Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pictures from Flag Day Mexico Style!

Morning Start!


Cactus Smoothie-Yum!

Grasshoppers (Fried)! Double yum with Tequila!

I never knew Mexican's saluted this way!

Red Parade!

Curve to the right! Curves another name for Taxco! As well as Steep, Narrow, and Squeeze!

Cool Firecracker Works!


Favorite place to hang out-Day or Night!

Famous Steeples on Fire!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


As I prepared to leave for Mexico, I went into A´s room to see if he was ready to take me to the airport. He was standing looking into his underware drawer crying. I asked him what was wrong? "I don´t want you to leave mommy?" Where did this come from? I have traveled many times on this trip since he was born. In the beginning it was very hard for me. On one trip, when he was still nursing, I had dreams the whole time that we was lost and I could not find him.
I remember when I was A´s exact age and my Mom went to England to be with her dying Mom. I too cried. I remember thinking this is what I am suppose to do. I am a good daughter if I cry when she leaves on the plane.
When A was small, I was much more frightened of leaving this dream world. I wanted to have more of an impression on his life, before I left. I would pray when the plane took off and when it landed. My heart felt like it was going to beat our of my body. I am happy those fears are gone.
Yesterday´s flight was on a Mexican airline. Trust me, there is no way your plane is going down if God has anything to do with it. Every person in there makes the sign of the cross as the plane takes off and lands. It is very reassuring!

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Adrian and his buddy playing hang man.

Adrian likes to go to classes at the recreation center around the corner. They offer homeshooling classes in art, home-ec., history and science. This term he is taking Home-ec and science. He chose home ec. because art was cancelled and he really wanted some of those cupcakes they make! He has taken the science for over a year. I try every quarter to get him interested in history, because it is taught by his science teacher, but he informs me "Sitting in a class room for 2 hours is not gonna happen"!

This week he had a test in science. He was able to take it home and finish it. When I learned about this, the instilled ways of my upbringing came forth. I started off encouraging him to finish the test that day, "Get it over with and you don't have to worry about it the rest of the week." "I don't care about doing it now, I have all week!" So then I forced him. He gave me some dirty looks, but he got down to business. Well sort of. He answered all the questions but two. When I asked him why he didn't do the last two, his response "I don't need to make an A."

My overachiever!

From seed

I pretend to be a gardner. I love the idea of having organic fruits and vegetables growing in my backyard. I want to grow in abundance! I want there to be enough for canning and freezing, like my grandmother always did. But...I have to tell you...I don't think I'm gonna make it. For over a month I have had these seeds under a grow light, burning more electricity than I care to figure out. Granted I forgot about them when we went to CA for 5 days and they were stuck in the dark during the whole time, but since then I have given them love and attention and the sproutling are just not responding. I mean look at them. There is no way they are ready for the outside garden! Now I have to i give it one more shot and try germinating the tomato seeds or do I head to Star Nursury and get me some plants?

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Wow! What a phenomena! I joined this Internet networking tool to find someone, about 3 weeks ago and since then, I have been addicted! It really made me so happy when I found some really dear friends from the islands while piddlin around. It was great reconnecting with these people, who'd I'd often wondered about. There were a lot of "what ifs?" that kept floating around my mind. "What if I'd bought the house we were looking at?" "What if I'd had Adrian down there?" "What would Paul be doing for work?" "Would I be working?"

I divide my life in categories: the high school years, the college years, the island years, the RV years and the now(Las Vegas). I like to live in the now. Nothing matters more than the now, but I have to say, I have loved, loved seeing pictures of friends from high school and college. Some, well most, still live in the town we went to school in and some have had a great whirlwind of a life. My friend Daryl has gone from evangelist, to biker, to a killer missionary photographer. My friend Kim has made me laugh and laugh! We can't keep talking to each other!
Now, it's odd, I don't know how much I have in common with people I haven't seen in 20 years, but that's ok. Just knowing they are living and seeing their pictures has been a blast!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sleep-how important is it?

I recently read an article in our local newspaper that stated the average person gets five-six hours asleep a day! The President gets five hours a day! We recently did a show where I got five or less per day for 8 days. This is not who I am. I am an 8 hours of sleep a day women.

Since this show ended I have been sleeping as much as 10-11 hours at night! This is not who I am either. But my body plays catch up. I believe you can make up for the time lost!

When I sleep I am comfortable, cozy and happy!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Go See the Reader!

I went to the movie theaters yesterday! I saw something I wanted and it was not children friendly! I love family movies, but I also love-yes! love Indy films.

Adrian and Paul had a bonding day, scouting the stores for a Weii game. Mom and I went to the movies! There were several films I wanted to see: Slumdogs, Revolutionary Road, Milk and the Reader. We chose the Reader, because Mom was not interested in a gay mayor, or a foreign film and we both knew little about Revolutionary Road.

I was riveted from the first scene! The acting and the cinematography was spell bounding!
The character played by Kate Winslow made choices from a place of shame. Mom wasn't so thrilled with all the sex and bath taking, but I thought it all had a role in the big picture.

At a recent jewelry show, I filled out forms for people who were unable to read or write. I realized how unaffected we are by the majority. If we are never faced with the working class we tend to find it so hard to believe that someone really does not know how to read or write. People have the skill and intuitive to be leaders, but fail because they do not know how to read and write. A friend of mine recently conveyed the stories of young adults she'd taught reading. Some of these students were managers already

Adrian is actually reading himself to sleep at night. He just finished his first book. He has just picked out more books to read and he's emailing friends! I don't force his reading. A well meaning friend once said to me, you should have your child read to you. "There is so much he does not know to do." She meant he did not know how to pause for commas and periods.

See the Reader any way you can! It will have you thinking for a long time. Or not.

New Commitments

What is eating healthy? Medical doctors believe a diet low in fat and high in grains, fruit and vegetables is the key to low cholesterol and a healthy heart. But have you ever read the Cholesterol Myth?
I have one friend who only eats organic. Organic meat, organic dairy, organic everything. I have another who only eats raw. She hasn't had a bite of baked bread in five years. She is a great chef and makes some awesome raw meals. But I am not ready to go to any extremes.
I know that it is not what we put in our mouth but what we believe we are putting in our mouth that keeps us healthy. Yet when I keep putting more and more in my mouth I have to analyze it a bit more. One of the healthiest and happiest times in my life was when I was a practicing student of ACIM. Spiritual happiness took the place of self doubt. Eating a healthy diet in the right proportions was easy, because it wasn't something I gave a lot of effort to. My effort went into my spiritual happiness. My mind was more concerned with the right way of thinking. It was a discipline that gave me great comfort.
Because I know this, I commit to awareness. Mindful awareness. I am aware of what the label says. If I can't understand the ingredients, I don't want it. I'll eat organic as much as possible. I commit to love. I commit to meditation. Meditation daily.
Next up goals for a peaceful existence.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

One more Year B4 the double digits!

My baby's growing up! Here are some photos of his wonderful weekend, which he spent most of it in the RV ruling the roost. He watched old movie videos, played new DS game, and built his entire new Lego set in one day. We went out to dinner on his birthday night with vendor friends.