we’re not in kansas anymore

after much anticipation, packing and loading (thanks to the helping hands of family), we finally made it to the sunshine state! my hubby did the grueling road trip in a moving truck with our car in tow. he made it from new jersey to florida in roughly thirty-six hours. he was a trooper!



i survived being a middle seater, forty-five minutes delayed on the runway, with a restless toddler. my apologies to all onboard jetblues’ flight 545 last wednesday. i was “that mom” with the crying…no wait, screaming child. two hours and forty-six three hours and twenty-nine minutes later (it seemed much longer), izzie and i arrived to west palm beach international airport.

we were exhausted, yet extremely thrilled. patryk met up with us shortly after, and he shared the same exact sentiments. boy, moving is not easy! this is our fourth during our five years of marriage. we may just be 21st century gypsies and/or hippies. just maybe.



this relocation was different though.

unlike any other we’ve experienced before. for the first ever, a true adventure. it’s like we’re on vacation–all the time. knowing we’re here to stay, just blows my mind. if i could use one word, it would be–surreal. pastel hues as far as my eyes could see, palm trees, poolside lounging and al fresco dining (during winter, no less), and happy, friendly people all around. in our neck of the woods, late fall and winter isn’t so kind to us. being here reminds me of the sun’s simple goodness. this stuff…you know, vitamin d could posibbly transform any grouch into mister rogers.



it’s been one week, and we’re still pinching ourselves.

when I drove into the complex on our move-in date, i had an epiphany. out of no where (without any help or coaching whatsoever), our 19 month old made a bold declaration. she pointed at the entrance gate and said, “home! mama…home!”

i was in awe, but also in agreement. to which i responded “yes, baby. we’re here”RPM_8523raquel




that’s how many months old my baby turned last week. one year and a half.  i can’t quite wrap my head around the idea that she’s grown and learned so much. from being a teeny tiny 5lb 11oz newborn to an active, bubbly toddler. here are some highlights about what izzie loves these days.


very serious about getting out of the tub. this picture was captured after her crying episode.

izabella’s favorite things

  • long baths
  • running naked
  • potted plants, because the dirt tastes really good (apparently)
  • dogs
  • barking like a dog
  • eating crushed ice like a laboring woman
  • being tickled by daddy
  • books (especially dr. Seuss)
  • cooked carrots
  • dancing and twirling
  • sharing hogging  mommy’s pillow
  • hiding under the clothing racks
  • eating (sometimes only, squashing) blueberries
  • her beloved pacifier(s)
  • sleeping in the ergo baby carrier
  • vanilla soy milk
  • soup
  • hugging loved ones.
  • brushing her own hair. sometimes mine
  • playing with pots and pans
  • getting her hands on the iPhone, iPad or laptop
  • reorganizing shelves
  • coloring and eating crayons.
  • smiling and waving at friendly strangers.
  • watching olivia on nick. jr (despite mommy’s guilt)

cute baby tushie! somehow i was able to resist the urge of posting a naked shot. she’ll thank me when she’s 12.

izabella’s frequently used words

  • “st-op” (stop)
  • “bebe” (baby–no matter if the that child she’s pointing to happens to be 10)
  • “oh no!” , “oh my!”, “oh wow!”  or simply, “no!” (that she says very clearly)
  • “ohh-tay”  (okay–used as a substitute for “yes”)
  • “mom” (sometimes instead of “mommy”)
  • “ti-ti” (thank you)
  • “daa-ddy” (daddy)
  • “weeee” (as she slides down the sofa)
  • “num” (yum)
  • “a-ball” (apple)
  • “sheep” (sleep)

girly girl in the works?

izabella’s music list

  • “la pequeña araña” (the itsy bitsy spider)
  • “twinkle twinkle litte star”
  • “the wheels on the bus”
  • “the hokey pokey” (choreography and all)
  • “los pollitos dicen pío, pío, pío” (hispanic folk song)
  • “old mcdonald”
  • “head shoulders knees and toes”
  • “bob marley’s “three little birds”

look at the curl. see it? i absolutely love it.

izzie’s proud mama,


meet my niece

isn’t she beautiful?

i can’t believe it’s been four weeks since she made her debut! even more, that it’s taken me this long to post pictures of the newest addition of our family. although i did share some of these on my instagram.

still– it’s not quite an official announcement, until i blog about it.


on the very day of my sister’s baby shower, she went into early labor. i think my niece was anxious to be apart of the celebration. six hours after entering the hospital, ester bought this little bundle of joy into the world.

..and so i’m happy to introduce

Emani Hope

November 5, 2012

5lbs 15oz | 18.5″

she joins big brother, ezekiel and her proud parents

*birthed naturally and welcomed with love






these are just a few pics from our very first visit. she’s gotten so much bigger (and can you believe –more beautiful since then?). izabella is in love with her cousins. snapshots can be seen here and here.

also, i’d like to point out that my hubby is mostly responsible for these great black and whites. check out this website to view his amazing portfolio.

ohhh and TGIF!