Wednesday, 25 April 2007

I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since I last posted. Julian has been a sweetie these last few days. Last Saturday we went to Rodizio’s, Magali’s favorite restaurant, and on the way out, Juli grabbed a handful of the complimentary mints they have. The next day, he had set up a little shop on the kitchen counter, with a glassful of mints, and a note that said, “10 cents.” Jeff and I just cracked up laughing. Such an entrepreneur! So he’s been perfecting his little restaurant, with menus and all. Last Saturday he had 3 customers come for bread and dulce de leche; his little friend from soccer, and our next door neighbors. He even makes smiley face toast! He was very excited because his friend said he’ll open a restaurant too. He told me, “Mama, I have him the idea.” No fear of competition that boy… He loves to cook; I guess he got uncle Ralph’s and yaya’s cooking genes. He says he’ll have a restaurant for people with food allergies, like Joaquin, because it’s such a pain to eat out with him.
Magali is in love with our other neighbors, a very elderly couple. They’ve been very sick lately, and they are both in wheelchairs or walkers. But Maga loves them, so today she gave them one of the restaurant’s menus, in case they want to come over. Oh my! I hope they understand it’s a game, otherwise, we’ll have people over for dinner every day. Julian even wants to invite his whole class, and he wants to do the cooking himself.
Last weekend we got our playset, but it’s been raining so much the kids have barely been out enjoying it. They have a little house and a tower, so they want to live out there! Joaquin is truly Jeff’s clon. He loves to be outside, and he’s so strong, it’s a very hard to bring him back in when he doesn’t want to, so we have to bribe him–with fruit snacks mostly.
Areli is my sweet, sweet perfect angel. She’s so chubby her diapers don’t fit anymore–Joaquin wears the same size, and he’s a chunky boy too! But she’s all rolls and smiles. I’ll post a picture of her legs as soon as I get my computer back. She wants to sit up all day, but she still falls forward. But she’s very strong, and I’m sure she’ll be sitting in the next few weeks. I’m chronically tired; it’s a permanent condition. If I’m up all night it’s understandable, but when I do get to sleep I guess my body just wants to catch up. And it’s not even because Areli keeps me up, or even Joaquin. I think it’s just the routine of doing every day the same thing! I’m always doing the same! Laundry, cooking, cleaning … and I even have cleaners coming twice a week. I hope that once the warm weather comes it’ll be better. Jeff’s doing very well with his work out. He’s lost a lot of weight. He looks great! Well, I have to turn in. It’s past midnight already.

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Yamile Saied Mendez

Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is a fútbol-obsessed Argentine-American, Picture Book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult author.

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