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June 2012

Last Day of School.

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Here is a tiny story that Natalie wrote for her teacher to make her smile.


Today is the last day of school for Natalie and Diego. They should be jumping with joy since the summer vacation is right there, but instead they feel a little sad because they're going to miss their teachers and friends. Natalie and Diego LOVE school. Soon we're going to be driving up to the mountains. I hope that the kids feel happy when we're there. They love nature, I'm sure that as soon as we get there their little faces are going to start smiling again :)

I hope that you have a great day!

Elsita :)

The kids :)

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Nothing makes me happier that seeing these three people together and happy. They are the meaning of life to me :) I love you guys so much!


This typewriter has a mind of its own!

I wanted to write a special letter for Bill for Father's Day with my old typewriter but she refused to cooperate :o  Old typewriters are very particular. 

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I bought my rusty typewriter some time ago but it's only now that I'm using it (or trying to). What an experience! Every time I attempted to type something on my beautiful acid-free cotton paper I had to start all over again. My brain got all messed up, I thought that I could hit the delete button or do spelling correction but I forgot that only computers do that! This little machine is very strict, she wants me to focus and use my brain properly but I forgot how to do that after so many years using a computer.


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This "portable" typewriter weights as much as Diego (at his current weight Diego is not portable anymore) and it has as much personality as Diego does as well. I order to make the typing experience more fun I bought the machine to my bed, I placed it on a pillow  but she did not like it at all. It kept falling on one side or the other. I put it on my lap but the weight killed my circulation. This typewriter doesn't want to be treated like a laptop. I finally had to treat her like a typewriter so I put it back on the table. Perfect! She loves it! 

I almost forgot to tell you that I named her Mildred. I'm sure that we will get along well, eventually. I hope that she enjoys the idea of collaborating with me in order to do something creative. Now back to taking care of the last details before Bill arrives!



Elsita :)

(And thanks a lot for the Facebook hugs sent from my sidebar,  they make me happy!)

Preparations for Bill's arrival!


Natalie just finished this large portrait of Bill on a piece of paper. I'm going to place it on the fireplace shelf, next to the Welcome sign. Yay!! We're having lots of fun over here. The kids are waiting for their beloved brother Miro who came back from college. He's planning to visit us today. Bill is on his way back home already, he arrives tomorrow. We're all so excited!

Also, a friend suggested that I place a Facebook 'like' button on this blog so I just did it. See the little "Become a fan" icon on the sidebar. I hope that I did it right. If you click on that little like button I will see it as you sending me a hug. Right now I'm seeing that I have received 3 hugs. Thank you!! I love hugs :)

See you later!

I hear Miro arriving!!!!!!!

Band-Aid magic?

This morning I had a mild headache (I have been sick for a few days) so Diego and Natalie put some band-aids on my forehead to see if it helped. It was magic! The headache disappeared! ;)

Suddenly, Diego had a "stomach ache"! He demanded that I put a band-aid on his belly button. I did it and he felt so much better after it. But then, (I didn't see it coming at all) he started suffering from a terrible toothache! So terrible that it gave him the giggles :o He wanted a band-aid on his front teeth. I suggested that we go to see the dentist instead. But his toothache disappeared immediately. Thank God! I was starting to get "worry" ;)

To tell you the truth, Diego is made out of some rare material because he NEVER gets sick. Natalie and I don't get sick often, but we're both sick right now. But Diego? Nada. I'm starting to believe that having a permanent positive state of mind and a good sense of humor is really good for your health. Diego has both. And in a much higher degree than the rest of us in the family!

Short Hairstyle :)

Natalie april 2010 con fondo.

I was revisiting Natalie's hairstyles from the past and I found this cute one. She looks so adorable! It is from 2010. Natalie's one of those girls that look great in any hairstyle. I was thinking about going back to short hair myself. But I keep remembering how every time I did it I promised myself not to do it ever, ever, ever again.

