#WordlessWednesday – At the farm…shall I brush it or feed it?!

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At the farm…shall I brush it or feed it?!

This is my entry to the Spanish Version of #WW (Wordless Wednesday) Linky called #MiércolesMudo created by Naturalmente Mama. Just as it says in the name, it’s a post with only a picture/s with a short caption, not too many words needed.

It’ s easy to participate, you only need to publish a picture/s without writing anything to explain it. (that’s where “wordless” comes from) Then don’t forget to join the linky below and leave a comment in every blog you decide to visit. To understand how “MiercolesMudo” was born and its rules, you can click here. (*if you click remember everything will be written in Spanish) 😉

Happy Wednesday !!

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5 family fun activities to do this Christmas Holidays

With so much free time with the little ones it can be difficult to find family fun activities to do during this Christmas Holidays. So we’ve decided to put together a list with 5 family fun activities that you can do to entertain everyone during this Christmas season.

#1 Watch some Christmas Movies

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So is it too cold to go outside? Nothing better than grabbing your blanket, getting cosy with your little ones and entertaining yourselves with a film for all the family. We recently created our own list with the top 7 Christmas movies to watch this season. That might give you a few ideas! 🙂

#2 Visit your nearest Winter Festival

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You don’t mind the cold weather and think the kids need to have some fun outdoors too? Search for your nearest Winter Festival. They will probably offer you a good range of activities for all ages. We went to Manchester Christmas Market at the beginning of the month and it was good, but the one we really enjoyed was one we had never been before, Bolton Winter Festival. It was more local to us, and we got to do Ice-skating, Giant snow slide and Santa’s grotto, all for just £16. It was definitely a good deal compared to other places.

#3 Get all crafty at home

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No better time to get messy, since the little ones will love it and you will have plenty of time to tidy it up later on. Rosie, from Little Fish Blog shared a while ago how to make a construction small world. Isn’t it great?! I have actually never thought of it, but it’s so original and you can go as far as your imagination goes. Go over to her blog to learn how to do it.

If you want to try something more Christmassy, LarabeeUK tells us about how to make snow filled Christmas ornaments. I never thought you could do them! but it can be something fun to try with everyone at home.

Lauren, from Dilan and Me, shared on her blog a few weeks ago how to make bird seed decorations. This could be perfect if you’re planning to go to the park with your little ones. So forget about the breadcrumbs and feed them on a very stylish way 😉

#4 Try some new recipes

Because you have more time than usual it’s a great opportunity to try your culinary skills and make something that you haven’t had before. We recorded ourselves not too long ago preparing Cau Cau de pollo, a Peruvian Chicken stew, that is easy, healthy and delicious for all the family. Watch our YouTube video and learn how to do it.

But, if you’re more into veggie food, Lou, from Mammy not Mummy showed us how to make Veggie and Cheese Muffins on her blog. We will give them a try this break, cause I think it’s always a great way to add more healthy stuff to the children’s diets. For my little ones, the only way they have some broccoli, for example, is if I put it on my veggie soup. We will share with you our recipe for that one day soon, cause it’s a really success with the “veggie-haters” 😉

#5 Find a new hobby!

I recently met with another Spanish mum at a Spanish families gathering in Manchester. You know how we are, good food, lovely people and we can set up a party within a few hours! haha

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Anyway, so she was telling me about her new project that she’s launched a few months ago. I believe so much in entrepreneurship, and I think us women, have the right qualities and skills to make things happen. So her business is called Printathome123, and her artistic name is Anantaviana, it’s basically the new trend in crafts for adults. If you thought the colouring was relaxing you might want to try papercutting. She designs beautiful templates that you can download for an affordable price and then print them at home and with your own paper and scalpel create authentic pieces of art. You can even create shadowboxes, if you have more than one layer.

I need to give it a go myself! Definitely worth trying while the little ones are on their siesta time or not around. Go over to her Etsy page and see all the cool designs.

