I decided it was time to at least TRY & potty train Audrey. I did a bit of reading on the subject & decided to try the one-day ‘boot camp’ method. I don’t have a lot of patience with accidents, so I figured why not try to really get the concept down in one day & then just spend the next few days (weeks?) reinforcing the concept. I followed the advice given on this blog, if anyone is curious. It basically meant that Audrey & I locked ourselves into the living room (since it has stone floors) with no soft toys, lots of snacks, & lots of juice/water. Every 15 minutes she would sit on the potty. When we had success we made a big deal of it & she got a candy! Day 1 was about even in accidents & successes. Day 2 was much more heavy on the successes. We’re only halfway through Day 3 & so far we’ve only had successes. I do have to go pick up Ezra from school, so I’m sure our winning streak is about to end (Murphy’s law & all), but so far I have to say this kid has been a million times easier to potty train than Ezra. Not sure if it is because she is a girl or because she is younger or because they have different personalities, but whatever the reason, I am grateful (and also knocking on wood that I didn’t just jinx our good luck by posting about it!)
Junior Senior Banquet at BFA in 2007
Winter Banquet at ECA in 2014
Who could have predicted that we would end up working with Stephanie, a dorm girl & basketball girl? It’s been so much fun to have a piece of our BFA world here at ECA with us!
Saturday night was the winter banquet at ECA! It was fun to spend time with the students outside of school hours & to see them all dressed up! The theme was Masquerade in Venice!
Mingling before dinner!
The 8th graders served appetizers!!!
A couple guys from the community acted as ‘bar tenders’ for the evening!
All dressed up for an evening out!
The students enjoying themselves!
Everything was decorated very nicely!
With our friend, Stephanie, who was in charge of running the event!
After dinner these two students taught everyone the tarantella!
Learning the first few steps!
Much hilarity ensued!
At 4 1/2 Ezra now has homework. He gets 2 papers sent home on Wednesday night & they are due back on Monday morning. I guess this is to prepare the students for elementary school, which I’ve heard has LOADS of work!
Yes, the kids start learning cursive in 4-year old preschool. I’m not really clear on why, but my friend whose son went through a couple years of spanish school said that even her son’s printing is incredibly neat after learning cursive. Here’s hoping!
On the way home from school yesterday, a girl ran up to Ezra & gave him a big hug & then said, “Te quiero mucho, Ezra!” (I love you a lot)!!! WHAT?!?! Already! He’s FOUR!!!! Thankfully, his response to her was “Sí”. As we continued walking home I asked him if he knew what she had said to him & he said that he didn’t (which I was guessing given his response). As much as I didn’t want to, I did tell him what she said.
I’ve noticed for a while now that Ezra seems to be quite popular with the spanish kids, but especially with the girls. I don’t really understand, because I don’t think he understands much of what they say to him & given the things he chooses to talk about (peregrine falcons, cheetahs, white-tipped reef shark) I can’t imagine that they understand much of what he says. However, I’m just happy that he isn’t an outsider & that the kids want to play with him!!! Not so happy that the majority of them are girls, but I suppose that is my cross to bear.
We had snow today!!! This is the most snow I’ve seen in Camarma in the whole year & a half that we’ve lived here! Ezra kept saying to me, “See Mom, I told you that it snows in España!” Yes, Ezra, you’re right, it does snow in Spain. Someday his mind will be blown, but for now we’ll enjoy our snow!
Sorry for the long absence from blogging, life has been fairly normal (which means not a lot of pictures), but also quite busy (so not a lot of a time for blogging). My new project this spring:
Directing the Musical at ECA!!! Thank goodness the music teacher will be taking care of the music side of things (& has done 4 musicals here already)!! A student who dances will be taking care of the choreography, so that leaves me with the drama side of things! A big undertaking (did I mention there are THIRTY-SEVEN students?!?!), but I’m excited to get back into drama!
I gathered up all our pictures for the month of January & for some reason they are all of Audrey! All 8 of them! It’s been a really slow month for pictures!
Wearing her rain coat!
Looking cute in her pink…
…Romo jersey! Daddy is SO proud!!
We got our Christmas card from our cousin & Audrey carried it around saying the girls names over & over and then insisted on taking it to bed with her!
Something yummy & chocolatey!!!
IKEA finally had the little doll beds in stock that my brother & sister-in-law ‘got’ for Audrey for Christmas!!! She was excited even though she had not idea what was inside the box!!
At this point it was a “tower”!
Putting her baby to bed!! Thanks Uncle Noah & Auntie Tena for the fun Christmas present!!!
We dealt with lots of different sicknesses over the course of December and got to try out our new Spanish insurance and begin to learn the nuances of the Spanish health care system. It was quite the interesting experiences. Here is what we have learned so far:
-Everything is compartmentalized (at least with the system we are in). You go to one location to see the doctor. Another location for blood work. Another place to pick up your results. Then back to the doctor for them to read the results.
-If you are asked to give a urine sample, you must purchase the specimen container at the pharmacy in advance. Then you bring in your first morning urine to the lab.
-The pharmacists can listen to your symptoms & give you medicines over the counter that would require a doctor’s prescription in the states (haven’t actually gotten anything too crazy yet, but it is interesting to tell the pharmacist your symptoms & have them suggest something rather than just picking up the Tylenol flu or the Nyquil & purchasing it).
- Amoxycillin comes in a powder form & you add water to the ‘fill’ line (as you can see in the picture above)!