Miami

Back where we left off

We left Beja, Portugal on friday at 3am in order to be at the Lisboa airport by 5am and catch our flight at 7am.

We finally arrived home in Miami at 6pm. (11pm Portuguese time)

We were all exhausted!!!

After going to sleep very early on all 3 nights, we are all finally feeling pretty much back to normal.

This weekend was mostly for unwinding and catching up with good friends.

It’s funny because in a way, being surrounded by our friends and chilling out underneath the palm trees, it felt like we were never even really gone.

Here are some fun pictures from sunday.

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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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Lily’s first airplane ride

Our plane ride from Miami to Portugal was… LONG!

8.5 hours from Miami to Madrid.

What was supposed to be a 4 hour lay over in Madrid turned into 5 hours.

1 hour from Madrid to Lisboa.

14 hours! Ugh.

Lily was really good though.

She had a hard time falling asleep and tossed and turned while she was sleeping but did sleep through more than half the long flight.

The lay over in Madrid was a little tough.

I was carrying Lily (big mistake, next time I will bring a stroller) and after the long flight and having to go through the entire airport to get to customs and then to our connecting gate, my arm was killing me!!

Once we got to chill at our gate, we caught a beautiful sunrise and Lily was so happy to be able to just stretch out and walk around.

She was so exhausted that she fell asleep before we even got onto our connecting flight.

She wouldn’t even wake up to get off the plane.

I had her “indie” outfit in my carry-on bag but because we were both so exhausted, I never changed her.

Either way, both avo Carmo and avo Ricardo were there waiting for us as well as Lily’s biggest fan, prima Ana and Nuno.

It was a happy welcome committee. 🙂

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this was my seat when I got on the plane. don’t worry, they brought me a cushion 😉

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A beachy sunday

Fall is here and you can somewhat feel it in Miami but, it’s still hot enough to go to the beach.

The weather has been lovely.

It’s no longer in the 90’s. It’s now in the 80’s.

The air feels lighter, there is less humidity.

The water is definitely cooler than it was last month.

There is a breeze…

We had a great day at the beach yesterday morning. (boots, jeans, a sweater and cooler weather would have been great also. 😉 )

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Miami Children’s Museum

On saturday we were invited to meet some friends at the Miami Children’s Museum.

It was our first time there and we had a blast!

There was so much to do. That place is HUGE!

We will definitely go back!

P.S.- I would also like to add that Lily looked exceptionally cute in her jumper that tio Ricky and Anabela sent her from Portugal and sandals that were a gift from aunt Desiree.

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There’s something about Lily

On saturday on the way to the Miami Children’s Museum (pics of that tomorrow), while in the car, I gave Lily a honey wheat pretzel.

She loved the pretzel!

She loved it so much, I think she wanted to share it with her hair.

When I turned around to check on Lily, her hair that had once been slicked back into her headband, was sticking straight up.

I couldn’t help but think of Cameron Diaz in “There’s something about Mary” and LMAO!! 🙂

see the pretzel paste in her hair?

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It’s complicated

Mine and Will’s relationship with Miami is….. complicated.

There are many things we love about this place. Our friends, the beach, the great community we now have around us, how easy it is to get around, the variety of culture, the art scene, our friends (did I mention friends already? we really love our friends)…

There are many things we hate about it too. How hot it is all year long (I think it’s hot 10 months out of the year), the lack of seasons (both Will and I really miss Fall), how flat the scenery is (it’s FLAT here!), how far Miami is from everything (if you drive for 5 hours, you are still in Florida and everything is still FLAT!)…

And just when we talk about moving out of state again (Raleigh, NC is still #1 choice), I have wonderful days like yesterday only to make things more complicated!

Lily and I had an amazing morning at the beach. It really couldn’t have been more amazing. (only Will there would have made it more amazing)

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Back at the library

Yesterday was library monday. (soon to be library wednesday since they have changed the day)

We had not been there in a month and Lily was so happy to be there.

A lot of our friends were missing but there were lots of new friends for Lily to play with.

She was miss busy body, crawling all over the place, standing up onto chairs, easily playing with all the other kids.

She is so different from when we first started going…

taking it all in

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