Friday, September 9, 2016


"Hello, is it me you're looking for?
'Cause I wonder where you are
And I wonder what you do"

Sorry. I think this is the longest I've gone without updating this blog. Is it even a blog anymore if you go almost SIX months without posting? Grrr. 

In our last segment, ahem, I covered Easter. Good grief. We are going to speed up this train and cover a few months at a time. The boys' school holds a Mother's Day program every year. The art they make is adorable, and definitely falls into the "keeper" pile. 

I began going to art class several months ago. Cayden was dying to go, so we had a mother/son art day!

Beckham is a tough nut to crack. He's not really "into" anything in particular. Unlike Cayden, who is obsessing over Pokemon, Star Wars, and being Hawk for Halloween.  But Beckham likes Basketball and Soccer, and generally anything that has to do with running.

We are lucky. I mean it. Living in Brasil for almost 3 years, we have had our fair share of flights in coach with babies. Crying babies, tired babies, uncomfortable parents, sleepless parents. We've done it; survived it, but are oh so thankful to be in business.

We generally have a few requirements when we hit the DFW airport. Cayden's request is usually McDonalds, but we have shown him the light - and they are called DONUTS! And there is nothing sweeter (no pun intended) than getting off a long flight, and sitting down to coffee and donuts. Seriously. Nothing. Better. 

We have also been really fortunate to rent a house when we visit home. It's got plenty of room, and it's really great to just have a place to put our stuff. We are close to family and friends. A win-win. 

Since this is just a partial catch-up. In the first part of our visit home, we celebrated Beckham's birthday with a Strawberry Motorcycle cake. I have no clue where he came up with this idea - but far be it from me to deny the kid. It was a pretty darn good cake too. We went to the splash pad, made one trip to the Farmer's Market, and definitely caught up with family and friends. I'll save that for another post - in December....Just kidding, I think.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


There are several problems with not posting in a timely manner; the first and most cumbersome is that you (I) can't remember exactly what happened for particular events. 

Easter celebrations actually took place over two weekends. The weekend before the actual Easter holiday, the kids had a party at school, and then the American Society held their annual Easter Egg Hunt. 

Trying to get a picture of these two - where they give you a nice smile - is hard to come by.

Cayden with two of his best friends at school!

This is the second year we have participated in the Egg Hunt. It was definitely a different experience this go round. Last year - we had to help Cayden, and Beckham could have cared less. This year, they both were ready to get some eggs!

When Easter actually rolled around, we got to spend time with one of the families in our building. The kids decorated eggs, we ate yummy food, we played some sort of egg rolling game, and the kids had an actual egg hunt (The previous weekend the eggs were just tossed on the ground. Where's the fun in that??)

Spending time with our friends was the closest we could get to a typical American Easter. We had a great time, and of course the kids were eating candy for like two weeks.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cayden and Beckham - Video

I heard this song by Nichole Nordeman the other day, "Slow Down." Four minutes later, and basically I'm a big pile of mush, with swollen eyes, and big, ugly tears running down my face. I knew that I wanted to do a video of pictures of the boys. After four hours of finding my way out of the rabbit hole that is the pictures stored on our laptop - I had narrowed it down to 20 minutes. And it's still not enough. But is it ever? Would there ever be enough videos and pictures of Cayden and Beckham? You, me, we all want so much to capture every, everything. And for time to essentially stand still. But it doesn't. And we don't. And it all goes by too fast, and one minute Cayden is building a snowman for the first time, and the next he is "surfing" in the ocean in Brasil, and riding his bike without training wheels.  It's too much for this Mama's heart strings. If you want to watch the video - Here is the link.

Cayden and Beckham

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Campos do Jordão

There is a little town, in the mountains, about 2.5 hours away from Sao Paulo. Several of our friends have been and had nothing but great things to say about it! For a last minute trip, we took the boys. It features many German and Swiss restaurants and architecture. Lots of chocolate shops! And one really amazing Argentinian steak house. 

We stayed at a hotel a little outside of the town. It had wonderful views and of course a pool for the boys.

Literally, right next to the hotel was a fantastic activities park. SO much to do, and for kids of all ages.

Cayden had been talking NON STOP about zip lining. Thankfully, there was a small zip line for Beckham.

He did great! And finally, it was Cayden's turn. Since I was wearing tennis shoes, I got called up to go with him. Let me just say - in my older years, I'm a lot less brave. But for Cayden, I had to.  We started the long walk up the tower. The pictures do not do them justice. It was HIGH.

We made it, and Cayden was off. No fear!

And it was over quickly. Whew. On to a more easy paced, activity. Pony rides for the kids.

The views on the drive up to the town, were amazing. In a lot of ways it reminded me of Arkansas. Again, the photos don't do it justice.