Saturday, May 28, 2011

Luka...You Keep Amazing Us

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This is Luka's last report card of KG3. Next year he will be in KG4 or officially Pre-K. We are so proud of you Lukie!

FYI...He is already writing when you sound out words for him. It all started with his love of car makes...specifically SUBARU. But now he is writing sooo many other words! He has beautiful penmanship, like his mommy of course.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Inside Look at KG3

The Birthday Boy @ School!

I know that all of you are dying to know what happens in a KG3 classroom, not really huh? Well, today I got a special surprise....Mrs. Kirby, Luka's teacher, gave us a CD of ALL the photos she has taken of the kids throughout the year.

As a parent I love this gift. Now I can see all the things Luka did throughout the year and be part of all the KG3 excitement! Thank you Mrs. Kirby. We will miss you! Good luck on your new adventure.

So if you have time to go through 242 photos...grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine and ENJOY!

Click here to see the photos.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Second Helping of Green Eggs & Ham

I know I already posted about Sam's first birthday...but today I just got the rest of the photos. So here is a link to all of the photos from the party. Can't say that I am over the moon with the photos, but I guess you never really know what to expect when you hire a new photographer. I do think I should have taken some photos myself. Well you live and you learn...

I love Sam's expression in this photo. He is like, "Yeah, whatever this is my birthday...Can we just finish with these photos already!"

Click here to see all of the photos.

Busy Day...Across Continents...Our Little Boys Growing Up

Today was one of those super busy days and it isn't over. I am going to try and finish this post before I have to leave in 15 minutes for a client meeting.

Let's see...tomorrow is Mother's Day in Bolivia. Kind of nice when you live in a country that celebrates Mother's Day on a different day than the states...I get two of those special holidays..ha ha ha. Well today the school wanted to toast to mommies and all the kids gave their moms an invite for "Muffins for Mom." This is the photo that was taken by the photographer this morning. Gotta love the border and I look lovely...I should really wear some make-up. But it is a nice way to remember how excited Luka was to give me a muffin this morning!

Look at my mother's day it!

Here is another treat I received...a beautiful collage that Luka made for me in class! I can't wait to frame it in my office.

Then later in the afternoon was Luka's End of the Year Show. It was a tribute to cartoons. Here is the program.

Luka's class sang the Smurf's Theme Song...Luka has never seen the Smurfs but I got a kick out of hearing him sing a song to a cartoon that I watched every weekend growing up. Funny how things come full circle in life.

Then they performed to Sponge Bob Square Pants. He also has never seen it...actually he is watching it right now as we speak. Seriously, that is NOT a cartoon for four year old. But he did look cute in his tie shaking his booty. Note to mommy: He needs a longer shirt.

To see all of the photos from the show click here.

And...way over on another continent in Miami my godson/nephew graduated from Pre-K....doesn't he look adorable. We are so proud of you Max. All of us here in Bolivia wish you a Happy Graduation Day and we will make sure to send you something really special for this big accomplishment.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

What is the 3-Day all about?

3DayExperience from Komen 3-Day for the Cure on Vimeo.

This is not just a the video and check out what Moqui and I will be doing in September. Do you think we can do this?

I think we can. My little sis is so on the ball with the training. I have to start...tomorrow is the day. I am taking Luka in a cab to school then walking back. I figured I would go downhill first. I think it is about 3 miles...should measure it though. Wish me luck!

Don't forget to click here to donate to our team!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The best decisions in life are SPONTANEOUS!

Help me reach my goal for the Susan G. Komen Washington D.C. 3-Day for the Cure!

It was Friday morning and my sister calls me and says, "How much does it cost for you to fly to the states from Bolivia?" Of course immediately my heart stopped becuase I thought something had happened and someone was hurt or sick. Then she said, "it is nothing bad?" so of course I thought it was very BAD. Her next question was, "How are your knees? Do they still hurt?" At this point I was very confused...

