Friday, July 5, 2013

7 quick takes vol. 5

Last week I went in to renew my driver's license, and since they are upgrading country-wide to international standards, I had to get a new one made.  The gentleman typing my info into the computer stopped when he got to eye color, where I had written green.  Apparently the problem is that the computer program offers a drop down menu with choices for each category on the license  and for eyes the choices are brown, blue, or hazel.  No green.  We agreed to go with hazel, because my eyes definitely aren't brown or blue, but what color is hazel really?  It is a vague color.  I'm sure I'm not the only person with green eyes driving around Belize, I wonder what the other drivers did.

It's avocado season again!!  My favorite way to eat avocados is to make guacamole and mix some salsa in.  Yum.  Anyways, does everyone know how to tell if an avocado is ripe?  It should give slightly when you squeeze it, but not be mushy.  Then you shake it next to your ear-- if it is ready you should be able to hear the seed rattling around inside.

This conversation sums up my husband really, really well:

me, while playing with the Babes: Daniel, did you have a favorite toy when you were a child?
Daniel: I don't really have much recollection of my childhood
me [slightly jokingly]: Did you have a favorite sheep?
Daniel [enthusiastically] : Oh yes.  I had a favorite pig too.

Miss M is almost 2 months old, and she is just starting to make little noises, little coos like a pigeon.  I love it.  I can't wait till she starts smiling at us.
When we first got the Babes we taught him some sign language because he wasn't talking yet.  One of the signs he learned was "more," and he would sign "more, please" when he wanted more to eat.  When he started talking he picked up "more" quickly and used it consistently.  Last night at dinner, he said, "Another, please."  Well ok then.  Aren't we the proper toddler.

Lest I give you the impression we have a genius child here....
Since we don't know how long we will have the Babes, we have encouraged him to call us Tia and Tio (Spanish for Aunt and Uncle) rather then Mama or Dad.  This has failed rather amusingly.  Me, he calls nothing, although sometimes I get called "Tio" or "boy" (but in creole, so it sounds like bwuoooy!). Daniel is called mama.  If we try to correct him, he shakes his head yes and says, "Mama Tio!"

This was entirely unposed.  Later she tucked her front paws in the bucket, laid down and went to sleep. (in case you miss it, the toy truck is a mini CAT).

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  1. I <3 everything about this post!

  2. Love avacados as well. Yum Yum!

  3. I didn't know about shaking the avocado. Thanks for that tip!


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