What other suggestions do you have? This year is a special one for us, cause for the first time since moving to UK, hubby will be around for Christmas Eve AND Christmas Day, plus we will spend Christmas with his family over in Leeds and New Year with my family in Barcelona. We are so grateful for that! And J is so super excited 🙂 Because of that we have decided to leave the blog and vlog aside for the holidays. We want to focus 100% on spending quality time with all of them.

Don’t worry, we’ll tell you all about it when we’re back! With videos on our YouTube Channel, Pictures on our Instagram! and more stories on our blog of course. It will just be like you were a part of it. 😉

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE AND

A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!!

Eliana, Sam, J and E 😀

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Top 7 Christmas movies to watch this season

Nothing helps you more to get into the Christmas spirit than a good Christmas movie. Do not miss our top 7 Christmas movies to watch this season if you’ve liked some of our movie reviews. Maybe you can watch one every day for the last week before Christmas. Maybe you can do a little marathon movies with the little ones on a Friday night. Whatever you want to do, grab some popcorn, a few drinks and a blanket -nothing feels better than being under a blanket- and choose your movie:

#1 Home Alone

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This is a Christmas classic! Released in 1990, I was 7 years old when this movie came out but we watched it the other day with our little ones and our 5 year old couldn’t stop laughing with Macaulay Culkin’s interpretation. There are some things that are timeless and even though if that would happen nowadays mummy would just skype the kid and tell him she’ll be back soon, you still have a great time watching it.

#2 Miracle on 34th street

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Do you believe in Santa Claus? This is a tender movie that shows how the magic of Christmas brings back the happiness to a broken family through a non-believer 6 year old little girl and a white beard gentleman. One of the favourite movies of my husband to watch during this season.

#3 rise of the guardians

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Different to Guardians of the Galaxy, ok. Don’t get confused! I like that one too but today it’s all about Christmas movies. This 2012 animation is a perfect choice to watch with your little ones. It’s entertaining for all ages. It tells the story of how Jack Frost gets his powers back after he suffers from a period of amnesia. A must to watch with all the family. 🙂

#4 ELF

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Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the Christmas spirit all the time. But this Elf shows you how to face the real world and don’t lose a cheerful bubbly personality. This is such a classic that even though it was released more than 10 years ago people still love it and there’s always a meme, a quote or a scene referring to this movie. J’s school are watching it at a movie night next week! 🙂

#5 foster

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Maybe you haven’t heard about this movie. We certainly hadn’t before arriving here to UK but on our first Christmas we saw the DVD at a store and we bought it for just 1 pound. We didn’t expect to cry with it and enjoyed it so much. The story of this married couple who lost their son on an accident and then crosses paths with this peculiar little boy will touch your heart. Don’t be misguided for its low price or promotion, it’s a very good Christmas movie.

#6 the nightmare before christmas

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If you are into spooky things and Tim Burton then this is your perfect Christmas movie. We watched it last year at home and J spent all the month of the December singing “Halloween Halloween This is Halloween!” hahaha It is a fun movie to watch, maybe if you’ve got very young children might be better to wait until they grow a bit more. 😉

#7 Love actually

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Ok, I’m putting this one on the list against my husband’s will because according to him this is not a great movie. It’s a so-so movie. But there is something in this film that I truly love, maybe it’s the simplicity, the love stories or the scenes at the airport where families get reunited, but this movie has for me, a special place in my heart and I enjoy it very much. I am the one who writes this blog, so yep, this is one of my top 7 Christmas movies to watch this season.

What are your favourite Christmas movies? I’m pretty sure you’ve got some good recommendations too! 🙂

Our not so typical advent calendar

Christmas is just around the corner! You don’t seem like a fanatic any more if you’ve already set up all the decorations at home. It’s time then to get your advent calendar ready for the main date. This year our church, the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints, has launched a great way to  follow the advent calendar, called #LIGHTtheWORLD. We don’t push our faith to anyone, and trust me when I say this is not the intention of this post.

