The Children’s Place

Lily’s and Sofia’s first beach trip together

Yesterday afternoon instead of going to the park to meet up with Claudia and Sofia like we always do, Claudia suggested the beach since Sofia had never been yet.

What a great idea! Lily loves the beach and hadn’t been in a couple of days.

We met at 4:30p.m. and walked to the beach together.

Once we arrived at the beach, we pulled the strollers close to the water and let the girls out.

How exciting!!! Sofia’s first time.

She loved it right away. She had the biggest smile on her cute little face when first looking at the ocean.

The water was a big success also. Both Lily and Sofia dipped their feet in. It was at a great temperature. Not too cold, not too hot. The tide was almost all the way out and there were little waves rolling in.

They played in the water, they played on the blanket with the Winkel, it was a lovely afternoon.

YAY for Sofia’s first time at the beach and we hope we can have many more beach times together. šŸ™‚

Here are a few pictures of Lily’s and Sofia’s first beach trip together. Lily wears bodysuit by Old Navy, romper by The Children’s Place and hat by Zutano.

Lil muse sunshine!

After 2 days of rain (sunday and most of yesterday) Lily is back to her normal self today.

Unlike me, she does not care for the rain. She is a sunshine baby!

I was happy the sun came out in the afternoon yesterday and we got to make it to the park. Lily was feeling quite cranky so it was wonderful to be at the playground with Lily’s bff Sofia again.

Today has been a beautiful day so far. The sun started shining first thing in the morning and unlike most mornings, after Lily had her breakfast, we went on a morning walk.

We were out the door before it was even 9a.m. and it felt refreshing to be out at that time without many people around yet.

The streets were still quiet so we could really hear the sounds of the birds chirping.

The trees are in full bloom and there are so many beautiful flowers around!

Perhaps we will make this part of our morning routine since in a few months it will start getting too hot later on in the day. šŸ˜‰

Here’s to Spring and a sunshine Lily!

Here are some photos of our walk this morning. Lily wears bodysuit by The Children’s Place and hat by Zutano.

Things we LOVE!

FAMILY!!!!

We LOVE and miss our families very much ALL the time.

So please….come visit!

Here are some more wonderful family moments.

Avo Carmo with Lily (Lily wears a bodysuit by The Children’s Place). 3 generations, my mom, me and Lily the day my mom left to go back to Portugal, many tears that day (Lily wears a jumpsuit that was gift from avo Hayes and aunt Sarah). Avo John with Lily in WV (Lily wears a bodysuit by Old Navy and pants by babyGap). Avo Hayes with Lily in WV (Lily wears her Lucky Finn bodysuit and knitted dress, both gifts). A quiet moment with aunt Sarah and a napping Lily in WV (Lily wears a jumpsuit by babyGap).

Distance. It makes my heart ache, not grow fonder

When I was younger, I was constantly moving and the further away from family, the better. Since I’ve gotten older however, I want to be closer to them.

My family lives in Portugal. That is in Europe next to Spain, not in South America next to Brazil. (I know most of you know this but, it is an inside joke. Ha Ha.)

We usually visit every year in May. It is a wonderful time of the year to go visit. It’s warm enough but still a bit chilly for the beach and for all the tourism. Forget about going to Europe any time between June through August.

When Will and I were in Portugal last May, we were 4 months pregnant. We surprised my parents and brother with the happy news at the airport. We had 2 wonderful weeks there like we always do and I dreamed about going back this May with a 6 month old baby. We didn’t find out it was going to be a Lily until we came back from our visit.

Well, we won’t be going this May and even though we will be going in September (just as great of a month to visit), it is breaking my heart.

By September Lily will be 10 months old. Just 2 months short of a year (tears and more tears) and it will be the first time that my dad and my brother as well as the rest of the family will be meeting Lily. (more tears) Never mind our cousin Ana who has become Lily’s #1 fan!

I don’t know why but 6 months seemed more comforting than 10 months.

It was wonderful having my mom here for a month but, Lily was only around for 2 of those weeks so it’s almost like they haven’t met yet.

Living in Miami we are far from both sides of the family. Mine that is in Portugal and Will’s that is in West Virginia. Now that we have Lily, it is so much harder to be so far away than it ever was before.

These days I long for family. I remember being a child and my most cherished memories are of being around family. I want the same for Lily. It’s important for both Will and I to raise her amongst grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

I don’t however want to discredit how lucky we are to have wonderful friends near us who are a big part of Lily’s life. From the beginning might I add. They were there minutes after Lily was born.

So, for the meanwhile I just dream about the day we will introduce Lily to my parents, their first grandchild. And maybe another month in West Virginia? Or at least a visit from West Virginia? šŸ˜‰ (wiping tears)

Here are some wonderful cherished moments with family that I miss.

Will and IĀ  in Portugal with my parents and brother in May 2009. My mom, me and Hayes with my favorite tree (Lily was born 6 days later). The day Lily was born,Ā  me, Will, Lily and avos Carmo and Hayes. Avo Hayes and avo John with Lily at home the day she was born. (Lily wears a jumpsuit and hat by babyGap,wrapped in a whynottsewn blanket). My mom with Lily (Lily wears a bodysuit that was a gift and Old Navy pants). Lily dancing with aunt Sarah in West Virginia (Lily wears a tunic by babyGap and pants by The Children’s Place). Will, Lily, uncle Jud and cousin Adelaide (Lily wears a dress by babyGap, tights and booties by Zutano). Lily with aunt Desiree

Things we LOVE!

We posted the Winkel as a “Must” not too long ago and since then, we have ordered it from Fat Brain Toys, Lily has been playing with it and now we LOVE it!

It is bright, light, easy for her to grab from all angles and fun to chew on.

Here is a happy Lily and her Winkel (photographed by daddy Will). šŸ™‚ Lily wears a bodysuit by The Children’s Place and overalls that were a gift.

Things we LOVE!

Our friend Rikki who works at Wolf Creek Gallery gave us this Mini-Violet Girl Doll by BlaBla the last time we visited her at work.

BlaBla not only makes dolls, they also make rattles, backpacks, clothing, blankets, finger puppets and mobiles.

Everything is made from natural fibers of exceptional quality grown in Peru and knitted by Peruvian artisans.

It’s Lily’s first doll and we just LOVE it.

Here is Lily wearing a bodysuit by The Children’s Place with her Mini-Violet Girl Doll by BlaBla.