01.01.2017 - 31.07.2017
Everybody knows that time flies, and I was supposed to write this blog a long time ago but I am not the best person to manage my time really well, so I am finally here taking the time.
This year has been fabulous: full of blessings and happy occasions. Maya has been growing a lot, speaking like a little parrot, in both languages thank God. I can see she understands most of the words in Spanish but she speaks more in English. She has a strong personality and is a really independent person. It has taught me to be more relaxed and rely on her which has not been easy, as like all parents you never want the children to get hurt, and we want to choose the best for them.
The terrible two stage that Maya is currently navigating and we hope finishes soon, has not been so bad. There have been some days – weeks which have been challenging, with some tears and tantrums because she does not get what she wants. Her love for food is impressive and grows every day, so most of the tantrums are to get more, hahaha. Sometimes the mornings are a struggle because she does not want to wear any clothes or she does not like what Simon has chosen for her.
This year, Maya has been learning to swim, which she loves and she has been in soccer classes, which are so cute to watch, she has also learned to assist in the kitchen, which has been interesting because she needs to try everything before it goes into the pot, hahaha. She has had the opportunity to visit some farms and animals, which has been a highlight for her. She was invited to many birthday parties, where she learned how to hit a piñata and be an expert in tasting cakes. She has learned to ride a balance bike, which she rides really fast, and has showed her enjoyment for dancing which I try to encourage every day, hahaha. Maya has been blessed that she has had the opportunity to experience many new things this year!!!!
Simon just recently changed his job. At the end he was having a great time in his previous job at the hospital which initially did not start very well but had a great ending, like a Cinderella story, hahaha. He is now working at the same University where I am, and he is happy learning many new things and having significant challenges. He continues to walk everywhere, and listens to music or his audio books.
For myself, the year has been really good, I still bike everywhere and I am very happy that Maya is now also learning to ride a bike. Soon the three of us will be going for some bike rides together, but for now I still have the little bike seat for Maya to carry her with me. I have been a busy lady as usual. Any opportunity I have to go on a course and I am there. If I do not learn anything at least I meet a lot of great people and I get to try a lot of good food. I had the opportunity to go for some training in Auckland last month, which was great, and I am now part of a number of mothers groups. These groups have been really interesting, it is so funny to hear other mums with similar feelings to mine, and in similar situations. As you know there are sometimes moments I think things happens ONLY to me or my family, hahaha. Also in my free time, I have continued working for the Takeme2theworld travel agency which has amazing plans to take some more tours to South America soon, so if you know of anybody with plans to visit South America let me know and maybe we can help.
Our family has had a lot of fun times this year, in summer we went for lots of bike rides, short trips, many walks, visited the ducks and had picnics. Now in winter, we have been going to the swimming pools regularly, having fun as a family and keeping warm. Winter is a really challenging season with the rain and windy days not being easy with Maya, however we have learnt to find activities to do inside on those days. We have also joined two Messy church groups, which meet once per month. These groups offer craft activities for the children and family, and we finish with shared lunches or dinner. Maya loves these groups and the other children she gets to play with.
Also this year, there was a popular activity of painting rocks and hiding them in the parks around the city which has been a big success. Where we live, it is called Palmy rocks and this has been one of the highlights of this year. Sometimes Maya and I paint rocks and go to the parks to hide them for somebody else to find them, other times we only go to the parks to search for the rocks. The idea is to re-hide the rocks again however with Maya this is a little tricky as she wants to take all the Palmy rocks home, so we need to create in those moments a little distraction magic and some rocks manage to go into the bushes or under a tree for other children to find.
This has been the first half of this year for us so far, full of blessings and with many plans ahead. Hopefully all of you are fine and we can catch up with you soon
Erika, Simon and Maya