18 months

Dear Liam,

Today you are one and a half! You are full of personality, and a pretty funny little guy.

You still love to be outside. You collect rocks and sticks, and love to dig in the sand and dirt. Now that the weather is getting nicer, we can go to the park more.


You are still quite the little chunkster. You are at about 25% for height and 50% for weight, but you don’t eat as well as you used to. You are pickier than you used to be when it comes to vegetables. But besides that you will eat most things and you love fruit! Sometimes you eat with your spoon and fork and you can drink from a glass no problem by yourself.


You love all things with wheels, cars, trucks, buses, police cars, fire engines, but mostly buses because that is the word you say ALL the time “BUS” “BUS” “BUS”. And it’s pretty funny because you say “bus” and you say “boos” in both English and Spanish/German. We have also heard you say “auto” for car, because that is the German word. Your language is blossoming. You blabber all the time! You definitely understand most things in Spanish and English, and the daycare says that you understand in German too. So, we hope that little by little you are picking up words in all 3 languages. So far you say:

“lu lu lu” = luz (light in Spanish) or luna (moon in Spanish)



“ain ain” =Airplane or Avion

“Bye bye”

“nein” = no (in German) and “no”

“ich”= I/me (in German)

“Boo” = Book or Buch (maybe English maybe German? I’m going to say English..hehe)

“Guck”, pronounced “kook” = look (in German)

“Ah ga”= all gone

“Auto”= car (in German)

“Bus”= pronounced both ways

“más”= more (Spanish)

“lola” and “neto”= These are the names of your two bears you sleep with (Lola and Ernesto)

The list is growing, and it seems like sometimes you will say a word and then forget it again. I can only imagine what it is like having to learn 3 languages at once, but we know you’re smart and you’re already figuring it out.


We are so thankful that you are still an amazing sleeper. You go to bet at 8pm and wake up between 7-7:30. Naps are usually from 12- 2 give or take a little.

This winter you’ve had bronchitis 6 times in the last 6 months. It’s not very fun for you or us, but we are hoping that you outgrow it. Pretty much your bronchioles aren’t developed enough to fight off a normal cold resulting in bronchitis. It’s sort of like asthma, but trigged by a cold.

You have recently started to love books! Yippee! You love them and will bring one after another to be read to you.

Your Papá takes you every morning to ¨school¨ (aka daycare) and you still love it. When I pick you up in the afternoons you rarely want to go home. You smile at me and keep on playing. We are so happy that you have such a great place that you love.

We love you little bear! You are such a good boy (most of the time :)


Love, Mama and Papá

Christmas Morning 2014

Liam was into unwrapping presents for about 3 of them. Then he was more into the boxes.

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His favorite gift was definitely the kinetic sand from Aunt Kerri.

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This stuff is cool! You can smash it and mold it, but it always comes back together.

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Papa likes it too! :)

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And it’s been a great activity to do inside on these rainy, snowy, cold days.

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Christmas with Aunt Kerri

This was our first Christmas in Germany and we so lucky to have Kerri come visit!

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Unfortunately, Liam was sick and teething horribly the first few days, but then he starting feeling better for the rest of Kerri’s trip (thank goodness!…he was one whiny lil guy!)

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We visited the Christmas market in Bad Nauheim, but didn’t get to stay too long…

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But Kerri did get to try some Gluhwien….(Hot wine)

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It was pretty cold and Liam was not at his best, so we headed home…

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We also went to Strasbourg, France for the day to see the Christmas Markets. It wasn’t far from us…just close to 2 hours.

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And it was sooooo nice.

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Liam chowing down on some Christmas bread (see those teeth poking through…)

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When we first got to the markets, it was sooo nice because it wasn’t too crowded. We headed home once it started getting dark, but we were also able to see the beautiful Christmas lights!

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Sunset on the river in Strasbourg

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And of course….we couldn’t leave without getting some Chocolat….

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Kerri and I also went to a hockey game with some friends. Rafa got to babysit! :)

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With Kim and Alex…it was a very fun game! Lots of screaming fans!

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We went to Chris and Jane’s place for Christmas dinner. It was a wonderful day, with wonderful friends and food!

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Liam and Kerri loved the whip cream!

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And a few more shots of Liam just because he’s cute! :)

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We are so glad Kerri came to Germany to spend Christmas with us!

