tio Ricky

65 and a drive around Evora

Yesterday was my mom’s 65th birthday.

If someone had said to her 5 years ago that she would be spending her 65th with 2 grandchildren, she would have not believed them.

But, there she was with both Lily and baby Dicky. 🙂

We spent the day in Evora (an hour north from my parents) where my brother lives. He happens to live in the old part of town within the castle walls.

It was mostly a rainy day spent eating at a restaurant and then eating cake at my brother’s house.

I didn’t take any pics except of the drive to go get cake ( which was almost an impossible mission since it was a Holiday… All Saints Day) and then some of my mom blowing out the candles.

Evora is a beautiful old town and I wanted to show you how narrow the streets are.

Today is another rainy day here which is perfect for all the packing I have to do since we will be leaving tomorrow.

Have a great day everyone!

P.S.- I just looked at the date. 2 years ago was Lily’s due date. Can’t believe she will be 2 in 5 days!!



Tio Ricky’s 31st

It was my brother’s 31st birthday on friday.

We were fortunate to be here this year just like last year to celebrate his special day with him.

I can’t believe he is 31. I can’t believe he is a father. I can’t believe how fast time flies.

Today is my mom’s birthday and we will be going to Evora to spend the day as a family and to say farewell to my brother, Anabela and baby Dicky. (that’s always a hard one for me)

Happy November everyone!

Lily put the candles on

happy 31st!


Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!!

It’s the second year that Lily and I are in Portugal during this time of year and to tell you the truth, I’m quite bummed out to be missing out on Halloween again.

Halloween is probably my favorite holiday (aside from Christmas).

I love everything about it and am dying to share its magic with Lily. I guess there is always next year…

If I were to dress Lily up this year, I guess I would dress her up as a fairy due to her choosing.

Ever since tio Ricky and Anabela bought her the “Abby dress” at H&M almost 2 weeks ago, Lily has put it on every day.

She wears it to the park, to the grocery store, around the house…. she loves it!

Looking through old albums here at my mom’s house, I also found a picture of me dressed up for Carnaval. So, in the spirit of Halloween, I’m posting it.

Happy Halloween everyone!!! Hope you have a great time letting your best (and worst) freak out. 😉

P.S.- Even though Portugal has somewhat adopted Halloween, I feel funny celebrating it here since I believe it’s an American holiday. I’m sure Lily will be putting on her “Abby dress” though.

Lily at the park here in Beja on two different days last week

 me. around 12?

around here

We have been in Beja Portugal for 1 week today.

It was a week filled with adjustments and family.

Lily has been sleeping all through the night and wakes even later than usual (like 9-10am!).

She has still to really warm up to her avo Carmo and avo Ricardo but she is getting there.

She is ALL about mommy lately but, hey… her pai is far away so, patience.

Aside from spending a lot of family time together, we have been going to different parks and walks around town.

I wish the weather was cooler but, it feels wonderful to walk on these cobble stoned streets under different trees while looking at really old architecture.

Here are some delightful moments and happy full moon!

P.S.- I’m not sure how much traveling I will do this time around so, if you would like to see Portugal, visit some of last year’s posts. Go here, here, here, here and here.

visiting the ducks at the park i grew up going to

feeding the ducks


Hulk baby

That is the name my brother gave Lily yesterday when I told him through IM that when I checked on her playing in her room, she had taken a green marker and colored herself.

It’s not that often that I get to talk to my brother.

With 5 hours difference between us (he’s in Portugal), with his work schedule, I’m lucky if I get him once every two weeks.

He and his girlfriend are expecting their first baby boy in october and I am so excited because Lily and I will be there for the birth. (we will be visiting from oct.4th-nov.3rd)

On another note, I was sick the past two days.

I got a nasty stomach bug on sunday and I am just so lucky that it was sunday and Will was home to watch Lily.

Perrier, Ginger Ale and sleep were my best friends.

I’m much better today (just feeling a bit weak still) and I’m so thankful because being sick when you have little ones is no fun!

look at that face! lol. so thankful for washable markers