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Over the last four months a number of things have changed. We have move house, Simon has gotten a promotion at work and started a new project, and Maya does not seem to ever stop growing!!!!!!!!


We moved house at the end of June, and it was an enormous challenge. We sold our previous place, which happened really fast and we got a great price. The real estate market in New Zealand is crazy, the price of houses are high and selling so fast. To organise the house for the photos for the advertising, and for the open home was hard work. It was really difficult for us to find the balance of what to show in the house and what not to spend too much time and money on. We had one open home and got five good offers. At the end everything went smoothly and was relatively easy. We had enough time to move everything and it made things much more manageable for us I actually enjoyed discovering lots of things we had never used and was able to give them away. Maya enjoyed the packing, the boxes were great toys for her and obviously many of the things I put into the boxes she was pulling out soon . It was a fun game for her.

Simon has had a difficult time at work the last couple of months. He was involved in a bullying situation with his boss and it was starting to affect his health and temperament. He has been really blessed that after he made an official complaint with HR he was moved to another department and has started managing a new project. Maya and I are glad for him as we have not seen him looking happy when he is heading off to work for a long time


Maya continues to get bigger. It is amazing to see how much she has changed and how her personality is showing. We have a lot fun with her but she is currently going through the ‘tantrum’ stage and sometimes I want to disappear when they are in public, hahaha. She loves climbing, and running everywhere and has been learning how to jump. I cannot believe how hard is for a toddler to jump. I thought it would be really easy, but Maya has been practicing for more than one month and she has not been able to get both of her feet off the ground. It seems to be like learning to roll over or walk. Her language has improved significantly, and she is repeating everything like a parrot, but she is still talking more in English but she understands everything is Spanish. Sometimes we have our discussions in two languages, she says nose and I say nariz, she says bye I say adios, … it is funny to hear us talking sometimes.

I love the age she is right now. It is exhausting but a lot fun. I have to run around after her all the time, but sometimes the things she says or does are absolutely amazing. She is now (usually) following instructions really well, she has learned to wait (for short a time) for things - apart from food. Food needs to be on the table on time or Simon and I are in trouble, haha. She has been taking swimming classes for a couple of months, which she loves. She enjoys the water and has learned a number of safety habits that are regularly taught at the classes.


Maya was blessed to be in the right place at the right time and a nice photo of her appeared in the Guardian newspaper. Her educator just happened to take them to the Toy library and this was the day there was a photographer there to take photos for the newspaper to advertise the library. Maya’s photo was one of the main photos and she looks gorgeous.


Maya and I are going to Colombia next month, which will be her second international trip. I am looking forward to this holiday, but unfortunately Simon can’t come with us (again). I am sure Maya will not stop asking for papa (daddy daddy) but we are going to have so much fun with my family and travelling on the planes.


Posted by erika_simon 17:07 Archived in New Zealand

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