Sunday, September 20, 2009

What a Weekend!

So, there is this SpongeBob episode where he sings this song... "It's the best day Ever!!!!!"
If you are a SB fan... I'm sure you have seen it.... I'm sitting right now in the lobby of the Grand Tikal Futura in Guatemala City....and I cannot for the life of me kick that song out of my head....

Of course I have had some great memories in Guatemala... after all... I became a mom here 4 times!!!! But now... it's somehow different.... Of course I've always enjoyed my time here... we have traveled all over... we have sampled regional cuisine (including sidewalk food!)... we have spent time with foster families and friends.... but this time.... I (well ok... E) was invited as family... to a celebration.... We are down here because his Godmother (foster mom)'s daughter made her First Communion on Saturday.

We arrived here around noon on Friday... E's Godfather was kind enough to pick us up at the airport and bring us to the Grand Tikal....He stayed for a few minutes and chatted.... then E and I hit Pollo Campero for some lunch!
Went to our room for what I thought was going to be a nap.... turned into a trip to the pool! Yes...we had fun in the pool...but then I really needed a nap.... E watched a movie...and I took a snooze.... E's Godmother and her daughter came over for a few minutes....but she had to work... so after a quick visit, they left.... E and I headed out for a snack...and then I treated him to the movies... We saw Fuerza G (G-Force)! E would end up sleeping through the last 30 mins or so...but he was a trooper and did walk back to the room under his own power...cuz there is NO WAY I could have carried him!

I was awoke by the sound of "Monsters Inc", lights blaring in the room, and the sound of cheetos being munched on....I forgot that E was a morning person... me... not so much... also forgot he is now old enough to get up and do stuff himself... so... he helped himself to MY computer... then to MY cheetos... to MY Pepsi... and cuz he didnt want to watch the movie in the dark...proceeded to turn on almost all of the was 5:30 am!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I convinced him to watch and munch in the dark....and I got another hour of sleep... we then headed down to breakfast (oh how I have missed this breakfast buffet!), then up to the room to get into our "fancy" clothes....and then we were greeted by W & A to go to the church. They go to a very nice church... Kinda modern in build...but old-fashion Catholic Pews! It was a very nice service.... awesome that I knew a couple of the songs they sang.... and even better that since it was Catholic...I could easily follow along! After the service, pictures were taken inside...and then everyone moved outside to take larger group pics... I'm soo happy that E was invited to be in many of the pics...and honored that I was invited to be in a couple family pics also!
We then went to W's house.... we ended up going out to get pizza and some Chinese food and had a meal with everyone... I think there were almost 30 people.... It was quite busy for a while... then everyone left! E and I stayed to talk (and play) and then we came back to the hotel... once again.... I bribed E with a movie to take a nap! *laughs* We then went out to a very nice dinner at La Estancia! It is across the street from the GT.... it's a steak-house...and they have some good food! We split a large steak and some shrimp, baked potato, cream and cheese spinach, and garlic bread! It was nice to just take a walk outside.... I would like to describe the smells, the sounds, the views....but unless you have been here... it just wouldnt do it justice.... it was a beautiful clear night...and on the overpass bridge you could see for miles.... just a great site.... headed back to the room... E watched yet another movie and we then went to sleep...
Yes... bright and early he was up again!!!!!!
I really thought keeping him up till after 10 would curb his early rising...but... it didnt... this time I woke up to crying and sunlight.... Not real crying....but he tried to get the movie to play in my computer and ended up shutting it down.... then he couldnt get it back again... (note to self... keep computer OUT of his reach!!!!) I had two more hour till we needed to be up... he was happy with a juice and a movie... so... *laughs* yep... two more hours of sleep for me!
As I'm typing this.. I'm realizing this trip sounds more like a movie-nap time..... it may be misleading! *laughs*
We had a GREAT breakfast this morning... two words... Handmade Pupusa's..... ahhhh..... yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!
We then went with W&A and W's mom to the Central Market.... F (W's mom) knows quite a few ladies who have booths it was a pleasant shopping experience! Only had to spend about 30 mins in the tourist area... the rest of the time was in the lower levels... gosh I wish we had food markets like this.... oh my..... I could really go crazy.... I mean having sooo much fresh food every single day.... how can you go wrong????? All the fruits.... All the spices..... the meats.... fresh, fresh, fresh... not a single piece of saran wrap in site!!!!!! No bar codes... no name brands... just the aroma's of thousands of different smells combining into one fabulous walk....
Dropped off mom...then came back to the hotel for a swim.... this time W took a nap... and I took the kids to the pool.... they stayed in for bout an hour and a half and had a great time!
Upon returning to the room... I discovered that E's Godfather's wife had been trying to get ahold of me...and was on her way to see us with her boys.... excited but rushed all at the same time! They showed up bout 10 mins later.... got a little rowdy in the lobby so we went to Planeta Maya to play some games....That really broke the ice with E and the guys... I then treated all the kids to a "helicopter" ride in the mall....and then all too soon everyone had to leave... so.... here I am... by myself for the first time since Jan 07.... not that I was keeping count or anything.... *laughs*

