Fourteen.

When I was a little girl, like all other little girls, I loved love stories. The prettiest ones where the best, where the prince charming would save the princess and protect her from all harm, and they would stay forever and ever in love, inside their pretty happy ending.

I grew up to find prince charmings extremely boring, and the princesses in distress? Ugh, even worse. There was no need to save me from anything nor protect me, since I was perfectly capable of doing it by myself. But the wish of a love story was still very present.

Turns out no story, movie, book/manga, prepares you for the amount of work a real relationship entails. There are tears and heartbreaks and misunderstandings and vulnerability and uncertainty… but there’s also growth and change and forgiveness and real, unconditional love.

Fourteen years ago, around this time, we were getting ready to meet each other alone for our first date, where we’d walk hand in hand for the first time and share our first kiss. Right now we share a place that we call home, a life, so many stories and so many memories and so many smiles… and a near two year old baby. Things could have gone so differently. They didn’t.

And I couldn’t be happier. And I can’t wait for what’s to come, because I know I’m with You, and we are going to be there for each other no matter what. And no, I didn’t get a love story like in the movies…  I’ve got my own, Our Love story.

Happy Anniversary!

I can’t hide you from it all.

It’s been two years today. I had found out I was pregnant and I was telling myself that it was really happening. It was an overwhelming feeling.

Today you’re nearly one and a half. You’re still scared of walking by yourself, but you’re starting to show your personality. You love books and music. And you’re stubborn, just like mommy and daddy. You say ‘go’ to everything these days, but you also say dog (in portuguese) and duck (in english). It’s amazing how much we learn from you, with you.

Everyday I pass through the nursery and kindergarten kids on my way to the senior school, and can’t help but imagine you there. And I get so sad because this world is so unfair sometimes, and neither me or Daddy will be able to hide you from it all. But there’s also a good side to the world, specially if you surround yourself with good people.

Always remember to believe in yourself, sadness comes and sadness goes, love hard and play life loud, it’s really the only thing to give a damn about.

 

Remember make believe in you
All the things I said I’d do
I wouldn’t hurt you, like the world did me
Keep you safe, I’d keep you sweet
Everything that I went through,
I’m grateful you won’t have to do
I know that you will have to fall
I can’t hide you from it all

But take the best of what I’ve got
And you know no matter what
Before you walk away, you know you can
Run, run, run,
Back to my arms, back to my arms
Run, run, run, back to my arms and they will hold you down

See, here’s the bloody, bloody truth
You will hurt and you will lose
I’ve got scars you won’t believe
Wear them proudly on my sleeve
I hope you’ll have the sense to know
That sadness comes and sadness goes
Love so hard and play life loud
It’s the only thing to give a damn about

(…)

All this time I swear I’ll never waste it
All your smiles I’m always gonna save them
Put it in the back of my mind
Whenever I’m away from you

This is a P!nk song that I listened to today, and it really spoke to me… It’s called Run.

NYC from the lens.

I’ve been around here for a while now, and it’s amazing the amount of people who come and go from this world. Then there are the ones who stay and we still keep contact, and the ones who go and never come back, and the ones who go and come back after a while. That’s the case with this girl. I’ve been in love with her photos for such a loooooong time, and her blog was one of the first I really started following.

I’ve been following her for so so so long that I don’t even know for how long, but she’s amazing. She’s the kind of girl who, despite all struggles, always has a smile on her face. If that alone wasn’t enough, she takes awesome photos. I’ve been in love with her photos for such a long time now. I love her candid style and how she manages to capture so many emotions in every pic. She’s one of the young photographers/bloggers out there who really inspires me. She inspires me to smile everyday and to live life to the fullest, while taking photos. She’s amazing. She has moved to Copenhagen with her husband and pug, and her new blog is precisely about that. CPHbound is her new place. I found out she moved to Copenhagen not long ago, and got a little sad, because we were booked for a trip to Copenhagen this summer, but opted for New York instead. Oh well… One day.

Make sure you take a look at her blog, even if you have to use the translation feature.

Also here are some pics from NYC.

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Have a great day!

Day 35/365 & 36/365

Ooooh boy, these nights have been tough. Not because of a crying baby but simply because I couldn’t sleep. Terrible… 

So these days have kind of been all jumbled up, even though we had the grandparents in, which allowed us to take a nice walk out and have a nice meal at a restaurant. 

  Day 35/365 – sweeeeets! 
  
Day 36/365 – bath time! 

Now of to bed. 

Hope you’re all having a great weekend!