Friday, May 25, 2012

Sam's Final Friday Update from LIVE

This is our LAST update from LIVE. I am really going to miss them. Sam loved his school so much and I know we are VERY spoiled. Looking for a daycare for Sam in Santiago won't be easy.

Look at how much he loved making his mother's day gift (first photos).

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Day of Farewell for the Boys

Today both Luka and Sam said farewell to their friends from school in their own way. Luka was called up on stage before their End of the Year Show. All of the students that are leaving ACS were recognized ...Luka looks a little sad, no? Luka is extremely excited to move to Chile. He loves the city based on the two short trips he has done, but of course he is sad to leave all his friends in La Paz behind.

We also had a proper send-off for Sam. His teachers asked me if I wanted to do something..but things have been so hectic that I really couldn't plan a proper goodbye. I thought why not celebrate with one of Sammy's favorite treats...DONUTS!

I bought donuts for the entire class and the teachers and Sam went around and gave each classmate the was so cute.

Here I am with Sam putting on a silly face.

This is where they sit for snack time everyday. Today the menu was nutritious donuts...sorry parents! 

I couldn't resist taking this photo of of Luka's youngest classmates. 

After donuts Lourdes, the teacher, acted out a story and played songs on the guitar while all the kids danced around. 

Then it was time for the playground. Here Sam is playing "house" with an older woman...Sam, you little devil.

Celebrating Mother's Day in Bolivia

Today Luka and his school celebrated Mother's Day in Bolivia. They invited us to school for "Muffins for Mom" and he has this present waiting for me. It is so beautiful and I can't wait to hang it in my office in our new house in Chile. The poem that accompanied the handprint tile was so perfect I had to share it with everyone:

Handprint Poem

Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small
And always leave my fingerprints
On furniture and walls.

But every day I'm growing, 
I'll be grown some day
And all those tiny handprints
Will surely fade away.

So here's a little handprint
Just so you can recall
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small.

Happy Mother's Day!

Luka Dario

Lukkie, thank you for being such a wonderful son and joy in my life. I love you!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Always Proud of Our Little Sammy

This week there is a very sweet note about Sam. I will attempt to translate, but you can see it on the second page under "Miercoles."

Sam shows everyone that he is very sweet, but demanding of his teachers. He is sure of  what he knows and his accomplishments. Today he was very excited to show us his album and he was talking about his brother and mother. He told us a couple of things about them.

Not sure if I got the "demanding" part right in the translation. It says "demand ante de sue maestros." Is that good or bad???

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sam is Two..Ready for Pancakes & PJs

This post is so so so very overdue. Sam is almost three and I am just getting around to posting about his 2nd Birthday...que pena (that means how embarrassing). For those of you that reading this and receive the updates, well this happened last year and it will have the correct date on the blog, but since you receive an email don't think it just happened or somehow you have gone back in time. I am just catching up big time. Besides the fact that I like to document the birthday letters on the blog, I also had to share my absolute favorite birthday party to date. That is from the birthday parties I have done for the boys. They have all been fun to plan, but this one was small, cozy and hello it involved pancakes...YUMMY! We were actually moving a couple of days later, were living in a hotel and I really didn't have the mindset to plan a party...Sam loves pancakes so the Pancakes and PJ Party was born. It landed on Mother's Day...what a perfect reason for brunch, right?

Dear Sammy -

Really, two years old? It seems like just yesterday you were still waking up 5 times a night. Oh, wait that was yesterday. Well, ok not yesterday but you did start sleeping through the night at 15 months (in the last year) and it could not have come soon enough. Mommy really thanks you for reaching that very important milestone. 

Sam, this year you started school and you absolutely love it. You have made a best friend there and I think that you and Nikki are the cutest couple ever. You get so excited when we talk about her or know she is coming over for a play date. I know you are going to miss her like crazy when we move.

Sam, this year in addition to going to school for the first time you accomplished many things. For one thing you started walking...whoo hoo. Sweetie, there is no stopping you now. You have always been "adventurous" but now you just go. You are fearless and I love that about you (ok, you give me heart attack on occasion). But I admire your determination and independence.