I have a lot more to write bout this weekend.... but.... this is long enough....and I have some deeper stuff I really want to put out there.... thought I would keep this light and happy most of this weekend really has been a celebration.

Happy to be "driving" a cab at Planeta Maya!

Looking quite handsome for church!

Posing in front of the Flag!

E and A!

E sporting a Hannah Montana Wig!
Great blackmail photo for mom!!!!

Showing some attitude at the Central Market!

Hanging out and pimpin in the car!

Enjoying some time at Pollo Campero!

These 4 are T-R-O-U-B-L-E!!!!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Fav Foto Friday (9.11.09)

This week I am changing things up and doing my FFF on a Saturday!

I had all intentions on posting yesterday....had my pics edited and ready to go....and then life intervened...

So, here are some of my fav fotos of the week!

Our 5 Baby Bunnies!
They are growing bigger by the day!
They LOVE to eat carrots, lettuce, and celery!

We went to the Zoo last Saturday!
It was a perfect summer day... in Sept though...but we had a lot of fun!

K brushing a goat

D and the Little Lady brushing a goat

E the bee hanging out in the hive!

K the spider climbing his web!

All of my cutie-bees in the hive....even if they are not too thrilled bout it....

Ending a great day with HUGE suckers!!!!!

Last weekend, we also celebrated Labor Day by marching in the Labor Day Parade!

A and I behind our banner!

The 4 kiddos waiting for the parade to begin!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fav Foto Friday (9.4.09)

Happy September!!!!

Today's FFF theme is friends!
To see more FFF click Here!
It's great to meet celebrity friends!
It's nice to have friend to ride around with!!!!
Friends are fun to swim with!
It's nice to have friends to dry off with too!

We love to share meals with friends!

Friends are GREAT!!!!!

Hope everyone has a great Labor Day!!!!!
Buy Union and Buy American!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Three Days for Three Daughters...

Today begins an international hunger strike (various degrees of striking) on behalf of three women in Guatemala who have lost their three children. It is believe that these children (and it is now KNOWN for one) that these children were offered for international adoptions and that these mothers have been ignored and harassed by their own government.

The website can be found here:

There are many links on this page of the stories of these women.... there are many more women out there that have involuntary lost their children to the adoption industry... right now they seem silent...but hopefully they will be given a voice.

I am participating in this cause because I am the mother to 4 Guatemalan children.

I adopted them believing that they were truly given of their mothers free will to be raised by another family.
I think adoption should be an option to mothers who choose not to parent... I do not however believe that mothers should be forced to relinquish.
I also believe that as an adoptive parent, I would not want to parent a child who's family wanted/ and was willing to raise them. I believe that biological ties should be respected... there are enough children without family members to raise them.... adoptees do NOT need to be produced. Some people involved with Guatemalan adoptions dismissed this...and felt the need to kidnap children for the adoption industry.

So, my little response to this injustice is that I am giving up meat for 3 days...
It is a tiny part to a huge problem.
Hopefully though, many tiny parts will contribute something to the larger problem.
I know the absolute joy and happiness that my children bring me... I cannot imagine life without them... I grieve for these moms who have lost their kids.... it devastates me.... I would hope that if something happened to my kids....that I would be rallied around also....

These moms deserve soo much better than what they have been getting...