Dos Borreguitas Blog

It's a Boy! Javier Doll Joins the Singing Baby Abuelita Family October 27 2010

We really like the Baby Abuelita doll series in our house -- and I've written about them here. The toddler has Baby Andrea and Abuelito Pancho. The traditional Spanish songs they sing are terrific, because lawd knows I can't carry a tune. The Baby Abuelita company has just added a little boy to their series of singing plush dolls, which up to now included abuelo, abuela and three different baby...

The Little One Already Likes Tacones October 26 2010

Quince meses y ya le gustan los tacones. This is an every day thing when I get home from work. And surprisingly, she handles the tacones better than I do.

British Woman Sees Mariachis, Exclaims: A Flamenco Band! October 25 2010

Downtown Madrid is bustling with tourists from across the globe and folks hustling to make a euro. The Plaza Mayor was full of Disney characters, Bob Esponjas, and this strange-looking cabra-peacock thing that is the stuff pesadillas are made out of. There are also lots of musicians -- including these mariachis we encountered at Puerta del Sol in the heart of Madrid. The toddler K started bouncing as soon as...

The Most Adorable Children's Clothes Ever! October 25 2010

Spain has some of the most beautiful, traditional children's clothes I've ever seen. I first realized this when I studied abroad there in college, loooooong before I was thinking about kids or their cuteness factor. You see babies and children dressed up in a way that you don't see every day here in the U.S. -- except on Sundays, maybe. During our trip there last week, every time I came...

MADRID: We Found Every Playground and Park in the City, It Seems October 23 2010

We made it back home from Spain in one piece, and I've got to say, the toddler K did great. She's not a melt-down kind of child, and that's no thanks to anything we do. It's just her natural temperament. Yeah, we know we're lucky. I'm sure if there's a number two it will be all hell all the time. This was the first time we take a 'vacation, with...

BILBAO: I Think This Was Milk October 20 2010

It was either the boxed milk off the store shelf,  or this one -- the only one in the refrigerator section in the supermarket we went to in Bilbao today. Refrigerated equals fresh, or it should, and that's what children from the U.S. drown themselves in every day. The pic on the box has a cow grazing in the pasture, so that's a start, right? And the word leche is...

MADRID: Onesie Te Dice "Callate La Boca" October 18 2010

The name of this store  -- Callate La Boca -- immediately caught my attention as soon as I saw it because it made me think, oh, isn't that what King Juan Carlos infamously told Venezuela President Hugo Chavez back in 2007? Must be a play off that. But no such thing -- although that would have been something. What the king actually said  was, "Por que no te callas?" which if...

MADRID: Traveling with Child, Rent an Apartment October 17 2010

Llegamos a Madrid! The toddler was as good as a one-year-old gets on the seven-hour but thankfully non-stop flight over, sleeping half the way and making friends with everyone around her the other half. Coqueta. Our inner clocks are totally out of whack but no matter because this is a night city so dinner at 9:30 or 10 p.m.? Sure, and have a glass of sangria to wash it down....

D.C. Culture and Museums that Put My Child To Sleep October 13 2010

We are fortunate to live in a city that is a cultural mecca and has fantastic museums that are also **FREE**. Or at least putting our hard-earned tax dollars to work. I mean cultural in the meaning of what is considered excellent art, letters, manners, etc. Which is different from nuestra cultura -- or the behaviors and beliefs that define us as different groups of people. That sounds so anthropologic,...

The Toddler's E.T. Moment October 11 2010

The toddler K is totally content to be with her dolls and stuffed animals, especially los feos, apparently. This pic totally reminded me of this E.T. moment. Aw, my little alien child.

On This Day, Walter Mercado Wants You to Know ... October 08 2010

Forget about all those Facebook "On this day, God wants you to know" updates from your friends that keep popping up in your status updates. Walter Mercado -- in all his lionish and gilded robe glory -- had that market cornered a looooong time ago. No one can transfix a television-viewing audience like la Walter. I mean, he could totally be a tranny character in an Almodovar movie, but in a...

Frito Pie for Dinner Kind of Week and I Might Be a "Clydesdale" Runner. Nice week :/ October 07 2010

It's one of those weeks where there's no fresh fruit or vegetables in the house and Frito pie actually seems like a pretty healthful dinner option because there is corn in those corn chips, right? The doggas are beyond needing a bath, needing to go to the vet and needing to get back on a walking schedule because they're obviously mad at us (probably because they want Frito pie, too)...

I **Heart** Crafty Bastards and Etsy October 04 2010

I am a sucker for DIY. Once in a while, I'll dig out my crafting crap from the basement and give it a whirl. It's all those specialized tools I bought at Michael's -- that in the store I was totally convinced I needed -- but have no idea how to use mostly because I'm not patient enough to follow written directions. Oh yeah, I also have a pretty sweet...