But doing something good for others I think is the givesall-quoteessence of not only this Holiday Season but also the essence of a happy life. So why is this advent calendar any different to others? Well, on this one you don’t get ready for Christmas eating chocolate and treating yourself, on this one every day, starting on December 1styou will do something good for another person/s.

 

 

25 days of service in preparation to December 25th

Our family is definitely on board here! Many times we’ve already said we are far, quite far, from perfect, but we do try to follow Jesus Christ example, whom for us, was perfect. You might not be religious at all and maybe He doesn’t mean anything to you. However I’m pretty sure you will have someone in your life that you admire, that you respect and that you probably think has incredible attributes that you would like to emulate. Whoever is your role model you can think on that person and experience this special advent calendar.

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We will try to involve our children too so they learn they importance of thinking of others and helping out the ones in need. There are many ways you can do this. Small simple acts of kindness that you do everyday will help you remember what matters the most during Christmas time.

First day for example is all about “lifting someone’s burden”

So you may help an elderly person do their shopping or you could give some food to someone in need. You can maybe speak with a friend that you know is feeling a bit low. There are so many things we can do. Could you imagine we all do something for another person? We think of others first…Imagine we do this worldwide…wouldn’t it be amazing?!

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We’re excited to start this not so typical advent calendar. Obviously you can help others anytime of the year, but I think that making an effort on a season that has been so inundated with consumerism is the perfect way to get rid of selfishness feelings and stress. Anyway, whatever your preparation towards Christmas we hope you make the most out of it! And if you decide to give this advent calendar a go don’t forget to tell us how it went. We can all support one another in case we run out of ideas! 😉

 

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Peruvian cuisine on our “Tasty Recipe Mondays”

We love cooking different dishes from our countries of origin. Did you know that Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the best in the world and has been awarded many times the World Best Culinary Destination?! So we thought that today we would share with you one of our tasty recipes, easy to prepare and delicious for the whole family, specially the little ones.

Since I was born in Lima, Peru, when I lived with my parents, back in Barcelona, every once in a while my mum used to cook some really tasty dishes. This is something we have continued on our family now, and even though I mainly follow a Mediterranean diet, now and then, we try something from Brazil or Peru. I think it’s a wonderful way to share other cultures with our children. Something very important, if, like in our case, you’re a multi-cultural family. But I think that even if we weren’t I would still like to try new recipes from around the world.

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Anyway! So today on our Monday Tasty Recipe blogpost we have recorded ourselves preparing Cau-Cau de pollo (it’s like a chicken stew) It is easy and simple. Watch our video to see how to prepare it, but if you want to have a list with all the ingredients, here it is:

For 2 adults + toddler + baby (9 months old)

3 chicken breast

4 potatoes peeled and cut in squares

2 onions peeled and thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves peeled and sliced

mint

palillo (it’s translated like string bean) but I used food colour instead

half lemon juice

salt

250ml chicken stock

accompanied with white rice

I would share with you the instructions on how to prepare it but I think it will be easier for you to watch the video!

Your kids will love it! Well, ours do! 😀 Let us know how it went when you try it! We will love to read your comments.

 

 

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Visiting Manchester Christmas Market with kids

Even though we are on our 4th year since moving to UK we have never thought of going to the so well-known Manchester Christmas Market, let alone going with the kids. So we decided that this year would be different and taking advantage that we had family staying with us over the weekend we decided to give it a try. It is always a good excuse to go when you have someone who is not local.

Let us share our experience with you and maybe you can get some tips so that if you decide to visit you can make the most out of it.

Because we live 20 minutes drive from the centre we went by car, but usually the most affordable way of going is by Metrolink. If you’re travelling with the family they have a family ticket you can get, which I think goes around £6 for a day travel card (2 adults + 3 children) which is really good. So as I said, we drove there cause it was just more convenient for us, but unfortunately we had to spend a bit too much on parking. It was raining and to be honest, I wasn’t in the mood to walk 20 minutes so I could get a better price. Sometimes it’s worth doing it if you’re with little ones and you know they will get tired easily.

Before going I checked their website and saved their Manchester Christmas Market trail map.

