A day at the beach

Last weekend we made the most of the beautiful weather; we loaded the car and headed to the beach. It was a bit windy and the water a little chilly for a dive, but surely the kids enjoyed playing with the sand on the endless and almost empty beach. We ended the day with a pizza over a spectacular sunset dreaming about the summer to come.  Here’s to a beautiful day!

Documenting 2015: 4/12

Brother & Sister: Chasing each other and laughing like crazy. 
There’s never a dull moment with these two around
Olivia: Sunbathing on the grass after endless hours of playing and running around looking for flowers to pick
Vale: His first pic nic, followed by a very long afternoon nap.
April is, and always will be, my favourite month of the year (and also my birthday month!). We spent a lot of time outdoor enjoying the glorious weather, playing at the park, eating ice cream and picking wild flowers. Loving the longer days and making up excuses for going to bed a little late.

I will be documenting 2015 through monthly portraits of my little ones. You can check the previous months here.

April: around here

Cutting down on coffee to make space for tea
Playing with the alphabet and my watercolours
Cutting hair like it’s her job!
There are more kisses and puzzled faces than anything else these days
Enjoying the weather, the blue skies, the smell of flowers
Making time for just the two of use gets harder by the day, but when it happens it’s magic
Looking for something special everywhere I go. It’s the little things than brings a smile on my face
Discovering new places around our neighbourhood
Changing our weekly menu to make the most of the fresh spring produces

Documenting 2015: 3/12

 Brother & Sister: Playing together looks more like a wrestling match than anything else
 Olivia: Celebrating spring at the park; chasing bubbles, wearing a flowery dress and no coat, because you know…it’s spring!
Vale: making the most funniest faces and sounds. Crawling like a pro and learning to stand by pulling himself up in his crib

We have been literally counting the days ’till spring this month. We had strawberries, fresh flowers and enjoyed our daily strolls around the neighbourhood. Ice cream shops are back in business and we are making sure we visit one almost every day!

I will be documenting 2015 through monthly portraits of my little ones. You can check the previous months here.

Documenting 2015: 2/12

Brother & Sister: Playing and reading books together. It doesn’t usually last very long, but it’s a joy when it happens
Olivia: Recovering from a long period of colds and flu, but always up for a family trip to the playground
Vale: so loud and cheerful
February was short and bitter. We spent most of our days inside, playing games and getting bored at times. We made fresh orange juice daily, we watched tv, we fell asleep on the couch, we got dressed up for carnival. But mostly we laughed together.

I will be documenting 2015 through monthly portraits of my little ones. You can check last month’s pictures here.

Documenting 2015: 1/12

Brother & Sister: watching tv while mama cooks dinner has become one of their favourite things to do together. And so far they have not been fighting over what to watch. 

 Over the past two years I have been joining the 52 project, documenting the life of my little lady through weekly portraits. At the end of the year I ended up with 52 pictures and some funny facts about her life (you can check the past weekly photos here), and all of it was printed into a mini book that we also used as a present for our families (you check the one for 2013 here). I love those so much and once in a while my not-so-little-anymore likes to go through the books and likes to ask about all the stories behind each picture. Since my handsome boy joined our family last August, I had the intention of carrying out as the previous years, by taking a weekly picture of both my kids. And then I realised life gets a little bit more complicated with two little people around. I still tend to take tons of photos of them each week with my phone, but the quantity doesn’t always mean quality and also sharing part has proven to be much more difficult than expected. So this year I will just be showing monthly portraits of my littles and, whenever possible, I will be trying to add a portrait of them together; it will be fun to see how their relationship and the way they interact with each other will change in a year. Let’s start with January.

Olivia: Having the time of her life at the playground. She had been asking to go for days and had been not so patiently waiting for the weekend to come.

Vale: Getting accustomed to the high chair a few days before starting to eat solid.


It’s week 38 and so glad I’m still managing to keep this project (the only project!) going. 
 Olivia: She doesn’t care about the mess in her room, but love tidying up her little kitchen. 
Vale: getting bigger and bigger everyday. And loving to seat on his bouncer when he’s awake.


It’s week 37 and it has been a tiring, yet exciting week…a new school for my eldest and a new morning routine for my youngest. And an early morning alarm clock we are still trying to adjust to!
Olivia: loving al fresco dining. I’m sure it was the pizza she loved the most.

Vale: looking at his sister doing a show
Joining with Jodi from Practicing Simplicity.

36/52 and a catch up

It’s week 36 and it feels like summer is definitely over. It’s time to regain some sort of normality around here after the crazy month we had, settle back into a fall routine and catch up with all the projects that were put on hold!
Week 36 // Olivia: Loving this new playground we just discovered
Week 36 // Vale: Starting to stay awake a bit longer now
And that is what these two have been up to over the past month….
Week 35 // Olivia: Posing for mama with her favourite toy. She’s getting cuter every day.
Week 35 // Vale: He’s back home and bored already.
Week 34 // Olivia: Napping while waiting for mama at the hospital. 
Week 34 // Vale: He had the cutest little crib at the hospital.
Week 33 // Olivia: She’s a natural crafter. She lean to use the scissors a few weeks back and started cutting everything she could get hold of (after asking for our permission!)
Week 33 // Vale: He almost doesn’t fit in his cocoon anymore…this boy is growing too fast! 
Week 32 // Olivia: Enjoying wandering around her granddad’s garden. She loved picking fresh fruit and veg and eating them straight away.
Week 32 // Vale: First trip to the paediatrician. His umbilical cord fell off too soon and we panicked.


It’s week 31 and we are now a family of four!

Olivia: Adjusting to her new role of big sister. It’s quite hard having to learn to share our attention with her brother, but she’ll get there, eventually.

Valentino: He eats, he sleeps, he cries like a champion. And we are loving every minute of it!