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Meeting Santa

I had been telling Ella all week that she would meet Santa on Friday. We met Tim at Nordstrom and she kept asking me to lift her up because she wanted to see Santa.

When her turn was up, she did quite well, sat nicely, talked to Santa and even told him what she wanted (“visia books” = Olivia books).








Not ugly

Since Ella insists on picking her own clothes every day, I’ve taken the liberty of sharing my opinion with her, esp. when I find her outfit questionable. Let’s face it, I’ve steered her away from certain things by telling her they’re ugly (“feio” on Portuguese).

Today she pulled out a pair of sensible gray leggings and promptly announced “mamãe esse não é feio ok? Esse não é feio ok?”

Snowflake lane in Bellevue

Had a good time with cuncun. It took a while to get a table at Red Robin, but Ella enjoyed it and really liked the snowman and polar bear.
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Vancouver Christmas Market

Went up to Vancouver for the Xmas Market. We only took the older kids, who had a really great time walking around, eating pseudo German food and swimming.












Rhys is almost 8.5 months. He has four teeth, tow huge ones on the top, just like me.

Rhys claps and can feed himself, he is a super fast crawler, stands up and can go up and down the bathroom steps. He smiles a lot and is very cuddly. He laughs a lot when Ella is around.

Thanksgiving, first snow and xmas tree

I was bold this year and attempted to make not just the turkey myself, but also cornbread stuffing, apple pie, brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce and gravy, all from scratch. My parents came on Wednesday so I could prep everything.

The food turned out quite well. My sister said strong and even thanksgiving I can do by myself!

On Saturday we woke up to everything covered in snow and o took the kids to the park across the street on the sled I got at a garage sale.

And following tradition, we got our tree in Snoqualmie and had brunch at Salish Lodge. Only sad thing was that they took the croque Madame off the menu, so Charlie and I wore thoroughly disappointed.














In the tent

When we had our cookie exchange party, I ran out of milk because there were so many kids.

May dinner time both Kendy and Ella wanted some milk, so I told Ella there was no more milk, only in her cup, which was lost somewhere. I asked her if she knew where it was. After a few seconds she said: “na barraca, mommy.” I didn’t quite believe her, but I looked in the tent and sure enough, there it was!