Lazy Saturday Afternoons...

To paraphrase a line made famous by Tom Hanks in "Forrest Gump":
"Saturday afternoons are like a box of never know what you're going to get."
It's one of the things I love most about my small town life in Mexico.  You never know what's going to happen next.  We're not very big on planning things.  We love spontaneity and last-minute plans.

We didn't have anything planned for today.  Just relaxing and spending time together as a family.  That's really all one can do when it's cloudy and raining.

But Mother Nature surprised us all this afternoon.  The rain stopped and the sun came out from its hiding place behind the dark clouds.

Perfect weather for riding a bike.  Hope and Nick were off on their bikes before we had a chance to notice the lovely sunshine.  Ashley and Jack took a little longer because they couldn't decide between their patin del diablo (scooter) and their bicis (bikes).  Ultimately, they decided on their bicycles.  But Ashley had a special request.

My lil' princess declared that she was ready to learn how to ride a bike.  So Hubby removed her training wheels.  Then with no help from us, (she insisted on doing it alone) she slowly made her way up the sidewalk to Abuelita's house.  It took her a couple of tries to get the hang of it, but she did it.   She taught herself to ride a bike.  I'm so proud of my little girl! 

But the fun didn't end there.

A couple of kids from the neighborhood came over to play.  One of the boys brought a huge bag of marbles to play with.  My Hubby loved playing marbles as a kid, so he didn't hesitate in joining in on the fun.

They played for a little over an hour.  Then it was time for dinner and showers.

An hour later we were all sitting snugly in the living room in our p.j.'s when someone knocked on our door.  It was Hubby's eldest brother and his two teenage sons.  They just happened to be in the neighborhood, so they stopped by for a visit.

I ♥ lazy Saturday afternoons!


  1. Visiting via Lady Bloggers Tea Party.
    Wow, how cool is it you live in Mexico? I want to hear more of how that happened.
    Following you now girl!

  2. sounds like a really great day! I remember collecting marbles as a kid. And then the sticker collecting took over. Hope your Sunday is as lovely!

  3. Leslie - I just love, love the photo of your hubby with the kids playing on the street!! See, that is something we´d never see back ´´home´´. Wel at least not with marbles!!!

  4. congrats to your little princess on learing how to ride her bike. i remember playing a bit of marbles as a kid. i also learned to play dominos in cuba when i was growing up. i was at a birthday party on firday night when the birthday girl's husband brought out the box of dominos. i got to play with the guys and was in first place for a long time but ended up in 2nd. not bad considering i had never played for points before. i didn't know that there are different ways to play dominos. anyway, we had such simple lives as kids: marbles, pick up sticks, jacks, dominos, paper dolls and their outfits. now a lot of the kids here have their own cell phones, t.v.s in their rooms and of course computers, playstations and other technological games. of course you can't stop progress but a lot of kids spend so much time indoors playing their games, that they don't get out to play much. i feel like they're missing out on a lot.

    happy 4th of july!

    teresa in lake stevens

  5. You brought back great chilhood memories. Learning to ride a bike. Marbles. Unexpected visitors. Thanks for letting me share in your family.

  6. Aw, what a cool post! We are SO lucky to be living here, aren't we?
    I love what you said 'You never know what's going to happen'. That is so true here, life is wide open. Seems like in my old life I could predict with near 100% accuracy what was going to happen next. I like it better this way.

  7. Sounds like an awesome day. Can't wait for the day my oldest decides riding a bike without training wheels is a good thing. :)

  8. Sounds lovely. I'm really loving your blog!

    Michele Chastain

  9. Your kids are growing so fast! They look bigger in every picture.

    And no one every forgets the day they learned how to ride a bike. Tell Ashley I said felicidades!

  10. I have to agree with Alice... Issac was looking at your pictures on fb with me the other day and hes like, my gosh they are so much bigger.
    He and I are deciding when Alana should get a bike, Im curious to your thoughts on this. I think her tricycle is fine till shes 5 and we can get a bike for her to grow into. When did your kids get the training wheel bikes?