Giggles and Fun

December 20th, 2009

Little one, 12-19-09

Middle one, 12-19-09

Big brother, 12-19-09 Big brother, 12-20-09

We had lunch with C├ęsar and Teresa in Madrid yesterday, and as usual had a blast with the kids. Cesar vacummed after the made a mess of their dessert, and they all three wanted to be “vacummed” up. It caused quite a ruccus on the couch. And then when we got there they were building a fort in one corner of the room. Ahh the delight of building forts when we were little. I realized yesterday that my little brother and sister and I were similar in age as these three. We had older siblings, but the three of us were closest in age, and played a lot together. Forts in the living room were common in our living rooms in the winter!

We’re in Toledo now for 10 days, drove here Friday and are staying through Christmas. It’s a lot colder than usual right now across Spain, though we probably won’t get a white Christmas (it only snows once a year at most in Toledo, and there was a big snow last week). It was clear and sunny today, and we did get out for a walk, which felt great.

Thanksgiving in Madrid

November 29th, 2009

Carving the turkey, 11-28-09 Serving stuffing, 11-29-09

Cesar and Teresa hosted us last night for a weekend Thanksgiving dinner. Hot apple cider, Turkey, cranberry sauce, a delicious stuffing, and I made apple and pumpkin pie for dessert. The food was delicious!

Us, 11-28-09

The afternoon was a blast playing with the kids, including a family round of Bingo. The kids are full of energy, curious, active, and cuddly (especially the littlest girl). They’re also beautiful, especially the two girls who got haircuts yesterday. Good friends, a wonderful family, inspiration for how to raise our kids when the time comes!

The littlest, 11-28-09

Tongue out, 11-28-09

Brother and sister, 11-28-09

Madrid

November 18th, 2009

The Oldest One, 11-18-09 The Middle One, 11-18-09 The Baby, 11-18-09

I’ve said it before: I love my friends’ children! I spent last night with our friends in Madrid. This morning I got to brush the girls’ hair, help the little one get dressed in her school uniform, talk about the oldest one’s new toys (he turned 6 recently) and generally enjoy being part of family life on a regular Wednesday morning. I’ve always loved being an auntie, and wish I could be an honorary auntie for these little ones more often!

Juanjo had come back to Barcelona Monday, but I stayed to go to a celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the Fulbright in Spain last night (then went and stayed with these guys). The Fulbright event was very neat, there was a panel of talks, and then a reception. Three of the original Spaniards in the Fulbright program were there: when they went to the US in 1959 they traveled across the Atlantic by boat! In the last 50 years, there have been over 4,000 Spaniards who’ve gone to the US and over 2,500 Americans who have come to Spain. An amazing thing to be a part of!

50th Anniversary of the Fulbright, 11-17-09

We’ll be back in Madrid for a Thanksgiving dinner with this family, on the weekend after Thanksgiving. I’m really looking forward to spending time with the kids again (will bring the camera and get some better pictures too)!