Sunday: Grandma and Grandpa came over and Tia Didi to play! We hardly noticed the suitcases strewn around the house- in fact if you squint your eyes, you can practice mountain climbing reminiscing the hike by Heavenly Lake. Hey, we unpacked enough to hand out some souvenirs!:)
Monday: My first day alone with 3 kids went better than I expected, but a lot of work..especially after having slept only 3 hours (Vivi was up crying, who then woke up Maya). Tonito doesn't believe in jet-lag, and he slept from 8pm until 10am. We went to the park today by our house!!! Although he is a little wobbly at climbing, Tonito LOVES parks. He is working on balance, and it is hard for him to step up onto a different level. On the bouncy bridge, he can only cross it scooting on his bottom, but always with a smile!!
Thursday: In the morning, we visited Grandma and Grandpa's house. Grandma was at work, and Grandpa got to watch all 3 kids BY HIMSELF while Mommy when to the clothing resale. I bought some clothes for Tonito, Maya, and their cousin Iñaki, but most of it was for Vivi. She had been using 24 months and 2T the last two summers (though towards the end of the summer her t-shirts were becoming midriffs!). When packing for China I realized she had NOTHING that fit her! We skipped 3T's altogether and I found a lot of cute 4Ts for the summer. Just a plug for clothing resales- cheaper prices, on cute clothes, people (sellers) get to make money, the school holding the sale takes a percentage (easy fundraiser!) and its way better for the environment (cutting consumerism!).
In the afternoon, we came back to our house with Grandma and Grandpa so they could babysit at night for our Chinese class. Yes, we are still taking the class, and no, we are not very good students. I am going to retake Chinese I this summer and maybe the second or third time around something will sink in!! We apparently support the "critical age theory" that it is harder to learn languages post-puberty:).
Friday: It is gorgeous weather out, so we took Tonito for his first of many walks to our public library. The kids section has a lot of puzzles, puppets, and other toys out, in addition to endless books. He doesn't really have an interest in books, and I wonder if he has ever been read to? When I try to read to him on the couch, he would rather do anything else... this is something we will be working on this summer! We love to read, and it is so crucial to him learning vocab and improving his language(in English and Spanish...and Chinese). At least he had a fun experience at the library playing with the puzzles!