Friday, June 24, 2011

School's Out!

It has been a rough start of the year, because even though you have liked your new school well enough, you miss your family, friends and nanny. At least twice a week you will ask me when we are going back to CR and when I say  we will go there during your vacation, you ask if we can stay there as long as we have stayed here in Ecuador (ouch!).

There are many benefits of you coming in contact with a different culture and still, I cant help but worry that this will get in the way of you establishing strong and lasting bonds with others, for fear they wont last.

I am going to choose to trust your openness to new situations and your willingness to start up a conversation to get you through.  And I will do my best to help you maintain contact with those who are no longer close (even though I myself suck at this).

In any case, you have also had a good time in your new surroundings and with new people:

Experimenting with color and water guided by Tia Maria, who you now copy by inserting an "Aja" every time you finish a sentence aja...

Registering what happens with the experiment 
(the white flower absorbs through its stem the color, turning light blue) 

This is your other Tia (Teacher) Belen, with Isaac, Ma Leticia and Jose Thomas.
She is very affectionate and kisses and hugs you everyday.

At the Gym

This were your classmates this year:  starting with Gabriel (spidey), Wilhem, Ma Leticia, Isabela, You, Valentina, Emilia, Jose Thomas, Isaac, Sam y Carlos Javier.

Planting some flowers

Tree climbing and


And singing songs...
these are the lyrics, as I understand them when you sing it, of the end of the day song:

Un amigo es, el que te hace pata y para las balas
Un amigo es, el abrazo a tiempo, la palabra justa en buenos y malos momentos
Los amigos son, tu mejor mitad, la del corazón, el que esta ahí sin que tu lo esperes.

And at the end of the song you pick a friend to hug.  
I think its a great way to finish your school day everyday.

Pumpkin House was your classroom this year. 
I really like the fact that the classrooms are all glass and you have a constant view of the gardens and  lots of natural light.
Next year you will be off to Space House.

As a year end activity, each classroom picked a book and each worked for a week transforming the classroom into that book.  
Your class picked Where the Wild Things Are (one of your favorite books)

You each made your own monster

The yellow one in the corner is yours

And your own firefly

And a moster claw

And even a monsters disguise
You really enjoyed the week and thought year end was awesome!

Today, you are officially on vacation. We will go swimming, check out a movie and enjoy the first day off.  In a weeks time we will be visiting Tita in Miami and in a months time in Costa Rica.

Today, I am grateful that even though you can get a bit melancholic now and then, you have made the most out of opportunities to have fun and to learn. And most importantly you have found people who care for you.

Thank you for coming on this journey with us and for making lemonade. Love you!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Presentación de Teatro

Esta semana tuviste tu primera presentación del club de teatro y tu papi y yo fuimos muy felices a verte actuar.

Al inicio te dio mucha pena, te ponías las manitos en la boca y sonreías con timidez.  Pero ya cuando entraste en calor fuiste la ultima en bajar del escenario (seguias bailando cuando la musica ya se había terminado).  Nos dio mucho gusto saber que te habías esforzado por aprender la rutina y que lo hayas disfrutado todo el camino.

Acá algunas fotos

La triunfal entrada, mordiendo el labiesillo con poco de pena.

Para el final de la presentación no habías aflojado los labios pero si la cinturilla. 

Y un video que no podia faltar

No se por que, pero siempre que te veo hacer estas cosas me emociono tanto que me dan ganas de llorar... no lo puedo contener y siempre se me escapa una lagrimilla. Desconozco si esto le pasa a otras mamas, pero no me deja de sorprender que me pase a mi.

Después de tu gran actuación celebramos con un delicioso plato de pastita.

El fin de semana pasado tuviste oportunidad de hacer nuevos amigos - Sebastian, Joaquin e Isabela (trillizos!), son los hijos de un amigo de bici de tu papi.

