Day-Cation and New Friends

Yesterday we were able to take the kiddies to one of our favorite day-cation destinations. The Rio Verde swimming pools are located about 30 minutes from Yahualica. These swimming pools are a popular destination for people from Yahualica and Tepatitlan de Morelos because it's a 30 minute drive from each town. The swimming pools are very clean. They are cleaned almost daily and filled with fresh, clean water from the nearby hot springs. Yes, hot springs. The water in the pools vary from warm to hot! (Think REALLY BIG jacuzzi!)

This was our very first trip to El Rio Verde alone. When I say alone, I mean just the six of us, without any grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc. We've made many trips to El Rio Verde in the past eight and a half years, but never by ourselves.

The highlight of our day-cation was getting to meet Borders Aside blogger, Amanda and her family. She is an American, living in Mexico with her Mexican hubby and their 2 daughters. (Wow, already we have so much in common!) It's nice to make new friends, but after having read most of Amanda's blog, I felt as if we were old friends. Either way, I'm glad we got the chance to meet them. Our families got along well and my kiddies are already asking when our next encounter will be!

I'm off to cure my sunburn

With Love,
Leslie Limon

Memorial Day!

A very Happy Memorial Day to all!




















You can take the girl out of the States, but you can't take the American out of this girl!!! God bless the U.S.A.

With Love,
Leslie Limon

A Harsh Reality

When we first moved to Mexico, there was one detail that I had not taken into consideration. Our children were quite small, so this important issue never even crossed my mind. It wasn't until my eldest daughter entered first grade, that I was hit with a harsh reality. History! I knew nothing about Mexican history!

Laugh all you want! But, the only thing I knew about Mexican history was that Mexico lost at the Alamo. All of a sudden, I felt like I was starring in that nightmare in which I hadn't studied for an exam. Only it wasn't a dream and there wasn't an exam, it was only a couple of my daughter's homework assignments that I had no clue about!

First grade was pretty easy. The only thing we needed to learn were dates and what was celebrated on those dates. In second grade, we had to learn the names of the people associated with the different national holidays. Third and fourth grade was when things were most difficult, not only for my daughter, but also for me. We now had to research and explain why the national holidays came to be.

Oh, it can't be that difficult! 

Let me tell you, it is. At that time we still did not have access to the internet. The only information available was what was in the textbooks and in some bibliografias that we purchased at our local bookstore. But remember, I'm in Mexico where everything is written in Spanish. I know I have an extra advantage in that I am fluent in both English and Spanish, but I have never heard of most of the words used in my daughter's textbooks. My hubby would help when he could, but most of the time I would have to go explain to the teacher why Hope hadn't completed an assignment. I had to explain to this teacher time after time, that I did not understand what she was asking my child to do and that I could not comprehend what was written in the textbooks. History was the only subject we were struggling with. What a relief it was when Hope finished fourth grade.

Fifth grade History was a walk in the park compared to fourth grade. It was mostly a summary of all that my daughter had learned the last few years. Sixth grade has been quite interesting and thankfully I am getting a much clearer understanding of Mexican history.

I think I'm prepared for what Junior High is going to send my way!!!

With Love,
Leslie Limon

Move Over Lance Armstrong...


Today's post is in honor of my favorite person in the world...my hubby! For those of you who don't know us, my hubby is an avid ciclista (cyclist). And today, atleast here in Yahualica, is Dia del Ciclista. My darling hubby, is part of a group, of about 25 guys, that practices this particular sport. At this very moment, my hubby and the rest of the ciclistas are celebrating this special day at a party, just for them.

I'm very proud of my hubby and I wish him a very happy Dia del Ciclista.

With Love,
Leslie Limon


Farewell Flu-Induced Vacation

After 3 weeks of a federally declared vacation, my children returned to school. All dressed and ready to go, my children only lacked one thing before leaving for school, the very latest in back to school fashion...facemasks. They were pretty good sports about it.

Upon arrival, the children were greeted by a group of teachers. Some of the teachers were checking the childrens' hands, paying special attention to the fingernails. The children had to have clean, trimmed fingernails. After passing the nail inspection, the children were offered anti-bacterial hand gel. Those who arrived without facemasks, were given a complimentary mask. How sweet!

School let out at the same time. No hours are being added to the school day. The principal informed us that school would be in session until July 14th. The news didn't bother me, but many others complained in protest. I figure that I was given an extra 3 weeks to spend with my children. I even got the chance to homeschool them. I had fun doing it and so did my kiddies.

