It was Mother's Day on Tuesday - in Mexico it's always May 10th - which meant it was just an ordinary working day. After school I met up with my mother-in-law, Emma and Emma's great-uncle and aunt ("Tito" and "He-ha") and we had lunch together. I almost didn't recognise Emma with her hair tied back in a ponytail - it's getting quite long now.
She spent quite a lot of time in the children's play area of the restaurant, which she loved although it was only small. She was fascinated watching the older kids charging around and an older girl sat her down and tried to "teach" her to say different words! Emma obediently did her best to repeat the words.
May 15th was Teacher's Day here - very nice tradition! We didn't get a day off as this year it fell on a Sunday (although some schools got Friday off, I heard), but I got some yummy presents from my pupils, which was lovely! The perks of the job!
mooee maw = muy mal (Spanish for "very bad"). Maybe bad behaviour, or not feeling well.
Muy Emma mal = kind of in the wrong order, she said this as she was moving chairs around in the kitchen!
Teen on = cream on; telling me she needed her sun cream on.
Tiss be-ta = kiss better; of course, every little bump needs to be kissed better!
Boy, girl - She's starting to identify boys and girls, and points out boy-characters and girl-characters in books.
Emma lit mo-kee = Emma little monkey (this is what I call her when she's climbing on everything!)
No-tee peepo - Wawa = naughty people - water! This is what I said about the water delivery people who left us waiting for our drinking water for two days!
Ya mo hay foo = There's no more food (said in a forlorn little voice when I told her we had to go to the supermarket to buy some food. I'm sure that comes from my elaborations on This Little Piggy - "This little piggy had none. Oh no, there's no food left in his kitchen, he'll have to go to the supermarket to buy some more, won't he?")
Suddenly at the weekend, I was hearing a lot of Mami, Mami, Mami! Often with a shriek of frustration. At one point she was trying to put her daddy's shoes on and "tie" the laces - more precisely, she was trying to kind of weave the laces through themselves (oh, Daddy will be pleased!). I told her to say "Mummy, help me", to try to avoid the screeching, which worked. Of course, I then had to help her tie Daddy's shoelaces in a tangled knot! Oh well.
Emma has been eating lots of avocado. One of my favourite foods, too.
I've been teaching her how to do star jumps, which is fun. She almost loses her balance when she has to jump her feet back together again, but not quite.
My Quote of the Week for Teacher's Day: