Life as usual in Cuyutlan
This week has been pretty typical of our usual life here and so it seemed like a good chance to answer requests for “updates” on a few subjects that have been touched upon on the blog – like “do the kids like their schools?”, “are they speaking spanish?”, “what do you do with your days?” and “what about the little baby cat that was almost dead?”. Ok, no one has actually asked about the cat, but I think it was a bit of a cliffhanger back before Christmas, so I will update on the cat story.
Our days start off, like anyone else’s, by getting the kids to school. It is a 8 minute drive each way and since Millie starts school at 8am and Andy at 9am – that means 2 trips there and back. Trust me, it is worth the driving not to have to try to rush Andy out of the house by 7:50am.
Anyway, then we usually go for a run or walk on the beach and either read, do on our spanish Ipad class or work on the Internet. I also usually make bread (the bread here is bad enough that I make my own now!) in the mornings. Life is basically pretty darn relaxed. Then Andy is home for lunch/nap and we pick up Millie at 3pm. Once her homework is done (which is another spanish class for all of us trying to figure it out!) we usually hit the beach/pool for a few hours.
So Millie is good in spanish. Thats what three months of 8hrs a day of immersion does I guess! She understands pretty much everything and seems to be able to converse pretty well. She likes her school – more or less. The kids are super nice and her teacher is very dedicated. However, it is still school and she finds it long to write and do exercises all day. There is no play periods and the schooling is quiet rigid. She is happy enough to go, but is also looking forward to being done at the end of March.
Andy is Andy. He is still very young and I am sure he is the youngest in his class. He likes his school and is very, very proud of the work he does. He has a “bestest” friend who he plays with every day and will be sad to leave. He is learning some spanish, but refuses to speak to anyone. He played with his friend yesterday on the beach for 2 hours and I didn’t hear him speak one word to him. It is cute to see their complete non-verbal play.
As for us – we do have some social contacts. I wouldn’t go as far as say that we have friends, but we are slowing getting to know people here who we socialize with. We are younger than all the other Canadian/American residents who winter here by about 20 years, so it is a bit more challenging to make “friends”, but still we feel very welcomed by many. Just this morning we went to a pancake breakfast at a house down the street. Everyone brought their own pancake batter and we cooked them all up. It was delicious fun and yes we even had real maple syrup.
Update on the cat is in the photos…