Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Break: Week 6

Another summer week, a few other stories to tell and even more memories made. What a fun summer we've had so far!
We're still in Panama and still loving our time here, getting to know some beautiful places and touring around the city. 
This week we visited places such as Amador and the marina (pictured below).  The weather has been "so-so".. it rains A LOT here in Panama so we've spent some time indoors as well. 

Here are the girls in some crazy ball floating in the water.  It was one of the attractions at the mall; Olivia really loved it, but Gaby.. not so much! LOL

Of course, this past week we also celebrated the girls' birthdays, but you already knew that.. Those two days were definitely the most fun this week! :)


We spent some time at the pool on the days that didn't rain and the girls (and I) had a blast swimming and enjoying the sunshine....

We continue to enjoy this wonderful view and this week we were transferred to a 27th floor penthouse after the A/C broke down in the other apartment, so the views were even better.  We now have a huge open terrace and are loving every minute of the breathtaking sights.  Love it!

This is a family selfie we took.  My mom spent a week here (she left today!) and we really had a great time walking around and spending quality time together. 

We also visited the Panama Canal, which is one of the most amazing engineering marvels in the world.  Not only is the technology incredible, but thinking of what this canal means to the world trade is seriously mind blowing.  We got to see a few ships going through the canal and even saw the Miraflores Locks in action... wow! I'm so glad we had the chance to visit this great place and the girls got to learn a little bit about its history and impact in the world. 

More time at the pool....now Olivia posing for underwater pictures!

And finally today we visited the "Bio Museo", which will soon open its doors to the public (they currently operate under limited hours).  This is such an interesting building, designed by famous architect Frank Gehry; even though we didn't go in, I did enjoy admiring the building and taking pictures. 

We will be spending another week here in Panama and going back home on Friday.  As much as I've loved every minute of our time here, I will admit that I have missed our cats dearly and can't wait to be back in my own bed. :)
4 weeks left of summer now! I can't believe school will start back in less than a month!!!!

Happy Summer!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

7

Today our little lady turned 7 years old! 
Olivia has turned into such a big girl, full of life and with the most contagious happiness anyone can imagine, she is literally the sunshine of our family and we are so blessed to be her parents. 
Olivia is smart, funny, artistic, gentle, precocious, rebellious, funky, nosy, inquisitive, annoying, loud and MUCH more, all at the same time; she has taught me so much about life and love in her short life. 

Today was not short of fun and enjoyment, all in the best "Olivia" style.  
We woke her up with a donut breakfast in bed because she NEEDED to receive the same treatment her sister got on her day; she happily blew her #7 candle and recreated the picture we took of Gaby yesterday. 
Having the girls' birthdays in a row is SO MUCH FUN! (in case anyone was wondering!)


.... as well as the balloon picture! :)


We spent some time at the pool enjoying the beautiful weather; she had a blast playing with the GoPro camera and making some videos of herself jumping in the water....


..she then dressed up with her "Birthday Princess" t-shirt and proudly posed for some pictures!  I can't believe how grown up she looks in all these pictures.  She is a true beauty! :)


In the afternoon, we took her to Color Me Mine, where she expressed her artistic abilities by painting a ceramic star; Olivia REALLY enjoys all things artsy so this was the perfect day for her. We won't see the finished piece until later in the week since it has to go in the oven, but I'm sure it will be beautiful!


At night we all went out to dinner to some Mexican place and cut a tiny cake, which was really delicious.  Olivia had such an amazing day; she was very appreciative of all the things we planned for her and said this was the "best birthday ever!".  I really love how expressive she is and her positive attitude always fills me with so much pride and joy!


And because I can't finish this day without reminiscing of old times, here's the collage of Olivia through the years.  Again, all pictures were taken on or around her birthday and they show how much she has changed in the past 7 years.  


And last but not least, we would like to thank all of our family and friends for all the wonderful birthday wishes for Olivia today. She enjoyed reading all messages, emails and comments on her pictures.  We really appreciate all your love on days like today!
Happy Birthday, Olivia! We love you so much!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

5

 Our funky daughter turned 5 years old today!
What a joyous ride life has been since Gaby has been in it... she is the most amazing, beautiful and loving little girl I know... with quite the defiant and "out of the box" personality...she definitely gives me a run for my money!
Gaby is dramatic, passionate, bossy, creative, sweet, tender, ferocious, stubborn, intelligent, friendly and MUCH MORE, all at the same time.  I have never met such a child and I thank God every day for gracing my life with her presence.  
I can still remember the day I found out I was pregnant with Gaby and here I am celebrating the 5th birthday of my soon to be kindergartener... time sure flies...and I am definitely enjoying it with her next to me. 

