Giving Thanks

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If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope your day was full of turkey, pie, friends, and family.

Together with Christmas, this is my favorite holiday of the whole year. Not because of the abundance of food or the fact that you can take a two-hour nap and no one questions why. No. Because we pause, join together and reflect on what we have, instead of complaining about what we don’t have.

So, as I reflect on 2014, yo doy gracias por…

The birth experience of E. that proved I can do this thing called mommy hood.

Our new city and the stories we’re beginning to write with new friends.

Old friends who stick with you in spite of the distance.

Staying at home with E. to watch her gatear, sonreir, balbucear, y explorar.

Breakfasts en familia, all three of us around the table.

Team España’s visit.

Becoming closer with my cuñada even though we live thousands of miles apart.

The medley of crumbs that I daily scrape off the floor, reminding me that not everything in life is neat and orderly.

Quitting my job as a teacher to become a learner as I embark on this new adventure of bilingual parenting.

What do you give thanks for this year?

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Christmas sueños come early & una visita especial

Your priorities change when you become a parent, including how you spend your money.

Upon receiving an e-mail from my former study abroad director in Madrid announcing her annual trip to the States, I rushed to hit the reply button with my por-favor-te-puedo-encargar-un-par-de-cosas (translation: my wish list).

But, this time my wish list did not include una bolsa de tres kilos de chuches y una botella de vino y copias de mis revistas favoritas, all for me.

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My normal reaction to receiving Spanish “chuches” (candy)

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Myth #5: All you need is exposure

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Amig@s, happy Monday! I hope the weekend has left you rejuvenated to face a new week.

Today, I’m eager to address the fifth – and final (at least for a while) – myth surrounding bilingualism. If you’re interested in reading about the other four, you can check them out here, here, here, and here.

On those days when I find bilingual parenting difficult, I often catch myself wishing today’s myth were true, as it would make life raising my daughter in my second language so much easier:

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On my bedside table (and, in my Feedly)

Friends, we’re taking a break today from “Family Fridays,” a series in which I highlight a different multilingual family from around the world each Friday. But, we’ll be back before you know it!

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Contrary to what you might think, I’m not only interested in topics related to bilingualism. Hehe!

I thought I’d start periodically sharing what I’m reading, both books and other blogs/websites. If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the hunt for something new and good to read. So, in case you need some fresh material, … Continue reading

Interview with Andrés Salguero (part 2) + Giveaway

Welcome back to part 2 of my interview with Andrés Salguero.

If you missed Monday’s post, be sure to check it out here.

bilingualism multilingualism music 123conandres Today, Andrés and his wife, Christina, share their thoughts on what it means to be bilingual and bi-cultural. And, if you haven’t already entered the giveaway for a FREE copy of his debut album, be sure to enter today! The winner will be announced this Friday on the blog. Alright, then, let’s pick up where we left off… Continue reading

Interview with Andrés Salguero (part 1) + Giveaway!

It’s Monday!

Why are you so happy, Audrey? It’s…Monday.

Yeah, normally, Mondays are hard. In the words of my wise four-year old nephew, my sentiment is generally: “I don’t want to do Monday.”

But, today is different. Today, tengo el gran privilegio de introduce you to an amazing bilingual singer-songwriter for children, Andrés Salguero, or as his fans know him, ¡123conAndrés!

Today and Wednesday on the blog, we’ll get a chance to learn about his – and his wife, Christina’s – adventures in bilingualism, as well as learn about his fabulous music.

Plus, from now until Wednesday you’ll have the opportunity to win a copy of his release album ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! It’s awesome! E. and I listen to it TODOS. LOS. DÍAS.

(If you’ve been following the blog, you know that the past four Mondays I’ve been addressing some of the common misconceptions  surrounding bilingualism. We’ll be back next Monday for the fifth – and final – myth.)

So, without further adieu, os presento a Andrés Salguero and his wife, Christina.

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