This Week 9/52: Play is serious

This week has felt more like spring; the early mornings are still cold, but not quite so icy, and the sun soon warms up the rest of the day, but it has also been quite windy which stops it from getting too hot.

This week 9/52

Last Sunday I took Emma to a little park near us so she could play on the slide and swings in the afternoon.  There is also some exercise equipment which caught her attention and she soon wandered over to the strange apparatus, probably thinking they were also for her to play on.  Well, I guess she was right, in a way.  While I couldn't work out exactly how you were supposed to use some of the equipment, Emma soon found ways to play on them.  I was quite impressed that her arms were strong enough for her to swing from a bar just above her head with both feet off the ground.  I took a couple of videos as well as photos - if you check my Instagram account (@mummy_and_the_mexicans) you can see the video where she's swinging while making monkey noises!

This week 9/52

On Wednesday was my mother-in-law's birthday and me and Emma collaborated pretty successfully, I would say, to make this card (Pinterest-inspired, I admit!).

Homemade birthday card

We went out for dinner in the evening, which is when Emma discovered her love for flan napolitano (similar to creme caramel).  She scoffed half of her grandmother's and didn't leave me much of mine, either!

Today, Saturday, Emma's grandmother, who suffers from high blood pressure, had two quite heavy nosebleeds during the morning, so we went with her to the doctor to get her checked.  While we waited, Emma entertained herself with some toys that were in the waiting area, moving around a small plastic chair, getting on and off it, playing with a plastic baby bath unit for a non-existent baby doll and dragging that across the room, and telling me what was a chair and what wasn't.  It turned out that my mother-in-law's blood pressure was normal and there was no clear cause for the nosebleeds, but that they may have been exacerbated by taking aspirin.

Anyway, when we left the clinic, we discovered a lovely papelería (stationers) almost next door which sold beautiful printed papers by the kilo.  Neither of us were able to resist the temptation!  Here's what I brought back, although I have no idea what I'm going to use this paper for yet.

Pretty paper

Emma's speech this week 
Some of the new words and phrases she's been saying lately:

"Fon" = phone
"Beebee ha" = baby's hat (she was looking for, then found, her baby doll's hat!)
"Fan pees" = flan please (new dessert discovery; she couldn't get enough of it!)
She points at and says the names of some parts of her body: "toes", "arm", "mouse" (mouth!), "nos", "nee".
"Char ma, char si" = this isn't a chair (indicating a low table), this is a chair (indicating a chair or sofa)
"Poon" = pun in Spanish is a fart!
"Geen chee, re(d) chee" = green chilli, red chilli (pointing out chillies in the painting that's on the kitchen wall)
"Back" = black, and also back, as in "put it back"

Her speech when she's chattering to herself is punctuated by a little "mm" noise between words and I wonder whether it means anything - is it a word in itself, like "and", or is it just a thinking sound, or a sound for the sake of making a sound?

Quote of the Week 

I like this quote, and it applies to adults as much as children. I want to remind myself to play more (which doesn't mean working less), and especially with Emma.

Quote serious play David Hockney

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

Cuddle Fairy


  1. Lovely pictures! Looks like you've had a great week! I hope your mother in law feels better soon #KCACOLS

  2. Sounds like a fab week (except your poor mother-in-law hope she feels better). I love the pretty stationery :) #KCACOLS

  3. Seems like a lovely week especially for little Emma! Beautifully made card, I bet your mom-in-law loved it too. #candidcuddles

  4. What a busy week and how cute is Emma! I love how you have captured her speech development in this post. I completely agree - play is serious 😄👍 #candidcuddles

  5. That sounds like a lovely if busy week. A great quote and I totally agree, play is a very serious business indeed xx

  6. Yes I agree - play is serious! There is so much for kids to get out of play time. So much learning! Emma is adorable being a monkey lol & fab she loves flan so much! She has great taste. #candidcuddles

  7. I'm not sure I would have known what to do with that equipment on the playground either. It looks like Emma mastered it though. I love the words she's been using. And 'poon', ha! It's always the ones that stick :) Thanks so much for linking up with #KCACOLS and I hope you can make it again next week x

  8. Very impressed by the card! And that Emma can swing from bars - mine are rubbish! They don't hold on! I'm also obsessed with picking up pretty craft paper for no particular purpose. I'm glad Emma has already nailed the words to deal with her new dessert obsession - priorities! #KCACOLS

  9. You had a lovely week. That birthday card is really nice. You did a good job!! I'm impressed of all the words that she is learning. I would love my daughters to speak more Spanish. I'm sorry to hear about your mother in law. I hope she feels better soon. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! :-) x