Looking for peacocks…

I felt a little down this afternoon, missing pretty, green Washington, our home and friends, cool weather, our backyard and park, and so on…

So I decided I needed a pick-me-up and suggested a family walk to find the peacocks we hear every morning and night. (They like to hang out on a street nearby.) A walk always lifts my spirits and it worked it’s magic again…
Charming gave us our second Spanish lesson in preparation for our trip to Mexico in a few weeks.
He quizzed each of us on our lesson from yesterday.

“How do you say hello and introduce yourself?”

Hola, amigo. Me llamo Heidi.

“That’s right!”

Then he started on new material.

“Now, tell people where you’re from.”

Soy de America.

“Now, for something very important the kids need to know… Where is the bathroom?”

?Dónde está el baño?

Then we started making requests…
How do I ask, “Where is the peacock?”

“?Dónde está el pavo real?”

Where is the real turkey?

There it is!!!!

How do I say: Peacock Indian Chief!

And: Peacock Indian Chief Jedi Master!

Man, alive, can you imagine having a tail full of these feathers?

And how do you say: I love your cute smile!

Watch out! A peacock feather sword fight!

Awww… Joo-Jee saw me admiring these pretty blue flowers and immediately picked some for me. Thank you, sweetie!

Right after that, a woman came out of her house and called down to us from her porch.

“You have such a beautiful family! I’ve just loved watching you from my window as you walked by. I just had to tell you how adorable you are.”

Then she pointed at the stroller.

“Is that a boy, too?”

We told her no, it was a girl, and she cheered for us. Then she talked about having six boys and then a girl (though we didn’t catch if it was her or someone she knew) and that it was possible! :)

Then she waved goodbye and said, “You have the sweetest family!”

It just warmed my heart that she would be so kind.

It also struck me that while she sat in a gorgeous, probably multi-million home with an incredible view of San Pedro Bay below, when she looked out her window, she thought WE were beautiful and wanted to watch us. She loved our family and our kids.

That said something to my little heart that had already started to lift.

All the way home Shoo-Shee gave me the cutest little smiles every time I looked at her.

And I had to agree with the kind woman as I watched all of us.

God has given us an adorable family. I’m so glad we’re all together. And I’d rather watch my kids than anything else on Earth.

And it’s good that we’re here. With wonderful people that remind me that what really matters is hearing my kids tell Dad all about their day and giggle and play with him. That’s why we all made this trek. So Dad could have his dream job and we could still be all together.

Thank you, kind woman!