Thanks to the wonderful local nature group for kids we have been exploring some lovely areas surrounding Cusco - usually with Little Miss 9 but sometimes with Master 3 as well. Up and down valleys, around the hills, sitting by streams and under trees; this is the Cusco that everyone ought to see but in reality, they probably don't get a chance to do so.
The scenery is breathtaking and relaxing and I enjoy getting out and about away from it all. No telephones. No electronics of any kind. No interruptions. Bliss!
The kids are enrolled in a Spanish school - I won't say they particularly love it but they don't hate it either. My daughter loves to go to see her friends but hates school (the learning part as a rule). We had the same issue with homeschooling although I am still supplementing when it comes to her education.
My 3 year old is a rebel and isn't a fan either but he goes because his sister goes so for the most part it is a good education in itself - even if they learn nothing.
I am able to monitor them once a week when I go to the school to teach English - once a week is plenty. There is no way I could teach any more than that - I find the process fairly tiring these days.
The kids are cute and all - but 6 classes a week is enough for me.
Master 3 had at first developed a zombie obsession and then it was followed by an obsession with Michael Jackson's song "Thriller".
Not content with just listening to it once or twice, he listens to it at least 10 times a day and he has even developed a little zombie routine to go with it.
Scary stuff - and to top it off - his second obsession is the song "Staying Alive".
Hmmm this kid is going to be very interesting!
Our gorgeous girl turned 9 this week and we couldn't have been more proud. She is a fun loving, kind hearted creative individual who likes to talk our ears off on a daily basis. And we love her!
Little Miss 9 opted for a pizza party to celebrate the day and we got her favourite cupcake store to make the cake (Monster High of course).
Jewellery kits, jewellery, hats, books, bags and inline skates were the presents given to our girl. She was very lucky indeed!
I can't believe how much time flies - 9 - wow!
And of course we also celebrate my birthday but it generally slips by unnoticed. And that's as it should be!
Happy birthday to you...
Happy birthday to me...
I am finding it hard to believe it is February already. The year is flying by - I think mainly because Little Miss 8 has been enrolled in summer school and has been enjoying meeting new people and making friends.
While she couldn't care less about the learning aspect, she is enjoying the art classes she is doing there and often comes home paint splattered but happy - like today.
She even had an excursion to the fire station which was great to see.
She has a couple of little friends which is awesome and they often communicate by using the translator on the computer which is extremely cute.
Other than that, Master 3 has been working very hard on his zombie collection and we have managed to get both kids into the dentist to get some work done on their teeth. The dentist is much cheaper than Canada or Australia which suits us seeing as they both need a little bit of work done.
We have been busy trying to find the kids a school to attend in March 2014 prior to the year end when the school holiday starts. And today we think we have found one.
There are a lot of schools in our local area although many do not have vacancies for a 3 or an 8 year old - both private and public surprisingly. Today we found a lovely little private school which can take both of our children - provided they pass the psychological testing they impose on them.
The school, currently within walking distance, is relocating to San Sebastian next year, however that is still relatively close to where we live. A school day starts at 8.30am ending at 1.00pm - it is hard to get used to the fact that the school hours in Peru are so short but I will definitely be enjoying my newfound freedom come March.
I may look to teach provided I can find suitable teaching hours otherwise I might just put my feet up for a bit and enjoy some much needed time away from the kids.
As much as I love my kids - I love being away from them. Bring on March!
I tell you, living across from a chicken store is very convenient - whenever the kids get a craving for chicken burgers, chicken nuggets or hot dogs then we don't have far to go.
Unfortunately as a vegetarian it doesn't suit my purposes but as long the kids are happy!
I am loving the simple life, hanging out at home, homeschool and trips to the park or the market. Of course things may change if we decide to enroll Emilia in a Spanish school once our visas get approved but for the moment we are happy to take it day by day.
We went to the market yesterday to pick up some vegetables and treat the kids to some ice cream. And Emilia is happy as she has seen the MP3 player of her dreams (in pink) so is currently trying to save up the 70 soles for that.
And in between the rain we are finding nice pockets of weather to visit the park.
Life is good!
For the last two days we have been going to the local park near to our hostel on Recoleta and the kids have really enjoyed it. It is big enough to have fun in and keep themselves amused but not too big that they worry about what to do next.
For the first day Little Miss 8 was worried that she wouldn't make friends but after overcoming her shyness, by the second day she was Little Miss Popularity. The kids were all trying to speak to her in Spanish and ask her questions and while she couldn't answer them, that didn't stop them from having a bunch of fun making trains down the slide and having seesaw wars!
I was watching Master 3 and he was babbling away to the poor unsuspecting kids in English not caring whether they understood him or not. It was a funny sight to see!
My guess is that they will want to go back for a play tomorrow.
Inspired by the subject of the Vikings we have been studying this week since we commenced homeschooling, Little Miss 8 has dubbed our school "Greenland High". Happy to be doing creative homework and studying a fun and interesting subject, she is all smiles this evening.
This will change once we start doing multiplication no doubt!
But I hope we manage to see the smiles for as long as possible particularly when they look so pretty!
Lazy days, coffee in the Plaza, familiarising ourselves with the streets of Cusco, visiting the markets, whiling away the hours at the internet cafe, visiting the park and just hanging out is what life consists of these days - and we aren't complaining.
I love being somewhere new and although we have visited most of the areas that tourists visits, we now have the time to really get to know the heart of the city as the locals see it.
Little Miss 8 is looking to pen an adventure book based in Peru (she has the ideas and wants Mum to write it - however she is willing to give me a full author credit alongside her own name). Isn't she sweet! We just need someone to assist us with the illustrations but I am sure it won't be too much of a problem once we actually have a completed manuscript to work with.
Somehow finding time to write a book alongside all of the lazy days we have been experiencing is kind of tricky but we are more than a few pages in which is encouraging. I just have to try to keep up with Little Miss 8's run-away brain as she is already planning book number 2! My guess is it will end up being a trilogy of sorts but we are going to see how number 1 goes before we get too far ahead of ourselves.
Michelle - traveller, writer, mother, lover and friend.