still here

our time here in Dataw Island, SC has been wonderful

so much so that when we talk about leaving every morning, we decide to stay instead

we are still here

we might leave today. or tomorrow

we definitely have to be home by sunday

it’s been a wonderful week of fun and relaxation

happy friday and i wish you all a great weekend

on the road again…

well friends, we are off to west virginia for two weeks this afternoon

we are driving there so don’t be alarmed when you don’t see a new post on here for a few days

as you can see from the video above, Lily is super duper excited

and so are Will and i

family and mountain air, here we come

have a great weekend everyone!

Hats and boots!

We are here!

We arrived yesterday in Charleston, WV after a short 2 hour flight from Ft Lauderdale and went straight to aunt Maury’s house where we had a lot of family there to greet us.

We slept over and when we woke up this chilly morning we got on the road to Slatyfork.

It’s in the 30’s and it feels wonderful.

Have a great weekend everyone!

excited to go to the airport with her backpack





We have been back for almost a week and it has been wonderful but also a little hard when it comes to adjusting.

The first morning we were here, Lily woke up at 5:30am. (way too early)

The next morning at 6:30am. (a little better)

The third morning (sunday) she finally woke up at 7:30 (the usual) only for it to actually be 6:30am due to the time change. (can’t I get a break!?)

It’s a 5 hour time difference that when it comes to bed and wake up time, kind of throws things a little off.

The best thing to do is to just go about the present time. Which is what we have been doing but, I must say I’m having a bit of a hard time with it myself.

Two nights ago I was asleep by 9pm and up by 6am.

Last night I was asleep by 10pm (a bit more normal) but, I’m writing this post at 6am and I’ve been up since 4:30am. (totally not normal)

The older I get the harder it gets for me and the more I notice things like daylight savings.

I hope to soon be back to regular timing. Whatever that is.

Here are some cell pics of our almost week here.

Oh! And I know I said I would start mamas&their babies when I would get back from vacation but, as you can see, I’m still adjusting. However, go see Natasha as a beautiful mama in her own mamas&their babies segment. And stay tuned becauseI have some beautiful mamas&their babies stored for you!

welcome to America shakers and Lily’s room within an hour of her waking the first morning

movie/snuggle/nap time and a morning fairy

waiting to go on a family bike ride and together again has never felt so good


Nine hours and twenty minutes

The title of this post is how long of a flight it was from Lisboa to Miami.

Since Lily woke up this morning at 5:30am Miami time (9:30am Portugal time) and I’m having a very strong cup of coffee already, I would like to talk about a few things.

Let me start with flying.

I hate it.

I hate flying! Even though I have gotten better with age, putting me on a plane is one of the worst things you can do to me.

I usually cannot sleep the night before I’m about to fly from nerves and anxiety, my palms get all clammy during the flight (forget it if there is turbulence), once I did not get on a flight because I had a bad feeling about it. I literally think I’m going to die every time I get on a plane.

Then you add a child on to all of that and well, it makes things a little trickier.

Because of Lily, I have to try to calm and compose myself. I cannot show that I’m scared because I know she will feel it and then it will rub off on her.

We had one hour of really bad turbulence on our flight last night and while I almost ripped the arm rest with my right hand from fear and nerves, I very lightly and calmly held onto Lily’s hand with my left hand.

As I sat in my seat and thought we were going to die, I smiled at Lily and told her everything was going to be ok.

I usually try to knock myself out during a flight because hey, if I sleep not only will time go by faster but, I’m not awake during anything.

Lily is not the best plane sleeper, she probably slept a total of 4 hours during our flight yesterday. So, if she doesn’t sleep, I don’t sleep. And even when she sleeps, I don’t sleep because I’m afraid she will roll off the seat (because it happened before).

Flying was not easy for me before Lily and it hasn’t become any easier with Lily but it won’t stop me from traveling.

So maybe she will cry on the flight. Maybe she will cry the whole flight (most doubtful). Maybe she won’t sleep during the whole flight (most probable). That won’t stop us from going places.

It’s not only hard flying but it’s always hard adjusting to a destination.

I have lately felt guilty and like a momster dragging Lily around places I want her to be, get her to get used to family, friends and new places and once she starts getting used to things and people, it’s time for us to go.

But hey, that’s the way things go, right?

If I fear things too much and I don’t expose her to things, not only will she not get to know her family and new places but I will teach her fear.

And teaching her fear of traveling and knowing new places would be basically criminal.

So, even though traveling is not easy by any means, I will not stop doing it. 🙂

Thank you all for listening to my early coffee ramble. We are home and it feels so good. I’m having coffee in my coffee mug, sitting in bed while listening to Will and Lily playing in her room. Seems like we never left.

Have a great weekend everyone!

mama eagle and baby eagle have landed!