Well, well, it’s been a very long time since I last updated the blog. So many things have happened since then: three trips for me, Elfie and his chocolates came to our house for 25 days, Father Christmas came leaving presents for Aimar in three different houses, Aimar has begun to use verbs in his sentences and the three of us went to la Vall de Núria to have some fun with the snow. Where to begin then?
Once again I’d like to talk about travelling and Aimar. Since he is one year old both Alberto and I have had to travel quite a bit for work. As with everything else, we always tell the truth and talk about it with normality with Aimar. So he is quite used to the idea of “Mama going on an airplane to work and coming back in a few days”. He even role plays the scene with his as the one going away (he takes a bag or something with him and comes back after a while and says “Aimar came back” all happy and smiling like I do). I also ask him what he wants to me to bring him back, I let him know what is going to happen while I’m gone, who he will be seeing a part from Papa and let him know that I always come back. I’ve seen all the reactions. The sadness when he understands I leave, the indifferent reaction and the anger. But lately he simply accepts it and lets me know what he wants me to bring him back. I also talk to his teachers at school and let them know what is happening at home so that he has their support as well.
So far the longest I have ever been away is 8 days, last year in March. But this time I will be away for 11 days, quite a lot for all of us. I feel comfortable with trips that last 2-5 days, even a week, but 11 days has been a bit of a challenge for me and I think for him and Alberto as well. I will see his reaction when I get back home in a couple of days and see how he feels when he sees me again. Can’t wait to give him a proper hug and listen to what he has to tell me. I have a yellow taxi and the book he wanted for him, a present from John and a sea shell from the beach.
Elfie and the chocolates
Last year we introduced a new tradition at home for Christmas. Elfie, a little elf, arrives at our house one night in early December and leaves a chocolate in our advent calendar house for each of the people sleeping in our home (visitors included!) until Father Christmas comes and leaves his presents for the family. This little Elf moves only at night and is found in a different place each morning. Aimar really enjoyed Elfie this year and especially the chocolates he left every morning (smarties).
I could not find a children’s book that explained Father Christmas and what he does like I wanted, so we did our best to explain the story to him. He understood some parts but was clearly afraid of this big guy dressed in red and white and his long beard, so when we told him he was going to come Aimar always said “y se va” (and he leaves), meaning I like the part of the presents but I prefer him not to be around.
We had a wonderful Christmas, and very busy! We begin by celebrating Christmas Eve with Alberto’s side of the family, Christmas Day with Inca and Richard in our house, and Boxing Day with my mother’s side of the family in Girona. This last day is fun because we are over 20 people and there are a few children too. My youngest cousins are 7 and 3, and the three of them get on well.
The rest of the holidays we stayed at home and relaxed, enjoyed day trips, time together and for once just living day by day.
Verbs and words
So yes, Aimar has begun to use verbs in his sentences. It is fun to see you his language skills develop and how he mixes all three languages. He often uses English verbs in a sentence that is in Spanish, or vice versa. For example: el coche can (the car can), Aimar have botas (Aimar has boots), or Aimar tiene umbrella (Aimar has an umbrella). He has also started to speak more and more English to me, so when we are alone he uses nearly all the words in English, while when he explains the same things to his father he does it in Spanish mostly. When I get back I’ll share some more of his ideas and expressions.
And here a photo dump of what we’ve been up too these days:
Happy on the bus.
Trains, always trains.
At the park,
Special bath time.
More snow fun.
Playing lawn mowing.
Christmas tree decorating.
Motorbike rides.Making traffic jams.Mama love.