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It is quite useful cause then you know which areas you want to skip and which not. As I said, we were with family on that day so we decided to start our little tour on Albert Square. There it has the main concentration of food stalls, some crafts, and yummy hot chocolates., AND the giant Santa! The lights, the atmosphere, always busy on a Saturday, so you need to be very careful with the kids. I didn’t let my 5 year old go for a second. As soon as she started smelling the frankfurts, burgers, etc and “begging” to try some of it we took off and went somewhere else. haha.. it’s not we’re stingy, but we weren’t going to spend 10 pounds per head on food on that day. I was ready with some snacks that I had brought from home. 🙂

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We walked down Market street, all the way up to Cathedral Gardens, where you can find the family friendly area.

No alcohol allowed, more space to walk around and a few rides the kids can go. Also they have an ice rink. You can find exact prices on the website but it goes around £10 for an adult, £7 something for an under 14, for a 45 minutes session.  Rides are usually 2 tokens and each token equals 1 pound. You can get them from the Ice Rink ticket office too. We weren’t that lucky on that day cause a couple of rides weren’t working but J had some fun at a little train.

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Oh well! As usual, anywhere you go, if you’re accompanied with the right people it doesn’t matter that much so we can say our day out was lovely. J enjoyed herself quite a bit, and we all had a nice walk around the market, which for the first time for us we went intentionally, and not just by accident! Probably locals and frequent attenders must think we missed many things but for our little family of 4 with 2 under 5’s was more than enough for a first visit 🙂

**We’ve got really cool pics of the day on our Instagram account. Don’t forget to pop by and follow us there too** 🙂 

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Conversations with a 5 year old #series -month 2

We’re back again with some of our funniest conversations with a 5 year old! It’s been a month since we started keeping a record and sharing with you a glance of what our little cheeky girl can come up with. If you want you can check what she said on our first post of this series.

Let’s get started then…

at bath time

As usual I’m taking advantage of this time of relax to ask her questions about school, who did she play with and how it went, in general. She suddenly tells me the other day:

-Mummy, I think I want to marry XX (little boy from her class)

Me: – Oh really? Well you know what your dad and I think about that, he needs to be a good boy. Is this XX a good boy, J?

She stops to think and replies:

– Yes, mummy! I think he’s a good boy cause you know what, when Mrs. XXX (their teacher) asks us to be quiet and does this silence-clipart he gets quiet and does it too.

Oh well, you can tell she does identify a good attribute, obedience, right? Now, let’s see what we will have to face as she grows up!

going back home from school

When picking her up last week they gave us a letter saying they were going to sell “poppies” for remembrance day at school. I think they were asking for a 50p donation, something like that. So I’m explaining J that the next day she will bring some money to school so she can buy the poppies. She gets very excited, by this time I’m thinking she’s getting very excited for the idea of bringing money and buying something by herself. So I tell her:

-J, how many poppies do you want to buy? Shall we buy 2?

-YES YES YES mummy!! I want to buy 2 poppies! oh mummy, I’m so excited, I’m going to play with them so much!

(When she says “play” I then realise that something is not right and that we might not be talking about the same thing)

-Wait, do you want to “play” with the flowers?

-What? What flowers?! What are you talking about mummy? I want to play with the PUPPIES!!

#lol and #lol my poor little girl thought we were going to buy two puppies for 1 pound! haha..I wish…

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sorry! not this time.. T_T

at home playing with the doll house 

This is the most recent one! Yesterday we were playing with her little people and doll house. I suppose every parent has done this, since children usually love role playing and making silly voices. It can get very interesting to hear what they have to say through their toys. I strongly recommend it .So anyway, J does have fun and last night, on our relaxing family activity, we were playing with peppa pig and her friends.

So, here’s the situation: Peppa Pig is driving the car and all of a sudden she runs over Danny Dog.

J: – Quick! Danny dog just had an accident, we need to go to the hospital. Hurry!

