Saturday, July 19, 2014

Heading to the Sierra!

The Riches have moved! We're still in the Madrid area, but we've headed 20 minutes further north to the foot of the Sierra de Madrid to San Agustin de Guadalix. Double the space- half the cost! We just couldn't pass that up. So after 2 weeks of hard labor, we have finally settled into our new home. I was more than sad to leave our last home. It was in the most perfect location- a perfect terrace overlooking the city- and the absolute best neighbors. We will for sure miss the location and the wonderful people, but can't complain about the space and tranquility we have now. (bedrooms, nursery and upstairs terrace still under construction =)

our living room/dining room area connected to the terrace
My fav! The kitchen, newly remodeled and complete with a washer/DRYER! That's right folks- we found a dryer in Spain!!
Rick finally gets his own music room
relaxing out back- overlooking the mountains and back gate to the pool and greenway



Thursday, July 10, 2014

July 4th on the 5th







Friends of the 4th! The closer it got to July 4th, the more I realized I would be terribly home sick. It's the first year in many we haven't been on the lake in Tennessee. And well- for the Richards, July 4th is like a 2nd Christmas. So in the midst of us changing houses and preparing for baby, the only logical thing to do was throw a July 4th bash (on the 5th). I love this crew! These are my mom and baby friends I've known since Carolina was born and a few of my neighbors who have become super dear to me. So here you have our crew- coming from Germany, Indonesia, Holland, UK, Peru, Spain and the US. God bless the USA (and everywhere else!)
 

Our Group Shot
Miss America

Birte and I, 4 weeks apart
Pinterest inspired Red, White and Blue drink
The de Abiega Richards- July 2014
enjoying her first ice cream of her own
My super duper friend Fia- decked out in RW&B
Momma's and Babies
 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Gonzalo is here!



June 23, 2014- Ricardo and I are now Tio and Tia to baby Gonzalo. His sister Maria gave birth on Monday to a beautiful baby boy! Carolina is getting some good practice in.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

French Riveria and F1







And so begins her infatuation with airplanes- or so she likes to say "babayon" (avion in spanish). We took Little C-Lo's last flight in the "cheap" seats and headed to Nice and Monte Carlo for a long 4-day weekend. The past few years Ricardo's (January) birthday presents have been trips, concerts or excursions. Last year we went to the Madrid Open (tennis match). This year I thought he'd quite enjoy the F1 races in Monaco! He did. and it was a wonderful last getaway for the Riches family of 3.
C admiring the view
Nice, France
Rick's view from the races
Gorgeous Fountains in Nice
C and I enjoying the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival
Chevre Chaud- Grilled Goat Cheese Salad- Heeeaaaven!
Walk on the promenade with Tio Alberto
Riches party of 3- last family vaca before baby B arrives!

1 last trip......



Back and forth, back and forth..... And now time to rest and get ready for baby. I took my last work trip a few weeks back to wrap things up before my leave. Did i mention i despise paying taxes on the danish system, but ohhhh ohhh how i adore the benefits! The Danes really have the work/life balance figured out. Beauty of socialist gov't! ;-) I'll start my leave end of this week and should return around August of 2015. Until then, just enjoying a few of my favorite danish things......

Dinner out with the Engbers at MASH- no picture with them or the restaurant :-( but take a look at the beauties that Margareta grew in her garden.

I spent 3 days in a quite intensive Project Management course, followed by a 3hr exam. After I decided to stock up on some of my favorite Danish Designers to celebrate- Rosendahl glasses and oil & vinegar set, Menu hot plate holder, a nice leather box, cork note boards and matching onesies from Noa Noa for the girls :-)


And spending some quality time with Shereen

Monday, May 19, 2014

Weekend Adventures

Mixing a little business with pleasure.... Ricardo had 2 shows booked in Barcelona, so the family tagged along to enjoy the sun and sea for the weekend. I just realized this is more an entry about little one than the actual city- but hope you enjoy the adventures anyways. =)








This gal could have stayed in the hotel playing with the phone all day- Love this!

Music and Dancing- her faves! and I'm sure she thought the crowd was there for her =)
Bringing home the bacon!
Every corner is a new discovery these days
C learns the spanish "salud" or "cheers" and would not stop! Now every time we sit down with a glass, she has to "salud"- ADORABLE!
Favorite mode of transportation


Perfect weather for playing in the sand

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Happy 3yrs Riches!!





Getaway time!! Celebrating 3 years, a new baby on the way and a nice long 4-day weekend for just the 2 of us, Ricardo and I headed to Mallorca. It was amazing! Perhaps because we did zero planning and we hadn't talked to many people who had been there, but we sure were impressed. We stayed in Palma and ventured around the island from there. Here's a few of the amazing sites from our getaway weekend.

our hotel- harbor side and overlooking the cathedral






day 1- heading to the old town and the 2nd tallest cathedral in the world
the beautiful village of Valldemossa
a hidden little cove we stumbled upon
Cals de Moro- you had to hike a little bit to get here, but completely undisturbed from hotels, restaurants and the normal things you would find around such a beautiful site.
my life for 4 days! famous Mallorcan Ensaimadas
lunch at the harbor at Port de Pollenca
these thousands of stairs led up to a sweet little church and down to the village where I enjoyed the Sunday market while Ricardo biked the area.
Cap de Formentor
Me at 24 weeks =)