Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Josie's second birthday

We planned with some neighbors to have a real Halloween party for the kids in our building. We had to push it back a weekend so it landed by Josie's birthday on the 11th, thus the Halloween party became Josie's birthday party.

A couple days before the party we thought we may as well send out a Whatsapp message to the group of parents from Lily's class, thinking only a couple would come with it being such short notice. Many came :)

The result was a party extravaganza with over 30 kids plus parents. There are smaller weddings.

We had an owl cake made by Lisa, banana cake muffins with green slime (actually delicious cream cheese frosting colored green), a vomiting Jack-o-lantern carved by Oli minutes before the party, 100 glow bracelets, colored cellophane for kids to put over the lenses of the flashlights we told them to bring, a trick-or-treat session where the kids ran around bombarding the parents on the patio with "Trick or treat?!" to get candy off them, and after that I got talk to adults and drink mulled wine for 30 minutes before cleaning up.

The only snafu was that Josie is 2 and we threw her a Halloween party to which kids and adults came wearing hideous masks and face paint. We had to hold her for an hour, then she got over it just in time for singing happy birthday, which we only had to do twice because I realized I hadn't lit the candles the first time.

Final observation. I thought the kids would come in simple costumes, but having never gotten to do proper Halloween, these kids came decked out in cool and frightening costumes!

Happy birthday, Josie!
(Even though we don't have a photo of you at your party. Maybe there's one on Dad's phone? We were kind of busy throwing a party.)

Update: We found one...

...showing half your face.

Love ya, babe.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Kids say the funniest things - Christmas 2011

Amusing conversations with Sam, Hannah and Lily about dinosaurs, where babies come from, what their parents like doing and how to respond if someone is mean to you.

kids say the funniest things - Christmas 2011 from Oliver Seeley on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Santa Margarita

For the long Columbus Day weekend we rented a little apartment in a Castle called Santa Margarita near Vic, in the town of Sant JuliĆ  de Vilatorta. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Porig & Poo Pans series

Lili's newest passion is writing short comics about two characters she invented: Porig & Poo Pans. Porig is pronounced 'porridge' and Poo Pans, while having poo in his pants, is NOT named Poo Pants with a T.

At weekends she will scurry away and stand for long periods giggling to herself, nose bent close to the page as she sounds out words and determines just what stroke of the pencil to use to give Poo Pans' poo that truly stinky look.

For your reading pleasure, you will find a series of posts here with the first few installments of the Porig and Poo Pans adventures.

Note: Lili's spells English words as if they were Spanish or Catalan, so translations have been provided :) Don't worry, she's in an English reading/writing club now and we're starting to get somewhere with the spelling.

Poo Pans & Porig (1)

Porig and and Poo Pans (2)

Porig and and Poo Pans (3)

Porig and and Poo Pans 3

Porig and and Poo Pans
By: Liliana Seeley

One day Porig and Poo Pans were reading their favorite comics.

Then Poo Pans poo-ed on the bench and said "Let's swap benches" and Porig said yes.

Porig sat on the poo and died of the stink.

(I especially like the porridge leaking out of Porig's bowl head.)

Porig & Poo Pans 2

Porig and and Poo Pans
By: Liliana Seeley

Poo Pans was hungry. he looked for Porig.

At last he found Porig.

And ate Porig's porridge.

(I like Porig's frowny face here.)