Sunday, April 26, 2015



I’m not sure anyone is as excited about his birthday in my dorm as Alberto!  He just gets beside himself! 

Even today, over a week later (I’m slow on blogging!), at church they called up the birthday celebrators and he looked dizzy with excitement!

That might be because it’s tradition to hoist the birthday celebrators up  on a bench and lift them up and down and around while they are being sung to!

This little boy just craves attention and I think that adds to why he revels in his birthday so much! 

I’m so glad you were born Alberto!!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Cleaning Cutie Pie!


So Mario comes to me and asks, “Mana Laura, do you have anything I can help clean?”  My front door – in particular right at his height where little hands, sometimes a bit messy hands, touch it hundreds of times a day – had been bugging me for a bit.  So I have him a sponge and a little bucket (an ice cream tub actually) and he was happy as a clam.  And right proud of his good work!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Igor, the birthday boy!


IMG_5969The boys love birthdays of course!  Theirs, or anyone else’s – cuz they all get candy!  The birthday boy gives out candy to everyone, while wearing the special birthday hat of course!

While they still love Spiderman, Captain America is the big hit these days, thanks to a co-worker’s dad’s love for the character.  So the birthday boy sleeps with Captain (pronounced Cap-i-tan) America sheets while wearing Captain America PJs, a Spiderman bathrobe, after the CA towel and washcloth.  All topped off by slippers from the movie Cars!

It doesn’t take much to make these cute-patoots happy!


Thursday, April 09, 2015



I love having my boys’ siblings over to visit and play.  This is Afonso with his little brother Adamo.  They have two younger siblings as well but they weren’t available to play at that time.  I love the quiet time together, without the crowds, trying to keep those sibling connections strong.

I hadn’t heard Afonso laugh so much in ages!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

I love how creative my boys can be!


What do you do with the plastic bikes when the plastic tires are smooshed so you can’t ride them anymore in the normal way?


You “ride” them on the swings of course!  Fearlessly!  (my photos of them in flight were too blurry to use!)


And the old skateboards, minus the “skate” part?  Make them into a fort!


Our slide does double-duty as a kitchen!


And Horacio just wants to check every day to see if there are any mangoes yet on his tree!

You gotta love these little cute-patoots!