Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Easter Holiday (Leg 2)

Our second leg of this easter holiday was Houston: for your grandmas and my annual check up.
In beween appointments we made it to the zoo which is right next door to the Hospital.

You  are really into Giraffes

You wish you knew what the little horns they have are for and frankly so would I, as I was unable to clear that conundrum for ya.

Thoroughly enjoyed the petting zoo, even though at first you seem to miss the point that the brush was for combing their hair and preferred to use your hand.

I love these pensive moments and wondering what it is that goes on in your head.

There were two things you particularly enjoyed. One were these fans that also spray water. 

And the other was the animal carousel. 
You rode the giraffe, the zebra and the lion.

We wanted to do so some shopping after an already long day and you were such a trooper!

Here you are with Grandma in the waiting room at the hospital.

Today I am grateful that you are such a GREAT travel companion and I hope I am able to travel with you for many more years to come. MUA!

Easter Holiday (1st Leg)

This year we started easter a bit early.
First stop Miami: to visit family and pick up a suitcase full of internet purchases.
I would like for you to know that your Tia Emma and Tio Andrew have, for the past three years, graciously  let us use their home as a warehouse for all kinds of stuff, but mostly stuff for you. So today we thank them for giving up considerable square meters almost on a permanent basis and for always welcoming us (and our stuff) into their home :).

Con Tita getting ready to have some yummy brunch

Tio Andrew sitting in for your Dad and doing the shoulder carry

Then we went to the park to work some of the brunch off

Clowning around with your cousins, you had so much fun my heart breaks a little when I am reminded that you have no cousins where we live.

I dont remember when milk bubbles where no longer fun for me but it is so good to know you still have a few more years to go before it looses its appeal to you.

Pillow fight anyone?

After a day like that uncle Andrew took on some more carrying duties.

Had a wonderful time and we are very much looking forward to staying a bit longer on the way back!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Budding Interests

Your new school affords the possibility of extracurricular activities.
Initially, you wanted ballet.
You love music and love to jump around the house and dance, so we figured your would love it.

Surprise, surprise!  Two weeks into it you mentioned you did not much like the music or the way they danced in class :O  So ... we let you go try all the extracurricular activities offered to see if you liked any of them.

As it turns out you loved soccer and now stay after school every Monday.
You were very happy after class and also very tired.


You also enjoyed theater very much and go every thursday.
Last thursday you were asked to act as a cat and you were very excited about the make up and completely exhausted! You fell asleep in the car on the way home.

So, we will see what sticks, if anything.

In the meantime, we are doing our best to let you explore on your own, so that you can pinpoint the activity that fits you best.

I can only hope you find a passion early on. When you are passionate about something you have a reason to keep learning and to work towards mastery.  It gives you something in common with other people and can create emotional bonds. It can give you a purpose and make your world richer and more satisfying and when you are in pain (and you will be... as this is an inevitable part of life) it can be a refuge, a distraction, a solace.

I know it may be a lot to ask from nursery soccer/theater classes, but in trying out stuff for size, you can begin to discover what you like and don't like and know yourself that much better, even at 3.

Today, I am grateful for our own personal passions and to see you on the path of finding your very own.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Papallacta

Este fin de semana fuimos a NOE, te encanta ir a comer sushi, aunque lo que menos comes es Sushi. Gyozas de pulpo, pollito y arroz si, pero aun no has desarrollado el gustico por los rollitos/sashimi. Pero siempre pruebas uno y sospecho que en poco tiempo estarĂ¡s ordenando por nosotros.

Estas poco a poco aprendiendo a usar los palillos chinos.  
Ya hasta al arroz le haces.

Manteniendo viva la costumbre del tio Xavi de brindar en cada comida.

Jugando del pirata con los palillos antes de la comida.

Argggggg....

Un interes descubierto en Ecuador: Tree Climbing.

Nos estamos dando gusto paseando por Quito. 
Aca en Papallacta con papito. Las vistas son realmente hermosas y hay thermal springs,
 asi que regresaremos sin duda alguna a pasar la noche.


Disfrutando de la vista


Descansando de la trepada.

Hoy estoy agradecida por tener la oportunidad de turistear todos los fines de semana.

Day Off

Last Monday you had the day of from school (yipeeee) so we spent the morning at the park.


 I love going to the park with you and see your playfulness come into full force, as you  get dirty, jump, climb, shout and explore the natural world. 

You took your bike and your camera 
(thank you Pinky and Gaby for the fab Xmas gift!)

You took a bunch of pics including these two.

You ran around and rode your bike to your hearts content

or actually, till you were too pooped to keep going


We then went out to lunch and had some "french pizza"  (crepes) 
filled with spinach and mushrooms (two of your favorites)

It started to rain and between bites you would run in and out from under the shelter.

You thought this activity ROCKED! 
and a little water never did much harm ;)

Topped our outing with a delicious nutella crepe and some ice cream.

Today I am grateful for being able to steal time away in this fashion: just the two of us.

 
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