Sunday, October 30, 2011

Version 2.0 of ~ it's gone UP the nose

So you've heard plenty of stories about how children put objects up their nose. Well this weekend it happened to us. AGAIN. You remember the story about the missing corn kernel? Unfortunately we can't blame the chicken this time.

This time it was play-doh. why play-doh? 

I was still sleeping and hubby was in the kitchen preparing breakfast when Beli started crying that her nose was hurting. Having previous experience, hubby grabbed the tweezers and a flashlight and asked Beli to blow out, not in.  Beli thought she needed to go outside so she walked to the door and  hubby asked, "why are you going outside?"  Beli replies, "to blow out."

This is when I wake up and I'm hearing cries from Beli that her nose hurts. So when the blowing out technique doesn't work, we tell her we are taking her to the doctor...she continues to cry.

Then I tell hubby, "I'm sure other kids have done this before." So I go to the internet and I find a blog post titled, " nose goodies." As I'm reading the article, I find a comment from a reader that shares her own experience of her kid going to the ER for putting a bead in her nose. She writes that the ER Dr.  advised her to cover the non affected nostril and blow through the kid's mouth. I'm reading it aloud and hubby says, "lets do that."

We tried it and nothing happened. so we tried again. Nothing. then I hold Beli in my arms to comfort her and I feel a gooey wet drop on my arm. It was the play-doh! Needless to say, we didn't have to go to the hospital.

Afterwards we asked Beli what Daddy do to get the play-doh out of her nose and she replied, " he gave me kisses."

Did you ever put foreign objects in your nose as a kid?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dinner in Mesa Verde~or should I say part three of our roadtrip

Sorry about the delay, but here are the final pictures of our trip we took during Labor Day (over a month ago)!

 After breakfast in Ouray (part one of our road trip) and lunch in Telluride (part two),  we continued driving southwest to the town of Cortez to conclude our road trip. 
We arrived at the Mesa Verde National Park, late afternoon on Saturday. We still had several hours of daylight but not enough time to see all the ruins, which was a shame because I would have liked to take a guided tour but time was running out and we still had to drive back to Denver.... that night. (yes call us crazy!) So instead of seeing the cliff dwellings up close, we saw them from a distance. 
Still, pretty impressive right?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

On the eve of the 25th....of October

it snowed! 

and  while I'm baking hundreds ( ok, more like 50 or 60) mini cupcakes for Beli's fall festival at school

she is practicing her own photo taking skills.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Trilingual no more~ a year later

The last progress update I did on Beli was when she was 2.5 years old.
Wow.....Many, many changes since then. 

at 2.5 years old, Beli was  proficient in speaking Spanish and Croatian. During the 19 months we lived in Croatia, Beli's exposure to the English language was minimal. Hubby and I discussed if one of us should also speak English to her but then decided we shouldn't. After all, sooner  or later we would move back to the States.

Then it happened....

The transition:
We began our transition to the States when we moved to Iowa on December 2010. We lived with my parents for 4 months. Both my parents and I continued speaking Spanish to Beli. She would also repeat what her cousins said in English, having no idea what she was saying. And now, Ingles is all she speaks!

You can say my adventures of raising a trilingual toddler came to a screeching halt when we moved back to Colorado. I guess it makes sense, she spends an average of 8 hours a day with English speaking caregivers. Hubby and I work full time. My family is 12 hours away.  Can you blame the kid?

I feel terrible.
Somehow I think I'm letting her down.
Like I 'm denying her roots.
I also blame hubby for not putting more effort in speaking Croatian at home.
I also blame myself. I should be doing more.
I'm also,so so proud of Beli.

In less than one year she has learned the English language. She expresses herself very well. She continues to be very independent.

Our conversation at home goes something like this:

Daddy: " Beli let's go have breakfast."
Beli: " I want TV."
Me: " Beli andale vamos a comer."
Beli: " I want to watch TV."
Daddy: " we are going to school now, so let's have breakfast."
Beli: " NO!"
Me: "Beli, listen to daddy, vamos a comer."
Hubby: " Beli, come on."
Beli: " don't talk to me DADDY!"
Me: "Beli, don't yell at daddy."
Beli: " I'M NOT!"

What more can I do? Wish I had more time at home, but Not working is out of the question. So in the meantime, because that still worries me, I've started my own therapy-savings jar! 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Autumn light

Happy Sunday!

Friday, October 21, 2011

gifts from family ~traveled thousands of miles

Gifts have arrived from overseas.

Admiring her Pinocchio marionette that Baki sent from her recent trip to Rome.

This beautiful ballerina outfit from auntie in Serbia 

sunglasses and books also from Baki

These books will be another opportunity for hubby to speak Croatian to Beli. ( more on that later)

A very happy girl indeed.
PS. yeah it's Friday!...going to work and afterwards will be cooking dinner for three, maybe will try this for dessert? Apple cranberry pie with pecan crumb topping
 What plans do you have this weekend?

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