The Chavo and Chilindrina Conversate October 01 2010

At some point, I ran across a super cute plush doll of El Chavo del Ocho at Target online, but it seems to have disappeared. Or else, it was just a limited-run type of deal. I got these Chavo and Chilindrina runner-up dolls in a tendajito in downtown Los Angeles, and yup, they're pretty fugly. I mean, they're kind of endearing, but they're those knock-off dolls that have that not-quite-right...

Vamos a Madrid! Hope My Child Doesn't Become Traveling Todzilla September 29 2010

Work is what you do in between vacations, right? I read an interesting NYTimes story in Tara Parker Pope's Well blog -- which I read religiously -- last winter about how vacations affect your happiness. She wrote about a study that set out to measure the effect vacations have on happiness levels, and how long it lasts. So turns out, it's the run-up to a vacation -- the anticipation --...

Sophie the Giraffe: Best Teether and Baby Gift Ever September 27 2010

The little one was a slobbery five months old when her madrina gave her Sophie la Girafe as a gift. Unlike the other  plastic teethers that hang off the cold metal hooks at Target or Wal-mart, Sophie is very sophisticated. She comes in a box, and she was born in France in 1961. Ooh, la la!! But now she's a big international sensation among the under 12 month crowd. There's something about...

The Latina Madonna Unveiled (No, Not Guadalupe, Silly. Lourdes!) September 24 2010

I love watching junk TV and reading smutty chisme sites online -- me encanta. Over the past few days I've seen a lot of promo-ing for Madonna's clothing line Material Girl, available at Macy's, por si acaso. It's also been an unveiling of sorts for little Lourdes (Leon, remember? of the personal trainer/actor-ish father Carlos Leon). Lola is now all of 13 years old, going on 14 next month, and is...

My Aversion to "Playdates" September 24 2010

I'm on a kids listserv for my neighborhood. Mostly, I'm a lurker. Just slog down the email when it hits my inbox, take in other people's carefully collected info about schools, petty crime, nanny shares, clothes swaps -- but I don't ever participate. Sometimes I want to chime in that I'll take that free tricycle, or scream at the person selling their three year old well-worn stroller for $500 (I...

Vick's VapoRub Makes It All Better September 22 2010

I've spent the past two days in bed, knocked out by a stomach flu that first hit the toddler K -- who pulled a Reagan with her projectile bleu cheese-smelling puke in bed on Sunday morning -- then my mother, and then the husband, then me. It was all nausea, throwing up, fever and chills yesterday, and just the low-grade fever and aches today. Those body aches are the worst,...

Lucha Libre Masks -- For the Kids or Days When You Don't Feel Like Putting on Make-Up September 16 2010

Yes, there are days when I feel like grabbing one of these and wearing it into the office. So much easier than make-up and fixing the hair. I've mentioned here before my fascination with lucha libre and the idea of masking your true identity, as the luchadores do with their fantastic mascaras. The masks are like a second skin, and the way it works is that if a luchador loses...

Mexico Turns 200! September 15 2010

Time to clear the throat for a resounding grito because Mexico is celebrating its bicentennial dia de independencia from Spain this 16 de septiembre. Can't help but think, my older brother was born the year of the USA's bicentennial in 1976 and EVERY-FRIGGIN-THING around him in his baby pics was red, white and blue. It was all Uncle Sam in bell bottoms all the time. News sources are reporting that...

Paz y Amor Romper September 14 2010

I got this Peace & Love/Paz y Amor romper for baby K at Ping and Pong Kids online. It's cute, soft, a simple design and a great outfit to hang around and play in on weekdays. They have a few other bilingual shirts and rompers for kids -- in English and Spanish and English and Chinese.

The T-Shirt for Children Who Act Badly September 13 2010

Cabronsito! It's what you want to say when the little Frito (or Sabritas) bandito starts talking back, giving attitude or acting out. Forget timeout. Just put this shirt on them! Or not. I don't know -- I'm back and forth on this one. I think it's kind of a strong word for a kids shirt, even if when you say it in a kidding way and make it diminutive. Is...

I'm Done Lugging Around a Big Baby Bag September 12 2010

Maybe it's something you only do with your first-born, but we've been lugging around a full-on baby bag for the past year. There's everything in that bag -- bottles, diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, eating utensils, a thermometer, tylenol, throw-away paper bibs, cheerios, a juice box, apple sauce and some small toys to entertain baby K. I think we've been over-compensating ever since that day when she was two weeks old and we walked out of the house to a restaurant without any bag at all. Oops.
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