And….a special thanks for all these beautiful pics she took while here. :)

Schwerin and Hamburg

After our visit to Berlin, we headed to Hamburg to see some of Rafa’s college friends and to check out the city.

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Liam slept in the car, but we also had to take a few pit stops.

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We stopped in Schwerin which was a beautiful small city. I would definitely go back there. We didn’t have long, so we took a walk, had a coffee and then continued on our way…

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Liam and I in front of the palace in Schwerin. (It was Halloween…hence the costume).

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Maria, Rafa, Ruben and Esther in the Town Hall of Hamburg

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A cool building on our “tour” of Hamburg

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We found this really cool playground in Hamburg. Rafa (I mean Liam) loved this sand digger.

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It had water, and sand…what more could a kid ask for!?

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In front of the River Elba

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Liam was a great sport on our all day walking tour throughout Hamburg.

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The Beatles lived and played in Hamburg before they became famous. This was in Beatles- platz.

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Beautiful morning in Hamburg….we were very lucky with the weather

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my two boys on a morning walk….

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During Fall Break, we drove up to Berlin. We figured it was time to see the capital if Germany since we been here 3 and half years.

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Here we are in front of the Brandenburg Tor. Yes, Liam was with us too….he was sleeping in is stroller to the side here.

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Oh there he is! We did a walking tour that left from here.

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Rafa and Liam walking through the Jewish Memorial.

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We actually walked quite a bit all over the city. There is now a line on the street that shows you where it stood. I think they told us that there are only 3 places left in Berlin where you can see part of the wall.

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Liam in front of a part of the inner wall.

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Some more parts of the wall that were repainted recently.

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Liam was a pretty good boy on our trip. It’s not so easy to be lugged around a big city all day  and not able to run around. We didn’t get to see as much as we had planned, but I guess that’s how it is with a one year old! :)

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Liam also had his first ice cream cone on the trip. Can you tell that he didn’t like it? haha.

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He would not let us take it away. He knows what’s good!
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We did take quite a few stops just to let lil man run around.

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Rafa and I in front of a museum. We unfortunately only saw them from the outside.

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We also went inside the Reichstag dome. It was pretty cool, but we waited for almost 3 hours to get tickets inside. At least they were free!!

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We stayed in a nice hotel near checkpoint charlie. It was great because we we’re right in the center of Berlin.

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It was a nice trip and I learned a little bit more, but not nearly as much as I’d like….might have to go back when Liam gets a bit bigger.

Daycare and catch up

Well it’s been a little over a month since we’ve started our “new” routine. I’d say I’m a little bit behind on blogging….probably because this new routine is a tad bit busier with us both working. It was nice because Rafa had a month of Elternzeit (Germany’s wonderful parental leave) to help Liam adapt to daycare. Yes, they say you need a month to adjust! Isn’t that crazy!? Liam probably could have stayed the whole time on the first day because he loves it so much. But it was nice to gradually adjust him to so much new stuff at once.

We are really happy with the daycare. Liam’s teachers are so nice and they seem to do so many nice things there….they go outside everyday, and have a water play room, and they go on walks/wagon rides into the woods. No wonder Liam loves it so much. Rafa drops him off in the morning at eight and I pick him up most days at 4pm. By the end of the day he’s exhausted. The one thing that has been a little rough on him is the sleeping. He sleeps 1 nap for about an hour and a half and he definitely needs more or another nap. Sometimes we squeeze in one as soon as we get home.

We also have all gotten the stomach virus. First Liam, then me and then Rafa who probably had it the worst. Now Liam and I both have nice colds and coughs. I guess it will be like this for a while til we adapt to the daycare germs. We are very lucky that both our jobs are somewhat flexible.

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Here’s the lil guy completely miserable. He didn’t even want to eat much at all and currently wants to be held all the time.

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But if you put him in the bathtub, he’s happy again despite a hacking cough and a runny rose. He loves the water, and now goes to swimming lessons with Rafa every other week. He’s a little fishy.

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Despite our busy schedule, we’ve still been able to meet up with some friends, except now mostly on the weekends. Aren’t these 3 too cute?

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And Liam is now 13 months! He has changed a lot since last month. He is offically a walker and prefers walking to crawling. He talks a lot, except in his own language. Sometimes we think he says something, but it’s most likely a coincidence.

