There is nothin’ better.

Amigos, friends, people….I have to say….I have missed CAFFEINE far more that I would have ever guessed.  My little one is officially 1 year old.  Which means, bring on the caffeine.  Right?  I’m sorry.  I gave up coffee and tea … Continue reading

Terra do Sol

Oi, tudo bem galera? Hello there.  It’s been quite a while friends.  Life has been happening and I’ve been caught up in catching up to my life here in Fortaleza, Brazil.  They called it Terra do Sol because it is so damn hot all the time.  Adjusting to a new city, the weather and being a wife again has kept me away from the blog much longer than expected.  Here is another reason why I’ve been gone:


Watching these two play together has been exactly how I dreamed it would be.  Lennox and I were in the US for 6 months while Daddy was taking care of business here in Brazil.  They had a lot of catching up to do.

We arrived at the beginning of June, we planned this of course to make sure we could all be together for Lennox’s first birthday!  Making the 24 hour journey by myself with the little guy actually wasn’t as bad as I expected.  The key to an easy trip was traveling late in the day so we could sleep most the way.  We got really lucky and had a row all to ourselves on the longest flight from Chicago to Sao Paulo.  We both slept most the way.  A huge difference from our last trip – which consisted of NO SLEEPING at all.


Lucky me, my husband works in produce.  I have an unlimited supply of yummy fruits and veggies coming my way everyday.  Sounds dreamy right?  Here is something delicious we had the other day:


Chu chu com cenoura e cebola.  Chayote squash with carrots and onions and my favorite assortment of spices called tempero Baiano.  Yum yum.

As our house gets more in order I should be posting more and more.  Until next time!


No excuses

It’s cold and windy outside.  Lennox will be cold.  Excuses excuses.  We can all make up some good ones can’t we.  I needed some motivation to get out of my jammies and into my running gear, so I called my husband.  He’s in Brazil and I’m in Utah {pretty sad huh}.  It’s blazing hot as always in Recife and he still gets out to run, makes my weather seem ideal.  Shoot.  Guess I better go run NOW!

I was mentally searching for an excuse.

Rio Marathon 2012 – realizing a dream

Two years I fell in love again.  I fell in love with the most beautiful city on earth – Rio.  My husband and I were on a mini-vacation of sorts, that we quickly turned into a two week vacation – I simply did not want to leave.  While we were there we actually thought about not leaving and making Rio our new home, but reality set in, we had recently moved to Recife, Brazil to be closer to his family and well most of his family wasn’t in Rio so we decided not to move.  Bummer.  We were there during the marathon – had we known in advance we would have participated in some part of the race.  I was sad we couldn’t race.   We did however, wake early on race day, grabbed a juice and walked down to watch the race.  That day I promised myself {and my husband} I was going to be there the following year and not just as a spectator.   A miracle happened that didn’t allow me to keep my promise{ I became pregnant with Lennox and yes it was a miracle}.  Last year around race time, I still hadn’t forgotten my promise although Lennox was only one month old. Darn.  This year I am going to realize my dream!  And even better my two favorite guys get to do it with me.  Joe has promised to run with me so we can do it as a family, although going at my pace is truly going to kill him, we will cross the finish line together. 1 + 1 = 3  What dreams are you going to realize this year?