Monday, July 25, 2011

the beef, my lord, the beef

We're in our final few days of the crazy spanish immersion trip, flying home on Wednesday night, arriving Thursday at 11:30am. This means that on my 33rd birthday, I'll be spending more than half of it flying around the world with two children under 5. Hold me.

I'm conflicted about returning. On the one hand, I walk down the wide avenues and look up at blue skies and eat another delicious meal and speak my favorite language with my favorite accent. I have multiple emotional moments a day of seeing my children exploring and learning in this place that was so vital to my childhood, so crucial a part of who I am today. ON THE OTHER HAND, I am having daily headaches that I strongly suspect are due to the tension of living in a small apartment with neighbors in close proximity. The kids won't stop running and stomping and screaming. The downstairs neighbor is an opera singing tutor during the day, and then blasts rock or jazz at midnight. The upstairs neighbor woke me up at 4:30am last night with what I can only assume was very loud sex for 45 FREAKING MINUTES. Who has sex at 4:30 in the morning? I've become adept at managing 2 kids, one stroller, bags and jackets on broken sidewalks, buses, subways and taxis. Adept, sure, but still exhausted. And last, but not least, since 3 days after we landed, the children have been a revolving door of germs and illnesses. The kids and I have all had fevers and coughs and sleepless nights. I'm ready to go back to North America where flu season is not in full swing.

So, as I said, conflicted.

I'm excited to see Josh, and ready to enjoy the rest of the summer and my last month before they both go to school! Did I tell you Josie is starting preschool? I'm devastated, but I am 1000% sure she is ready and will love it.

Thoughts on summer activities for the kids and I? I'm thinking weekly themes like oceans and animals and then trips to the aquarium and zoo and books from the library. Ideas? I need to fill 5-6 weeks of summer, and if it goes well, perhaps we'll continue in the fall!

3 comments:

Knit and Purl Mama said...

People who don't have kids have sex at that hour of the night. Lol. I am sure as much fun you are having that you miss your bed?

liz said...

I'm so glad to have you back in the blogosphere. Missed you!!! Have a terrific last few days and take deep breaths about the flight home. Ask for help whenever you need it.

Kristin said...

I'm so totally jealous that you get to go live in Argentina for a while, and it sounds delicious (except for the apartment-living part)! I'm hoping D gets an opportunity to go live in Germany for six weeks with his job in a few years, and Ruby and I (and baby #2, if there is one) will just pack up and go with him. My dream is that me and Ruby will get on a train to a different city or country every day and just wander around Europe. Of course, if there's a baby, that would throw a kink in things. I've discovered I'm no good at baby-transporting. I still can't go to the grocery store with Ruby by myself.