Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Scenes from our weekend

This past weekend was peaceful and only semi-eventful which was just how I like 'em. In addition to all the usual weekend stuff we normally do like hitting up the supermarket and spending a few hours at the park, the Professor and I had a nice, long, quiet lunch at a small cafe in Les Corts (we seem to have hit upon the most successful way to dine out: schedule them during baby's nap times!) and on Sunday we checked out a children's book fair in the Old City which was absolutely charming.

Here are some scenes from our weekend:

 The timing of the book fair was meant to coincide with  El dia de San Jordi (the Day of St. George) on April 23rd which is also known in Catalunya as the day of the book and the rose. On this day, men give their sweethearts a red rose and women, in turn, give their men a book and everybody gives their kid a book. So off we went to see some books. But in this picture, you can also see the dragon. With hipster glasses on. hm.

I loved this book globe sculpture. They really did have book from all over the world there in all different languages. I could have spent all day there looking at it. 

Of course the little one thought it was an enormous ball and rushed at it, trying to grab it. He was very disappointed that he could neither kick it nor roll it nor throw it nor bite it. 

At the event, there was live music, workshops about books for children and for parents, story time, and arts and crafts. I also really liked this dome of chalkboards. Isn't that a great idea? 

Most of the kids drew predictable things: suns, flowers, hearts, their names. But some of the kids drew really interesting things. I mean, how many kids would draw an elephant's behind? And how does this tie into the snowflakes and the balloon? I really want to hear this story, don't' you?

You know what's funny and frustrating at the same time? When you and your husband decide to go out and do something just for your child like attend a children's book fair and when you get there, you discover that your child has no interest in the books, the story time, the craft workshops or the music. No. What your child wants to do is grab a plastic chair and push it all over the fair. 

So we spent a good hour watching him rearrange the furniture. Surprisingly enough, he wasn't the only little kid doing this. We saw another toddler moving a table and a multi-tasking four year old hauling around six chairs. They could go into business together. 

So that's what we've been up to lately. What about you guys?

P.S. Here's what we did last weekend in case you missed it. 


  1. For you it was fun. For him it was another day of moving furniture. For us in the US, it was more taxing(April 15)

  2. That's right, I forgot about tax season in the US. Hope you didn't find it too stressful this year. Talk soon!

  3. Hahaha! These pictures are great. Esp the one of the elephant butt, book statue, Roman pushing the chair, and the chalkboard dome! So creative!

    1. Thanks! Despite his chair moving, it was a pretty nice day.