May 2, 2014

May Goals: Home & Life Edition

I don't know what it is about posting my goals here on the blog, but when I do I tend to get more stuff done. And that makes me a very happy camper. So, in that spirit I'm sharing my personal home & life goals for the month of May.

May Goals: 

1. Organize/clean my closet. Most older houses in Mexico don't have closets, but what I do have is a cute little armoire where I store some of my clothes, and all of my make-up & nail polish. I initially bought it to store Hope & Nick's clothes when we first moved to Mexico, then Jack & Ashley's clothes, and for the last couple of years it's home has been in my room. I still have junk stuff stored in it that I haven't touched since Jack was a baby. Time to go through it all and move all of my clothes over to the armoire.

2. Take new spring photos of the kiddies. The presa (reservoir) is beautiful this time of year. The jacaranda trees are in full bloom. It's such a gorgeous back drop, I take the kiddies there every year to take photos.  I'm thinking this year's photos would look great framed and set on top of my armoire when I'm done cleaning and organizing it.

My family tree -
Spring 2012

Mar 31, 2014

Café con Leslie: Catching Up w/ March

Cafe con Leslie: Catching Up w/ March -
For all my talk about wanting to blog more and do more in general, March just kind of got away from me. I started the month by taking a short break from working on the computer, catching up on housework, and just enjoying some quiet time with my family. Then halfway through the month, I started to put things off, telling myself I'd get back to them tomorrow (or sometime soon) only I never did. What can I say? Old habits are hard to break. But instead of beating myself up about it, I'm just going to dust myself off and try again. So...first things first. Let me catch you up on what we've been up to since my last blog post, which was way back on Valentine's Day.

*I finally finished that big work project I had been working on for months. Woo-hoo! I don't know how many details I can reveal about it, but it involved translating a book from English into Spanish. (I still have some final edits to make in the coming weeks.) Doing translation work like that had always been a dream of mine. (And continues to be.) And now that I'm done, I can't believe I actually did it. Like maybe it was all a dream. I am forever grateful for the opportunity. And I wouldn't mind doing it again.

*Translating an entire book from English to Spanish has inspired me to translate the recipes on my food blog and launch a Spanish-language food blog. I still have a ton of work to do before the website is ready to launch, but the first and most difficult part so far has been figuring out how to set-up a sub-domain. I still don't know how I managed to do it, but La Cocina de Leslie (en Español) is up and waiting for me to publish my first recipe.

*Graduation planning has commenced! Ashley will be graduating from Primaria (elementary school) at the end of the school year in July. The fact that the planning is almost complete comes as a complete surprise because from past experience planning doesn't usually start until May. The date has been set, the party venue chosen, and we've even picked a padrino (godfather): my architect nephew. So, now all that's left to do is wait for July 14th to get here.

*For the first time in the 13 years we've lived in Mexico, we went to the Guadalajara Zoo. It was my kiddies' first visit ever to a real zoo. We had an awesome time and loved everything about it. If you'd like to know more about the zoo, let me know in the comments and I'll write a post/review about our experience.

That's all I can think of right now. I'm sure I'll think of more stuff I should've included in this post as soon as I hit "publish". I leave you with this video of Jack & Nick singing "Golpes en el Corazon" at a family dinner earlier this month.

Feb 14, 2014

¿Camas Separadas? (Separate Beds?) #SpanishFriday

Today I'm participating in Spanish Friday, hosted by my good friend Tracy from Latinaish. Don't read or speak Spanish?  Don't worry!  Just scroll down a bit for the English translation. 

Separate Beds -

Esta semana mi marido y yo cambiamos nuestra vieja (e incomoda) cama king-size por una cama matrimonial. La verdad es que la cama que teníamos era demasiado grande para nosotros. Aunque nuestra cama nueva se ve muy pequeña en comparación con el king-size que teníamos, ha resultado ser del tamaño perfecto para nosotros. Pero al parecer no todos lo ven de esa manera.  

Feb 10, 2014

Café con Leslie: Swine flu, shrinking high school classes & a new bedroom

My stylish influenza face mask -
Face masks are SO 2009! 
¡Hola, mis amores! Welcome back to another edition of Café con Leslie, my weekly blog post to catch you up on what's been going on in our lives and/or other random stuff we'd chat about if we were to go out for coffee.

Here's what we were up to last week...

*Last week started off with a bang making me 500 pesos (about $40 USD) richer thanks to the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl win against the Denver Broncos. I still don't understand how Hubby could even root for the Denver Broncos considering they're the reason OUR team, the New England Patriots, didn't make it to the Super Bowl this year.

*On Tuesday Hope finally went back to school, after her extended 2-month winter break, and was surprised to find herself in a much smaller class. When the 2013-2014 school year started back in August there were 38 students in Hope's class. Now at the start of the 2nd semester, there are now only 16 students in her class. Some of the students decided that high school just wasn't for them, and others failed so many classes they figured it would be easier to start all over again next school year.

Feb 1, 2014

Café con Leslie: February Goals

February Goals -
Borrowing an idea from Dishwater Dreams, I'm going to start sharing my monthly goals with the hope that by sharing them with all of you, I'll get around to actually crossing them off my list.

February Goals:

Work: The first thing on my list of things to do this month is to finally finish the big project I've been working on, that's taken me longer than I had planned due to a few minor setbacks and circumstances beyond my control.

Jan 31, 2014

El Final de Una Era (The End of an Era) #SpanishFriday

Today I'm participating in Spanish Friday, hosted by my good friend Tracy from Latinaish. Don't read or speak Spanish?  Don't worry!  Just scroll down a bit for the English translation. 

Si me sigues por el Instagram a lo mejor ya estas enterrado de lo que sucedió esta semana.  Pero para los que no usan el Instagram, les comparto la gran noticia aquí en el blog...

Esta semana, por primera vez en mas de 50 años, mi querido suegro se ha quitado el bigote.

Jan 19, 2014

Sundays in My City: Playing in the Mud

One of my biggest regrets from 2013 is that I didn't take the time to share some really great photos I snapped around town. The good thing is that I'm a firm believer in that it's never too late, so for the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing photos from years past and linking up with Sundays in My City hosted by the fabulous Unknown Mami.  

Playing in the mud -

One of my favorite photos from 2013, even though the quality isn't all that great, is this one that I took last summer when our downtown area was under some major reconstruction. Summer in Mexico is rain season, so a lot of the time our downtown looked like a huge mud pit. Most people were careful to avoid the muddy areas, which seemed to be everywhere. But there was one little boy who did what the kid in all of us wish we could have done.  He jumped in the mud and happily splashed about, kicking rocks, jumping in puddles, and rolling around without a care in the world. He was having such a great time that he was completely oblivious to the crowd that gathered to watch him. I thought it was a moment worth capturing, but since it was one of those rare occasions that I didn't have my camera with me, I shot the photo using Hubby's cell phone.  

Unknown Mami