You love to talk. I don't always understand you...but you know who is my official translator...Luka. You guys are like two peas in a pod. I never thought the two of you would get along as well as you do. There is a three year age difference, but Luka is your best friend. He is the best big brother and you seem to have this love for him that is truly amazing to see.

Luka has passed along his love of music to you. You love to learn new songs and this year you sang your first tune. It was Happy Birthday. You love to sing it to EVERYONE.

Another thing you adore are animals. You don't miss a chance to pet a puppy or babysit a bunny. Yes, this year you took home the bunnies from your school and cared for them over the weekend. You were over the moon and so happy that they were your responsibility.

We are so proud of you and the individual spirit that you are. You are headstrong and strong minded and I can't wait to see the things you accomplish in life. For now you are keeping us on our toes and making us laugh along the way.

Yes, you do have a strong personality, but you are also very loving. You never miss an opportunity for a hug or cuddles. Kisses, we are still working on. If I am lucky you plant one on me, but most of the time you just lean in with your cheek. We will work on that.

Sam, you are two years old and already you have been to more countries than most people visit in their life time. At 3 months you had already slept on 4 continents! You adapt very well to change (thank goodness) love to explore new surroundings and learn about the world.

Sammy, Happy Birthday and may all of your wishes come true. Mine already have!


Here is a peak into Sam's "Pancakes & PJs" Birthday Party. It was a small intimate brunch on Mother's Day & Sam's Birthday (coincidence!!) We were living at the hotel (waiting for our move to Santiago) and didn't have many options, but my friend owns Harina Cafe and the brunch is delicious so we decided to merge Sam's love for pancakes and Mommy's love for french toast at Harina and this idea was born.

The table before the guests arrived.

Luka & Sam in thier PJs and robes. "Is this a party or what?" 
Harina was amazing. We were the only ones there in the morning and the cafe was transformed for Sammy's Birthday. It was so cute...I wanted a pancake party for me. This chalkboard usually displays their menu...but not today.
This table had the chef hats and aprons all the kids received, as well as the toppings they used to decorate their own pancake.
Sam really enjoyed this activity. He looks pretty into it.
Blowing out the candles on the "Stack of Pancakes" Cake. Very easy to cut afterwards. Everyone just gets pancake.
Look at us...what a great day it was.
Here are all the chefs of the party.
Everyone took home a goodie bag.

To see all of the photos from this day click here.

My dad is the BEST...

My dad found out we were having a Pancake Birthday Breakfast for Sam and he made him this card...isn't he the cutest!

Happy Mother's Day

Today is a special Mother's Day..It is also Sammy's 2nd Birthday! I will post photos later tonight, but I just wanted to share this quote I came across today on a blog and I just thought...this is the perfect thought for Mother's Day. Things are kind of crazy with JJ and Luka traveling and packing up the house..but I just wanted to take time to share.

Happy Mother's Day to my mom and all the special moms in my life! I miss all of you.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Sam's Friday Updates

This was a short week at LIVE. It started on Wednesday due to the freaking blockades and transportation strikes in town, but the managed to get many activities in. Sam loved seeing all the photo albums from his classmates...I will take his next week.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

A Look Back at Queen's Day

I always look forward to April 30th...It is the day the Dutch folks celebrate Queen's Day. It is a major celebration in Holland but this Cuban-American girl from Miami is always very eager to pay her respects to the Queen and enjoy the delicious bitterballen (Dutch croquets). They are delicious and I dream about them every year. This year's Queen's Day Celebration was great but the bitterballen were AMAZING!

Here I am with my favorite Dutchman. We both dressed up. I had a dress, make-up and heels...definitely a momentous occasion.

Look my hubby made the Social Pages in the paper. Here JJ is posing with his "Posse" from the American Embassy!
I apologize for my lack of posts lately...there are so many important things I have left out on the blog like Luka turning 5 and his amazing party (put a few pics up on Facebook), Sam is turning two on Sunday and we have a PJ & Pancakes Party planned, milestones for Sam like talking up a storm, fun afternoons with friends...but life is CRAZY. I have less than a week until they pack they house and so many things to take care of in the mean time. We move into the hotel on May 16th and I think life will be much calmer then. I promise to update you on everything! Wish us luck...

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Sam's Friday Updates

As always, I love the LIVE Friday updates...enjoy! I am really going to miss them when we get to Chile.