The last time I cut my curly hair short Diego said that I looked like a broccoli. I love broccoli but I'm not sure if I want to look like it :o


Ps. I need to come back with a current picture of Natalie, after seeing this photo she requested a similar haircut so I made it happen with the help of my magic scissors. She looks so beautiful!!



Invitation to a special event.



Are you In Los Angeles area here in California? Then you shouldn't miss this event:



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(To see the invitation in a large format just click on the picture above)

Who: Cindy Meyer, Ph. D.

Where: The Santa Monica YWCA:

2019 14th Street 90405

Santa Monica, CA

Phone: (310) 452-3881

When: This Thursday, June 14th

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm. 

You can bring friends and family. The YWCA will be providing a light dinner.

I hope that you can make it!


Pre-interview with Diego :)

Me: Diego, one day I'd like to interview you for my blog. Is that OK?

Diego: SURE.

Me: Do you like blogs?


Me: Do you know what a blog is?

Diego: NO.

Me: Would you like to have a blog when you grow up?


Me: Well, you know, that's up to you.

Diego: OK.

(Pause to explain him what a blog is...)

Me: Diego, when do you think that we can do the interview?

Diego: On January at 5:35

Me: Why did you pick that date?

Diego: I DON'T KNOW.

Me: Do you think that we can do it before that date?

Diego: SURE.

Me: OK, I will let you know when I'm ready with the questions.

Diego: OK

Me: By the way, do you know what an interview is?

Diego: NO

Me: Well, it's basically when someone asks you a question and then you answer.

Diego: Can I ask you a question?

Me: Yes, go ahead.

Diego: Have you seen my 3-D glasses?

Me: I didn't know that you had 3-D glasses.

Diego: Can you buy me 3-D glasses?

Me: Yes, let me see where I can find a pair for you.

Diego: Maybe at Whole Foods?


The end :) 


Natalie's revolutionary music composition method :o

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What you see in the picture is a song composed by Natalie for the piano. She's been playing it since early thins morning. Bill offered to teach her how to write music the traditional way but Natalie refused the offer. The reason is that she already came out with her own method. The best part of this method is that only Natalie can understand it, that makes it copyright proof. 

As you can see Natalie's method consists in two simple principles:

1.Use the numbers 1,2,3 and 4. (The number 5 that you spot in there was a mistake according to Natalie).

2.Use the word low.

Now, if I could only understand how the combination of these elements produce music I would consider myself very smart. I asked Natalie to explain me how to read her music and she said: look, it's very easy: 3,1,4 low, 3, 2... 

The most important thing after all is that Natalie composed this song for her Grandma Joan who's turning 80 today! Isn't this a very special present?

Happy birthday Joan! Please enjoy Natalie's beautiful music, she composed it with lots of love for you. Enjoy your special day!

Elsita, Bill, Miro, Natalie and Diego :)


Paper Toy for Diego.

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My love for paper only grows. Paper is one of the most versatile materials that I know. You can make anything out of paper.

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Here's a little toy that I made for Diego. I built the body with strong paper and then I painted on it with watercolors.

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Diego was so excited to see it! His eyes were wide open with an expression of fascination. Then, with his funny little loud voice he said: Hey Mom! Can I crush it? Natalie jumped from her chair and said: Are you kidding? And he said: NO. Of course he wasn't kidding, but the whole story had a happy ending. I taught Diego a way to play with it pacifically. You push the top and the bunny jumps a little bit.

I asked Diego why he wanted to crush the toy and he said: because I'm so strong! So I asked him: How did you get so strong Diego? And he said: because I drink whole grain water!!! 

I'm telling you, there isn't a toy on planet Earth that is as fun as Diego is. This thing about the whole grain water made Natalie and I laugh for an eternity! :)  :)   :)

ps. Diego is not aggressive at all, he has never been thank God. He's just very honest. Diego says exactly what is in his mind.