Gaby's day was as special as she deserves.  We woke her up with a donut breakfast in bed with a sparkly #5 candle, which she quickly blew with her sister next to her.  Her "half-awake" face in the picture says it al.. she was having a blast!


We surprised her with tons of balloons scattered around the apartment and she enjoyed kicking them around and posing for pictures while opening the few presents we had for her...


....her diva attitude came up right away as she posed for even more pictures with her "Birthday Princess" t-shirt that she proudly wore all day long...


Gaby opted for a "donut cake", which we improvised at home. We ate hot dogs and sang "Happy Birthday" and she blew her 2nd candle of the day. Here's our annual "next to the cake" family picture.  Happy Birthday, Gaby!


And of course, for the purpose of reminiscing (the one thing I'm a pro at!), here are some pictures of Gaby through the years; all pictures were taken around the time of her birthday or during her actual birthday, which makes for a great comparison of her sweet face over time.  The pictures are a great illustration of how much she has changed (or not!?) during the past 5 years.....


...and of course this week's fun isn't nearly over as we will celebrate Olivia's birthday tomorrow and their big party is yet to come!

Thank you to all of our friends who sent warm birthday wishes for Gaby.  We appreciate every phone call, message, email, like and comment.  Gaby had an amazing day and we continue to celebrate our blessings, which are made even clearer through our children's smiles and healthy lives. 

Much love!
Adriana

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Summer Break: Week 5

We're halfway through our summer and enjoying every second of it. 
Panama has been great to us; there are tons of beautiful places here and the people are nice and very receptive. 
This week was very nice; we were able to relax and do plenty of things. 
We hung out with some friends and I reunited with an old friend from elementary school, whom I hadn't seen in almost 20 years. 
Here's a picture of the girls with her kids....


On July 8th we celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary (civil ceremony).  We didn't do anything big because our "real" anniversary isn't until November, but the event it's definitely worth remembering so here's a picture of that happy day, 9 years ago! :)


The girls had some pool time and enjoyed the warm weather; they are definitely like two fishes splashing around and swimming like crazy!!!


We enjoyed the last week of the World Cup and posed with every single soccer paraphernalia we found...
Here's us at the mall with the official Fifa soccer ball!


Here are the girls playing at the mall food court... 


On Wednesday, my aunt Laurita joined us; she came from Venezuela to spend a few days with us and it has been awesome having her around and seeing the girls interact with her.  The reunion was quite emotional and we are soaking in our time together!


Here are a few pictures from the beautiful scenery in Panama City.  We went to "Casco Viejo" and enjoyed our time learning about the history of Panama and the Panama Canal (which we have yet to visit). It's really beautiful here....


My friend Karlek and I


...and finally today, we went to Tony Roma's to watch the World Cup final; it was very exciting even though my team (Argentina) didn't win this time.  We got our faces painted and paraded around waving the Argentinian flag.  It's always great to watch these soccer matches surrounded by loud and overly reactive people... it made for a great Sunday!
Notice that my mom is ALSO here; we surprised my aunt Laurita by bringing my mom.  They hadn't seen each other in over 5 years so their reunion was even more exciting.  They were crying for hours on end and it was such an awesome moment!  Memories were made for sure!


We will be in Panama for another 12 days and this coming week will be extra special since we will be celebrating the girls' 5th and 7th birthdays.  They are so excited about their special days and of course I am too.  Can't wait to post more about our summer adventures and our time in Panama!

Happy Summer!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Break: Week 4

Four weeks down, 6 more to go!  This summer sure has been fun and amazing!
This week was not short of events; we took the girls out for treats to Cheesecake Factory and other places... even though the sugar overload is never a good idea, they have enjoyed splurging on calories! LOL...
Here are some pictures, they sure look happy to be eating sugary stuff....


Playdates with friends were also in order this week; the girls enjoyed some pool time and played board games.  It's always great to see the girls having fun with non-electronic stuff... 


Here's a picture of my niece Isabella (2 years old) wearing her 4th of July outfit.  This is her first 4th of July since moving to the States, so it's extra special! :)


This year, there were no fireworks for us since we traveled to Panama on the morning of the 4th.  We will be staying in Panama City for 3 weeks.  So far it all has been great; we really love city and everything in it! Here's the view from our rental apartment. 


On the 5th, we celebrated Iggy's 38th birthday.  We spent the day walking around the mall, watching a soccer match and eating some yummy food!  It was quite the day for Iggy, he got lots of messages, calls and emails, which made him feel extra special! :)

And of course, we spent some time at the pool, soaking in the sun and enjoying the nice weather.  
We also had fun playing with our new GoPro camera, which takes some awesome underwater pictures! 

We are so lucky and blessed to be having such an amazing summer together.  This one will be one for the memories!  Happy Summer!