But no one was hurt or sick. She asked me if I wanted to do the 3 Day for a Cure with her! I immediately said YES, it has been something that I have wanted to do for SO many years and why not what if I have to come from La Paz, Bolivia to walk. I have never been one to be practical or make sense.

We decided to sign-up for the walk in Washington, DC on September 23 - 25, 2011!

So there it is..Moqui and I are headed to the nation's capital to walk for a cure and hopefully make the organization a lot of money doing it.

Stayed tuned for more posts and please support us! You can click on the icon above to make a donation or email me at if you have any questions. I will leave the icon on the right side of the blog just in case you want to come back later...

PS I just found out that a friend from Miami might join us...This is going to be one of those experiences I will never forget. Yeya Angelita & Yeya Nena (my grandmothers)...this is for you!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Wow, this was very COOL!

Just won't be disappointed. Just don't hold your spouse/partner to the same standard...this was huber creative! JJ's proposal was magnificent...on a private sailboat in Captiva complete with champagne and paper cups!

I love you baby and my proposal, but you have to admit this was pretty amazing.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I heART our playroom

I am redoing the play area for the is not really a playroom because it is just the area next to the stairs...but it is THIER space. With the colors of this piece of furniture as inspiration I created these you like them?
I wanted to celebrate the day each of the boys became part of our family and where they were born. I have a feeling we will move around many times in our lives and I never want them to forget where their lives started. Luka's has two dates...his birthday and the day he came home with us.

I hope Sam and Luka like them...

Green Eggs & Ham...Anyone?

Here are some photos from Sam's 1st Birthday party. As you can see from a previous post the theme was Dr. Seuss' book - Green Eggs & Ham. The entire family wore green and orange. It was a small and intimate baby gathering, but the boys had a great time.

I also have to give a BIG thank you to my friend Maria Renee from Todo Cupcake who sculpted the fabulous green ham for the birthday cake.

Yes, Sam LOVED his first donut! I had green/orange donuts for the kids, but the green ham was a delicious chocolate cake with chocolate pudding filling...YUMMO!

I only have a couple of photos...the photographer still needs to send me the rest...but I couldn't wait to post the photos I had. More pictures coming soon...

Monday, May 16, 2011

What are you thankful for?

Last night while I was on facebook I came across this video. Not only do I think it is great, but it was done in Miami and it made me feel a little nostalgic. I hope you like the video as much as I did.

I am thankful for my family, skype and airplanes!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Looking forward to Sam's Birthday Party

Our little Sammy is turning one on Friday. I really can't believe that a year went by so quickly. There were so many changes for us in one year that it all seems like a blur, to tell you the truth. It seems like yesterday that I was sitting in the hotel in Mozambique (after we had packed up our house) watching the World Cup and getting to know this new little baby. Luka was still a little boy, compared to what he is now and JJ and I were nervous about our move to the Top of the World. But here we are...the four of us are happy, healthy and adjusting to our lives in La Paz. I realized that it takes a lot longer to adjust to a new place when you have little ones.

Luka is writing, talking in three languages and STILL dancing and singing (i don't think that will ever change). He is smart and loves to ask questions about everything...especially about words and symbols. Sam is eating regular food, trying to talk and crawling/cruising up a storm. I think in just a couple of days he will walk. time flies!!!

Well, Sam will be ONE on Friday and we will be celebrating in Dr. Seuss style with the book Green Eggs & Ham as inspiration. Don't you just love his books! As I have been preparing for the festivities I have fallen in love with many of his books all over again! I find myself rhyming...even when I don't need to...ha ha.

I hope the kids will like it.

Here is the invite for the party...

I also made these labels for the goodie bags...

PS the collage at the top is what is printed on the back of the invite.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Obama...You are so cool & funny!

Obama has such a great sense of humor! I love this. I hope people will finally let this issue go.

Photo Book from Sam's Baptism

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Thank you to Abuelo & Abuela for this great present. They gave Sam Shutterfly credit for his baptism and we were able to make this beautiful book! I hope you like it as much as we do.