La Mother Tongue is my medium to share the joys and challenges of being a new parent as well as to share how we make a conscious effort in our daily life to bring baby up bilingual.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Sofía is into smelling las flores. She surprised me one day when I was picking out flores at the store and she walked over to them, signed “flower” and bent over to smell them. Since then, she has been fascinated with the entire process. We have flores on our kitchen table, sometimes real, sometimes artificial, and she always wants to smell them. So I decided to roll with the flores theme. We walked outside this morning and ventured into our neighbors’ yards to smell the flores. This afternoon we went to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Although there is a fee to enter the gardens, there was plenty for us to do just in the visitor center without having to spend any money for a short visit. We can save the gardens for a day when we can spend more time and really get our money’s worth. (Should I sidebar that I think paying to see flores is a crime?)
In the visitor center, we met a group of retirees in their knitting club, we saw some type of lizard from Africa, a dancing turtle, and a stuffed animal tree, which by far, was the BEST attraction! This tree housed stuffed birds, bees, grasshoppers, ducks, squirrels, and geese that made fun sounds when you pushed on their bellies. Sofía SQUEALED with delight! I should have videotaped it! Outside in the foyer, we smelled all the flores! Oh how I wish I could retain names of flores to teach her, but, well, Sofía, you are on your own on that lesson!
We hear that our friend Leigh has a bunch of fresh cut flores from her new garden. Maybe we will hike over there to smell them after Sofía's afternoon nap!