Mi Mexico Monday: Independence Day Parade

Every year, on September 16th, there is a parade in practically every pueblito and big city throughout Mexico to celebrate Independence Day.  And like most Mexicans, we attend year after year, even though it's pretty much the same thing as the year before.

As usual, there were plenty of cute little kids dressed in traditional costumes.

Re-enactments of famous moments in history.

Beauty Queens.



And La Reina de los Charros, who just so happens to be our niece. 

But my favorite part of the entire parade was watching my son Nick, as part of the Escolta(An honor reserved only for the smartest 6th graders!) 


Sundays In My City: Donkey Parade

Aside from the Independence Day parade on Friday (which I'll tell you more about mañana), this weekend, we were treated to a different kind of parade...A donkey parade!

The townsfolk line Main Street to watch and follow the parade all the way to El Jardin

There used to be donkey races around El Jardin, but sadly that tradition has slowly been disappearing the last couple of years.

 Now it's mostly about drinking Agua Loca and dressing up your donkey.

This parade wouldn't be complete without the tinacos full of Agua Loca being passed out along the parade route.  Agua Loca is a mixture of Kool-Aid and every kind of liquor imaginable: whisky, tequila, vodka, etc. 

Don't forget to hand the drivers a glass of that Agua Loca

When the parade ends in El Jardin (townsquare), a Donkey Queen is crowned and parades around the square atop her faithful steed. 

Have you ever been to a donkey parade?


Linking up with my friend, Unknown Mami for Sundays in My City.

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Latism Official Blogger Vs. Blogger Vs. Blogger Challenge

In honor of Independence Day here in Mexico, and Hispanic Heritage Month, I am linking up with some very special friends of mine -Chantilly of Bicultural Mom and Vanessa of De Su Mama -  to bring you this special edition of Blogger vs. Blogger vs. Blogger, brought to you by my friends at Latism. and hosted by my blog compadre, Juan of Words.

1.  This is us!

Let me introduce you to my beautiful familia.  My handsome hubby, Alfonso. (I call him Alfie, everyone else calls him Poncho, but here on the blog he's known as Hubby.)  Our gorgeous kiddies: Hope (13), Nick (11), Ashley (8) and Jack (6).  And that's me, Leslie, in the purple dress.  This picture was taken in December at my suegros' (in-laws') 45th Anniversary Extravaganza.

2.  The family that shops together...

When out shopping, we can never agree on anything.  I want to buy groceries and things for my kitchen.  Hubby wants something sweet like pan dulce (Mexican pastry) or something for his bicycle.  (He's my Mexican Lance Armstrong!)   The kiddies all want toys and/or clothes & makeup.  The only thing we agree on is the wide variety of fruits and veggies that vendors deliver to our door almost daily.  Like Elotes (corn)!

3.  My babies are beautiful!

It's said that there is only one perfect, beautiful child in this world and every mom has it.  BUT...I happen to know that there are actually four of them.  With good-looking parents like me and Hubby, it's no surprise that my kiddies are absolutely gorgeous!  

4.  Keeping up with Los Limon

Longtime readers of Motherhood in Mexico know that our favorite place to hang out is El Rancho.
Any chance we get, this is where we can be found.  Grilling Carne Asada, baking bread in the clay oven and just enjoying a good time with the family.

5.  Thru the years...

The oldest thing in our house, that we hope to one day pass on to our children and grandchildren is this camuca that belonged to Hubby's abuelita.   It's kind of like a wood saddle that she would use when riding her burro (donkey). 

6.  Momma's Favorite Toy

Hubby thinks I should post a pic of my computer, because I play with it every chance I get.  Which is true, BUT...I have to disagree with Hubby on this one.  My computer is not a toy.  It's so much more than that and one of life's bare necessities.  For toys, my favorite is my Kindle.  I can read books in English! (Which are really hard to find here.)  Listen to music.  Surf the web.  Play games.   It's like a bunch of toys rolled into one.  

