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.

We are here!

We are still here. The blog, however, hasn't seen the light of day in a while. I don't know what we've been doing, but updating the blog isn't one of them. Hold on to your butts - There will be a few new posts!

Toward the end of January, I took some old school "chair" photos of the boys. There is nothing that can make me teary and more than a little sentimental than comparing photos. Sniff. 

Beckham was close to one here, maybe 10-11 months old.  

And then BAM! Practically teenagers.

This photo on the bottom makes me smile. Here they are, together looking at a photo book that happens to be flipped to a photo of them in the same chair.  When did they get so big?

They are both doing great! Cayden and Beckham are both picking up more Portuguese. Beckham likes to yell out the window as we drive through the gate, "Oi! Tudo Bem! (Hi, How are you?)" Cayden can pronounce Páscoa (Easter) like a Brasilian. They both love school - Beckham shares toys, is nice to other kids, has trouble focusing for longer periods of time (he's 2.5), loves art, can count to 15, knows most colors and shapes. Cayden is reading really well, doing some simple math, gets along with everyone, but has some really good friends, he likes to make up stories and recently illustrated his first book.

Cayden continues speech therapy once a week, as well as swim lessons. We are working on getting Beckham to swim without floaties, but it's a hard battle. Summer will be coming to a close here in Brasil, and while the weather is generally lovely - fall and winter bring cooler temperatures. We are definitely looking forward to summer in Arkansas!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Christmas in a Nutshell

There is a really good reason I should update this blog more frequently... I'm getting old and I can't remember things from two months ago. Sigh. 

We spent a few days over the actual Christmas holiday with my mom and family. The kids made cookies, chased cats and dogs, fed goats, road in the farm truck, and got a ride on the four wheelers from my grandma and grandpa. 

I try and get pictures of the kids together. We were so good at it when Beckham was less than a year; taking monthly shots of the boys. I just love seeing how much they've changed individually, but also how they changed together.

This shot is from Christmas last year (2014)!

And now, THIS!! Beckham (aka Repeat) trying to copy his brother!

And of course, not wanting to sit still.

I'm really trying to get better about getting in some of the shots with the kids. No matter what I look like, or what I'm wearing!

Here's a few bloopers from the family photo session. This one of Heath cracks me up.

Now that's a good one!

 My little boy is not so little anymore. He's a little less willing to take a "nice" picture, and more often than not - you get silly Cayden - which is fine, because it is a true representation of him!

Opening presents Christmas morning! They were VERY into Santa Claus this year. Cayden had made a lot of requests, but I think he was excited by everything! 

Aunt Sarah made the boys some super hero costumes! They put them through the ringer first thing!

And my baby boy. Who is a little less like a baby these days, and more like a little boy.