Because when Mommy sets up for a headshot shoot – I need to test my settings! bahaha
This life is chaos. My family is a beautiful, traveling circus – perfectly combining entertainment, excitement and suspense all in one ball of energy. Will the tightrope walker make it across the line? Of course – she’s a professional. Will I make it through the week? Of course – because I have no other option. And I’m also a professional Mom.
And what makes a circus even more interesting? Really awesome animals. Elephants. Lions. Tigers. Rare, giant creatures, fascinating to look at – who’ve learned impressive tricks. That’s pretty much what my kids are, just sans the giant part. Fascinating creatures, who’ve learned tricks like saying “Thank You”, or who can sit up in a high chair and smile at people.
So today, while this nasty cold front moves through, and the clouds steal my sunshine…. I’ve got these two wonderful beings to brighten our home. <3
Because sometimes, a little cardio is all you need to calm the heck down.
Ummm… Can this kid get any cuter? Ok, I’m a little biased… just a little. I cannot believe how big my beautiful princess is getting. 3. My baby will be 3 this year. And then, she’ll no longer be my “baby” – but my “big girl”.
One of the things she’s always loved to do is play “dress up”. Whether its putting on my tank tops and pretending it’s a dress or putting on an actual Chech sized dress and wandering around the house asking if we’d like to come over to her castle for vegetables. So when Javy’s Abuela in Barranquilla sent us a Cumbiambera dress – I was SO excited for her to wear it. She had it made JUST for her, and sent all of the beautiful accessories to make the outfit complete.
Barranquilla, Colombia, where Javy’s family is from, hosts the second largest Carnaval Celebration in the World – second to only the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. Think, Mardi Gras, except on every inch of the city not just a few streets – and for 24 hours, 7 days a week for a few weeks. There’s Pre-Carnaval, Carnaval and Post Carnaval… needless to say it’s a giant party that I’d LOVE to see with my own eyes one day. One day when I’m not a Mom to a toddler – which won’t be for a few years at this point… Regardless, a Cumbiambera is a woman that dances to Cumbia, a traditional style of dance that’s found all over Barranquilla during Carnaval.
Here’s a cool video I found on YouTube that shows you EXACTLY what Cumbiamberas are. You’ll also see in the beginning another traditional outfit that Chech wore for a little photo shoot a few years ago here:
So, here is my little Cumbiambera… I love her so much. 🙂
For the first time in a while, neither Javy or I had anything work related we had to do – and on the same day. So we decided to take full advantage and have a fun little adventure. We headed up north to the Palm Beach Zoo and spent the afternoon exploring something completely new. 🙂 Here are our family photos – hope you enjoy!
It was just a little sunny?
It’s a Mini-horse… not a pony.
We had fun hopping around all day.
I LOVE my little family. 🙂
Apparently the River Otters at Palm Beach Zoo give High Fives?! So cool. 🙂