Passwords

Hello all!  I’m about to publish a new post – but it’s gonna be password protected.  We’ve decided to require passwords on any posts with pictures of our kids from now on, for safety reasons.  I would like to compile a list of people who would like the password – this means I have to know you :).  So family and friends, please send me your email address and I’ll let you know the password for this upcoming post!heartshapedlock

Chega de Saudade

Hello hello!  It has been a while!  But here we are, it’s Valentine’s Day, and I am using that as an excuse(not that I really need one) to post a video of my favourite Brazilian love song, Chega de Saudade.  (Saudade is a word we don’t have in English… it means that you miss someone intensely.  So Chega = enough de = of Saudade = missing you like crazy!) My lovely friend Annelise introduced it to me seven years ago after I visited Brazil for the first time.  Written by Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes, the forefathers of Brazilian musical genre bossa nova, it perfectly describes how I felt when Nuni and I entered “The Great Agony” – a period of five months before we started dating in which we ceased all communication with each other.  I have always meant to share the whole story on here… someday.  It’s a long, wonderful story! But for now, here’s a little Valentine’s gift from me to you all the way from Brazil. :)

Here’s my translation:

Go away sadness
and tell him that without him it cannot be
I pray that he returns
because I can’t suffer anymore

Enough missing you
the reality is that without him
there is no peace, there is no beauty
there’s just sadness and melancholy
that doesn’t leave me alone
doesn’t leave me

But if he returns, if he returns,
what a beautiful thing, what a crazy thing
there are fewer fish swimming in the sea
than the kisses I will give on your mouth

Inside my arms, the embraces
there will be millions of embraces
tight like this, close like this, silent like this
embraces and kisses that never end

Let’s stop this thing of living without me
Let’s leave this thing of living without me

John Thomas

Newborn babies are the sweetest.  I loved taking these shots of little John Thomas.  Nuni and I met his parents a couple of months ago through friends, and we have really enjoyed getting to know them.  I don’t have a lot of mom friends here yet so it has been lovely talking with John Thomas’ mom, Amy, about the ups and downs of newborns!  I felt honoured to be asked to capture these moments.  I hope you enjoy some new baby cuteness!  Congratulations on your new family member Amy and Thom, he is absolutely precious!

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"Mommy!  So many babies!!"

“Mommy! So many babies!!”

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Project365: Completed!

On January 1st, 2014 I started my first Project365: I took at least one photo every day and shared it with the world.  And yesterday, I finished!

As Shasta would say… “DID IT!”

I’m happy I did it.

I’m happy it’s over.

It was a commitment!  Sometimes it was easy to take a great picture, depending on what was happening that day – and sometimes I had to get creative.  Sometimes I skipped a day, but I always got back on track.

There were many times I considered giving up… but knowing that people were enjoying my photos helped me to keep going.  I particularly appreciate my mom, grandma, grandpa, and my friend Mary for their constant supportive comments.  Also thank you to Nuni, Shasta and Sebastian for being amazing subjects even when you didn’t want to be.

A few thoughts:

1. Life goes by really fast.  Documenting the year like this made it seem to go by even faster.

2. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  There were many times that I didn’t want to post a photo because I didn’t think it was good enough. But sometimes those were the photos that people loved!

3. As you know I took a lot of photos of Shasta and it is really neat to see how he grew and changed throughout the year.

4. I absolutely love photography but I think I’ll slow down a bit in 2015.  I’ll still post lots of pictures of our family but I will also try to step back and enjoy the moment instead of capture it.  Last night when we went to see the fireworks, I was taking pictures with my iPod, and after a few seconds I realized that I hadn’t actually looked at the fireworks, I’d only seen them through a little screen.  This is happening more and more amongst my generation and I want to make sure I am actually living in the moment instead of just wanting to photograph it for the sake of sharing it with other people.

