Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Snapshots of lately

We're spending our days playing with the few things we have here with us. The kids and I are making the most of what we have and I'm delighted to see how very creative we turn when we have less things around.

Intensive Lego building at breakfast time every morning.

Paper toys make wonderful adventures. Boats, planes and cut our drawings are as good as real Playmobile or Lego.

I can't stop playing with the pencil colors (I brought them as a present for a little girl but had to open them myself as a self help measure in this transition and stressful times. A new world of color is coming out of them. An unexpected gift.)

And just for the records: a breakfast for myself- those oat-raisins cookies are really the best!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Buenos Aires

Days of going to bed late and sleeping in. Heat, noise, play, park. Adjusting to sounds, to food, to new routines. Slowly some things are falling into place.

Our mornings with the kids consist in drawing on the kitchen table. Much spontaneous play under this Southern Sun.

And for me, I had to grab the only creative supply I had around: color pencils, and to my amazement, a world of creatures (many coming from Ed Emberley's books) have shown up.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Before and after

So we had that for about a week, and after that we got something like this for about 3 or 4 days.

We were hugged and fed. Very sweet farewells from our dearest friends there.

Then we had a flight, and arrived safely here.

Here's hot and busy. People are buzzing with excitement and noise. The end of the year is always like this in these latitudes.

Our bodies and minds are now faced with the enormous challenges of finding a new home, relearning a  city with new transformed codes, relearning ourselves in front of so much change.

We feel well equipped for this big adventure.

It's also an opportunity to notice the endless, mostly useless activity of the mind creating wave after wave of judgment, elaborations, comparisons, and cages of likes and dislikes.

Educational indeed :P

Friday, December 7, 2012

The house is empty

The guys from the moving company did their job. The came, created a whirlwind for 3 days and left. Our entire pile of stuff fit in the container. Relief! I thought it wouldn't.

They made a good, professional job although didn't care too much for the previous classification of my own stuff. The principle was: fill every little empty spot.

Although it was stressful, it wasn't that bad after all. No reason to be sleepless in advance as I was.

The house is now empty. It's fun. We all 4 share a few dishes, sleep all together in one big family bed (mattress on the floor). There's not much to do now except some cleaning, last minute errands and enjoying precious moments with dear friends. Last night, sushi and champagne in Vicky's house: how chic! Sushi is a very popular and easy to find food here (although we got the best sushi in town)

Today we'll spend another leisure day: while the kids are at school we'll go to Granville Island to say goodbye to our favorite spot in the city and to have lunch at the new restaurant there. Granted, there will be a visit to Opus Art while Pablo has a working meeting.

The kis will take some souvenirs to school today. We hope to stay in touch with the little friends as well!

Excitement, nervousness, tenderness, fleeting tears here and there, some hunger for new adventures.

The feeling that in front of the new and unknown, we're going to be really, really fine.