Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Californian Secret Santa Reserfaces

Thank you again, Secret Santa from San Mateo, California!! :) We loved the posters and sing these songs to M regularly. M wants to know when you will reveal your earthly identity :)

Happy Holidays and Peace on Earth.

this and that

clearly impressed by mom's honey grapefruit peel hat...

a little more enthusiasm from the father

wishful thinking snowsuit


poncho gal

Mia's first girls' party - Julia's Second birthday

My daughter has a livelier social life than mine :)

early conversations

By now, Mia has learned enough words to participate in short and sweet conversations.
I thought I may share some for those friends and families that are coming to visit us soon:

Heidi: What's your name?
M: Mia
Heidi: Wie heisst du?
M: Mia
Heidi: Com et dius?
M: Mia
Heidi: Como te llamas?
M: Mia
Heidi: do you want cake?
M: (silence)

Heidi: one...
Heidi: three...

Heidi: how many cats do we have, one or TWO CATS?
M: twoooo cats!

Heidi: Mia, would you like some cheese?
M: yeah! cheesh!


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Robert´s workshop

N´s cellos needed some emergency therapy, we decided to drive up to Robert (N´s baroque cello builder) for the day and invade his beautiful home and brand new workshop. We didn´t want to succumb Mia to the ride like last time, so we left her with her Grandparents for the night. The area where Robert´s house is still takes my breath away, especially now that the leaves are crisply golden. I was also thrilled to see so much snow on the way AND rain (heaven!).

N and Robert hard at work

the view

Jason - Robert's assistant

Nico (Robert's VERY nice friend who made us lunch!) and Robert

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Autumn outdoors

Halloween 2008 - the only tiger in town

here I tried to take a picture of Julia, Mia and Sofia sitting, but after 10 or 12 attempts, these two were the best ones... :) it´s difficult to get three little women to make up their minds where to sit.

on 2 spearate occasions in the park, people have commented on how they noticed Mia is an unusally giving child. I don't want to gloat, but yes, I do! :) Sharing is such a difficult thing to teach at this age, and with Mia's generous nature, I really find it rewarding and proud at the same time to hear these feedbacks. We practice (literally) giving each day, lucky Jesús (postman) and market guy, they get a dried leave and dead flower from Mia every single day :) Here she´s holding two flowers, ready to give again.

castanyada - Paquita (Clara's babysitter) made over 200 panallets this year