Okay, a few hours left for 2014 to arrive and this is my first post of the year. Well, 2013 it’s been a busy one! Here is a quick re-cap.
We started the year watching fireworks in Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Zara and I were there for five weeks last year. Phil joined us for Christmas and New Year's. A lot happened while we were there. My little sister got married; we spend a few days in Ilha Grande with family and friends, Christmas and New Year's at grandma’s (great-grandma) house. We enjoyed the beach... and the hottest day in Rio since 1915 43.2C (109F)!
We got back to Chicago January 3rd, the same day we found out I was pregnant! Yes, I was late but since we were traveling I didn’t think too much of it. It was the perfect way to start our new year. It was a good but super-tiring pregnancy, partly because running around a three year old is tiring even when you aren’t pregnant.
My sister and her husband visited us in April. It was a special one since we were both pregnant with due dates a week apart!
August 21st, 2013 our big handsome boy (9lb 13oz, 23in), Dom Blue joined us into this world. It was a happy day all around, definitely the highlight of our year. Vovó Claudia was here to help and was the first of the family to meet him.
My niece/goddaughter was born the next day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! (How fun is that?!) I can’t wait to see them playing together.
Zara started School first week of September. She goes two days a week to City Garden, a Waldorf school in Pilsen. We are all extremely happy with the school and community around it. It was a very easy transition.
I co-founded along with five other Chicagoland area moms Chicago Mom Source a project that launched in October this year. I stepped down as a contributor after a little over a month. The workload was too much with our schedule. Still think is an awesome project. If you haven’t yet, check it out! There I shared our experience of living without a car in Chicago, how we choose our pre-school, my best mommy advice and also a couple of my favorite Brazilian treats recipe: brigadeiros and pão de queijo.
Grandma and grandpa stopped by for a visit in October.
Halloween was a blast. We were the vampire family (again). Phil and I commemorated our sixth year anniversary in November. (Yay!)
Then in November Vovó, Vovô and Dindão come over for a visit too.
First Christmas as a family of four!
We continue perfecting our Christmas traditions. Besides building a gingerbread house, Atwood Café brunch, Christkindlmarket/Santa visit, Macy’s windows on Christmas Eve; we added a gingerbread house mash up and Santa now leaves a map for Zara to find her gifts.
I can’t wait for New Year’s countdown with our neighbors tonight!