Dos Borreguitas Blog

Songs that Remind Us of Our Fathers June 18 2011

I heard a piece on NPR's All Things Considered yesterday afternoon that made me pause and a get a little choked up and lost in my own thoughts as I dug deep into the memories I have about my own childhood and my father, who passed away a few years ago. The story was about the music our father's listened to when they were our age. I was around four years...

Callate La Boca June 13 2011

Cue Vicente Fernandez and all the mariachis ... Yo se bien que estoy afuera/ Pero el dia que yo me muera/ Se que tendras que llorar/ Llorar y llorar, llorar y llorar/ Diras que no me quisistes/ Pero vas a estar muy triste/ Y asi te me vas a quedar. Oh, the saddest child in the world, boo hoo. Well I can mock her all I want but the toddler K's onesie says what she's...

Where's a Paletero When You Need One? June 08 2011

All I heard today on the news here in DC today was how friggin hot it was going to get and be careful and stay indoors and keep hydrated, blah, blah, blah. It got up to 99, and yeah, it was hot and it doesn't feel so awesome to have the backs of your thighs sticking to the bus stop bench or to have sweaty pits or melting skin foundation,...

Princesa o Mariachi? June 04 2011

No little princess crowns in our house. If the toddler K wants something on her head, it's gonna be this big ole thing. Nothing says good Mexican like a mariachi sombrero.

Bailando to Moona Luna May 12 2011

I have a wide range of music on my iphone, and I can't really say I loooove one genre of music more than another. The last song that I downloaded that the toddler really likes and sings to is Black Eyed Peas' Imma Be. That song could probably get my grandma going, but let's not imagine such things. Anyway, today I was playing Nicki Minaj's Moment 4 Life and yeah, not...

Un Dia Feliz Con Mi Hijita May 08 2011

This Dia de las Madres was pretty great. Nothing extraordinary -- I mean, I did start out the day getting my own behind out of bed and making my own coffee. And that pretty much was how the day went, pretty routine. I actually prefer to keep the holidays -- any holiday -- low-key. We went out for lunch at my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in the DC-area, in Seven Corners...

C'Mon Ride the Train April 03 2011

This weekend the toddler K had her first ride on a bonafide choo choo -- versus those quarter sucking ones at the mall that only send her into a screaming and clutching frenzy. No, this was the real deal, an Amtrak train. I know, not as impressive as those high speed trains in Europe or Asia, but it'll do. Actually, I get pretty dizzy looking out the window so those...

Egging on the Fun with Cascarones for Easter March 27 2011

When I remember how we spent Easter as children, I remember that weeks beforehand, we'd make the trek by foot across the big international bridge that shoots over the muddy Rio Grande into Nuevo Laredo. It was less than a ten minute walk across, but as soon as we passed the Mexican authorities on the Mexican side of the bridge it was like a whole other world to me, full...

The Bookshelf: El Alfabeto Cubano March 20 2011

I picked up this Spanish children's book at the Libreria Universal in Miami during a trip to visit the family a few weeks ago. It's a terrific book that tells el alfabeto via cubanismos. Here's how it begins: A Cristina y a Alejandro les gusta mucho ir a casa de sus abuelos. A su abuelo los ninos le dicen Abu y a la abuela Aba. Con los abuelos juegan y...

A Second Life for a Mexican Dress February 24 2011

My sister-in-law sent me a link to this pillow she just found on Etsy and said it was "pretty frickin' brilliant." Totally. The Mija sweet upcycled pillow made from vintage embroidered girls dress is exactly what the name says it is. Now I know what to do with the toddler's adorable little Mexican dresses when they no longer fit her. Bust out the sewing machine that hasn't seen the light...

Please Don't Offer Me Your Seat on the Metro February 11 2011

Something I never thought much about until I got pregnant was how people would offer to give up their seat for you. After I got to about six months this would happen almost every day on the Metro and bus ride to and from work. Maybe I looked tired. Or just grandulona. I had a high and very pronounced round belly that once prompted teenagers to point out to each...

The Zumba Baby! February 09 2011

As we were flipping the channels a few weekends ago we came across a Zumba infomercial and the toddler was totally mesmerized for a second, and then like a good Latinita, she started bailando to the musica. Pretty good for an 18-month old, and she definitely puts her papa's skills to shame. Zumba, for the uninitiated, is "an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party that’s moving millions of people...

"Haciendo Piojitos" to Get Baby to Sleep February 02 2011

It all started two weeks ago when the toddler K woke up in the middle of the night crying. I usually just let her cry it out until she goes back to sleep on her own, but when she kept waking up every ten minutes and crying and crying and crying I decided to check in on her. As soon as I opened the door -- even before I turned...

