27 August 2011

How Messes are Made

[The following is an instruction course, courtesy of Nikkolo Pikkolo, on the fine art of mess-making. Grab your toddler for a quick lesson!]
*These photos were taken by my sister while watching Niko one Saturday.

25 August 2011

Uma Nova Conquista

I feel as though some serious stagnation has overcome me.

For me, stagnation often yields wildly infeasible projects that I envision undertaking. Today, I have chosen a more feasible project with realistically attainable results: Learn Portuguese.

Why Portuguese? Have you ever heard Portuguese? It's beautiful. Favorably, it is also a Romantic language, y hay nada mas que me encantar tan un idioma Romantico! I was once fairly fluent in Spanish, still having retained a great amount of that knowledge, albeit I will need a lot of Coca-Cola to remove that rust... I have studied Latin, the basis for the Romantic (get it, Roman...) languages (ie. Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French in a small but recognizable way, and many words in my native English). Portuguese and Spanish share many similarities (moreso than any other two of the languages) but will require some tricks of the tongue in blending and lots of memory to differentiate between the similar but oh so different spellings and pronunciations.

For quite some time now, I have been enamoured with The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions recorded by Seu Jorge for the movie The Life Aquatic. He is also featured in the film playing these songs, sultry covers of David Bowie, on an acoustic guitar, cigarette in mouth, beanie capping his beautiful Black Brazilian hair. I swoon! Below is a song from the captivating album, serving as my inspiration to venture into this conquest, which will hopefully prove easier than I have expected and will assist in removing me from this rut. Additionally, the multilingual exposure for Niko will be awesome. Lastly, maybe I'll meet a smokin' hot Brazilian and can impress him with my lingual stylings.

My Inspiration/Minha Inspiração

Sempre em frente, nunca pra trás

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10 August 2011

Wordless Wednesdays: 10 August 2011 Funny Face

Niko is prone to make an assortment of funny faces. Here are some of my favorites from the last week or so...

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09 August 2011

Creating with Kids: Singing Together

Welcome to the August Carnival of Natural Parenting: Creating With Kids
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how they make messes and masterpieces with children. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

We are on the cusp of blossoming intelligible language, and I have been working diligently to provide as much vocabulous fodder for my sponge of a son. We read books of all sorts, I tell him stories that are somewhat ad libbed, I talk to him about the haps as we walk and coexist, I encourage conversation to which he happily obliges with babbling coherence, and we sing all of the time. So far, Niko knows how to hold a book and turn pages, pointing to pictures and squealing with delight; he is most responsive to song, though. I'd like to share how we get creative with music in our household, from dancing to creating impromptu paradies and mash-ups of some of my favorite songs (and some of what I think are his...).
07 August 2011

Sanguine Sunday: What I am Grateful for This Week: 01 August to 07 August

A bunch of other great bloggers do a thankful recap of the week on Saturdays. I always forget, but today I didn't (even though I am a day late and truthfully, Sundays are better for me anyways...). I think I'm going to start doing a weekly (or as often as I can) post in gratitude also.

I ♥ Breastfeeding: What I Have Learned from One Year of Breastfeeding

August happens to be the month of my son's birth; if you haven't noticed, the countdown is down to just two small weeks! Fittingly, August is also National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and August 1 through 7 is World Breastfeeding Week. As the week dwindles down and my countdown to one year of breastfeeding slowly ticks away, I thought it fitting to compile a list of what I have learned from breastfeeding my son for one year with another year probable to come (I'm going to let him decide when he'd like to stop, whether it is in a month or another year, it will be his choice).