning when you and I would wake, we would go into the kitchen where avo Carmo would be already making coffee.

You would get the biggest smile on your face as she would make a silly morning dance for you. 🙂

After breakfast, you already knew that it was time to get you washed and dressed to go get coffee with avo Ricardo at the neighborhood cafe.

I had never seen my own father that way.

I can only imagine that he was the same way with me but, it was deeply moving to see him in a whole different light.

You adapted so well to the every day routine we had in Portugal.

I feel guilty (and a bit sad) that we had to take you away from it. (at first we introduced you to it and then we took you away)

But, such is life Lily.

Everyone has their different lives and unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world where we can all live in the same place.

I know your avo Carmo and avo Ricardo miss you so very much already as I’m sure you miss them too.

We will see them soon, I promise.

Love you always,

Mommy

P.S.- Here are some sweet moments of you and your avos.

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oct. 14 2010. the day we arrived. it was love at first sight

oct. 16 2010. you and avo Carmo feeding Faisquinha. your favorite dog in the neighborhood

 

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A barrette

Lily has moved from headbands to barrettes. 🙂

Yesterday while out, I found some really cute little barrettes.

Avo Carmo liked them also so she bought them for Lily.

I was totally surprised that Lily let me put the barrette in her hair and didn’t pull it out.

After all, she is always pulling Sofia’s and cousin Sofia’s out.

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Parkin’ it

It’s been so nice in the morning.

It’s cooler out, there is a breeze, the weather has been really lovely.

Lily and I have been getting on the bike and park hopping.

We went to South Point the other morning.

Even though the playground is broken and the water fixtures are out of order, there was plenty of other stuff to do.

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Morning bliss

How do you start your morning?

We start our morning playing with Lily in bed.

It’s a special family moment that always seems to be the perfect way to start every morning.

After a little play time, Will takes Lily into the living room where they have some father-daughter time.

It is then that I grab my computer and catch up on emails and start my blog posts.

Shortly after, Will and Lily bring me my cup of coffee. It’s the sweetest thing!

That one hour to myself, is my one hour of morning bliss.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

notice anything missing? my coffee. it had not yet arrived.

YAY!

We are so happy that our friends Claudia and Sofia are back from their vacation.

They arrived on sunday and we were at the park first thing yesterday morning for some much needed play time.

I think it had been almost 2 months since Lily and Sofia played together.

We missed you Claudia and Sofia!!

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Lily hoggin’ all the toys again…

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