Don't Cringe: Snooki Is One of Us January 27 2011

By now you've probably already heard the _____ news that Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is one of us. Don't be afraid. It's true, we share the same ethnicity. See here as she explains: That's sooooo post-modern. I love it and am totally going to steal it. If we're gonna really make this post-racial America a reality, forget the prez because Snooki might be leading the charge there. I'm totally teaching the...

No Crazy Baby Yoga Here, Just Down Dog January 27 2011

All I could say when I saw this viral baby yoga video (click on link to see it) was OMG, OMG, OMG. That is just an insane way to handle a two-week old baby, and probably borders on child abuse. It is at least child endangerment because even in expert hands something could go terribly wrong. I wouldn't even venture to do that with my 18-month old. We'll stick to down...

Recycle, Reduce, Reusing My Bags January 26 2011

Last year, the District of Columbia put into effect a 5 cents tax on all shopping bags. It's been a good thing for the city and for me, because while 5 cents isn't a lot, it's a constant reminder to reduce, reuse, recycle. And to take my reusable bags with me wherever I go. By now we've accumulated close to ten reusable shopping bags from various places -- Trader Joe's, Safeway,...

The Ridiculousness of Telenovelas January 24 2011

My mother is a telenovela-watcher, and every weeknight line-up begins with what we call "El de la que era gorda y ahora es flaca," which translates to Llena de Amor. During the day she also keeps the television on in the background, and apparently the toddler K likes the little "teeny-bopper" (as my mom calls them) telenovelas that air at that time and dances to their music. Oh lordy, so...

Round-Up: Online Sample Sale Sites for the Lil' Ones January 22 2011

Shopping -- like real shopping, like rolling-around-like-a-pig-in-sh-in-Sephora shopping -- is just not something I can do much of these days. Cue the strings. For starters, when the weekend rolls around there is always too much official family/household stuff that needs to get checked off. Basic things, like laundry and straightening up, or getting the dogs bathed or buying groceries. Secondly, even if I have some time to hit up the...

Sweet Stroller Sacos to Keep Baby Warm January 19 2011

When we visited Madrid this past Fall I noticed that most of the babies being pushed around in strollers (or as my grandmother calls them -- bogecitos) were bundled in the most beautiful stroller blankets -- and of course, I developed major saco envy. These sacos de silla were nothing like the blah grey flannel and wool one we bought at Marshall's last year. So practical. So boring. So modern American...

How Apple TV Saved the Miserable Month of January January 18 2011

So it's mid-January already, thank Gawd. I am not a fan of January. I literally just brace myself, grit my teeth and push through it. I don't even want to focus on keeping New Year's resolutions -- I just want to close my eyes, plug my ears and lalalalalala my way through it. It's especially crappy now that we live in a place where there's a real winter and there...

Mama Must-Reads: Tiger Moms and Regrets of a SAHM January 11 2011

So I've said before I haven't been too good about reading parenting books, but that's because I oversaturate my brain with what I read online. And here are two articles I've read this week that are food for thought for any mother: *** Regrets of a Stay-at-Home Mom is an essay in Salon by a once-journalist who up and quit her job to raise her boys. She now has boys on...

Old School Playgrounds: Where Did the Fun Go? January 06 2011

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine and I took our toddlers to a "soft playroom" which is exactly what it sounds like -- a room where the mats, big blocks, slides, walls, EVERYTHING is cushiony soft. Like those Charmin bears. It's a place where you can let Toddler go wild, let them thrash and throw themselves around and not have to worry about them bumping their heads or...

The Bookshelf: Spanish Books from the Biblioteca! January 04 2011

I'm a big fan of the public library, always have been, but especially when I was a busted-broke single woman getting paid in peanuts, trying to pay back school debt. Actually, I'm still paying off those never-ending school loans, what am I talking about?? But I've become a lazy public library user since moving to DC two-and-a-half years ago. But a brand-spanking, beautiful new library just opened its doors down...

Uvas Para la Medianoche and Black-eyed Peas for New Year's Day December 31 2010

It's becoming a New Year's Eve tradition in my house that my husband and I stay home, make a nice dinner, have some wine and decadent dessert -- then champagne and a dozen grapes at midnight -- then peace, lights out! We do the uvas thing -- or my husband does and I've adopted it now, too -- but I'm not wearing yellow underwear and I don't have new clothes...
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • Amex
  • Discover
  • PayPal