7.   A picture is worth 1,000 words.

I think this picture captures the essence of what our family (and this blog) is all about...a unique blend of American and Mexican culture and tradition. 

8.  Growing Pains

When we first moved to Mexico, we lived in 2 rooms on the second floor of my suegros' home for 3 years.  As soon as we moved out, they turned it into another dentist office.  (One I'm way too familiar with!)  

9.  I'm not cooking tonight!!!

For those nights that I just don't feel like cooking dinner, there's really only one food we turn to and that is TACOS, from our favorite taco stand that is just down the street from our house. 

10.  Hurry up! We're running late!!! 

Yeah, right!!!  If there's one thing I can't stand, it is being late!  Living in Mexico, I've learned that not everyone feels the same way, so I've had to let go of my OCD habit of showing up early for parties.  But for school, mass and appointments, I'm ALWAYS on time.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my life.  Be sure to check out my competition in this Battle of the Mamí Bloggers: Bicultural Mom and De Su Mama.

The Official Blogger vs. Blogger Challenge on LATISM is a unique and creative way of promoting blogger content through the Latinos In Social Media network, in partnership with Juan of Words.  Challenge participants are assigned a customized list of competing categories based on their individual blogs and online personalities, and their resulting posts are promoted via LATISM’s social media networks. If you’d like to be featured in a future edition of The Official Blogger vs. Blogger Challenge on LATISM email juanofwords@gmail.com.


Just Say No!

There comes a time in every parent's life, when you just have to say no.

Even before the dreaded question is asked.






The Young & The Toothless

I really thought that my last trip to the dentist was going to be just that.  For anything serious, anyway.  I'd still visit occasionally for check-ups and cleanings.  But that's it.  No more pulled wisdom teeth, root canals or broken teeth for me.  No, Señor!

Well, so much for wishful thinking.

My tooth troubles are back and turning into their very own telenovela (soap opera).

This morning, I was feeling like my usual happy, chipper self.  I spent most of the morning getting the kiddies ready and sending them off to school and picking up the house, so I could start my Cardio Mop workout.  It was about 10am, and I was starting to get a little hungry.  I'd been too busy to have breakfast earlier.  But before I could decide what I wanted for breakfast, I thought I'd sneak in a few minutes on Facebook.  (Priorities!)

Hubby was in the bathroom, brushing his teeth.  And I was commenting on a friend's status, joking about how I was sneaking in some Facebook time, when I should be cleaning and doing laundry.   

Then all of sudden, I felt this sharp, intense pain in my tooth.

For a second, I thought it was a sign from the Heavens that I should stop playing around on the computer and get to work.  One of those, "If I'm lying, may God strike me with lightning" kind of things.

But the pain continued.  And increased in intensity.   I didn't know what was happening, nor why.  I couldn't even speak to tell Hubby what was happening.  I was screaming and crying, because the pain was so intense.  It was so violently painful, I thought I was going to have a stroke or something.

Finally after a couple of minutes, I was able to tell Hubby that it was my tooth that was causing me so much pain.  Hubby then grabbed his cell phone and called Dr. Manny, our dentist, to tell him that we were on our way to his office. 

Lucky for me, my dentist is only 3 doors down and I was completely capable of walking there.  But I winced in pain every step of the way because even drawing in breath through my mouth was causing me excruciating pain.

Dr. Manny administered two different kinds of anasthesia to help alleviate the pain, but they weren't working fast enough for me.  An x-ray revealed that I have an infection in the root of one of my teeth and will need yet another root canal.

Oh joy!!!

So for the next few days, I will be on pain meds and antibiotics.  My mouth feels like I got punched in the face by Mike Tyson.  And it hurts to eat anything hot or cold.    

At this rate, I'm pretty sure I'm going to need dentures by the time I'm 40.  

I wonder if the folks at Colgate would consider sponsoring this blog.