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Words To The Lullabies I Sing To My Children [stories of motherhood and culture]

When I picked my children up after work today, my mother told me that when they heard the song “Los Pollitos Dicen” on an old CD that she had found, they said “Mama”.

I am writing this for you, my darlings, Penelope and Oliver, so that you always remember the words to the songs your mother sang to you before bed time.

Growing up abroad, the lullabies my mother sang to me were different than the ones my friends knew. As a young child, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” was a song that many of my friends, myself included, could easily join in to sing along to, but not if I sang “Los Pollitos Dicen”.

The lullabies my children know will also be different than the ones their little friends do. When they walk through the children’s book aisle in a store or a library, they won’t see an anthology of the songs they heard growing up. For mothers raising children in a country different than their birth country, this is a common scenario.

I remember being a two day old mom, a baby in my arms, deep in the newborn haze, and as the most natural response to my child crying, singing a lullaby I hadn’t sang in years. The melody and words so deeply memorized in my soul, that even after years of not singing it, so easily came through me.

I have sang that song to both of you every night since the day you were born. Even your father learnt to sing Los Pollitos Dicen, and he sings it even if I’m not there.

Los pollitos dicen 
Pío pío pío 
Cuando tienen hambre 
Y cuando tienen frio

La gallina busca 
El maíz y el trigo 
Les da la comida 
Y les presta abrigo

Pío pío pío
Pío pío pa
Pío pío pío 

Pin Pon es un muñeco
de trapo y de cartón
Se lava la carita
con agua y con jabón

Se desenreda el pelo 
con peine de marfil,
y aunque se da estirones
no llora ni hace así.

Pin Pon dame la mano
con un fuerte apretón,
que quiero ser tu amigo
Pin Pon Pin Pon Pin Pon

No matter the song, if you haven’t sang it in a while, you forget the lyrics. Lullabies can be similar. The songs we learn so well in our childhood, the songs that bring us back to moments, to feelings of love and peace in our hearts before going to sleep; those parts of the song we will never forget, the lyrics are harder to remember.

And so my darlings, I write the words here for you, the same way that I sang them to you, so that if you ever have a hard time remembering the words, this help you remember everything else.

le dijo el ratón 
ya no llores tontita 
no tienes razón. 
Tus amigos 
no son los del mundo 
porque te olvidaron 
en este rincón. 

Nosotros no somos así. 

Te quiere la escoba y el recogedor. 
Te quiere el plumero y el sacudidor. 
Te quiere la araña y el viejo veliz. 
También yo te quiero, 
y te quiero feliz. 

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Our Christmas Tree Ornaments [Part 2] DIY Nature Inspired Tree Ornaments

OUR EVERYDAYS BLOG Nature Inspired Christmas Ornaments

I am so so so in love with how this ornament turned out! Not only is it super easy to do, it’s so personal and such a beautiful way to display your family pictures on your Christmas tree.

Materials you’ll need

  • Pine Greens ( DIY steps to cover some white here.)
  • Berries
  • Sticks
  • Jingle bells from local craft or dollar store
  • Glue Gun
  • Picture you want to use
  1. Begin by cutting your stick into six equal pieces, each about 2″ long, and glue the ends together using a hot glue gun to form hexagon shape.
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2. Using a hot glue gun, secure some pine greens to the bottom of shape. I love the contrast of green and white, it makes it look so wintery. To cover your greens in white DIY steps here.

3. Grab some berries and jingle bells, and secure onto the middle of branches.

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4. Place your ornament on top of your picture, draw outline and cut out shape. Add glue to edges of paper and glue onto wooden shape, and add string loop to the back for hanging.

I absolutely love how easy, and how beautiful this ornament was to make! If you don’t want to use a picture, another variation you can do is to wrap the shape with some string to form a dream catcher pattern (image below). I didn’t print my picture on super thick paper, so when it’s on the tree, the pictures really shine when  back lit by the lights on the tree.

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Macrame Stars * Mini Pine Tree * Mini Wreaths * Paper Snowflakes

A versatile, beautiful, and easy to personalize DIY. If you try it, tag me at @our_everydays on instagram so I can see what you came up with.

I hope you found some inspiration here. Thank you for reading! xo

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