Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Too Busy to Blog

Man, have we ever been busy. There's just no time to blog. Last week we celebrated Rocío's birthday and Carmen came back from her ski trip (along with a load of filthy, wet clothes, that I'm still washing).

On Saturday we took the kids to the movies along with several friends to celebrate Rocío's birthday. The idea was to invite four of her friends, but it turned out to be seven, after a few unexpected guests joined us in the end. So we ended up chasing ten girls around the mall, trying to keep them out of the shops, while waiting for the movie to start. One thing's for sure, the more you tell them not to do something the more they want to do it (and that's not only the case for 2 year-olds, any kid will find something forbidden to be highly attractive). After four grueling hours with this bunch, and ten dinners at Burger King later, we finally got to go home and collapsed on the couch.

If you think we got to rest on Sunday you're sadly mistaken. Rocío, who is going to do her first communion in May, had to have her first confession. Now, you would think they could do this in the neighborhood church, but no, someone had the brilliant idea that we should all go to Javier (which is an hour away by car) to celebrate this event. Not only did we have to drive for an hour, we also had to be there by 10:15, which meant getting up at 8 in order to be ready on time. This is not my idea of fun for a Sunday morning.

We're not especially religious and the kids are Catholic only by default. We send them to a Catholic school because it's a good school and we don't mind them having a religious education. I have my doubts about all this, but that's another story. I do want them to have this experience so they can make their own choice when they grow up, but it is kind of strange showing up to mass when we usually don't go. I'm sure people think, "Oh, those are the people that never go to church, but they want to have the fun of the whole communion celebration." Well let me tell you, it's not all that fun, it's a lot of organization, dress fittings, meetings, getting the kids to catechism, etc. The whole thing is certainly an experience, and I hope for my kids it will be a nice memory at the very least.

Yesterday was Father's Day (Saint Joseph) and the kids had off. It's not a holiday for anybody else, though, only for some schools. Now that's brilliant, the kids have off, but the fathers don't. Can anybody explain that to me?

Today was, I hope, our last busy day for a while. Overnight the weather changed from springtime to dead of winter again. We woke up this morning to find everything covered with snow, so the kids didn't go to school again. Now my house is once again filled with boots, socks, pants, gloves, hats, and coats, all of them wet. Every available radiator is covered. I am really hoping that the snow will melt and tomorrow will be a normal day, so I can clean up the aftermath of this very long weekend.


  1. That is amazing to think that you have snow again in March; I thought that doesn't happen there.

    Also, about not going to church regularly. I thought that most young families in Spain were pretty much Catholic in name only, or am I wrong about that?

  2. Yeah, well think again. We sometimes even get snow as late as the middle of April.

    There are quite a lot of people that attend church regularly around here. After all, Pamplona is one of the most religious cities in Spain. There's a joke here that goes: "When walking down the street, if the person ahead of you is not a priest and the person behind you isn't either, then you must be the priest."