Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Skating, Minecraft, gardening & scrapped baby faces - Or - Semana Santa cont'd

[Note: This is one of those boring posts whose main purpose is to show our children, in the future, that we did do things with them.]

We're trying to stick to doing the things on our Semana Santa poster.

So far, no one has hurt anyone or been hurt (too seriously) during this staycation (Yes, I used "staycation". Sorry.). We are preeetttty tired of telling Lili to stay at the table at meal times and of hearing her whine about food, which we now do one additional time each day since she's home for lunch, but, but, well, there's nothing we can do about it. She lives here.

We are enjoying getting back out into the city. Been a long winter and have forgotten what's out there.

Skating frenzy

Monday morning we hosted a skating event at our place for all Lili's friends. Our building has the big patio, so we have to aprovechar. There were about a million little girls there. It was fun, though Oliver, who was leading the pack in games on his skateboard, reports that every 5 minutes a child was crying (either because of falling or perceived injustice) and that little girls only play games for about 5 minutes and then someone will invariably get bored or think of a better game and long discussion ensues before a decision is made to change games or continue with the current game. I was busy keeping Josie from jumping off things, so I did not notice.

After lunch and siesta-ing and watching "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids", which was on our poster and Lili was desperate to see for the first time, we went out to a very windy Ciutadella Park. We recently gifted Lili our old hand-held digital camera and she's been quite the photographer. Lot's of photos of people on the street, the backs of our heads, the floor and plants. She did stalk the family of ducks shown below for a good 10 minutes before managing a shot, so at least she's showing dedication.

Everyone took off to play and I was left with a stroller holding a skateboard and scooter, looking like a mentalist.

Beach with buds

Tuesday Lili went with some friends and their parents to the Passeig MarĂ­tim for some beach, picnic and more beach. When I picked her up at her friend Gerard's house, she was being bathed and then blown dry by his mom, then had a Camomile tea before leaving, wearing Gerard's clothes home. It was very sweet.

Then we went home and cheekily watch "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid" during and after dinner. [Why is that movie not called "Honey, I Blew Up the Baby" ??? Sounds much better, no?]

I snapped this shot at lunchtime before I left her on her own with the crew.

That afternoon while Oli was at work I took Josie out for a long play at Joan MirĂ³ park, where almost immediately I managed to let her scrape her face from top to bottom.

She was stepping down from a tree stump that was about 3/4 of an inch high, caught her toe on the ground, and plummeted down. Her hands caught her, but slid out from under in the gravely sand, so her face took the rest of the sliding hit. When she got up her face and mouth were covered in sand and she was pretty banged up. She recovered in under a minute and seemed to be more angry that I was trying to take the tiny stones from her mouth than that her face was scraped. She ran away and giggled at me naughtily while she chewed and then swallowed them.

Chill out

Today was chill out day. It was supposed to rain, but didn't. We acted like it did.

Lili played Minecraft on the iPad and we did some other stuff.

And we managed to tick another thing off the Semana Santa poster: Clean up our 'garden' on the balcony. Swept and wiped, cleared away the dozen or so pots of things we killed (or transplanted) last year and planted some marigolds seeds.

Please ignore the fact that we have a dead Christmas tree on our balcony.


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