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Liam loves books now, especially ones with flaps or things to touch. He also likes his trains a lot and especially anything that has holes and you can take something in and out of.   He also likes music and can bop up and down pretty well (I think he takes after me!)

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Now I have Fall Break and I’m so excited to spend the next 2 weeks with our lil man! I’ll try to be a little bit better about updating here. :)

One Year Old

Dear Liam,

Our sweet baby….Where did the year go? It feels like you were born not long ago, but at the same time it seems like you’ve been with us forever. We can’t imagine life without you here. You make us smile everyday and we love you more than you know.

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 You’ve changed so much this year. It’s crazy to think this tiny baby has turned into such a big boy!

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At one year old, you are a happy, independent, active, sweet, but hard headed little boy. You know what you want and definitely let us know.

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You now go to daycare now for the full day and absolutely love it. You actually don’t seem to miss either your dad or I. Sometimes, it makes me sad, but I know it really is a good thing. You love the other big kids. You are the smallest in your class but you don’t care at all and have no problem hanging with the big boys.

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Your favorite things are being outside and playing in the dirt or sand. You also have discovered airplanes and as soon as you hear or see one, you point up to the sky and say “Oooo Ooooo Oooo”.  You still love the water too, and enjoy your nightly baths. You are going to start swim class next week, and I think you’ll love it.

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You still don’t say too much, at least in adult words. You talk and babble all the time, but it doesn’t make much sense to us. The only words we have heard you say are “mama”, “papa” and “nein”.  “Nein” is “no” in German. In the 3 weeks you’ve been at daycare, it looks like you’ve picked up this word. Don’t know if you know how to use it appropriately because you go around repeating “nein nein nein nein”.

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For your birthday, we made a little cake and sang to you. You usually love food and smash your hands into whatever you’re eating ,but for your cake you were quite hesitant.

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At daycare they made you a crown and you brought some muffins to share with your friends. That evening we celebrated at home.

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Abuelo and Abuela were also here to celebrate your first birthday with you! They taught you how to blow so you could blow out your birthday candle.

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Your dad and I got you a Fire Truck and a book for your birthday.

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I know this post is a little late for your birthday but as of September 24th, you are offically walking! You still crawl some, but can walk from one room to another. I know pretty soon we´ll be running after you.

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Happy happy birthday to you buddy! We love you so much!!!!

Love, mama and papá



Liam’s first haircut

Our buggy bear got his first hair cut while in Asturias. We thought it was time because his hair was all in his face and over his ears. We went to the same guy who has been cutting Rafa’s hair for a long time. I will miss Liam’s little curls, but I’m hoping some will come back!

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Here is Papá telling Liam what is going to happen.

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He was a pretty good boy and stayed very still at first.

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After a while, he was a bit more antsy and we had to keep him entertained with combs.

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Liam saying, “Oooo I’m looking good!”

Jara and Laib’s wedding

We were in Spain last month to visit family, but also to attend Jara and Laib’s wedding in Zaragoza. Jara and Laib are friends from Frankfurt, but they celebrated their wedding in Zaragoza. They had a wonderful weekend wedding at a campground where we stayed in bungalows.

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It was a weekend back with wonerful events they had prepared. The Friday we arrived they planned a scavenger hunt around the city. Unfortunately, we got there a little too late, but had a nice walk around anways.

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Zaragoza is a really pretty city! I’d never heard much about it before our trip, but it’s definitely worth a visit.

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Here we are on our walk. It took 3 men to figure out where we were. ha!

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After our walk around, we all met for tapas at a bar. It was a very nice dinner!

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Saturday morning before the ceremony, there was a soccer tournament. More than half the guests participated. Our team actually one, but definitely not on my behalf! Rafa was actually an amazing goalie with is injured foot and all.

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Three studs at the wedding: Ismael, Rafa, Raul

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Rafa and I (the only shot I got of us)

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Jara’s friends did a wonderful job organizing stuff too!

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The Spanish Germans getting their photo made.

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After dinner, we danced and partied for a long time. Liam stayed with Abuela and Abuelo so we Rafa and I enjoyed our night out to the fullest. Let’s just say the drive back to Asturias on Sunday was a long one.