A little about me & you...

I'm linking up today with my friend, Lisa of "From One Country to Another", who has come up with a list of questions so we can get to know each other better.   

1. How long have you been with your husband?

Hubby and I have been married for 16 years!  We met when I was 18, just about to turn 19.  We dated for a year before getting married.  I'm 36 now, so I've known my Hubby half of my life.

2. Can you remember one funny miscommunication because of language barriers?

We haven't had many misunderstandings due to language barriers, because we both speak Spanish.  But there have been a few cultural disagreements, mostly about food!  You can read about them in 

3. What State/City have you relocated to?

In October 2000, we moved to my Hubby's hometown: Yahualica, Jalisco.  (A small town just north of Guadalajara.)

4.  Do you and your husband have any children?  If so, what ages?

Hubby and I have four gorgeous children: Hope 13, Nick 11, Ashley 8 and Jack 6.  We would have  six, but I miscarried twice before Hope was born.

5.  What is one thing that your blogger friends don't know about you?

I'm not a natural redhead!  My hair has run the gamut of "normal" colors from platinum blond to black and everything in between.  Red being my favorite.  I used to color my hair just for fun, but now I color my hair to cover the insane amount of gray hair that I have.

6.  What are some of your favorite hobbies or past times?

Cooking.  Baking.  Talking about food.  Writing.  Reading.  Laughing.   

7.  How did you stumble upon the (Mexpat) blogging community?

Shortly after I started my blog, I began to wonder if there were other like me...Gringos living in Mexico.  I searched Google and found Theresa's "What do I do all day?" blog.  She had a list of Mexpat blogs, so I visited each and every one and discovered even more Mexpats with each blog I visited.  And the rest is history.

8.  Have you learned something new about yourself during this whole process of moving to another country?

Not really.  I already knew I was pretty darn awesome!  But moving to Mexico confirmed to me just how brave, adventurous and open to new things I can be.      

9.  Something you love about Mexico and something you can't stand or miss living without.

I love the culture, the food, the history and the traditions. 

I can't stand to see children not continue their educations past Elementary School or Junior High.

And I miss restaurants that serve pancakes for breakfast.

10.  Did you know your in-laws before moving and has it been a big adjustment being closer to them?

Yes!  My suegra visited the U.S. three times before we moved to Mexico; my suegro joined her on the last trip, which is when they brought us to Mexico.  I also knew most of Hubby's siblings, except for one sister.

We lived with my in-laws for 3 years, so yes, it was a very big adjustment.  I was not used to having so many people around and involved in our lives all day, every day.  There were good days and there were bad days and days that I wanted to run back to the U.S.  But looking back on it now, it was a HUGE learning experience and I wouldn't trade those three years for anything in the world.

We now rent a house three doors down and I love that we are able to interact with each other on a daily basis.

11.  If you were going back to the States next week, where is the first place you would go, after seeing your family?



Dia de Campo

No, Dia de Campo isn't another holiday.  But it should be and we should have one at least once a month.  A dia de campo is a day spent out in the open-air, be it a picnic, a day at the ranch or just a day spent sight-seeing.  For us it was all three rolled into one.

Before setting out for our Dia de Campo, Nicky and my 8 year old nephew modeled the lastest in Sombrero fashion. 

Look!  It has air conditioning!

First stop of the day was a small church in the nearby ranch community of La Cucharita.  I learned so much about this church, why it was built and the story behind the patron saint La Virgen de La Cucharita.  (Future Mi Mexico Monday post!)

As we were exiting the church and deciding where to head to next, we heard a few strains of happy music blaring from a small Mazda truck that could only mean one thing....

....Ice Cream! 

We then continued on our merry way and as we drove around we saw lots and lots of cows!

Have I mentioned that how much I love cows?  I would have loved to take this little guy home with me.

In between cow sightings, we passed by this small panteon (cemetery).

Then we finally reached our destination...El Arbol Bola.  I think it looks like that big oak tree on the back of those special edition quarters from some years back.  (I think it was the Connecticut quarter.)

Perfect place for picnic, don't you think?

 After lunch, some chose to climb the enormous tree.

While others preferred to swing from them.  Like father....

....like son.

I went for a walk, taking photographs of whatever caught my fancy.  I thought this particular cactus paddle looked like a big foot with the tunas (prickly pears) being the toes. 

Is this what an oasis looks like?

 One of my favorite photos of the day and that's no bull!  (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)

On our way home we stopped at yet another church.  Didn't learn any interesting, but I did get this gorgeous shot.

Not a bad day at all!


Fragmented Fridays: Catching Up

Hi friends!  I know it's been a while since my last post and for that I apologize.  Here's a little of what we've been up to lately...

*We adopted a new puppy!  Two of them actually.  My cuñada (sister-in-law) rescued these two cute little pups who were left to fend for themselves. She brought them to the kiddies so they could nurse them back to health.  Of course, we all fell in love with them and have adopted them into our family.

Nick with Casper & Hope with Pingüi

*My washing machine broke.  Again!  You know that wishy-washy thingamajig in the middle of the washing machine that swooshes everything around?  Well, it stopped swooshing and refused to finish washing my clothes, no matter how much I begged and pleaded with it.  Not even a Fonzie fist bump worked.  I had to wring out my clothes by hand, then wash and rinse them in my lavadero.  I was so not happy!  I was ready to call an excorist, a shaman or a bruja (witch) to come do a limpia on my house and appliances.  But as always, Hubby was the voice of reason and reminded me that one of his uncles is a lavadora (washing machine) repairman.  He's supposed to stop by later today.  
*As if my washing machine breaking down wasn't bad enough, my camera also bit the dust.  I can turn it on and take pictures, but you can't see anything on the screen because the pictures are too dark, with a reddish-blue tint to them.  No bueno!

*My camera couldn't have picked a worse time to stop working, because this month I'm challenging myself to post a recipe or food related article every day for the month of July on my recipe blog(Thank goodness for my son's Nintendo DSi!)  I'm calling it 31 Days in My Cocina.  I hope you'll stop by and say hi!

*Speaking of my recipes, today I received my free copy of the Gooseberry Patch cookbook "Homestyle in a Hurry", which includes one of MY recipes.  If you look in the top right-hand corner, you'll see my name and location.  How cool is that?!

*The school year is FINALLY over!  Today was the last day of school!  Woo-hoo!  Hubby made the rounds this year and picked up Jack's constancia (diploma) from the Jardin de Niños (kindergarten), and Nick and Ashley's boletas (report cards) from the Primaria (elementary school).  We both went to pick up Hope's report card at the Secundaria, along with our four kiddies and four of our nephews.  That 8 kids ranging from ages 6 to 18!  You should have seen the looks on everyone's faces when they saw us walking by.  We could hear people whispering and counting to see how many kids we had.  It was too funny and I really wish I'd had a camera to capture it all!

*In honor of today being Spanish Friday and the last day of school, I thought I'd share the Spanish version of the "No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks" song.
A-la-bio!  A-la-bao!  A-la-sim-bom-ba!
Las mochilas a volar,
Los maestros a la calle,
Y los niños a jugar!  

*Linking up with Mrs. 4444 for Friday Fragments!