All I know is that I love you.
A cold day at the park with my girls. No leaves on trees means many beautiful sunsets at Pennypack Park.
It feels like we are floating through the weeks. We are waiting for our house to get done and getting all we can in order in the meantime. For you guys, it has been pretty fun living with grandma and grandpa. They play your favorite card games with you, like trash and Uno and never complain. The temperature has been pretty low the past week and we barely went out of the house. On this day we decided to go for a walk at the park, but only endured about a half hour before feeling too cold and returning home for hot chocolate. You kept saying to me: "Mom, take a picture of me", while I was trying to take Yasmin's portrait. You sat there quietly on this branch with the most angelic face when I turned the camera towards you. I thought it was the funniest.
Always my willing model. You were the coldest since you didn't wear any warm clothing under your hoodie. Not because I didn't tell you to, because I did, but you didn't listen and thought you wouldn't be cold. You were okay though, you collaborated and was even happy after we got into the car. You were happy for having gotten out of the house after so many days cooped up. You were amazing this week with school work and participating in your classes. This year has been the easiest so far for me, because I allowed you to attend live classes and follow the teachers instructions, instead of us both trying to figure things out together. You have been to every class with perfect attendance, and every teacher has a million great things to say about you. It has been harder on you, but you are so eager to learn. I'm 100% proud!
Another day at Pennypack Park. We got dressed to go out to the park and as soon as we opened the door we saw the heavy rain. We sadly retreated back inside and decided to make something warm to eat and leave the park for another day. We made some cupcakes and when we were done we looked out to see the most beautiful sunlight. We hurried to get dressed again and headed to the park with our rain boots on on a search for adventure.
Fall is finally looking proper. This week we visited the park three times to see the beautiful changes. I forgot my memory card the first two times and I blame it on pregnancy brain. We found this beautiful tree which is shedding its leaves, each with gorgeous unique tones of orange, red and green. Yasmin offered to do this shot, and of course, when the model is willing we must take advantage. She ended up not being able to open her eyes much but I love this shot. Collaborating with her is one of my favorite things in life.
Hey there baby boy! A few things have changed this week out here. Grandma and grandpa have moved in with us and we will share their house until our new home is move in ready. We got a lot done, you and I, around the house. I did a lot of cleaning, organizing and making space for grandma and grandpa's things in the house. I'm glad that you have not made me feel so tired as you did those first 20 weeks. I feel like I can accomplish so much, yet sometimes I need to remind myself that you are number one and I need to rest for us. I also had a photo-shoot over the weekend between all the moving and I photographed the cutest twins. It reminded me of the first couple of weeks when I was scared to be carrying two in there because of the tiredness I was feeling. Everything felt so different than when I had your sisters, something had to be different. I'm so excited to meet you in 18 weeks but take your time in there. Love, Mamãe.
Wait, what? 10 more weeks and we'll be done with 2017. This project has already given me more than I could ask for. I love going back to the early weeks and reading about the things we did and were so excited about. Even though it was a rough year for the world, we've accomplished so much for our family and I am thankful.
A good but long week, and we finish off here at our favorite tree, in our favorite park. Fall is not looking very fallish but we've found some spots here and there, this being our favorite.
Back in the summer we took a photo in this same bush with the leaves so big and beautiful. She was playing between them and I just loved the colors and shapes of the leaves. This week while back in the park we stopped to see how much it had changed. There were blooms and the leaves seemed smaller and with a tint of yellow. We had to capture it!
What a beautiful week it was. We had the opportunity to visit the park a few times, and get many things we needed done. This week we also had Yasmin's conference with our homeschool family coach. We were so excited to hear all the beautiful and positive things about Yasmin's progress this year. She has been working so hard, and I am so proud of her achievement. Quarter one is already almost over and she has been able to keep her grades above a 93%. This year she has been attending live classes every day and working on her homework independently. I jump in every now and then when I see her struggling and also to help her keep organized. Even though I still have a part in the process it feels like she is getting more and more independent.
I finally got some bump photos with my "babies". Both big sisters participated and I even got some photos alone taken by both my mom and Yasmin. I hope I can keep up with taking some at least a few times a month, maybe once a week.
Week 20 feels so good! I feel less tired than the early days though I still feel the need to rest in the middle of the day every now and then. This week I started feeling baby move and he is certainly a gymnast. While on my first and second ultrasound I saw how much he moved and I couldn't believe that I couldn't feel him. He was nonstop! Now that I feel him I can tell that he hasn't changed a bit. We've started calling him Gabriel and the name feels good. It's not set in stone yet but it feels right for our baby boy. We will be sure when we see his little face that this is the name for him. Halfway mark!
I shot this photo for Bloom Collective's pattern theme and decided it'd be perfect for your portrait. You're into a phase where you love helping me out and it's getting a little harder getting "natural" expressions out of you. You delicately held the leaf and afterward asked me if you could take it home. Our house would be filled with rocks and leaves if it depended on you.
Things are finally working out for us. We got great news about the house, and we ran around all week getting last minute papers ready. We managed to drop by the Pennypack Park Museum so you guys could ride your scooters. It's your favorite place for it, and we finished off the busy day with smiles on our faces.
We visited Pennypack park and you chased your sister into a puddle of mud. Your feet were stuck and you looked at me with a panicked look. Your sister got you out and I did not even want to say a word. As soon as we reached the lake you went both feet in water. Problem solved!
We visited Pennypack this week for some much needed nature time. I have been so stressed with the house stuff, I really felt like we needed this. As soon as we arrived at the park you both jumped into a puddle of mud. I sort of lost it for a minute and you both were so very sweet afterwards. I'm glad we got to spend this time together and come back home much more relaxed than when we left.
There were so many photos I loved of you from this week. You are so collaborative when it comes to photos. You love being photographed and the camera loves you.
School has started and you are officially a 5th grader. This week was rough for all of us. We had many things concerning the "attempt to purchase our first home", a short week because of Labor Day, orientation for you on three different days, and then my first ultrasound. So much stress and very little play. You guys made the best of it by playing in the basement with outdoors things that I pretended to ignore. After having such a rough week, next week is sure to be a better one. This photo is of you on your scooter at the "Bird Park". Since Pennypack is so huge, with so many entrances, you guys have nicknamed each part/entrance according to things we see or do there. Today you guys got to ride your scooters at the Bird (watching) Park.
Your beautiful curls and the way you can't stop talking when you have my attention. Everything is something to talk about and I love hearing your thoughts.
We're enjoying the last bit of summer before the chaos starts. Right now, with mommy's surprise pregnancy, us attempting to purchase our dream home, and all the other little things we have going on in our lives, it's a bit hard not to get overwhelmed. The beginning of school is very near and it's scaring us (mostly me) a bit that so many things will be happening at once. Coming to this place brings a little bit of balance to our minds, clicking off the noise and being with you guys, is definitely the most enjoyable part of my existence. Thank you for being awesome kids!