Hello All. Yes, I am still here, although a little sleepy (in spite of copious amounts of caffeine) and with a to-do list a mile long. Week three and everything at the cafe is running well. Our personal belongings are slowly being unpacked and rediscovered. The bedroom is beginning to take shape a bit more. The kiddos are feeling better although I wonder sometimes if they are still fighting off their colds because their noses all of a sudden start running away and normal behavior is replaced by sleepy, cuddly, needy babies.
I’ve decided that everyone should experience the holidays in a little town in Mexico at least once in their lives. I say “holidays” because the party began on the 1st and is still going strong with rockets and daily peregrinations with dancers and a band and people dressed in traditional workman’s clothes. We are leading up to a holiday – no, not Christmas, that comes next – but the day that the Virgen de Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego. (You can read more of the story here.) There are street vendors on every corner and fireworks and an overall feeling of excitement and anticipation. I take the kids down most afternoons to watch the faithful as they arrive at the church. Ayden will probably be singing La Guadalupana before I know it; I’m singing it in my sleep these days. Considering we hear it again at 5.30 in the morning (accompanied by the rockets) it’s no wonder! I will try to get some pictures tonight so you can join in our celebrations!
Here are a few from the last week or so.. A trip to Tenacatita: blew a tire on the way, the spare was totally flat, Ben and Dan pumped it with a bike pump Boy Scout Ben had in his back pack, the water felt wonderful after standing in the sun. We have a kind of cute tree that we’re using as our Christmas tree; we get to rearrange the ornaments every day! Willow seems ready to eat so we’ll be starting on that in the coming days.. she already enjoyed a little banana.