We're practicing lots of Spanish, greeting the shuttle drivers with “Hola” and “Buenos Dias” and “Gracias.” Maddi and Jordan try to ask as many people as they can, “Como se llama?” (What’s your name?) It’s great practice and they are generous to introduce themselves in return.

We went to a little playground today and Maddi tried to teach me a new word mana. Always curious to the language of my children I asked her what that meant.

"Mana means there’s food on the front of my shirt,” she said.

Now there is a helpful word. An expression for anyone with a four and five year old just like needing dish soap to do dishes or gas to run your car–it’s a necessity.

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