prima Sofia


Lily knows 4 Sofias.

Her cousin Sofia, her best friend Sofia, Sofia from across the street (not pictured) and her new friend Sofia.

All 4 of them all have curly brown hair!

Do any of you know any Sofias who don’t have curly brown hair?

If you do, please let me know because I’m convinced that EVERY Sofia has curly brown hair.

Lily with cousin Sofia

Lily with best friend Sofia

Lily with new friend Sofia

Cousins galore… small style

Yesterday Lily was reunited with her cousins Sofia, Sebastiao, Luis and Kiko at my tia Tete’s house.

These are of course her second cousins or shall I say first cousins once removed? I always get confused how that goes.

Anyway, Sofia and Sebastiao are my first cousin Lena’s kids.

Luis and Kiko are my aunt’s kids.

We also met Constanca and Salvador (not pictured) for the first time who are my cousin Ze Maria’s kids. (I had not seen Ze Maria since I was a little girl…)

There were some other cousins missing and we wished they had been there but, the ones who were there get along great!

Linking up to Morgan for Small Style.

 Lily and Sofia. 3 months apart

Lily wears: top- Next. shorts- babygap. sandals- Soft Star Shoes


A story of 3 cousins

When I was a little girl growing up in Portugal, I grew up with 2 cousins.

Lena and Ana.

Lena is my mother’s brother’s daughter and Ana is my mother’s first sister’s daughter.

Lena and Ana are actually double cousins (does that term exist?) because both my uncle and aunt married siblings from the same family.

Anyway, Lena and I are only 5 months apart (I’m older) and Ana is a few years younger than the both of us.

We all lived in different towns but they were all close to each other.

Because Lena and I were the closest in age, we were the best of friends.

We grew up like sisters really.

Our families would get together almost every weekend, every holiday, for a month during the summer we would gather at our family beach house, my mom was Lena’s mom and my aunt was my mom too.

Ana, the younger cousin, got to be a big sister to a brother (Vitor) first.

Then Lena, the middle cousin got to be a big sister to a brother (Eugenio).

I prayed every night for what seemed to be like years but I too finally became a big sister to a brother (Ricardo).

Because Lena and I would spend the summers together, we would play mommies and dress our brothers like girls. (so we were our mommies and our brothers were us. poor tortured brothers!)

All of us girl cousins are now married and proud mothers.

Lena has Sebastiao (9) and Sofia (short of 18 months).

As you all know, I have Lily (going on 19 months).

Ana, the youngest just became the proud mother of Teresinha.

It’s a new generation of 3 girl cousins by the exact same order as before.

I know it is hard because we are so far away from them but, I hope that Lily grows up to be close to her cousins like I grew up close to mine.



Lily’s 1st birthday

For Lily’s birthday yesterday, we had a small family birthday party for her at tia Tete’s house.

As always there was lots of food and tons of sweets.

Lily walked more than ever yesterday.

She was all over the yard and the house all by herself.

We sang happy birthday to her both in Portuguese and in English.

She was all about the cake, the blowing of the candle, the opening of all the wonderful presents that she received and wearing the beautiful dress that uncle Michael gave her a while back.

It was a wonderful day.

I can’t believe she is 1. She is officially a toddler…

I will let the pictures speak for themselves. Picture overload again. 😉

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