Thursday, October 27, 2011

Back to the blog!

Hey everyone! Sorry I've been MIA for so long! Tiago and I have been living at his grandparents' beach house for the last few months with no internet connection! We have finally returned to modern times and found a way to install internet! So... we have a lot of catching up to do! Let me fill you in on the last few months with a few pictures/captions.


Carnaval in Paranaguá!

Paranaguá's slightly smaller parade of samba schools. :)

Duda, ready to celebrate carnaval at school!

Tiago: Proud new owner of a '96 Fiat Elba.


April 14th, 2011: Tiago and I signed "the papers" making us Mr. and Mrs. !!!
We want to save the excitement (and $$)  for our actual wedding (tbd) so we didn't make a big deal of the day.
Just a quick, 10 minute, sign-the-papers ceremony. Afterwards, we had a few friends and family members over to the house to have cake and champagne.
ALSO,  I have yet to track down the pictures from that I will leave you with our engagement announcement clipped from the local newspaper in Paranaguá!


Sometime in May, Tiago and I moved into his grandparent's beach house! 
It is conveniently located 2 blocks from the beach... :)
We love when Duda comes to stay with us for the weekend.
-Duda (sporting her very fashionable, hot pink, Barbie sunglasses! 
Thanks Tia Barbie!)  and Tiago near our house, walking to the praia.

Flying a kite on the beach with Tio Tiago.

Making mini-pizzas with Tia Kelli!

Duda and Gabi hanging out in the hammock at the beach house.


June 12th, 2011- Dia dos Namorados/Valentine's Day!
No...I didn't get the date wrong. Brazilians celebrate V-day on June 12th!
This day also happens to be the birthday of our friend Fabio's lovely mother, Marcia.
To commemorate this extra special day, we had lunch in Antonina. (a beautiful, small town near Paranaguá, pictured above.)

Sometime around June, I received my Carteira de Trabalho. 
It looks like a passport, but it is essentially a work permit. Just like a passport, you get stamps,
but instead of countries visited, the stamps are for the jobs you have had.
Mine is green because I'm an estrangeira. For Brazilians, they are blue.

My mug shot and finger print! They wouldn't let me smile- so not me!
(ps. check out my name!)

Now I just need a job...


In July we had to make a trip to the American Consulate in São Paulo to get a document I needed for my "Legal Resident" process. Seeing as our friend Fabio's girlfriend lives in SP, we made a mini-vacation out of it!

 GIANT bacalhau filled pastel at the Mercado Municipal.

 GIANT carne-seca filled pastel at the Mercado Municipal.

 Tiago and I outside the... you guessed it... Mercado Municipal.

Juliana and Fabio - Mercado Municipal. 

The camera only came out of my purse once the entire weekend, if you hadn't noticed.


August was an uneventful month for us... so here's the cutest picture I could find:

Maria Eduarda painting with the paints Tia Barbie sent her!

Painting in her undies!

September 2nd, 2011- Our 3 year anniversary!
We celebrated with churrasco and a little red wine!

September 7th is Brazil's Independence day.
Not nearly as much celebration as our 4th of July and also no fireworks....hence no pictures!

In September, I finally turned in all my paperwork to finalize my "legal resident" process.
This little stamp in my passport serves as proof of my legal resident status until 
I get my ID in the mail (sometime in the next 90 days).

September 18th,  2011- Maria Eduarda's 3rd Birthday!
Above: Me, Grandma, Amanda (Duda's aunt), Gabi (Duda's mom), Leide (Duda's Grandma)
singing Parabéns!

Blowing out the candles at her bday party at school.
Hello Kitty themed!


There are still a few days left of I will be updating you soon!

Now that I have you all caught up, I plan on giving you updates on a more regular basis!

What kinds of things would you like me to post on this blog? 
Any questions or curiosities about Brazil?

That's all for now. Beijos! Tchau!


  1. I think you should post a video blog :) You could show tiago and the beach house and just show us around a little :) Or just talk! I miss my big sis. I love you!

  2. hahaha oh my goodness! painting in undies. always therapeutic. how about more pictures of you and tiago! and let's see what kind of things you can cook now!

  3. oooh I like these ideas! Video tour of house/neighborhood and brazilian cuisine pics/recipes. Consider it done!

  4. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything about this blog!!! Your mommy misses you terribly! Such sweet pics of Duda and everyone. You and Tiago are making so many cool/happy memories together. Can't wait to show Tiago around Minneapolis and beyond! We have so many plans for that boy! I'll bet he's gonna really enjoy our temps in the winter! Tell him I am shopping for some good boots and a warm parka for him! :) Kisses and hugs to you, Ceres, Gabi, Duda, Grandma & Grandpa, Fabio and all!
    Love, Mom

  5. Great new pics, Kelli. I would love to see more of the beach house and area around it, and Paranagua too. We love you and Tiago, and can't wait to show Tiago Mpls and introduce him to the fam.
    Love you and miss you,


  6. Kelli! I'm so happy you're blogging again! I miss you, I don't care what you post, just post frequently so I have something to read during class when I'm bored. Tell Duda that I love the theme of her birthday party and that if/when she comes to visit the US we can go Hello Kitty crazy.
    Miss you!
    Love, Allie
    p.s. we hit up Sal's the other day, I wish you could have been there, 4 shirts and a great pair of boots for $24!!!

  7. Hi Kelli,

    Your mom shared the link, and I'm so excited to read about your life in Brazil!! I love the format of a picture to go with the story. You know how your mom and I love pictures and scrapbooking. Please know you are missed by many in this part of the world. Blessings to you and Tiago. : )
    Terri and Family

  8. It's so nice to see this Kelli! I love the pictures. Duda is so dang cute... She is lucky to have her Tio Tiago and Tia Kelli. That picture of her and Tiago sleeping is adorable. :)
    It's amazing and AWESOME that we are able to use technology to keep in touch while you are in Brazil. Gotta love the 21st century!
    I will be missing you even more during the holidays. But guess what? I have to work on Thanksgiving, Christmas, AND New Years Eve. (Double time)
    Let's Skpe soon! Hopefully it will be easier now since you have the internet.
    I love you cuzzy! Thanks for the blog updates!

  9. Hi Kelli and Tiago!
    I so so SO enjoy reading this. I'm glad your mom told me about it. I love all the pictures. Have to say my fav is Duda painting! You make me feel like I'm right there with you and experiencing a regular day. I cannot wait to meet Tiago and get to know him. I am so glad for you both and can see how happy you make each other. I will continue to read your blog regularly. Much love to both of you from all of us. We miss you! xo
    Jeannie, Jon, Ashley, Katie and Joey

  10. Kelli! It's so great to hear (and see) how you and Tiago are doing! I'm so happy for you and can't wait to read more!

  11. Thanks for reading/commenting, everyone!!! I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy reading your comments! Miss you all! xoxo

  12. Thanks for reading/commenting, everyone! I hope you all enjoy reading my blog as much as I love reading your comments! Miss you all xoxo

  13. Hi Kelli
    I am so glad your mom sent me this, I love the pictures and hearing about life in Brazil. I also love your mom, as she is great to work with.

    Take Care,