Dear Mija: {10 months}: The Questions I Ask Myself

    If you’re new here I have been writing letters to my daughter each month titled, Dear Mija. It all started with this letter I wrote over a year ago on Spanglish Baby’s site.   Dear Mija, People often ask me how old you are and I keep wanting to say, oh, she’s 10 months. ButRead more

Dear Mija {9 months}: The Hardest Thing Parents Have To Do

Dear Mija- You’re 9 months old. You love giving slobbery open mouth kisses and big smiles showcasing your two front teeth. You like grabbing zippers and pulling necklaces and turning the lights on and off. You’ve got peek-a-boo mastered, your favorite foods are black beans and apples and you can babble dah, dah, dah allRead more

So, you want to learn a 2nd language?: My Top 9 Tips

As a foreigner, living in a Spanish speaking country, I get asked this question a lot. Are you fluent? I never know quite how to answer. I shrug my shoulders, umm kinda? I mean I don’t feel fluent. I still struggle with the woulda/shoulda/coulda tenses and I have huge gaps in my vocabulary. When IRead more

home is wherever i’m with you

It’s Friday night. We have finally have internet at the new house (yay!), we ordered pizza for dinner and Elena is sleeping downstairs. (two things I’m still getting used to: 1) her sleeping while not being carried! and 2) having a downstairs! -I’ve never lived in a house with stairs before.) We moved last weekRead more

Longing for California Summer

It’s a rainy afternoon here in Guatemala. And I should be used to this. June, July and August are the height of our raining season. This year it actually hasn’t been very rainy, so I have nothing to really complain about. Guatemalans actually call the months between May-October invierno (winter) because it rains and then verano (orRead more

Dear Mija: A Letter to My Future Bilingual & Bicultural Daughter

Months before we were ever pregnant I begin wondering and reading about how to raise bilingual and bicultural kids. I soaked up any stories, tips and ideas from other moms and families that I could find. Then my friend Sarah, from a A Life With Subtitles, introduced me to SpanglishBaby. Let me say it isRead more