Monday, July 10, 2017

Mexico Summer Visit part 6

Finally, my last post from our trip to Mexico.
Luis and Cristina invited me and the kids over to swim one afternoon.  This was so kind of them, and they served us so well while there.  The kids really enjoyed being in the kid pool with their new friends.

And they fed us pancakes for dinner!

Luis and the littlest ones.

I would often head off in the morning to go visit my aunt with Naamen alone and leave the kids with my mom.  Here they are waving goodbye to us, and us saying goodbye to them.

Mornings at Oma's house.

Naamen enjoying his mango paleta.

On our way to the airport eeeearly in the morning.  Saying goodbye to Gato.

Mexico Summer Visit part 5

I took a break from uploading these pictures, but I'm back again.
On my second Sunday in Mexico, I got to see a few more familiar faces.  This is just a *small* sample of them.  Here I am with Lucia, a good friend of mine while we lived in Mexico in our early years of marriage.

And here I am with Emmanuel, an *old* friend of mine, along with his lovely wife.  So fun to see them!

And then also with my former boss Lupita.

That Sunday afternoon my mom invited her husband's daughter and her son over to swim and play with the kids.  They had a wonderful time together, and even wrapped the day off with some cartoon time together late into the evening.

And then that night (yes, same night!) I went to visit a few family members.  I only have this one picture on my camera with my uncle and aunt, but there are other pictures out there with my other family members that I won't be adding here bc I don't have.

My mom took out my old flute for Emma to see.  She was so fascinated by it.  

A fun playdate I got to have was one afternoon with some old girlfriends of mine (as in elementary school old).  What a treat to get to catch up with them!

We were at a great playground!

Then another day my cousin and good childhood friend Sihan came over for a pool visit.  What a refreshing time this was for my soul!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Mexico Summer Visit Part 4

One Saturday my mom's good friends Luis and Lynn invited us to their beach house for the day.  The kids took early naps and we headed to their place in the afternoon.

Here we are at the beach while we waited for our fish to get fried and ready to take to our friend's house.

Luis was a great "babysitter" while we were there and very much enjoyed the kids.

We got the kids in their swim suites and enjoyed the sand and ocean.

I stayed on the beach, but Oma was a happy companion to my little ones.

Late in the afternoon we got to see the fishermen come in with their bounty.  It was such a fun experience.  We happened to be there during the two-week period where fishing for sea cucumber was allowed, so that was fun to watch in itself.  As the fishermen got off, there was a truck on the beach with a large scale where the buyers were ready to purchase their goods.

We got to sit around the table with our friends afterwards and enjoy whole fried fish for dinner.  The best part about the meal for the kids was eating the fresh corn tortillas.

At one point during dinner time the kids started to "play" musical chairs.  And then I caught my boys loving on each other while they shared one chair.

And then as the day was coming to a close, the kids asked if there were any books to read.  Here is my lovely girly-girl engrossed in a magazine Lynn and Luis gave her.  What was funny was that as we were saying goodbye, the kids just walked out with the books, expecting to be able to take them home :)

And here is my mom with her best friend Lynn.  Right before I took this picture they were arguing with each other about who was going to keep the most food (No, YOU keep the food.  No, YOU keep the food).  Every since I was young, I have memories of these two ladies arguing about who's going to wash the dishes, who's going to keep the most food, amiga this, and amiga that, and I love you amiga, and thank you amiga.

Thank you for your hospitality.

The kids were wiped out by the time we got home.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mexico Summer Visit Part 3

Our boys got their "Mexican haircut" while visiting.  I normally cut their hair, but I was really wanting to give a local hair shop some business, so we ended up walking up the block from my aunt's house to the same barber shop my dad used to get his hair cut.  The man was very kind, and the boys did a wonderful job.

This was a fun afternoon with some friends at the pool.  

Valerie, Ines and me (and our babies).

Here are some pics of the children helping Oma pick some fruit from her tree.

This is probably one of the kids' most memorable things to do with Oma -- pick fruit from her trees.

And here they are with a neighbor girl playing with some playdoh.

Another picture of my aunt, but this time with one of her wonderful nurses with her.  She is so well taken care of.

And here they are with one of my cousins Velia, who between chocolate, mango treats and milk, made her way into their hearts.

(and I'll be done once again with pictures for now.  Maybe tomorrow I'll work on them again.)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mexico Summer Visit Part 2

While E and B were pretty picky eaters (no surprise there!), Naamen loved just about anything you put in front of him.  He seemed especially fond of kibbeh, a Lebanese dish I grew up eating.

And of course, one of my greatest highlights of the trip was being reunited with my forever friend Valerie, now with three kids herself (!!!).  By the end of the trip, our children had become "forever friends" as well :)

On a Saturday morning, while Naamen napped, we took the older kids to the town's market to do some shopping and to give them "the experience."  They had a lot of fun and even got to buy some toys for themselves.

And then pool time with both Valerie's and my family.  I don't think we had ever been able to do it before.

The kids really enjoyed napping in the hammocks while we were there.  If it were up to them, they would have slept there as well, but we didn't want them to in fear that they may fall during the night.  An afternoon nap didn't seem that threatening.  

We were in Mexico during two Sundays, and although my aunt's house is a 45 minute drive from my mom's house, it's only a five minute drive to our church.  So on both Sundays we went to visit my aunt early in the morning, and then headed to the 10:30 AM service at church.  Here they are at my aunt's table, enjoying their second breakfast of tropical fruit (mango and zapote), in addition to other treats.  

One of the Lord's kindeses during our trip was seeing this boy and his family.  Both his mom and dad are friends of ours and were both co-workers of both Byron and I at some point.  His dad had been recently diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing chemo (still is!).  We were not sure if we'd be able to see them during our visit, but on Sunday while driving around the town to show the kids our old house and the school we used to work at, we ran into them!!!  What an unexpected blessing that was!!!!

And speaking of unexpected blessings, that same Sunday while at Walmart shopping for goggles for the kids, we ran into our dear, dear, dear friend Alex!!!!!  He is one of my sister's best friends and it was such a joy to see him since we weren't really planing on visiting with him.  He was so kind to the children as well and even bought them each a treat from the store.  Thank you, Uncle Alex!

And also that same Sunday (yes, SAME Sunday), we met our good friends Luis and Cristina and their two children for dinner and fun that night.

This picture makes me laugh at Byron napping in his hammock, with faithful Doggie and his right index finger in his mouth.

Byron returned to the States after six days in Merida, but the fun continued after he left.  My mom took us to the town's zoo on morning.  We had a lot of fun!

We even got to get on the zoo's train and ride in it twice.  What memories this day brought!  I remember taking this same train around the zoo many, many times over the years as a child.

(I still have a good bit more pictures to post of our trip, but it's getting late and I must head to bed.  Hopefully I can work on it some more later this week... Until then, night night!)