Friday, 28 May 2010


They got here yesterday and it feels like we have already done so much.

This morning we went for a short hike in the surrounding farmland. Then later this afternoon we all went to Haycock Hotel to sit in their gardens for a drink and to watch the girls play in the flowers and all the pretty things they have growing there.
Paloma and Isabella get along so well - it has been wonderful!
Isn't she just the cutest? She has been so excited being here and seeing such a big difference between England and Puerto Rico - it's nice to see because we no longer notice the differences as much.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

In Her Own World

She likes to organize my plants.

Discovering the wonderful smell of basil - on her own.

This morning she was totally in her own little make-believe world with this very special cast of characters.

Tracia was involved. Maybe more than what wanted to be, but she didn't complain.

Los abuelos and cousin Paloma are coming - two days to go!!!! There is talk of a trip to Vienna...

Monday, 17 May 2010

27 Months

Finally the weather is starting to get warmer again. We're still using our heater. We had about a two week reprieve from winter, then it began to get cold again. That hasn't stopped us from getting out, however, Pedro was in Slovakia for work last week so Isabella and I got a lot of bike riding done. I now have a fantastic child seat installed on my bike - which I hadn't really ridden since she was born. I am horrendously out of shape - it's clear that my fit army days are well behind me (my sporadic yoga doesn't seem to have cut it!). With this new mobility, I'm finding so much more to see and to explore.

Today I took her foraging for wild garlic leaves and flowers. We got tons of it - so much that by early afternoon I was ready to throw it back outside because it was making the whole house smell terrible. I put it into a rice and pork chop dish and it ended up being like cooked spinach with a garlic flavor - really good!

Anyway, Isabella is 27 months old today. She's as smart as a whip and amazes me with all that she can say (and also all that she refrains from saying when she's having a wordless tantrum). Still waiting on those two-year molars!

Wednesday, 5 May 2010


I took Isabella to see a scarecrow competition in a local village but there was only one scarecrow left standing! She loved it though. We spent the morning walking around and exploring...

Then we came home for a lunch of miso soup with a bunch of veggies. It went over somewhat well, but she really enjoyed trying out some chopsticks! Not too bad!