Yesterday was a very exciting day in Mexico City…well, for me and Lenny anyway. We spent pretty much all day getting the apartment neat and tidy for the arrival of my little sister Jaime from Cali. Of course, in true hispanic fashion we were running late and ended up getting to the airport a bit past her arrival time…teehee…we found her safe and sound, though! Whewww!
Unfortunately, due to all the excitement I got sick (again!) today and had to stay home while Lenny and the sis walked down to Starbucks.
So, in an attempt to cheer myself up I have decided to chronicle Jaime’s month in Mexico and all of the different things we hope to do with her during her stay. On to day one…
Day 1: Craft Day (fabric flowers and owls)
I came across an amazing tutorial for fabric flowers on littemissmomma.com. (Thank you!) This tutorial is actually for a necklace but we decided to just make one flower and wear it as a pretty brooch.
I especially love my yellow one!
Jaime LOVES owls so we decided to make some keychain owls. The greatest thing about this craft? Absolutely NO sewing required! We just used my handy dandy hot glue gun. Check out NatSprat’s blog for her great tutorial on making these. Since we didn’t have the exact materials called for, we just used what we had on hand and made “mini” owls. Too cute!
All in all, we had a great craftilicious day!
Ok, so I know I’m a little late in posting this but it has been a semi-busy week!
As many of you know, there was a 6.5 earthquake here in Mexico City last Saturday, December 10th at approximately 7:47 p.m. Lenny and I were sitting on our bed eating dinner and watching an episode of one of our favorite t.v shows when suddenly Lenny says, “Do you feel that??” I could feel the bed moving but thought it was him just joking around….turns out it wasn’t!!! We stood up faster than you can imagine, left our half eaten pizza on the bed, frantically looked for the keys, and booked it out of there! And Lenny had no shoes on….=(
As we were running down the stairs, the lights suddenly went out and we were plunged into complete darkness. In all the craziness I lost Lenny for a couple of seconds in the stairwell but were able to find each other quickly and made it outside safely! All the lights on our whole block was out and everyone, and I mean everyone, from all the restaurants and apartments, were just milling around outside. We decided to walk around for a while and finally ended up at the little mall near our apartment and treated ourselves to some icecream…=) After about two hours we returned to our apartment. There was no electricity yet so we turned on some candles and settled in for the night!
I have to say here that I absolutely hate earthquakes!!! But I am thankful that the Lord kept us safe through it and that Lenny was home. Living in Mexico these past few months has been a challenge for us at times but we are thankful for all the support we receive from our friends and family and for God’s protection, patience, and presence.
I don’t remember how much I spent this day at the mercado, but know this: it was cheapy cheap!! The only thing I regret buying is the cantaloupe…I don’t really like it but somehow the vendor managed to convince me to buy it…they’re good I tell ya!
Due to popular demand, I have returned to my blog! Just kidding, I had never really left it, I’ve just been very busy this last month!
Lenny and I just got back from South Carolina on Monday night. We were there mainly for my sister Lissette’s wedding, but it was also a great time to unwind, see friends and family, and as an added bonus we got to celebrate Thanksgiving at home with family! Lenny and I decided to host it at our house and it turned out to be a great success. We had alot of fun cooking, playing games, and of course eating! Lenny’s birthday was on November 19th and he had to spend it all alone in Mexico (tear =( ) since I was already in South Carolina, but we made up for it last week! My brother in law, Joel, thought it would be a nice idea if we got him a cake and sang to him during Thanksgiving dinner, which we did! My favorite memory of that night is Lenny singing “Happy Birthday” along with everyone else, not realizing we were singing to him! Too cute!
The weather in SC was also amazing, not to mention the beautiful scenery!
The happy couple…
My parents and us…
Me and the hubby =)
All in all it was a great trip and I have to admit that I was more than a little sad having to return to Mexico. I have to remind myself though, that for now, this is where God wants us and I will live it to the fullest while I am here! On that note, I found an art teacher who lives nearby and whose classes are pretty cheap! I think that will be my next adventure….!
Since Lenny and I still don’t have a fridge, we have been forced to go out on the town for dinner every day. Now, I know it must sound fun to be able to eat out all the time, but when it’s twice a day, everyday, let me tell you, it gets old!!!
Yesterday for example we were utterly disappointed after eating at an italian restaurant a few blocks from the apartment. For all the hoopla and the amount of people always there you would think it would be amazing…well it was not! And not only was it not very good, it was pricy too!
Tonight we redeemed ourselves by finally going to this restaurant I had been dying to try: Flor de Lis.
Lenny hadn’t seemed to excited about going here everytime I mentioned it, but tonight he gave in…and he was happy he did too! He had chicken taquitos with guacamole on the side and an horchata to drink.
I finally got to try a drink I had been wanting to for a long time: Tepache!!!!! It was yuuuuummmyyy! According to my sources, it is a Mexican drink made by slightly fermenting pineapple leftovers (rinds, etc) in water with brown sugar and cinnamon. It kind of reminded me of the Puertorican drink, Mavi but even more so of the Guatemalan drink, freso de Suchiles (my dad’s favorite and my grandma’s signature drink…she sells it from her house in Guatemala). I think it’s the pineapple.
I had some delicious tamales for dinner.
We decided to finish the meal with some hot chocolate and a flan (sorry, no pictures! =) We ended up spending $237 pesos which comes out to be about $18 bucks with the current exchange rate. Not bad for two main courses, two drinks each, and a dessert!
That’s right…i’m all by myself today!! Lenny had to go out of town for a day and left super early this morning =( He’ll be back tomorrow evening…yayyyy!!!!
First off, hi again!! I’ve been slacking a bit on the blog this past week due to just being busy doing stuff, an annoying computer that turns off randomly when i’m right in the middle of something, and laziness..hahaha!
Anyway, so since I was on my own today I bummed around the house for awhile and waited for the landlord and this other guy to come and fix some stuff in the apartment…well. about 45 minutes after they were supposed to show up, the landlord calls me, or should i say intercoms me (that’s right, we have an intercom phone!! And it has the most annoying ring…) and says the guy can’t come today. Second day in row! Yup, he was supposed to come yesterday. Anywho, they are coming tomorrow morning…third time’s the charm, right?
So, after that i took a little long nap and then decided to go out and get some dinner. I kind of felt like having something American so I walked to my local Subway and ordered myself my favorite…Italian BMT!! I tell you, those taste the same anywhere! I then walked to my local juice stand and ordered a mandarin juice….it was deeeeeeee-licious!!! And it’s only 14 pesos too, which is about a buck…a little less i think!
We live really close to a park so I decided to have my dinner there and enjoy the scenery. All in all a good day =) When I was at the park I realized I should’ve taken my camera but no worries, I’ll post pics of it soon!
In the meanwhile, here are some pics of our newly painted room…this was my first time painting a room so please forgive all the imperfections =)
The first place we ate in our new neighborhood was a snazzy litte cafe right down the street from our apartment…Lenny had this sandwich and I had the quiche…delicious!
Last night we had dinner at an Argentinian/Uruguayan restaurant and it was amazing! We were surpised at how cheap it was here in comparison to a place like this back home =) Lenny had brocheta and I had churrasco with German potatoes.