16 December 2014

Six Months

Well, it's snuck up on me without much thought about it, but I have been living in Mexico for six months.

Time goes faster and faster as life ticks on, so I barely realized that this day had come, but it has and I don't know how I feel about it.

This is December, and I really am missing Oregon right now. Mt. Hood is most likely covered in snow, but the days are still sunny and warm here. I long for real cold weather and rain and green trees and family and my mom's oven that always smells like cookies. I miss my mom's heat vent from her old oil furnace that warms you up toasty, quick. I miss working at my old job where the residents would be putting up their trees and I miss hanging out with my friends.

But I believe that I have grown up a lot, a lot, A LOT in the last six months. Which to me, means that I have learned to live humbly. I have learned to make due. I have gone from "I can't live without a washing machine" to knowing that Zote soap is the best for hand washing your clothes. I know how to buy only what we need because there is no room for excess. I've learned that a lot of the things I thought I knew about the world and people were mostly wrong. I've learned to have complete trust in God because somedays I just don't know how I'll ever make it another second, but then I do.

Here is a recap of my life in the last six months or so...

June 2014

July 2014

Learning to love my life August 2014

Saying goodbye a second time, August 2014

Helping Cecilia adjust

September or October 2014 (notice that I am getting skinnier).

November 2014

November 2014

December 2014
In the last six months, I've lost a lot of pride, about 25 pounds, and a million bad habits. I've gained a lot of humilty, a rebuilt relationship with my husband and family, and I've learned what it truly means to be independent. Life if not perfect, but it is life. I'm adapting and I'm learning to live on both sides of the border. I have accepted that this is my life, even if I miss Oregon. Sometimes I get sad when I think that I'll never have the luxury of waking up and seeing Mt. Hood again, or downtown Portland, but I get to wake up with a complete family unit. That is just as rewarding for me.

Here's to the next six months and to the rest of my life...

13 December 2014

Someone Turned 4!!

Hello blogging world. It's most difficult to run a blog without a steady wifi connection!

Anyways, someone special turned four years old. My son, Isaias, was five months old when Hector was deported. For his birthdays, we never had a party, because I did not want Hector to miss out on his son's birthday. Usually, we had a vacation and flew down to visit during those 3 years of separation.

Well, this year, I decided it was time for my son to have a party. Usually, parties are over-the-top here with bouncers and all kinds of stuff, but that just wasn't in my budget. Instead, I decided to make my own decorations on a limited budget!

This cake topper cost me a total $10 to make. I am a Michael's employees. Tissue paper, a $2 frame, a picture made in Picmonkey, a styrofoam disc and some ribbon . The frame comes in two pieces: a base and the frame, I stuck the base into the foam about a 1/2" and secured it with hot glue, then I did the same for the top. I made the bows, and my car-themed cake quickly became a Thomas the Train themed cake.

Here are some other pictures of the decorations:
The Water Tower was for the Drink Station.
The Water Tower and Fueling Station frames were also the $2 Michael's frames. I made them almost exactly as I made the Cake Topper, but I didn't attach them to styrofoam. Since the frames are double sided, I simply cut some scrapbook paper that I had on hand to 4x6 and stuck it behind the pictures. There were several of these frames; I also had one for the Piñata station, but I didn't take a picture of that. These all became party favors.

The Fueling Station was for the food table.
We held the celebration at the park by our house. We lucked out that no one was using the spot- Hector had to go wait at the park super early. There was no charge to use the park, like at most Mexican parks. We simply got lucky that day. The banner was NOT homemade. I bought it at Party City.
The piñata we bought at a local candy store. I usually don't buy shaped piñatas like this one, because when you add candy they balance really funny. This one was no different; I ended up having to cut extra holes in it to add candy to the back so that it would balance evenly.
Isaias wasn't too sure about the idea of hitting Thomas. He was just lightly 'tapping' him.
Our food was traditional American cheeseburgers and hot dogs. It was the cheapest route to go. I have never actually had American food at a party, I usually make carne asada. The food was a hit, and Hector didn't complain (too much) about having to cook it.
The cake I bought the morning-of the party. I couldn't find a tres leches cake that I didn't have to prepay for. That was the main reason I made the cake topper. I lucked out and found a Mexican bakery on my way home from work in San Ysidro, CA. The cake was originally car-themed, but I made it work. I just took off their decoration and added mine. The Thomas birthday candle is from Michael's and costs about $4.
Blowing out the candle.
 Isaias got a face-full of cake now with "La Mordida". Cecilia loves the tradition; Isaias, not so much.
So that was the day my son turned four and had his very first birthday party. Hector got to be a part of it, which is the big deal for me. I was so excited about the party, and Isaias talked about it for days. I'm thankful that I live in a cross-borders world where I can have my family in one piece.