This year Harry Potter it is

This year has been very tired, or somehow I have been more tired than ever. O maybe, I'm just starting to be normal, because I always had like an endless flow of energy, but as 2015 kick in I was done.

Whether I homeschooled or worked or studied, but I could bring myself to do all at once as I have been doing for many years.

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Even the so long expected birthday of my son almost caught me empty handed. I have always made his birthdays into big crafty, cooking and artsy productions but this I just could not get around it. Besides I had to celebrated much earlier this year.

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On Friday I stared to feel down, and then spend half Saturday crying alone at home. I'm having a lot of changes on my life and some of them are very welcomed and bring happiness but also confusion as well as  the starting of the puberty of my son. He had requested a Star Wars party but then restarted the reading of Harry Potter and the Chamber of the Secrets, and decided to change the theme at the last minute, the party is in two weeks.

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At first I was stressed about it, but then it turn out that it was just what I needed to get in motion again. And so at the end of the afternoon I started to pin ideas and download printables and such, and when I went to meet Itzcóatl we both were happy and excited. We went to get some materials and stayed up until late doing wands and I started to knit scarves for the kids. I think it's going to be great, even when it only will be a small party.

P.S. I'm sorry I embed my pictures from Instagram, I just having been able to transfer the pics from my phone to the computer.


A day out with mom :: a funny piece, I hope

I was asked to write a funny piece for my English class and here it is.

A day out with mom

It has been a long time since we don’t go out. I’ve been tired and sad, but I owe him, my beautiful son, he deserves a day out.

And so I got the discount tickets a week ago, we will be going out in a little trip to Taxco this Sunday, I’m nervous and excited, and so tired. I tried to get in bed early last night, but I had tons of work as usual. So I only got a few hours of sleep and we have to wake up very early, which is not my thing at all. starting days early, but here we go.

I hear the alarm and I stay for another ten minutes as it would make a great difference. I finally crawl about of bed and get into the shower. I get dress and wake my son up and run to the kitchen to make a breakfast to go. We are almost ready and on time but fifteen minutes later we are no ready yet and now we are late.

The little letters of the tickets said that if you are not at the Angel de la Independencia at 7:00 am sharp the shuttle will leave, waiting for no one. It’s 6:55 and we are in the street and catch a cab. We arrive at the Angel at 7:05. There is at least 6 different tourist buses or shuttles and I start to ask around, people send me from one to another but every driver says that this is not ours. I started to feel very sad and frustrated, I can see the disappointment on my child eyes.

Suddenly one shuttle arrives and some guys on the street start to yell at us, “This is yours!, Get in fast!” We run full of hope. As I talk to the driver he seems confused. But my tickets are valid, so he says that we can get in. The problem is there is no seats available, we will have to sit on the floor all the way to the tollbooth, were we will meet the other shuttle, that should have room for us.

So we accommodate ourselves inside the best we can and smile. As the city passes by trough the windows I can appreciate the light of the morning as it unfolds with his cold breeze. I start to feel drowsy because of the lack of sleep, but I’m feeling so proud of have done it. In the end I’m not such a bad parent. My kid is so happy. We ate our yogurt with granola and have a little chat with the other travelers.

When we reach the border of the city there is a lot of pine trees and a few poor houses. The shuttle parks and call the other driver, that is on it’s way, 10 minutes away. We are aloud to go to the restrooms, so we both go. There are little unpleasant but at least not dirty. As I close the door of mine it hits me.

The whole phone conversation with the travel agency. When I called three days ago. Now I remember that the lady told me that I was confirming my tickets too late, and that all seats were taken, but that we could go next week. I start to feel the blood on my cheeks, we are already on the edge of the city, what are we supposed to do now?, and how I’m going to face the drivers who can’t be blame. I feel so ashamed of accepting my mistake that I just decide to play along my point but to get back to the city.

 So I get back, I insist a little on the fact that my tickets are real, and then I say I understand there has been some kind of mistake, and that it wont be convenient for us to ride all the way to Taxco if there is no seats and no meals paid for us, and that I’ll call the office and fix it on Monday. The drivers explain me how to take a bus back into the city and left with meaningful looks to each other.

My son is more amused at my embarrassment than disappointed by the experience. I make him promise not to tell anyone. And then I take him to a nice place for breakfast and we spend the day out nicely, a family Sunday, you may say.

Nahuatl Vargas


Happy sewing, a shop update

I'm so happy because I have been sewing a lot lately.

Unfortunately some of that sewing happened while taking care of my son who got sick with a throat infection that hasn't got away yet, but he is much better now, and I'm grateful for that.

