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Mamá Chabela

August 29, 2008

Mamá ChabelaMy husband’s mother is here visiting us from Peru. This is the first time that she has ever visited the United States. I am going to be on the computer less often because she is our guest and I don’t want to be rude.

We have a queen size bed in each of our two bedrooms. I pushed the crib up to the edge of the bed in our children’s room (without the rail, the crib is three sided) and all four of us are sleeping together so that Mamá Chabela can have a room of her own. Our children are loving this family bed and are not going to want to give it up. It’s nice for now, but I wonder how we are ever going to convince them that the family bed is temporary.

Our daughter really likes her preschool. It rained from Tuesday night until this morning and that was hard on the children because they couldn’t go outside to the playground. But today the sun is peeking in and out of the clouds and they started the day outside. She is going to be so happy to bring her artwork home today. The teachers are making them leave their artwork in a tote bag until each Friday. She has been upset at the end of each day because she has really wanted to show me her drawings and projects. Having to wait until Friday to get paid is one of life’s lessons.

Our son is potty trained. Last night he slept without a diaper and went straight to the potty when he woke up this morning. He loves to show everyone his potty after he pees. He even showed his grandmother while she was at the table eating dinner last night. She has 12 children, so she can handle things like that with a smile.

The children and I (and my mother-in-law) are tired from our trip to Dulles Airport. Mamá Chabela got nervous about where to go when the plane landed, and she couldn’t find her suitcase. She was looking on the wrong conveyor belt. We had to leave the airport without the suitcase, and the stress of not knowing what to do set us back about 3 hours later than I had planned. Luckily the traffic was light. We didn’t get home on Wednesday until 9:30 pm and we still had to eat dinner.

I am trying to take charge of bedtime, but that really threw us off. They are taking baths at 7:30 and starting stories at 8:00. Stories take a loooooooong time since my daughter wants to repeat each sentence after me. She is learning to read and wants to recognize words on the pages so she constantly interrupts me. On “good” nights they are asleep at 9:15 or so. My left thumb aches from holding the books open and my throat gets raspy from reading out loud for an hour. Last night I cried because they were making me so angry. What is the point of asking for a story and then not listening to it? I felt so unappreciated. Before I had children I didn’t know they wouldn’t relax or calm down at bedtime. I thought they would get sleepy, but they get wound up and crazy instead.

Now my husband is with Mamá Chabela at the Charles Town Casino. She loves to gamble and I love to blog.

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11 Comments
  1. August 29, 2008 2:11 pm

    FedEx just brought the suitcase to our door! Yay!

  2. August 29, 2008 2:17 pm

    Mama must be happy to visit you. It sounds like the kids are happy with the family bed. When My wasband and I first got divorced my two kids insisted on sleeping in my room with me for a couple of weeks. I set up inflatable mattresses on the floor. They were 8 and 10. After a couple of weeks they both drifted back to their own rooms.

    So Mama likes to gamble. I actually have never been to a casino and I was talking to my daughter and she is going to take me to one. I don’t know how to get that little line over the a in Mama.

    I hope you all have a great time!!

  3. August 29, 2008 3:08 pm

    Joan, personally I don’t like the casino. It’s filled with smoke and I think it’s boring. But there’s a gambling gene in my husband’s family. To get the á you hold the ALT key and type the numbers 160. There are some other ways to do it, but that’s the shortcut I learned. Try the ALT key with lots of number combinations like 164, 168, 130. It’s fun.

  4. August 29, 2008 3:30 pm

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    wow! that’s cool! Oops – sorry got distracted by the nifty typing tips.

    How nice to have family visiting! I know, I know – but it IS FUN! Glad the luggage arrived. I look forward to hearing of her impression of the US.

    and your kids are awesome – they DO appreciate you in their wild little way, I’m sure. Life IS just too exciting and you can miss it when you sleep. Hugs for you and hope you can sneak in some blogging time.

  5. August 29, 2008 5:13 pm

    ñ á ¿ ¢ oHHH!!! you CAN get the cent sign!! ALT 155 ¢ hee hee.

    I have a serious case of Friday-itis as well as 3 day weekend-itis. ¢ Ü æ

  6. August 29, 2008 5:14 pm

    PS… I’m changing my blog URL… It’ll match my name now.

  7. August 29, 2008 7:01 pm

    Have a good visit with Mamá Chabela!! 🙂

  8. August 31, 2008 2:08 am

    Enjoy your visit with your mom in law. How wonderful she gets to visit!

  9. September 2, 2008 10:19 am

    Bella Senora! Is that right or did I mix Italian and Spanish. Please tell your mom-in-law that she is a beautiful woman. I hope you all have a great time together. I am going home in three weeks to visit family. Fun, fun, fun.

  10. September 3, 2008 11:48 am

    Enjoy, i am sure you will have a lot of interesting stories to tell… and i bet you are getting some wonderful food while she is here!!!

  11. September 4, 2008 8:18 pm

    Hi FW!
    Long time no visit. 😦 I’ll be home and better about blogging now. Hope you are having a swell time with your MIL. How fun for her to come visit you guys! I’m sure the kids are just loving it too.
    Hope your baby girl is loving school too! You’ll have to fill us in on how she’s doing.

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