Monthly Archives: March 2014

Day 54

Today I am grateful for the bond that is forming between my children. Una has always been very patient and caring with Nestor, but lately he has been showing more and more affection towards her and it melts my heart. Out of the blue he says things like: “I really like my sister” or “Una, ik vind je echt lief” or yesterday he was making noise banging something onto the wall between their rooms and when I asked him what he was doing he answered “I want to make Una smile”.

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Latest Nestorisms (mostly from the back bicycle seat)

{we made a mistake of telling the kids three months too early that we will probably visit the Playmobil park in Germany during the summer holidays}

Nestor: “Mama, Playmobil is the best thing ever. Playmobil and Riley (Nestor’s best friend).

I: “Playmobil and Riley? Nice.”

Nestor: “Mama, Riley is 4 and I am only 3. Do you think that 3 is good enough? I think that 3 is good enough.

I {while trying not to fall off the bicycle laughing}: “Yes, Nestor, I think that 3 is enough.”

{pause}

Nestor: “Mama, I am SO old”.

***

{after dinner conversation}

Nestor: “Mama, Daddy, do you know what my plan now is?

Mark and I: “No, what is your plan?”

Nestor: “My plan is to talk to my sister. THAT is my plan.”

***

Nestor: “Mama, ik vind je ZO lief!” {I think that you are so sweet}

Mama: {instant melting}

 

Note: I write what Nestor says  in English, for the most part. The language that he mostly uses at the moment is Dutch though. The conversation about his plans to talk to his sister was in English, with a fake British accent, no idea where that came from. I also write my answers in English, while in reality I only speak Serbian to him.

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Day 53

Today I am grateful for a relaxing afternoon with friends. Sun, bbq sweet corn, wine and cupcakes – what more would one need on a Sunday afternoon?

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Day 52

Today I am grateful for having survived a birthday party of Nestor’s four year old friend. There were 12 children age 1-6, who thought that playing the birthday boy’s arsenal of musical instruments (including trumpets, drums and flutes) as loud as possible was great fun.

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Day 51

Today I am grateful for the news that Una can swim for her B-diploma, she’s worked hard for it and is so proud of herself.

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Day 50

Today I am grateful for the teacher/parent meeting that went so well, according to her teachers Una is a very keen learner and enjoys school very much. It is always so nice to hear other people speak about your child, especially those who are involved in this very important aspect of their lives that we as parents are not really a part of.

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Day 49

Today I am grateful that my mum feels a little bit better after her most recent hip operation. Her road ahead to recovery is going to be long and uncertain and she has been in so much pain in the past year that any positive signs are very appreciated.

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