Balance, a drawing challenge

Balance has been quite the theme around here.

It is definitely something that I am working on within myself, my marriage, motherhood and life.

There has been however not enough balance in my life for me to find time to draw and paint but, it’s something that I am working on.

So, in the mean time, here is a picture of an unfinished work that I plan on targeting as soon as possible and a picture of me doing my balance act.

Linking up to Ariane and Elizabeth.


Brush strokes

Lily is getting so much better at painting than when she first started.

I can really see a difference in the way she uses the brushes.

She also will say what she is painting.

Like if she is using blue or green, she will point to the paper and say “abua” (water in Portuguese).

Or if she uses red, she will say “Elmo”.

Painting sessions don’t usually last that long.

In fact, the setting and cleaning up take longer than the painting time itself but, I feel that it’s important for her to have an artistic creative outlet.

What kind of art/creative activities do you do with your little ones?



Mission accomplished

Don’t you just love it when everything you set out to do, gets done?

This weekend was super productive for me.

I got to vacuum and dust the house, clean out Lily’s closet, my closet, re-pot my plants and go to storage.

Going to storage to drop off Lily’s outgrown clothes and get her old 3-6mths clothes for our friend baby Zara in West Virginia was one of the most important things and it finally got done.

I’m so happy that everything on my list got done, it feels good starting off a new week this way.

Happy monday! 🙂


Red = Elmo

Lily sat at her easel yesterday, handed me one of the paint containers and pointed to the brushes.

Got it, Lily.

She wanted to paint. (this makes me so happy!)

I let her choose her colors when she paints.

This time, I let her choose 3.

She chose light blue, purple and red.

Red ended up being the most used color.

She painted and painted and after she was done, she looked at me, looked at the painting, looked back at me, smiled and said “Elmo!”.

She painted Elmo.

I love her!

P.S.- After she was done, she grabbed her camera (my old one that doesn’t work anymore) and took pictures of her work. I might be creating a monster…

how cute is her ponytail?



LILY! hello? ear check…

Ugh, Lily has been pretending NOT to hear lately.

I find myself calling her five times before she even turns around and the only reason she finally does is because I either:

1- scream out her name or

2- go over to her, lower myself so she can see me eye to eye

Is anybody else’s toddler doing this?

She is just not listening lately.

I have even thought about taking her to the pediatrician to have her ears checked.

Yesterday, we were having a great time painting in her room until she decided that she wanted to take the painting containers and paint elsewhere.

I told her that both had to stay in the easel.

She refused to listen to me, was being so stubborn (I shouldn’t be surprised since I was the MOST stubborn child in the world as my mom tells me), started screaming and crying.

I finally just sat her in the chair and put her on “time-out”.

She sat there for a while and was finally calm enough to reason with.

Is this what they call the terrible 2’s?

Advice always appreciated.

Here are some painting pictures before the tantrum started.



The chalky side

We love the easel that avo Hayes and avo Joao gave Lily for her birthday.

It has two sides.

A white drawing and painting side and a black chalk side.

Since Lily seems to love chalk lately (we spend every afternoon drawing on the balcony with chalk), I flipped the easel around and she couldn’t be happier.

I even found a small chalk box inside my crafts drawer.




Art in the park

It had been a while since Lily had a painting session with friends.

So, I got my mommy friends and their kiddos together and we had a lovely morning at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather. 🙂

P.S. Let me know if you notice any difference in my pictures. Will surprised me with a Nikon 3100 (thanks Will and thanks tax return!). I’m still learning how to use it but having tons of fun while doing so.



Rainy monday

Nothing too exciting here.

With the exception of a few hours in the morning, it rained all day here yesterday.

It’s hard entertaining Lily all day long in a 1 bedroom apartment.

We read, we drew, we painted, we listened to music, we sang, we danced, we watched videos…

It was a LONG day.

out on the courtyard before the rain came