this family photo is a bit blurry, but it might be my favorite photo from our trip so far! this was taken at the very end of our first day exploring barcelona and i feel like the kids faces say everything.
so much to share! and i don’t even know where to start. i shared a little on my instagram last night, but thank you to everyone who has sent little comments or emails checking in to make sure we are okay! we flew overnight and arrived in barcelona on thursday morning, and while we had plans to hit the ground running and head out to explore the city for the day, we somehow made a last minute call to just stay at the hotel and swim and sleep to catch up on jet lag instead. i don’t know how it happened exactly, but by the end of the day we’d never left the hotel, and as we were putting our babes into their beds to sleep, the texts started to come in sharing the horrible news of what happened in las ramblas and we could hardly believe it. i can’t imagine what everyone who was in las ramblas that afternoon is going through and our hearts are with them as we keep them in our thoughts and prayers. we did go out and explore on friday, but my head was in such an emotional state of confusion for most of the day about this world we are currently living in and what is happening all over. my heart just feels so heavy. i want to believe that there is more good than evil, but sometimes it’s hard to see when those in my own country and so many around the world are hurting. i said this last night on social media, but i really do believe that standing unified in love, makes all the difference. love will always remain more powerful than all the hate, hurt and evil out there. barcelona showed us so much love yesterday, and we feel so lucky to continue to go out and explore this beautiful place, while keeping it and the rest of the world in our prayers right now.
some photos from our day exploring yesterday…
the kids could not get enough of running through all the pigeons at plaça de catalunya. josh was very much disgusted with us for a few minutes there, but i felt like it was part of the experience so i let them have a go. just didn’t let them hold any although so many people were holding pigeons around us! josh was like, “this is basically the same as holding rats.” lol. he wasn’t having it, especially after some of the pigeons landing on him!
holding so very still hoping a pigeon would land on them!
quick playground stop while wandering barri gotic (gothic quarter).
we spent the morning at parque güell (i’ll share those photos soon!) and afterwards stopped by brunch and cake for lunch. everything was so so good, but the kids could not get enough of the blueberry acai bowls and i think it had everything to do with the presentation!
they also had a healthy oat pancake with no sugar so it was a score for mama as well!
and the nicest stranger who was sitting eating lunch across from us came up to us afterwards and shared this photo he snapped of our family with us. he emailed to us and i wanted to share because he was super kind to snap it and it’s fun to kind of see it from this perspective. me and my camera! always and forever. :)
these kids split a piece of nutella cake at the end of our meal. it looked amazing and they said it was delicious!
what is it with my kids obsessing over the water fountains in europe! they are so much more fun than the standard ones back home, apparently. it might have something to do with the fact that sometimes the drinking water comes out of statues!
sweetest little imagination making his water bottle cap into binoculars during our outing!
and sweetest freckles i ever did see, right there.
josh does a really good job engaging our kids everywhere we go. they have so much fun together and i love getting to see it. during our dinner meal later in the evening (we ordered paella which takes quite a while to prepare), he had them playing the best game of sharing everything they thought a fork with a tiny loaf of bread attached to the end of it could be. we kept going around the table guessing, and the kids were so inventive with their imaginations and kept surprising us with their answers. they’d turn the tiny loaf of bread with the fork in it upside down and it’d be everything from a hot air balloon to a golf club to a brush or microphone to a swing, a scooter, a slide…. anyway, it was a fun moment for our family during dinner and thankful josh is so quick on his feet with them always engaging them in everything we are doing.
i swear this kid is going to be a gymnast or something else rather athletic. he is always climbing things, balancing on things, jumping off whatever and working on “tricks.” after his trapeze adventure a few weeks ago in new york, i think he’s kind of unstoppable!
when we are taking a photo but it’s more fun to run into the frame instead with goofy faces! lol. so many photos like this on my camera by the end of the day.
can you believe how long my little E’s hair has gotten?! why doesn’t mine grow this fast?!
silliest of smiles! they love calling themselves “tricksters” and i think this is why.
an incredible first day of exploring this beautiful city. thank you for showing us so much love, barcelona! we can’t wait to see more of you in the coming days! and thank you to everyone who has shared such great recommendations for the area. more photos and stories to come!!!