I have been working on this slideshow for the past week.  I didn’t include every photo that I took this year, because it would have been way too long, but all my favourites are there.  I hope you enjoy it.  Thank you so much for being a part of this journey.

You can see all of the photos from the project here.

Fourteen Things I Discovered in 2014

Last year I made a list of my 13 favourite songs of 2013.  I had planned to do that again this year but I couldn’t come up with fourteen songs I heard and loved in 2014.  I couldn’t even come up with ten!  That is going to be one of my New Year’s Resolutions… to find more new music in 2015!  So here are fourteen “things” I discovered and loved this year.  I would love to know what you loved in 2014 as well.

Songs:

This is a fun one to dance to…

This one is so sweet… if you are a parent you must listen…

This one is by my friend Vini, who I met in September when we arrived.  He is an incredible musician and composer.  He is working on a CD this year that I am hopefully going to be a part of!!  Fica Comigo Pai means “Father, Stay With Me”

And the rest… enter gallery for commentary :)

 

Project 365: December 1-17

We’re almost there… almost at the end of this year and the completion of this project.  It’s pretty hard to believe.  Here are my shots from the first half of this month.

This is our street!  The brown apartment on the left is where we live, in the upstairs part.

This is our street! The brown apartment on the left is where we live, upstairs.

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One of my favourite cafés in the neighbourhood, "Simples e Naturais"

One of my favourite cafés in the neighbourhood, “Simples e Natural”

Mangoes are my favourite fruit.  I eat one almost every day.

Mangoes are my favourite fruit. I eat one almost every day.

I know these flowers as "frangipani", but here they are called "jasmine"

I know these flowers as “frangipani”, but here they are called “jasmine”

At a beach in a neighbourhood called Santo Antonio.

At a beach in a neighbourhood called Santo Antonio.

Monkeys at the park.  We had some food we were tempting them with!  Shasta was so excited about it although when they eventually took his apple he stood there and cried, "Myyyy a-pullll!"

Monkeys at the park. We had some food we were tempting them with! Shasta was so excited about it although when they eventually took his apple he stood there and cried, “Myyyy a-pullll!”

One day we decided to skip Shasta's afternoon nap, but  as you can see he needed one after all.

One day we decided to skip Shasta’s afternoon nap, but apparently he needed one after all.

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Aren't the pink and yellow ones so pretty?  They smell so good too.

Aren’t the pink and yellow ones so pretty? They smell so good too.

Gata

Gata

After the rain

After the rain

Oh the chubbiness!

Oh the chubbiness!

eight weeks old

eight weeks old

we let Shasta buy a treat at the market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

we let Shasta buy a treat at the market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Sebastian e Vovó

Sebastian e Vovó

Shasta is being such a good big brother.  He loves to hug and kiss him.  Sometimes he brings him toys to "play" with.  It's so cute.

Shasta is being such a good big brother. He loves to hug and kiss him. Sometimes he brings him toys to “play” with. It’s so cute.

There are some super cute photos and videos on my instagram feed as well so be sure to check them out.  I took one last night of Sebastian smiling.  Baby smiles are pretty much the cutest things ever.  He’s becoming much more responsive now which is so fun.

Until next time!  Merry Christmas!

Project 365: November

November went by in the blink of an eye.  I brought out my camera again and had a lot of fun experimenting with my different lenses.  There are quite a few pictures of the park by our apartment.  We go there so often, it’s basically like a backyard!  We also made it to Lagoa a couple of times to swim and enjoy the sunshine, and I love the memories captured there.  Also you’ll see a couple REALLY cute ones of Sebastian.  As our friend Renato put it, now he has a face!  He’s really getting some personality.  Enjoy, friends, I’m sending you love and warmth!!  I am not missing the cold, not one little bit. :)

Project 365: October

Hello dear people!  I know it has been an eon since I last posted, and this is due to the lack of internet in our apartment for the last month!  We just got it set up yesterday so now I have some catching up to do.  As I mentioned a while ago, for my Project 365 in October I used the iPod to take photos, just as a bit of a break from my camera.  Using the iPod was a different kind of challenge and I really enjoyed it.  I followed the Photo a Day prompts from Fat Mum Slim, and this month’s theme was neat, using the letters of the alphabet and a few numbers.  So here’s what happened in October… (click on pictures to enter gallery)

Welcome to the world, Sebastian!

