Mar 1, 2016

Currently | February 2016

Loving that after five extremely long weeks of waiting, I finally have internet so I can blog and surf the internetz to my heart's content.

Hating that even after a dozen phone calls and waiting five weeks for Telmex (our Mexican phone company) to deliver my modem, we had to make an hour drive into the city to pick it up.

Thankful for my awesome sister-in-law who made the trek into the city to pick up my modem.

Feb 1, 2016

My Word for 2016

At the beginning of every year I choose a word to be my main focus/theme for the twelve months of the new year. While I tend to lose sight of my New Year's Resolutions in less time than it took to actually compile my list of impossible goals, my word for the year lurks somewhere in the back of my mind throughout the entire year. Last year my word was 'simplify' because life is messy, and being a stay-at-home wife, mom of 4, and a caregiver doensn't make it any less hectic. 2015 was the year I learned to say no to things I really didn't want to do (without worrying about what others might think), I learned to delegate, ask for help, and simply enjoy the moment. I don't think I could've picked a better word for 2015.

Jan 4, 2016

Café con Leslie: Cinnamon Roll Fest, New Year's & the Flu

One of my goals for 2016, aside from blogging consistently, is to do a better job of documenting the every day moments in our life. That's why I'm bringing back my Café con Leslie posts as a weekly coffee date to catch you up on all the latest news, gossip, and whatever else is happening in our lives at the moment. So grab a cup of coffee and let's chat... 

Wood-burning clay oven -

After Christmas, but before New Year's, we had a small family get-together at el rancho for our last parrillada (cook-out) of 2015. Not only did we fire up the grill for carne asada, we also fired up the clay oven to bake some pan dulce (pastries). I wasn't sure how many guests would show up at our little gathering, so to be on the safe side I made 4 kilos of flour worth of cinnamon roll dough. (That's a little more than 8-1/2 pounds of flour!) 

Dec 25, 2015

Memes Navideños #SpanishFriday

¡Llego la navidad! Espero que todos estén pasando una navidad muy feliz. Se dice que no hay mejor regalo que una sonrisa, así que a continuación les comparto unos memes navideños en español que espero que los haga sonreír.

Mis mejores deseos para todos en esta navidad...

Chabelo primera navidad

Dec 21, 2015

Our (Top 12) Favorite Christmas Movies

It's here! Christmas week is finally here! And I am as happy and excited as Buddy the Elf. The kiddies are all on Christmas break and this week is filled with of some of our favorite family traditions. Baking cookies on Christmas Adam (the day before Christmas Eve), driving around our small town at night to admire the houses decorated with Christmas lights, la cena de Nochebuena (Christmas Eve dinner), el recalentado (Christmas leftovers), lighting fireworks, spending time with family and friends, and watching our favorite Christmas movies.

If you ask my kiddies, they´ll tell you that their favorite Christmas tradition is to curl up on the couch with with a big fuzzy blanket and a cup of hot cocoa or Mexican atole to watch our favorite Christmas movies. We have quite a few Christmas movies that we just have to watch year after year, but I've managed to narrow that list down to twelve and an honorable mention, because Hubby can't imagine Christmas without watching his favorite movie.

Top 12 Favorite Christmas Movies -

Nov 1, 2015

SOTBS Blog Hop: Paper Mache Catrinas for Día de Muertos

SOTBS Blog Hop logo -
In an effort to get back to blogging, a few of my "South of the Border Sisters" (as we like to call ourselves) have decided to team up for a monthly blog hop starting today. Our theme this month is Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). If you would like to join in the fun, write a blog post with Día de Muertos as your theme then come back to this post to add the link in the blog hop below and let me know in the comments.  

Día de Muertos hasn't always been a big deal holiday-wise in our small town. I was greatly disappointed my second Day of the Dead in Mexico when there wasn't an altar, sugar skull candy, or pan de muerto in sight. I felt like I had been gypped. And it didn't help that the Mexican TV stations were showcasing how the holiday was being celebrated all over the country. Except my small town. But that was 15 years ago.

Jul 1, 2015

Café con Leslie: June in Review

Hi friends! Welcome back to another edition of Café con Leslie - a biweekly review of what we've been up to. So without further ado, I'm just going to jump right into where we left off in our previous Catching Up post.

Summer has arrived to most parts of the world, meaning that there are more kids in the neighborhood visiting from the US. Sadly here in Mexico school is still in session. Nick, Ashley, and Jack still have two weeks of school left. (Yawn!) I am ready for them to be on summer break, and not having to wake up at 6:30am. But just because school is still in session doesn't mean that the kiddies don't get to play with their friends from the US. Every evening the street fills up with kids of all ages playing everything from stickball to futbol in the street. Just one of the many joys of small town living.

Speaking of school... we finally have a date for Nick's graduation ceremony and mass: July 14th. We'll probably end up going out to lunch at Nick's favorite restaurant after mass since Nick's classmates can't seem to agree on whether or not to have a party. Or we might wait until the weekend to celebrate with the entire family.


Hope, who has been on vacation for most of the month, has a new summer job. It's part of her servicio social that she has to fulfill in order to graduate from bachillerato (high school). Servicio social is a cross between community service and apprenticeship (in that it focuses on the students area of studies and they don't get paid for their servicio). Some students work at the high school, while others work as aides to teachers at one of the many kinders, primarias, and even the secundaria (junior high). Since Hope's class is focusing on accounting, she is giving her servicio part-time at an accounting office. So far she has logged more than 50 hours and she is really loving her job. Only 430 to go!

Hope at work -


My Erin Condren life planner, the planner I've been dreaming about owning for the last couple of years, arrived about a week and a half after I ordered it. Woo-hoo! Kudos to the Erin Condren company for their impressive international shipping. It's so bright and pretty! I love it! (Even though I've only been using it for a couple of days.)

There was one little mix-up due to the madness of launch date... I ordered the horizontal layout, but received the vertical layout instead. But I'm not too upset as I prefer the brighter colors of the vertical layout to the softer, subdued colors of the horizontal layout.

Erin Condren Life Planner (week 1) -

Menu planning in Erin Condren Life Planner -


For Father's Day we celebrated at the reservoir with Hubby's siblings and their families. And I managed to snap some new pics of the Hubby and the kiddies.

Hubby and the kiddies (Father's Day 2015) -

Hubby & the boys (Father's Day 2015) -

Hubby & the girls (Father's Day 2015) -

(Sigh!) I can't believe how big my kiddies are now. 


Hubby is keeping busy with work. And when he gets a chance after work (a couple times a week) he goes cycling with his buddies. The Mexican countryside and the recent rains have provided a gorgeous backdrop for his photos. (For more of Hubby's cycling pics follow him on Instagram.)

Enough about me... What have you been up to? Catch me up on all the details in the comments below.