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
- Coctel de Camarones (I really wish I had thought of a more clever title for this one.)
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?