Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hey Gabe, I think you’re cute and stuff

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This little guy is 9 months old now.  We love him to pieces.  His charming smile makes me literally shake my head and smile with my mouth closed.  Yeah, I’m pretty sure he’ll be a heart breaker someday.

It’s been a new experience for me…raising a baby in South America, but I’ve learned so much about going with the flow, slowing down, and just doing my best - forgetting the rest.

He scoots everywhere, but he’s starting to figure out that he can get up on all fours.  I’ve been a little worried about having all hard floors (with the exception of our rug), but he’s handling it like a champ.

Like most little guys, he loves loves loves to eat.  My girls were Gerber babies for the most part, but down here I don’t have that option, and that’s okay, I don’t think I’d have it any other way.  (To all you mommies that have made your baby food homemade with each child from the beginning, I say, ‘you’re amazing.’)  Yes, it can be kind of a pain to cook, blend, and freeze every ounce of food that goes into his tummy, but it’s natural, healthy, and he loves it.  It’s been fun to try out new foods, too, that I never would have thought of before, like avocados, watermelon, and eggplant (seriously).  The variety has been fun.

Basically, I can’t really imagine not having our Gabe around.  He keeps us on our toes, and I love his sweet way. 

Happy Easter everyone!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ballet & Bangs

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Carlie Joy is growing up right before my eyes.  She looks a little taller to me every day, AND she’s almost 4.  How did this happen?!

We decided to start her in a ballet class.  I wish I could tell you how it’s going, I really do, but the instructors are adamant about all parents staying out.  It’s kind of funny.  I can peek through the window curtain a little, but that’s it. 

It’s mainly a time for her to get fancy and do something just for her. 

Last week she came to the conclusion that nearly every Disney princess had bangs and she didn’t.  She basically insisted that I cut bangs for her.  I’m not so sure about my beautician skills, but in order to avoid her doing it herself, I braved the task, and to be honest, I adore them. 

I’m pretty sure bangs are for her.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Our tan li’l chica

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Little Miss AnnMarie started school up again about 3 weeks ago.  She is in the 5-year-old class now which means she has ‘English time’ every morning for 2 hours.  She LOVES this time!  It’s her chance to really shine and help her other classmates with a language she knows by heart.  Her teacher is Miss Adriana, and she is wonderful.

On her first day of school, she drew a cute picture for Carlie (the one she’s holding) to help her not get too lonely without her big sis’ around.  Sweet sisters.

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She has grown so much over the past year & a half.  Her Spanish (Castillano) really amazes me.  When she first started down here, she was in the 3-year-old class!  Remember?!  My heart starts to panic a little when I think about her leaving all of her Argentine friends. 

We’ve come a long ways I tell ya’, and just when we’re starting to feel a little comfortable with things, change is once again on the horizon.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A few favorite moments from February

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We were lucky enough to have my parents come and visit us for a few weeks in February.  We had a time to remember, like when my father-in-law came last October.  It was awesome.  It’s just one of those things that doesn’t happen every lifetime. 

This was the first time in South America for my parents, so it was intense & crazy at times – like when we got stuck in a major traffic jam in Buenos Aires on the way to our hotel from the Temaiken Zoo.  We had to make it back in time for my parents to attend an 8 PM Tango Show downtown.  A 30-minute drive turned into almost 3 hours.  My mom & I were in the backseat of a truck with all 3 kids, and nobody got too crazy or mad at anyone.  We must like each other. :) 

Or like that one time when my dad really wanted to buy pastries by himself.  I stood back for a while to let him do it alone until I saw him fan some of his money out and say, “No bueno??”  like 3 times.  The cashier guy wouldn’t take any of my dad’s pesos because he couldn’t open the cash register for some weird reason.  We figured it out, but it was pretty funny.  My dad was doing a great job trying to speak Spanish by the way, but it was so endearing to see him just outright speak English to most people because he felt too uncomfortable not saying anything at all.

We saw some great sights, but most of all, we just enjoyed being with each other.  It made us miss all of our family so much, but we know we’re where we need to be right now! 

Earlier in February, we got invited to our celebrity neighbor’s daughter’s birthday party.  Say that five times fast. 

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We were taking pictures of him & his giant-ness while other people were taking pictures of our American daughter(s).  Funny.

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This weekend we’re going to enjoy just being together and relaxing.  I thankfully organized all of my 2012-2013 pictures which makes me so happy, AND I finally put my old camera to rest and opened my new one.

I’m almost done catching up each of the kids’ journals.  Journal writing is so so important to me.  I’m on Journal #12 for my lifetime, but I started when I was 8. 

Cheers to no more blurry pictures!  (We’ll see…)