Hello once again, dearest readers!
I hope 2017 has treated you well so far – how long did the New Year’s Resolutions last? Don’t worry, it’s almost Lent so you can try again. I have been keeping myself busy running around after children, going to my Spanish choir, and also learning Flamenco in preparation for Feria de Abril (ironically in May this year!). The sun continues to shine gloriously here and it is now reaching around 22 degrees in the middle of the day again. It was actually warm enough to have a barbeque and eat outside on our terrace two weeks ago! Barbeques in January, who ever thought it?!
I have been with this family for just over 2 months now and am definitely feeling like an older sister almost to the boys. We have a lot of fun rolling around on the floor and playing, and Agu’s new favourite English phrase is ‘Chase me!’ – which is handy as it gets him home from English lessons a LOT faster than when he walks! Unfortunately, Luisette has been teething of late and so has been a little more difficult when it comes to eating (he usually eats more than his brother 😲). We also had a few ‘incidents in the bath’….for those of you with a delicate stomach, be warned that this next part might disgust you…
As you may or may not know, little children often have a ‘poo face’ (I apologise for the crudeness), and I learnt to recognise Luisette’s early on. So, we were having bath-time one evening when he suddenly started pulling the face. I luckily managed to whip him out of the bath and dangle him over the toilet just in time. Luisette however wasn’t impressed and promptly started to cry – probably due to shock that he had started to do a poo in the bath, and probably also because he didn’t like being dangled over the toilet where he cold easily fall in and disappear into the sewers…..(Anybody else ever had that fear?) Anyway, I felt quite proud that we had avoided that disaster. HOWEVER, a few days later we were once again in the bath and he pulled the dreaded face. I asked him if he was doing a ‘caca’ and he shook his head saying ‘no, no’, but I was fairly sure that was just because he didn’t want to be dangled over the toilet-monster again. On edge, I kept my eye on him but, true to his word, he didn’t seem to be doing a poo….We continued bath-time quite happily until Luisette suddenly broke wind and THERE WAS A POO FLOATING IN THE BATH!! Luisette was surprised as I was. I franticly started to try and fish it out with the various bath toys…unsuccessfully – possibly the most disgusting thing I have ever done. I resorted to simply draining the bath and firing the shower head in the right way to wash it all away. I then washed my hands about 20 thousand times… Luisette however was having a great time and seemed rather amused by my reaction!
Between fishing poo out of the bath and changing nappies in the park (WHAT HAS MY LIFE BECOME??!), I have also started clases of Sevillanas at my gym, which is a type of Flamenco dance. As soon as I had decided on Seville as my destination I knew I would have to learn how to dance Flamenco in order to be able to take part in the Feria de Abril without looking like a complete numpty. We learnt the entire first Sevillana in the first class and I am having some trouble in remembering what comes next in the sequence! It is so much fun and I feel like such a sassy Flamenco-ist with the hands and everything, I can’t wait for the Feria. I just hope I will be able to remember all the steps – there are 3 more completely different dances we are going to learn apparently!
In other news, I HAVE FOUND SOME ENGLISH AU PAIRS!!! As it turns out, there are actually loads of us, and even a girl from Scotland (I’d love to know if her kids are developing a Scottish accent!). We had great fun going to watch ‘La La Land’ at the cinema (yes in Spanish, but the songs were in English and that’s the bit the counts), and we have also been exploring more of Seville by getting lost in the little winding streets and attempting to try out as many tapas bars as possible – a considerable challenge as I was told that for every ONE person in Seville, there are TEN bars! *Challenge accepted*. These adventures provide a welcome break to my exhausting week of playing animals, animals, and MORE ANIMALS. I am beginning to dream about them in my sleep….It is of course, still much more fun than being locked in a library studying, as many of my friends at Uni are currently. One of the recent highlights was watching Frozen with Agu one Friday evening when the parents went out. We had ice cream and I sang all the songs very loudly, to the great amusement of Agu. And he even managed to stay awake until the end of the film!
Until next time my exquisitely English chums,