West Virginia

A rainy day in West Virginia

Yesterday we had our very first rainy day since we have been here. (figures, we were supposed to spend the day at the pool)

There was lots of rain, thunder, lightning, almost the whole entire day!

So, unlike all the other days, we were inside.

We read books, looked out at the rain, took naps. It was a lazy and rainy day.

Will reading to Lily and Lola in the morning


A sunset

I love a good sunset. (who doesn’t, right?)

And that is just what we had the other day.

A blanket, some wine, cheese, the whole family and bubbles!!!!! 🙂 (you should really click on the bubble pictures so you can really see the bubbles)

It was the perfect way to end an already perfect day.

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Then and now

While at Whittaker Falls yesterday, I could not ignore how different (and better) things were.

When we were there last year, I was still pregnant.

Who knew that Lily would end up loving the river as much as Will has while growing up here in West Virginia and as much as I have as long as I have been coming here.

And what a difference a year makes!

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then. august 2009

now. august 2010

and a SHOUT OUT to…


Lily turned 9 months young on saturday. (this post is long overdue, I’ve been having problems posting)

At 9 months old, Lily is all over the place! She crawls everywhere and has us walk with her as much as she can. She can’t wait until she can do it all by herself.

Her top left tooth is finally showing through. (took long enough!)

She has grown so much since she has been here in WV.

This place has done wonders for her. 🙂

my little rock n roller…

This is where…

Lily has been really loving it here. Her days are so filled with wonder.

But she is not the only one.

Cousin Adelaide was back this weekend as well as other little friends of ours.

They all love it here.

And why wouldn’t they?

This place is magical for them.

You can see it in their little faces. 🙂

This is where…

you can swing over the flowers and butterflies


Monday outdoors picture

We are in West Virginia and will be for the next two weeks.

There have been many outdoor moments and I’m sure there will be many more.

However, Lily and cousin Adelaide playing together outside this weekend were some of my favorite outdoor moments.

Here is not only one but two of my favorite pictures of Lily and Adelaide.

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Adelaide holding cousin baby (Lily) after playing in the pool

Lily and Adelaide playing with leeks from the garden

Road trip

We decided to leave to West Virginia thursday night instead of friday like we were supposed to.

We were so anxious that we just quickly packed, loaded up the car and drove away!

It was a long but smooth ride. Will drove straight pretty much the whole way.

We stopped for an hour nap somewhere in South Carolina but that was pretty much it.

Lily did really well. She’s so good.

We arrived yesterday afternoon and it feels sooooooo good to be here. 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. We are having a great time with our family. (lots of pictures to come)


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gas and water stop


A few of my favorite things

Thinking about vacation (August in West Virginia and September in Portugal) always gets me excited.

As excited as I get about being away and being somewhere totally different, I also get homesick.

You see, as much as I like to travel, I also really love being home surrounded by my favorite things.

So, this got me thinking: what are my favorite things?

There are quite a few.

in the bedroom