Hung w/ Maria and her best friend, Laura, and her family the first half and then friends from school and Halloween the second! And I met an exchange student from Australia!! I was like "hey!" and she was like "hola! wait! english!" and we hit it off from there
Then came home, fav. dinner, set out cookies and milk for the reyes (wisemen/kings) and water for the camels and went to bed
Biked to Mercadona w/ Maria for groceries Made some cookies
And Lucia and I had a wonderful night in the City where we saw the heraldo and went to Double Agent and merendando demaciado tarde and tedda!
(where you put your letter to the wise men, like a note to Santa ^^)
Expect not, cuz for him I imagine it was not a calm day at all
Hung out at Sams house today. First with the sisters (my cousins!!) then with Sam when he came back from tennis. Actually not really, still with Pepa and Lucia while he franticly finished packing. And then photocopies and lunch and then byes:(
See ya in Chicago
Grandpa (on Rosario's side) always takes the cousin's ice skating, mini amusment park riding, then out to lunch for the new year!
And then Rosario and Miguel Angel went to visit the friends from last night and I watched a movie that gave me one of those random crazy sparks of sudden art inspiration
so then art and they came home, and dinner, and Star Wars Episode V in Spanish which only Miguel Angel and I enjoyed:(
and I talked to Andy!
Tedda (long day, but a good day:)
2 0 1 7 That no longer random set of numbers ive had memorized since kindergarden to login to any given computer
Sleeping in and reading then lunch with the extended family again then the evning with friends of the family (who are great) and the movie Pride and Prejudice
The morning of the first day of 2017 was spent writing mi primer carta de reyes w/ Lucia
(also the really cool moon is noteworthy to mention. It was a tiny orange sliver on the horizon that unfortunatly was imposible to capture with a less then perfect camera)
Happy New Year all!! Much luck
walk in the park this morning
instead of a kiss or crazy noise makers here in Spain we eat grapes
one grape per chime at midnight and if you manage to eat all twelve in time you have good luck the rest of the year
Finally painted Paterna!
Christmas present for Miguel Angel's parents
(Ross is gonna by so mad at me when I come back and tell here Ive been painting a ton but I left it all in Spain..)
Thank you mom!!
The green one was SO long! It was great to hear all the stories; pies, and surprise kittens, and trail rides!
Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!!
Sending love and hugs to the whole family (ponies and cats included:)
I found the cutest little book about famouse women with stories and pretty little drawings!!
getting mail from Dani is the best because first of all the outside is always pretty or interesting or covered in stickers! and then inside is a hand written card that is so so fun to read and then some sort of little treasure from the past!! You should all wish you got mail from Dani.
(made me think of gramma↓)
our lunch spot↓
los piggies Iberica↓
two very pretty horses on the way (cuz I notice these things..) the dapple was really friendly!
in a tree again, whats new
(dad the tree was perfect!!!)
and then I came home to another package!! Thank you mom!!
4 MONTHS AND I FINALLY WENT UP THE GIRALDA!!
and then out for a late lunch (which was AMAZING)
lol somehow they all ended up matching
and then (drum roll) we went and saw as many Belenes as probaly humanly possible in one night
Behold, the tragic story of Lucia's balloon:
anddd mas Belenes
andddd chocolate break!
in which you pretty much just drink pure liquid chocolate
Opened my present, THANK YOU MINNESOTA FAMILY, then off to Paterna, then a few hours later off to chruch
Christmas dinner with the family! (many tapas, what else)
Santa cheats a bit and comes here after dinner (so now we know how he makes it around the world in one night)
Then presents from the Illinois family, cuz we do family presents on Christmas Eve
UPDATE FROM THE US
IT WAS SO SO GREAT TO SEE AND TALK TO ALL OF YOU. I MISS YOU SO SO MUCH AND I HOPE YOU HAD A SPECTACULAR CHRISTMAS EVE
(fi thanks for being the oldest cousin for me this year, also everyone's hair looks great)
I have absolutly no idea who did this, but it certainly made my day somehow even more amazing than it already was, even if the hats a little out of wack thank you unknown person very very much:)
GRAMMA!!! Serioulsy eveyone said you looked super fit and young and really good
Just so you all know the gist of who everyone is:
Rosario- host mom
Miguel Angel- host dad
Maria- host sister (15)
Lucia- host sister (12)
Sam- CIEE student
Hector- Sam's host dad
Tatu- Sam's host mom (Rosario's cousin)
Lucia- Sam's host sister
Pepa- Sams host sister
Santi- Sam's neighbor
Sarah- Sam's neighbor
Lucia- CIEE student (from Virginia)
Friends from school: