Hangin with the fam in Maipu
03.19.2012 - 04.04.2012 70 °F
Well we´ve spent the last three-ish weeks here hangin mostly in Garrett and Pamela´s backyard here in Maipu (the largest suburb of Santiago). The weather has been sunny everyday until today when it is actually feeling a little bit like fall. Our days have been super chill and have consisted of waking up late, breakfast (pan y palta...bread and avocado) while reading the ny times on the ipad, playing barbies and muñecas (dolls) with Amaya, swinging Amaya on the swing in the backyard (Amaya: ¨Culumpia me Tio!¨), Spanish lessons on our DVDs (thanks John and Anita), one of Pamela´s amazing almuerzos (lunch) in the mid afternoon, cuddling with Maite and watching her grow, drinking escudo our favorite Chilean cheep beer in the evening, and watching Portland Trail Blazer games late night. Here and there we go to the park, the mall, and the store all adventures of their own (especially with Amaya in tow).
Beaitiful little Maite (born on February 18th)
Racing on the scooter
Amaya´s photography skills...el poni en la jungla!
Beautiful Pame and Maite
Being Silly with Tio!
Maite´s amazing mohawk
Learning to ride the bike
Amaya is ready to work on the orchard!
Maite loves being outside looking up at the grape arbor
Couldn´t resist putting this one in of ´el guapo´
Other highlights include taking Amaya to the zoo (forgot the camera...grrr) and celebrating Amaya´s fourth birthday. Garrett and Pame threw a great party for Amaya at a kids jungle gym in the mall. There were a few of Amaya´s friends there to celebrate. They all got to run around and eat massive amounts of dulces (candy) and cake. Amaya was whooped at the end of the day (something that rarely happens since she has so much engery). She loved all of her presents which of course included a couple barbies and babies (her favorite). We gave her one of the wallets that I made with some coins in it. Since she is a big girl now she can have her own money, she claimed!
Amaya has been the best spanish teacher. She talks all the time. My favorite quote of hers so far is ¨me encanta hablar!¨ (I love talking!). She is also very patient with us and will wait for us to look up words en el dictionario. Speaking from a barbie´s point of view is not very difficult either since Amaya dictates most of the conversation and we can just repeat what she wants us to say. Also, I am able to mess up and she has fun correcting me and helping me to pronounce words, ¨Bien Tia!¨ We´ve also learned all sorts of useful kid words like brubujas (bubbles), columpiar (to swing), and hilar (to spin).
Garrett and Pamela live very close to Pamela´s mom, Maria, and her sister, Loretto and Emilio and their large family. Loretto has five kids: Camila (18), Fernanda (14), Sebastian (12), Maxito (almost 2), and Emilia (4 weeks). Maria has graciously lent us a room in her house. We have also spent time babysitting Maxito and Emilia. Emilia is so tiny still and is only three weeks younger than Maite.
Emilio and Emilia
Maria aka Nona
Garrett and Pamela are doing well too. There are getting ready for their big move to the United States. Garrett is going to go to law school in the fall. He is about to decide where to go, and we are all rooting for Lewis and Clark, so they can be in Portland or Hood River with us. Pamela is practicing her English with us in between dipers and feedings. She is the most amazing cook and I have been learning a lot of tips from her recipies. Butter is the secret ingredient!
We are looking forward to next week when Anne and Gil (Delaney´s parents) join us all here in Maipu.