At the doll house (now Hospital) – I am The Doctor

– Sorry Peppa, but Danny has suffered a terrible accident, and he’ll need to have surgery. His liver has been damaged and he will need a transplant. We need to get him a new liver..

Peppa (J) replies – OH! Don’t worry, I’ve got one in the car! Actually, let me see cause I think I’ve got two livers!

ahahhahah, seriously? I must assume that she most likely have no clue what a liver is, otherwise I’d worry why my daughter thinks we can be carrying organs around in our car! #lol

Anyway…THE END! Hope you enjoyed them, I do have a good laugh myself just remembering them, so hopefully they stole a smile from you too 😉

What are your children’s latest witticisms? Share them with us!

 

Goldilocks and the three bears with Northern Ballet #fdMiniCritic Review

Last weekend we had the amazing opportunity to experience our first live ballet watching the Northern Ballet play Goldilocks and the three bears.

First Direct, sponsors of the Northern Ballet, helped us be completely ready for the event by sending to us a special box full of lovely items so we could have our own picnic at home just as Goldilocks!  When J saw everything that was in it she got super excited! So we did enjoyed a great meal at home and talked about the story we were going to see later on.

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J’s first thoughts after reading that tale to her were:

-Mummy! I don’t think Goldilocks is behaving too good…you cannot go into other people’s houses and steal their food!

Haha…oh well…at least she knows that that is something you’re not supposed to do..

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So we finished our tasty lunch and got in the car and drove all the way up to Leeds, to the Stanley and Audrey Theatre, first time for us, by the way. As soon as we arrived we joined the Craft activities that they held in one of the rooms where you could make your own goldilocks or bear mask.

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This little bear had a snout too..just went missing at some point.

J decided she wanted to try goldilocks while E became a little cutie bear. The atmosphere was busy, full of parents and kids running around, everyone seemed quite excited, our little ones blended quite well.  As soon as we went into the theatre our little princess got more than excited and started literally jumping off her seat! Then the lights on the stage turned on and the three bears’ kitchen was there. J turned out to me and yelled:

-Look mummy! They have a table and food just like in the story!! I am so so excited!

The three bears appeared and the small orchestra started playing the music in the background. I must say that we were all quite surprised seeing how well the dancers interpreted the story and no words were necessary to put emotion and entertainment to this well-known tale.

During the show our little princess made up her mind and decided which one was her favourite character of all, she said:

-I love the little bear, mummy! I think I wanna marry him.. 🙂

Yes, our cutie is such a romantic girl that anytime she likes someone she wants to “marry” that person, so so far she’s already been iron man’s wife, captain america’s, a friend of ours, a famous singer…oh! yeah, and a power ranger… and now we can add little bear to the list. I know someone will have a lot of work to do when she grows up!

Anyway, after the show was over we had the opportunity to visit the backstage and see all the bibs and bobs that made the play possible. A lot of hard work, uncountable hours and plenty of creativity are done behind the curtains. See all these pictures!

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Did you know all the items are stuck to each other so nothing falls off when transporting!

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Too heavy for these #fdMiniCritics!

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He is not Goldilocks…promise! lol (just the kind technician that showed us around)

We were quite pleased with all the experience and went off with a happy 5 year old and a tired 8 months old baby boy. She loved it and of course, since she knew she was going to be a #fdMiniCritic, took the role very seriously and wrote her own notes!

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I’ve just helped “translating” all that in to this post, but on this occasion she’s been our special reviewer for the event! 😉

You can read not only our #fdminicritic review but the other families too here!

*We were sent out  the picnic box and invited to attend the event for the purpose of this review but opinions have been genuine and our own.

 

Have you got sunshine in your pocket? Trolls #MovieReview

If you’ve been reading us for a while you already know that we are movie and series lovers! So we’ve thought on sharing some of our love for movies with you on our #moviereview posts!

Better than talking just about the movie we want to share with you what we’ve learnt from it, cause you know, there’s always a life lesson that you can put into practise if you watch and listen carefully to it. Just like we did for Alice through the looking glass movie.

