Hola! Escucha la musica mientras usted lea este post…. es muy bueno.
Well my friends… I finally did it. I left the country and went to Mexico
! Drove in actually from El Paso
and crossed the border. Which is an interesting experience if you have never had it before. There is definitely
no doubt that you are in a new country… everything is so different there. We stayed with Chuck’s family in a little town called Colonial Juarez (not to be mistaken with the big scary city where all the drug wars are happening). It is in the State of Chihuahua, which I never knew Mexico had states! Which reminded me how amazed I am that I know so very little about geography!
Chuck’s dad actually grew up there (and no he is not Mexican)… his pioneer ancestors settled there long ago and much of Chuck’s family still lives there today, including his grandpa, who is the sweetest man and is going to be the one performing our marriage in the temple in May.
The purpose of our trip was to go to Chuck’s brothers wedding. Which was in the colonial Juarez temple high up on a hill in the city (absolutely breathtaking).
This trip was quite educational, I learned a lot about Mexico
, my family and myself. Where shall I begin.
Mata Ortiz is a tiny little run down town near Colonial Juarez where the famous Juan Mata grew up and discovered he was really really good at making beautiful pots… which now sell for thousands of dollars (US).
We got to go and see how the pots were made and painted… it is crazy pretty much everyone who lives in the town makes amazing pottery. When we pulled in people started coming from everywhere to display their work for us, and try and get us to buy as much as possible. Chuck and I got a pot for our future place together.
I also learned that in Mexico buildings are bright colors… and signs for stores are usually painted on the building.
I especially liked the yellow buildings… so cheerful.
I learned that people in Mexico Love Coca Cola… There was one of these signs painted on almost every store.
Pinatas are not only fun to break, but beautiful to look at.
We also had a chance to go to a workshop where stones were cut and made into jewelry
. I was amazed at the colors that come out of the earth, it gave me a greater appreciation for rocks.
About Mi Familia This is Parker… He is Chuck’s youngest brother, and probably one of the coolest 12 years old I have ever met. I learned in Mexico that Parker could eat an entire plate full of Milenesa (which is a huge steak pounded flat breaded and fried). Although in the aftermath he looked like he was going to pass out…. but he was back in action in no time flat.
I learned that my new brothers really enjoy rocks too!
Especially showing their brute
strength as they pick them up and hurl them into the air. This Dan… the one who got married.
This is my fiance power lifting a boulder… comforting to know that he will be able to protect our family, I mean seriously who would mess with that?
I learned that my soon to be Father in law Mark is full of knowledge and interesting facts…. here he was showing us how to find water in what appeared to be a rock desert.
I learned that Parker likes to play pretend as much as I do… this is us swimming in the pool, it was really a shame that there was no water in it.
I learned that Chuck’s sister Katie is a really great mom, full of love and patience. I am glad that I will have her around to give me pointers when I have some babes of my own.
I learned that I love the simple life. Yet I love to be busy… kind of a paradox. Even when I am on vactation I like to be out doing, learning, seeing, running and eating. I have been told that the animal that my personality most resembles is the bumble bee… this is a picture of one up in the orchards owned by Chuck’s uncles. And I think they life a very simple yet busy life.
I learned that I LOVE botas
!!! I wanted to buy a pair of boots so bad, but like a good little out of work college student I resisted. Someday I shall have cowboy boots!!!!
I learned that I am more in Love with Chuck everyday. I am soooooo
excited to get married I COULD JUST BURST!!!! I loved being able to see him each and every day… a luxury
we don’t currently have. I will try to contain myself…. but sometimes I just want to attack him, in a very loving way of course 🙂
Him and I are going to have a very happy life together, busy, simple, beautiful life.
Ps… Donkey’s are not as friendly as I would have imagined. This one tried to bite Chuck’s hand off.