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A friday morning at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Yesterday morning was spent at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

Lily and I had rode by on the bike the other day and I noticed that everything was in full bloom.

I got a few mommies and children together and we had a lovely morning playing on the grass, surrounded by flowers under a clear blue sky.

It was the perfect way to end the week and kick off the weekend.

yay! we are here

 

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Moura and Amieira

Yesterday was a great family day. (it’s not that often that we are all together)

We all (my dad, my mom, tio Ricky, Lily and I) headed out early (10am) in the morning.

We drove around at first not knowing exactly where to go until we decided to head over to Moura.

Moura is a small town (not even considered a city) about 30-45 minutes north of where my parents live.

Once there, we walked around, we had lunch, we took Lily to their great park. (the best one so far actually)

On the way home, we stopped off in Amieira (also a small town) and checked out their new marina.

It was beautiful there!

An open landscape of water, hills and blue sky.

All and all a really wonderful day.

(Sorry, it’s picture overload again!! 😉 )

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Only 5 days left!!

Portugal awaits us.

Lily and I will be leaving next wednesday. That’s in 5 days!

As I start getting ready for this monthly getaway, I can’t help but to wonder what Lily will think of the whole experience.

Every time we see a plane up in the sky, I tell her that she and I will soon go on one so she can meet her avo Carmo, avo Ricardo, tio Ricky and the rest of the family.

I also wonder what she will think when she finds herself in a country that speaks this special language (Portuguese) that really only I speak with her.

She is in for a big surprise!

There will be lots of new family around, new places to see, new foods and flavors, I can’t wait!! (I miss the Portuguese country side so much!)

This weekend will be for family.

I want Lily and I to spend as much time with Will as possible since we won’t see him for 2 weeks. (that is the longest we have ever been apart 🙁 )

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Here are some of my favorite places that I look forward to sharing with Lily.

the baixo e alto Alentejo

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On the flip side

After having felt completely run down both physically and emotionally and having written about it (so thankful for that and all the wonderful support I received), I have decided to flip things around and focus on the wonderful things that I have instead of what I don’t have. 🙂

So what if we don’t have the 3 bedroom house of our dreams with a yard? We have a wonderful 1 bedroom apartment where we have had wonderful times and will have wonderful memories when we one day leave.

This apartment is the only home Lily knows. It’s where we brought her the day she was born. It’s from here that we walk down the street and go to the beach within a 30 minute walk. It’s from here that we make a left at the end of the block and meet Claudia and Sofia for wonderful afternoons at the park.

So what if I don’t have the freedom I once had? I have a wonderful husband (I la-la love you Will) and a beautiful and healthy baby Lily (I love you Lily).

I have wonderful old friends close and far and I now have new wonderful mommy friends as well (thank you Claudia, Zura and Sherrie).

Even though our families are far (in West Virginia and in Portugal), they are wonderful and I am so lucky to have them! And most importantly, everyone is healthy.

I am so fortunate and blessed to be able to stay home with Lily. (thank you Will!) It is the most wonderful and challenging job in the world but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Anything!

Being able to be a full time mom is an opportunity of a lifetime. It may never happen again. It may only happen once. There are a many changes to go through along the way both emotional and physical but I truly believe that the woman in me was not born until the day that Lily was born. I may have thought of myself a woman then, but I was not.

With all this around me, I lately cannot stop hearing these words playing in my head: “…and I think to myself what a wonderful world…” (thank you Louis Armstrong)

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
and I think to myself, what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
and I think to myself, what a wonderful world

the colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky
are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands, saying, “How do you do?”
they’re really saying, “I love you”

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
they’ll learn much more, than I’ll ever know
and I think to myself, what a wonderful world
yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world

Oh yeah

Louis Armstrong (1996)

And on that note, have a great weekend everyone!