Oh by the way, our little disclaimer here, we haven’t been “lucky” enough for anyone to give us free tickets to the cinema so our review is just for the pleasure of it, and hopefully you will find it useful too.  If, by any chance, we would be invited to review something we will add our usual disclaimer 😉

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So…which movie have we chosen this time? If you’ve got little ones and have a sticky memory for soundtracks you already guessed it..yep, Trolls, the last animation movie from Dreamworks. I’m not going to spoil you with any details, but you can expect lots of cool songs, old and new, good sense of humour for little ones AND grown-ups and very colourful, energetic characters. It is one of those films that everyone can enjoy.

What did we learn from the trolls?

These little cute creatures live in the forest in a state of never ending happiness, while the Bergens are these grumpy beings that don’t know how to be happy until they find out that if they eat a troll they will experience “true happiness”.

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In the beginning of this week I was thinking about this post, about how I was going to tell you how to be happy, cause you know, I was feeling happy myself, and thought yeah! maybe this will help someone…OK now I know that I am the one that needed this post the most. For various reasons I felt more than justified to feel as “grumpy” or even as sad as the Bergens. Thinking to myself, oh, if hubby had another type of job, or oh! if I could have someone to help me with the house chores, or If I could feel less tired… I didn’t realise then I was looking for my “troll” to experience “true happiness” Thinking that if I only had “that thing” I would be able to know what happiness feels like.

If you see the movie, you will understand that the trolls don’t live on a state of never ending happiness, they live on a state of never ending good attitude. The way how we react to things, how we face the challenges of life will make us find sunshine in our pockets, or empty dirty pockets. It is up to us. I can say that as for today, I have been able to find sunshine, while watching my kids laugh, and me laughing with them, while getting excited with hubby watching one of the last episodes of a series we are hooked at or just appreciating that I no longer have back pain any more.

There is sunshine in your pockets, you can’t stop the feeling, so just dance dance dance…

Just like our little J at this kids flashmob:

(created by Z-arts during half term holidays, at Manchester Printworks. )

 

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Conversations with a 5 year old #series

I have decided, mostly for our own entertainment but hopefully for yours too, that we are going to keep a record of some of our little princess’ witticisms. They are little gems of innocence with sparkles of cheekiness that make us laugh all, even when we remember about them after a long time! I don’t know how long I will run this series for, but I’ll post once a month our latest conversations with our 5 year old.

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At the school gate…

We are walking towards the gate, early morning, many other parents on the same run to drop their kids at school. Suddenly J notices across the street a boy from her Reception class. She pulls my coat and tells me:

-Mum! That’s XXX!

Boy stops, J stops. Then boy shouts at J:

– Are you in my class, aren’t you?

<Guys! School started in September! they have been seeing each other 5 days a week for over 5 weeks by now!>

BUT, wait for her response…

-Yeah… I think so!  She says to the boy.

Then the boy starts hoping all happy, yelling  ‘J, that’s J! ‘and gets all excited… J laughs and we continue our walk to the school gate.

I had to hold myself from laughing to be honest! Kids are kids, and their conversations sometimes are just #mindblowing!

At home…

We are at the dinner table having our supper, it’s just her and I, and E, but he only says “bla bla” at the moment, so not too much interaction with that. I ask her about school and activities..

-J, are you practising something nice at school? Like a dance or something for the parents?

– I think so mummy, no wait…I can’t remember, maybe we’re doing something.. (she seems all lost by now) So I tell her

– Maybe you’re practising something but it’s a surprise for mummies and daddies?!

She replies -Maybe,..or maybe it’s a surprise for ourselves too! who knows mummy…

hahaha, seriously, I could only answer to that saying, “yes, my sweetheart, it will be a nice surprise for EVERYONE!” #LOL

 

Anyway, we’re going to leave it here for now, cause we just recently thought of this idea and therefore haven’t been keeping track of all our amazing conversations with her but we promise that for next month we will share many more. Just don’t forget to stop by again around this time of the month!  😀

 

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