Raising Play in a Lapst Catholic Country

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Here we are, still here in Madrid. I have been busy cooking up baby number two and attempting to keep our simple little life in motion.

IMG_0562Esther wears a monkey blanket as a head cover most of the time we are in the house (which is most of the time) and pretends to be the Virgin Mary. It has reached such a point that we have had to ban the head cover at dinnertime as eating is exchanged for constant blanket readjustments.

Watching the Easter processions.

 

Yesterday we were running around the courtyard of our apartment and she said, ¨Quick run. . . the nuns will get you.¨

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Oh my mamma

We spend a lot of time listening to music or NPR at our house.  Here are a few favorites.

Just heard this nice song on another blog.  I have been singing it all day.

Oh my Mama
She gave me these feathered breaths
Oh my Mama
She told me use your voice,
My little bird

She said sing sing sing sing sing sing melodies
And she sang sang sang sang sang sang melodies

Oh my Mama
She did give me fancy feet
I’ll be dancing on
And I’ll tap tap tap my toes
Into those creaking floorboards

Oh my Mama
She took my little hand and held on tight
Oh the Mamas
Give the waters of their wells
Oh the Mamas
Give the babies this very dirt we’re walking on
Oh my Mama
She gave me these feathered breaths
And your Mama
She gave you those feathered breaths too

And when the sky drops all those feathers
And when the birds sing in the morning
I’ll be a mama
I’ll have a daughter
I’ll be a mama
I’ll have a daughter

And I’ll give her melodies
I’ll give her melodies
(repeat)

And she’ll be
My little bird
And then she’ll fly
She’ll fly

This is Esther´s favorite song.  She requests it at least 6 times a day or every time she catches me at my computer (as she knows that is where it comes from).  She says ¨Baby,¨ and points to the computer. I think maybe the lyrics give her a boost.

“You Are The Best Thing”

Baby
It’s been a long day, baby
Things ain’t been going my way
And now i need you here
To clear my mind all the time

And baby
The way you move me, it’s crazy
It’s like you see right through me
And make it easier
Believe me, you don’t even have to try

Oh, because
You are the best thing
(you’re the best thing)
You are the best thing
(you’re the best thing, baby)
You are the best thing
(you’re the best thing, oooh)
Ever happened to me

Baby
We’ve come a long way
And baby
You know i hope and i pray
That you believe me
When i say this love will never fade away

Oh, because
You are the best thing
(you’re the best thing)
You are the best thing
(you’re the best thing, baby)
You are the best thing
(you’re the best thing, oooh)
Ever happened to me

Both of us had no love before
(to come on promising like a spring to walk on out the door)?
Our words are strong and our hearts are kind
Let me tell you just exactly what’s on my mind

You are the best thing
(you’re the best thing)
You are the best thing
(you’re the best thing, baby)
You are the best thing
(you’re the best thing, oooh)
Ever happened to me

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Coco and Seaweed

Hi all, camera is still MIA, but here is little Esther at the rec center near our house.  We go there a lot of afternoons and she can sun around on the ramps and stairs and chit chat with the other kids.

 

 

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Behold the Monkey

Have you all heard of this story?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/24/world/europe/botched-restoration-of-ecce-homo-fresco-shocks-spain.html

Crazy Spain.

(My camera is MIA, hopefully I will find it and can post some pictures for you all.)

 

 

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The good and the bad

This is the kind of mess I look at and smile, thinking of the fun game Esther is playing.

Baby, silver cup, picture frame.

This is he kind that makes me feel like I will never catch up.

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Most consistent at being inconsistent

. . . that may be the new title of my blog, or baby Esther in Spain.  It feels like every time I have something interesting to say about Spain the moment comes and goes and I have no new posts. You will just have to trust me that there are interesting things I think of each day of my life here in Madrid.

For the time being, here is little Esther.  Now 17 months.  I keep thinking she is still my tiny baby and she is not.  She understands almost everything I ask her to do, she is chatting up a storm, she is playing new and funny games each day and she is quite simply growing up.  It is a nice thing to watch.

Here is how we have been trying to keep out of the summer heat.

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I speak English with Esther at home and Ivan speaks Spanish.  She hears me speaking Spanish when we are out and about and she is just picking it all up.  There are some words she likes to say in English and others she like in Spanish.  She used to only say ¨siéntate¨ until yesterday when she strongly advised Ivan to ¨sit down.¨ Azul, kitty cat, baby, sí (when pretending to answer the phone), egg, melon, mira . . the list just keeps growing.

 

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Places I did not expect

Before I had a baby I took care of other people´s babies for many years.  I knew the kinds of trouble they like to get into, the funny things they find to do. . .

I guess it is just different when it is your own.

Here are the unexpected places Esther loves to be.

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