Fuimos a almorzar todos juntos y acabamos pasando toda la tarde en el lugar. 
Sin vestido de baño + Piscina en la terraza  = ropa mojada/mocosos en calzoncillos

El juego seleccionado era tirar un tren al agua y luego rescatarlo.

Corran, corran hay que salvarlo!!!

Mamaaaaaa!!!! no lo alcanzamos!!! nos ayudas por faaaaa!

Hmmm el filtro... asi es como funciona? 
(notese que Joaquin ya ni siquiera tiene calzoncillos)
Hasta había un brinca brinca.

Hoy estoy profundamente agradecida que la mayoría de los restaurantes en Cumbaya tienen un  play mucho mas cool que McDonalds. Wohooo!!!! Y que tuvimos la oportunidad de triplicar la diversión con los trillizos Jervis.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Dance like no one is Looking

Julis you killed us this weekend!
First you asked your Dad to help you put on this red dress Tia Fini gave you for Xmas and then asked him to put Rio's trailer on the Apple TV.

The film is pretty dark, but still definitely worth archiving and sharing.

You must have asked us to play it for you like 6 times!

Also this past week you started your very first canvas art

You started by painting the sides of the canvas, which I thought was very cool.  And you learned how to make pink.

We sat down together and both started our own. I promised I would put yours in my bedroom and you promised you would put mine in yours (we will post final results when we have them)

This weekend we went for another great lunch at Il Carmine
...somebody come visit us so we can share this place with you ;)

There is a slide that is covered by bushes and flowers. Here you are coming out of the slide.

Went on the Tarabita like a dozen times. You have learned how to get on, get off and carry the tarabita all by yourself.

Even I got in on the fun

Dad did some climbing too

I don't think I have told you yet, but I absolutely love all your "muecas". This is your typical I am sooo excited look.

Today I am grateful for all the smiles, pouts, ojos de vaca triste, caras "gruniosas" y demas.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Arts, Sports & Eating Out

Ever since you joined Theater class face painting has become one of your favorite activities, so we got you a face painting kit which has been hugely successful. You paint your face, your arms and legs and then you move on to my face.

I love your look of concentration

And how about all them colors on my face?

You asked for a "antifaz" because you wanted to be a "superheroina"

But it had to have some pink in it

You did not approve of the job I was doing so you finished it yourself 
You really love arting in all its shapes and forms.

Sports, on the other hand, have proven to be elusive (with the clear exception of swimming).
Yeah you go to soccer class but its the same day as art class and you are always trying to talk your teachers into letting you pull a switcharoo.  Next term, we will only enroll you in the arts and hopefully find a swimming academy somewhere in town, but until then... Go Juli, Go!

Setting up the kick - its funny because sometimes you will stop in front of the ball and find the perfect placement for it on the grass  - with your hands ;P

May be you would have liked it more if you were not the only girl (can you believe it???)  in class... because when you are out there you do seem to enjoy it.

This kills me, all the little kids chasing the ball at once. It never gets old. 
And check out the goalie it looks like he is holding on to that pole for dear life.

Stretching after such strenuous exercise.

The one other activity that in your particular case counts as a hobby is eating out. 
An example: 

Me:  Julis today es el dia del niño in Ecuador. Que te gustaria hacer para celebrar?
Julis: Como que mama?
Me: Ir a la jugueteria a escoger un juguete, ir al play o jugar lo que tu quieras en la casa. Que te gustaria?
Julis: Podemos ir a comer a un restaurante?
Me: PLOP! 

Happily, this weekend we found a terrific italian restaurant that is very close by: Il Carmine.
The food was outstanding, the views beautiful and the service was very professional. 

Not to mention that the Profiteroles were finger licking good!

Excited about the playground there.

Which had a Tarabita, which is like a single line Canopy

The inclination makes it gather quite a bit of speed and then at the end there are two tires which result in an abrupt stop.

The classics give you the tickles too.

Today I am grateful for simple and yummy family outings.
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