I used my technique of rubber stamps on fabric to make some cuties, like the bike bonnet and the snowflake dress, I love tho use cute buttons too.

Everything is already on the shop if you want to check it out.


Our Advent Calendar

I'm very happy because this year I did finish the Advent Calendar on time, I reuse the little paper rolls tree I did last year. But this time I manage to sew all the felt ornaments and I sealed on the back too,

I think it looks like a honeycomb.I also includede little notes for family activites such as ºWe will go  to any museum you chose today", and others that just say "I love you" or "I admire you".

I use the ornaments as milestones or reminders of family memories. So there is one from the year he started to play piano or take chess lessons, and from birthdays too, like the year we made one themed on fruits or cars.

I hope we will have time to be together.


Mario Bros related crafts

 I do not care about for video games, not even nostalgia ones. I didn't like them when I was a teenager, and I like them even less as a mom.

But when my friend V called me asking ideas for his boyfriend birthday gifts I made a quick search and sent her some links, within a few hours she was so excited that asked me for lessons, so she could make all that she intend and could also learn how to use the sewing machine.

I accepted and we spent two days working on it, a bookmark, a cushion and a god strap, I mus say that it all came very nicely, and even I got excited and decided to use the the eraser stamps that I had engrave to make a tote to put all the gifts together.

This is the result.

XXXIV International Fair of Children's Books in Mexico City

Affiliate links within to the English version o the books when available.

We visited the fair with a larger budget than last year and it was such a pleasure, we love books.

I made my son notice that the fair has the same age as me, and he told me that it was created on the year I was born for me, since I'm the queen of books, this made me smile.

I felt very proud that the one book my son chose was The Usborne Enciclopedia of world History, not only for his interest in History, wich I think is pretty cool, but because he actually can read it. I have to admit that when the third grade curriculum arrived, I totally freak out. the content was to advance for him, English is his second language. I figure that it was just an obstacle to tackle, but still. And we started little by little, and suddenly he leap a mile on his understanding of English, it's so funny how mothering always give you the same lesson, over and over, and we fail to learn it. Progress will occur in its time, there is not point on rush it or get stress, you just have to enjoy live and keep up. So, you understand that when I saw him fascinated by this book (we spend a good 20 minutes on this stand) and reading it, I understood I had to make the effort to purchase it, even it is pricey.

I also got some discounted books, a few that my son loved even when he didn't ask for them, and some other I thought I could use in my baby classes, I want to start some Story Time in English here in Mexico City next year, and some Reading Promoting Sessions too, next year.

Some came in packs, and I also got a puzzle. I'm hoping to make individual post on each book later.

I got these in a pack for $1.5, but you can find them in English following the links; How to Hide a Parakeet & Other Birds, How to Hide a Meadow Frog and Other Amphibians (Reading Railroad), How to Hide an Octopus and Other Sea Creatures (Reading Railroad), How to Hide a Butterfly and Other Insects (Reading Railroad Books), How to Hide a Crocodile and Other Reptiles (Reading Railroad),How to Hide a Polar Bear and Other Mammals (Grosset & Dunlap All Aboard Book)

These came together too, I think they were funny, also great price, $1.5.

This is very beautiful, has not text, good for babies and in plasticized paper easy to clean.

This one  is very good for learning some basic Spanish words, love the illustrations.

I'm not. I will ever print photos the old way with my son, as I did when I was a teenager, but still is interesting  to know how it was done.

This one is one of those books without text that are great for young children to understand story structure. It is about a fox who stills a hen. All the friends of the hen are running across the land trying to catch him, but when they finally do, the hen and fox reveal they are in love, it is very very cute, I recommend it a lot.

This has a CD with music and illustrated traditional rhymes form Latin America, really good.

This one has very nicely sounded poems that I expect to use with my babies and kids to teach them rhythm.

It's so bad that this one does not seams to be available on English, it's very nice. A boy lives in a island with all his dog friends and one decides to give them names, as he chooses animal names for them, they transform in parrots, frogs and more, beautifully illustrated.

This collection of board books offers very rhythmical simple ideas,  Violín.

Another book without word, this one full of details on the illustrations that are a delight to observe. It's about a picnic, but when they arrived to the place, someone has steeled the cakes.

Very, very simple book without word with this idea Before, after, most of it related to nature, beautiful illustrations, and great to develop the concept of story structure, time and relations between objects or circumstances for little children.

A simple 40 cents puzzle, just because puzzles are so much fun.

 And of course, the beloved Encyclopedia.

If you live in Mexico city, you are still on time of visiting the FILIJ today, Sunday, November the 17th., there are a lot of cultural activities, such as baby reading rooms, concerts, workshops and of course, lots of books.