“Oh, boy”

That’s Lydia’s favorite thing to exclaim now. Oh, boy.

What a crazy couple of weeks it’s been over here. Settling in our new house, adapting to a new morning routine, the girls’ birthday, Christmas… It’s been a crazy good amount of chaos in our little household. But it’s been a lot of fun.

I wish I had more time to write. I used to have a lot more free time when the girls were a little smaller, but now… It’s go-go-go, 24/7/365. It’s chaotic, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

We’re still super in love with our house. It’s absolutely perfect and everything we could’ve wanted. We’ve hung family pictures, made space for the mountain of toys River and Lydia got from both their birthday and Christmas, and we’ve made it our own. It feels like we’ve been living here for ages already, and it hasn’t even been a full month yet.

River and Lydia had a fantastic birthday. We had a little get together at our house with our family, and had an awesome turnout! It was quite the party, complete with a Sesame Street cookie cake and pizza. They had lots of fun opening presents, and they finally understand how to tear them open. It was truly cute to watch. They played with every single toy they got – a stroller with a new baby in it, a cute little keyboard, doctor kits, and even their own little play kitchen.

And as if it wasn’t enough new toys in the house, Christmas was a jackpot for them – they got little scooting bikes, toy cars and a play mat, Elsa dolls from Frozen, two little guitars, two huge tents, more new babies with toy pack-and-plays, and baby dolls car seats. Are they spoiled? They might be spoiled. The best part was watching them open their presents. The look of confusion turned into awe and then excitement. THAT is what all my Christmases will be about for the rest of my life. Or until they have kids of their own, if that’s what’s in store for them.

I can’t believe these two are 2 years old. Time flew… It really, honestly did. I used to roll my eyes whenever anyone told me to enjoy them while they’re little because they grow up super fast, but now I’m rolling my eyes at myself. They weren’t lying at all. I remember having to bottle feed them every 2 hours day after day, and it feels like it was just yesterday. Now, they’re running around, telling me to “stop, mommy” when I dance with them, and exclaiming “oh, boy” and “kay”. They’ve learned a lot more words, they understand us a lot better now, and they’re able to comply with a lot of things we ask for them to do. It’s crazy. It’s like they’re actual people now.

Birthday milkshakes. River’s face says it all.

Speaking of Christmas, I made a traditional Brazilian lasagna and it was delicious! My grandma Toinha would’ve been very proud, and I can’t wait to make it for my grandma Marli when she comes to visit next year. I may even make it for my birthday when my sister and her little family comes to see us. Yes, I am SO excited. River and Lydia will finally get to meet their adorable little cousin Blair. She’s so damn perfect. I can’t wait.

Merry Christmas!

Rick and I have hung family pictures up on the walls. It feels like we’re adults now, officially. Another thing we did was restock our little bar at home. I’ve been having Bloody Mary’s and Dirty Martinis, and Margaritas for the last week. I feel like such an adult who has her shit together. Except we all know my shit isn’t even remotely in the same continent as each other. But that’s ok. We can always pretend, can’t we? Thank you.

The best part was being able to have Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas day off without having to beg anyone to take my hours, and to have been paid for those days. As much as I hate to admit it, leaving the airlines was the best thing to have happened to our family when it comes to family time. I miss my old job so, so much, and I have days where I just cry at work, wondering if I really made the right decision, but I know that I did. Because the amount of family time I’ve been able to have since leaving in June has been tremendous and precious, and I can’t imagine not having this time with my husband and kids. I guess everything kind of happens for a reason. Or there’s always a positive to everything. Or Hakuna Matata. What a wonderful phrase.

Uhhhhh, speaking of Hakuna Matata, have y’all seen the actor who plays Jafar in the upcoming live-action Aladdin movie?! I needed so many napkins when I saw his picture. And yet I’ve been told he kind of looks like my husband. No, do not stare at my husband, I will bite your head off. But still, damn, Disney.

Anyway. I believe the dirty martini my smoking hot husband made me has started to take its effect.

Time to be an old lady and go lie down and read this new book I’m reading – Carrion Comfort. It’s creepy and intense so far. I’ll let y’all know how it all goes down.



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