With Love,
Leslie Limon

I Scream for Ice Cream

A very common sight in Mexico is the paletero (popsicle vendor). The paleteros here sell a wide variety of milk and water based paletas, which are quite tasty. They also sell little cups of ice cream. These are not so tasty! (Almost inedible.)

But fear not. Meet Chuy Nieves! (Not his real last name, but that's the last name my children have given him!) Chuy, delivers the most delicious, old-fashioned, homemade ice cream to our house DAILY!!! This type of ice cream is known as Nieve de Garrafa. Chuy's father churns 6 different flavors every morning. Some of the flavors available are lemon, vanilla, cookie, pineapple, strawberry, walnut, pistachio, cola, mamey, and coffee. But the most popular is coconut.

This ice cream is not only delicious, it's also easy on your pocket. The smallest serving costs 2 pesos. That's a mere 15 cents. If you're in the mood for a larger serving, perhaps to take home and share with the family, you can purchase a liter for 16 pesos. (That's about $1.23)

So if you're ever in my neighborhood, be sure to stop by around noon. The ice cream's on me!

With Love,
Leslie Limon

Rude Awakenings!

As I laid in bed this morning, enjoying the last few days until schools in Jalisco resume classes, my peaceful slumber was rudely interrupted. At the ungodly hour of 6:30 am, a car paused only feet away from my bedroom window, with it's stereo blaring. Who on earth could do something so cruel? And more importantly, why? While trying to gain some sort of composure after being awakened in such a surprising manner, I was able to actually listen to what was playing on the car's stereo. It was ¨Las Mañanitas¨! (Las Mañanitas is a very traditional song played or sang for birthdays and other special celebrations.)

It took a few moments for everything to register, but I quickly remembered that today is Dia del Maestro (Teachers' Day). It's celebrated every May 15th. Dia del Maestro, is the one day of the year that we celebrate and show our appreciation for all teachers. Each year the local government hosts a huge fiesta in honor of the teachers. But this years celebration was cancelled in midst of the flu frenzy.

Being an ESL teacher, my hubby and children greeted me with hugs, kisses and wished me a very happy Teachers' Day. My in-laws did the same. Not a bad Dia del Maestro after all!

So, in honor of this Mexican holiday, I wish all teachers a very Feliz Dia del Maestro!

With Love,
Leslie Limon

Fish on Wheels


Yahualica is a small town located several hours from the beach. For that reason, fresh seafood isn't readily available. We have plenty of carnicerias (butcher shops) in town, but no pescaderias (fish shops). What we do have, is pescaderias on wheels.

There are about 3 mobile pescaderias that operate in Yahualica. Our favorite belongs to Don Javier and his wife, who deliver seafood to us every Friday. They drive all around town selling fish, shrimp, octopus, imitaion crab and more. The seafood stays frozen because they carry the seafood in coolers full of ice.

Pescaderias on wheels might seem a bit strange to those living in the States, but I consider it to be one of the many perks of living in Mexico.

With Love,
Leslie Limon

Cinco de Mayo!

When I first moved to Mexico, way back in October 2000, one of the things that I was looking forward to most, was celebrating my first Cinco de Mayo in Mexico. I figured that if it's a big fiesta in the U.S., then it has to be HUGE in Mexico. Imagine my disappointment when I found out that there really wasn't a big celebration. Yes, it is a national holiday, but that's about it. Cinco de Mayo is only a big deal in the state of Puebla.

As a child, I was always taught that Cinco de Mayo was the Mexican equivalent of the 4th of July. I know many Americans that believe this to be true. Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo, is the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, in which Mexican soldiers defeated the French Army, in 1862.

But, being an American, I will always celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Happy Cinco de Mayo to all!

With Love,
Leslie Limon

And They called it Puppy Love...


We have increased the size of our home by 4 feet, er, paws! This little guy, whom we've named Brownie, was found outside my hubby's shop on Saturday. Our hearts just melted at the sight of him. We fed him and let the kids play with him for awhile, but had every intention of returning him back to the street. Well, it only took a few minutes before all 4 of my children sang in unison..."Can we keep him?" Now, who can resist 5 pairs of puppy dog eyes? Obviously not my hubby and me. We decided to keep him and let him be the kids' belated present for El Dia del Niño. We made the kiddies happy and saved a poor helpless puppy from a hard life on the streets!

With Love,
Leslie Limon