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Sebastian Alfredo Müller was born on October 23rd, 2014 at 11am in Florianopolis, Brazil, weighing 4.5 kilograms.  So far he has proven to be a very sweet, easy going little guy.  We are happy and blessed.

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     We had a pleasant two-day stay in the hospital, though I would’ve been lost without Nuni’s help.  He was with Sebastian and I almost the entire time, which was amazing because I needed a lot of help moving around(I had another C-section) and I needed nearly everything translated for me.  Out of all of the hospital staff I encountered(probably close to 40 different people), only one spoke English, but it was in my opinion the most important person – the anesthesiologist!  My only fear about the whole thing was that they would start the surgery before I was numb because the “can you feel this ice cube here?” question would get lost in translation.  Thankfully I felt absolutely nothing, and when they said, “okay, the baby is about to be born” I was thinking, “Already?  I haven’t felt anything yet!”  Even though I couldn’t understand all of what was being said around me, the staff were very professional and confident, which helped put me at ease.
Shasta meeting Sebastian for the first time

Shasta meeting Sebastian for the first time

Beijo! (Kiss)

Beijo! (Kiss)

     Shasta was in the room with his grandma when we returned from surgery and he seemed to be quite excited, saying, “Baby brother!  Baby brother!”  He didn’t stay long but he came back the next day and got to see him a little bit more.  Besides kissing Sebastian’s bassinet he was much more interested in the new cars an aunt brought for him.

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     On Saturday around noon we were discharged and we went to Nuni’s mom’s house where we all(Nuni’s mom, dad, sister, nephew, and the four of us) gathered.  Shasta was really excited to see us and eager to free Sebastian from his car seat – he tried to undo the buckle, saying, “Let’s check it out”.  He then said he wanted to hold him, so we sat down on the couch and Shasta held him for a while(with help of course).  Here is a cute video that Nuni’s sister Carol took:
Sebastian's Vovô(Grandpa)

Sebastian’s Vovô(Grandpa)

Sebastian's Vovó(Grandma)

Sebastian’s Vovó(Grandma)

     Other than that though Shasta hasn’t paid him too much attention, although he does enjoy putting his diapers in the garbage.  I’m so excited to see them grow up and interact together.  I hope they’ll be really good buddies.
Yes, there were bribes involved in the making of this photo!

Yes, there were bribes involved in the making of this photo!

     The most challenging part of the first week was getting the hang of breastfeeding.  I attempted to breastfeed Shasta but was too quick to give up, and this time I was determined to try harder.  It is sure a tricky thing to master, at least at first!  After the third day things started to get quite a bit better and I feel that we’re doing well now, praise the Lord.  Sebastian also seemed to have his days and nights mixed up for a little while but I think we are turning that around now, thankfully!
     Here are some more photos from our first week and a bit.  I can see a lot of similarities with Shasta’s features as a newborn, but he also looks quite different.  I just love everything about him – his soft, feathery hair; smooth, delicate skin, and irresistibly chubby cheeks which I could kiss for hours.
     We are extremely grateful to Nuni’s Mom, Silvia, and sister, Maria Carol, who looked after Shasta for us.  Nuni’s Dad, Eugenio, also helped us immensely in many different ways.  It was definitely a family effort!

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Love his chubby cheeks!

Love his chubby cheeks!

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1 week old

1 week old

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Happy Hallowe'en from our little pumpkin!

Happy Hallowe’en from our little pumpkin!

Oh hey!

Oh hey!

So jolly

So jolly

My favourite!

My favourite!(photo, not child) ;)