Daughter up for adoption

My daughter is 4,5 years old, she does not always respond well to commands, she does not really sit or roll round when you tell her either. She likes dancing and playing games, and she loves attention. Gets along well with other kids and pets. She has asthma and allergies, but is otherwise a healthy child. She will make you pictures and make you laugh, she goes to bed when told, but does not like wearing a collar when walked. Can anyone open their homes for this little princess?

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Did you think I was being serious??

All I wrote about my beautiful daughter is however true.

About 10 months ago we rescued an amazing French Bulldog. He was her best friend and a true member of our family. He was sick when we took him in and we have treated him and given him the best life we could.

My daughter has severe asthma and is in and out of the hospital. A few weeks ago the doctor told us that it is absolutely not a good idea to have pets in the house with her as they believe it’s making her worse.

I started looking for solutions. I found him a nice home, but SOS Bulldog Canarias said it had to go through them as that’s where I adopted him. Eventually, after many rounds with myself and lots of advice, I decided we had to do it. We had to give him up for a new home.

Today was the day. I cried leaving him and made sure this event happened while my kids were in school. It didn’t take long before I found him on Facebook, where the organization was searching for a new home for him (even though I gave them the details about the one I already found).

I have no heart. I should not be allowed around animals. I should be banned from all places you can get a dog. I should be ashamed of myself. I should have never gotten him in the first place. He is my family, how could I just give him away?

Really??

I took him in, wanted to give him a great home. Nobody could have known this would affect my daughter the way it has. And we have tried everything.

If you had to choose between your daughter and your dog – WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Please share this post to raise attention both around dogs and other animals who are in need of new homes, but also to stop the big mouths of bigoted people who have no idea what they are talking about!

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Time for Spanish!

I’m approximately 6% fluent in Spanish. Yeah, not nearly good enough. Last year I set a goal of learning basic conversational Spanish and I managed it. I love learning new stuff, but for some reason I find it difficult to learn languages.

In September my two beautiful little girls started Spanish school. Not even the teachers speak English, so I didn’t have a choice anymore but to use the little I know. And it has of course helped me learn more as well.

Over the past few months I’ve been trying to use the Duolingo app, only to find myself starting over and over again. Don’t get me wrong, this app is great! I just get bored. And quite frankly I have been way too busy to focus.

Since New Years my daughters homework has advanced. A bit too much for me! She has to read stories and answer questions about the text. I think it’s great, but I can’t keep up with my poor Spanish.

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So it’s time to make a change! My good friend Tabira is gonna join me in the process and we’re going all in. We have hired a tutor to come twice a week, so now we have no choice. We have to learn!

Today is our very first class and I have to say I’m excited. Tabira has a crazy schedule changing every week, and also from day to day. And don’t even let me get started on mine. It’s gonna be quite a puzzle to synchronize the times, but luckily she’s pretty much as stubborn as me.

So, any tips as to how to learn Spanish in a heartbeat?

Day off?

The Spanish people love their holidays, and they got so many of them. To be honest I rarely even know what they’re about.

Recently we had one that was San Sebastián(?), at least that’s what I think. It was big celebrations around the island. Eventually I want my kids to be more engaged in all of this, but for now I’m trying to get used to it all.

Today is another holiday, not exactly sure why, but I think it was something about “virgo de candelaria”? I have no idea actually.

Anyway, it means a day off! At least for the kids. Sometimes I find it hard to entertain them on a day off. Especially when fever is involved and we can’t go anywhere.

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Amelia has been working on some of her designs, done activity books, tidied her room and finished her homework in all her languages; English, Norwegian and Spanish.

Emine has been coloring in her books, practiced her writing and played with her dolls. She hasn’t been well this week and is actually still in her pajamas. To be honest, I never got out of it either.

What do you do with your kids on the public holidays?

The public holidays means nothing to my deadlines, so I’m gonna spend most of what’s left of the day doing some online work. In the meantime the kids are having a Spanish lesson in disguise -Disney movies in Spanish.

I’m so lucky to be able to always be there for my kids and schedule all my work according to them. I’m always available, and that was always my dream before I had kids – to not be a parent that gets to see them only for a few hours of dinner and homework, exhausted after a long day at work. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always busy and often exhausted after the day, but I get to prioritize them. If you have that opportunity, take it!