Mexico City

On our way to the Coast we had an unexpected overnight layover in Mexico City. Our first plane was delayed due to fog, and instead of putting us on one of the three later flights for the second leg of our trip, AeroMexico forced us to spend the night in the City. Despite having enough seats available on later flights, with over four hours from the time we landed to the time the last plane left Mexico City, AeroMexico wouldn’t put us on the plane until the next morning, with no compensation for hotel or food during our layover. Their only explanation was that they didn’t have the code necessary to put us on the same-day flight, and the supervisor with the code was too busy to help us. It blows my mind how certain airlines get away with treating paying customers. We were all bummed to lose a day at the beach, and so incredibly tired from traveling, but we managed to make the most of it. We took a taxi to the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon and made it just in time to watch the sun go down and the moon come out. It’s something I have always wanted to see, but never wanted to take the time or money to do. So in a way, the inconvenient layover was meant to be.

Feliz Navidad 2017

We spent another Christmas in Mexico, spending lots of quality time together and surfing the warm Pacific waves. It’s hard to believe that this exact time last year I felt the first signs of a tiny baby growing in my belly. Now she’s here, growing our family with love. Whenever we’re all in this beautiful place together I feel as though we must be in Heaven. Why can’t we live like this every day? I always dread the day when our trip is over and we have to return to the 9 to 5 system of the Western culture, where our family is separated by school and work for the majority of the day and week. But these trips always refresh my vision. One day we’ll be free of bosses and paychecks and schedules. We’ll use our time to create, build, and surf. To be together, working four ourselves and our community. I’ll carry this dream to 2018, and continue to plant seeds and nurture the ones that are growing. I’ll continue to sing these songs of freedom, with love and hope for what’s to come. Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano.

Ariela Selah: 4 Months

Ariela Selah,

You’re now four months old! You’re becoming more and more aware of everything around you and I love to watch you grow. You’re really starting to get sick of lying on your back and you take every opportunity to roll to your belly. You moving your little hands and legs trying to scoot for whatever you see, but you can’t get very far yet. Still, I’m surprised at how much you like to be on your belly. You’re starting to play with toys, or at least grab them and put them in your mouth. You also enjoy trying to eat your feet. You’re still just on mama’s milk, though, and growing so very big! I love squeezing your little thunder thighs and kissing your lovely little cheeks. I love making you laugh and smile.

This month you went back to your home country to celebrate Christmas. It was your first time in the ocean and we christened you in the Sea. You don’t mind being in the water or even getting dunked. You’ll be surfing in no time! 🙂

I love you my princesa. Thank you for all the light and love you bring our little family.

Love,
Mama

Snow in South Texas!

This morning we woke to a lovely surprise… it was snowing! In South Texas! I think this is only like the third time in recorded history this has happened! The kids built a snowman before school and I took a few pictures before heading to work. Now, at lunchtime, it is STILL snowing! Unbelievable!

Thanksgiving Weekend

On Thanksgiving day we lounged around the house and made a ThanksVegan fest. We had sweet potato red lentil curry soup to start, stuffed acorn squash as the main course, and sweet apple pie for dessert. The next morning we woke up and drove to San Antonio to complete our annual tradition- riding on the train at Breckenridge Park. Both my father and I spent our childhood Thanksgiving weekends riding the train, so it’s cool to see my kids enjoying the tradition. We also watched the lighting of the Christmas Tree in downtown San Antonio, as well as the Riverwalk parade. The grommies had a blast and it was nice to spend some time with my dad.

Ariela Selah: 3 Months

Ariela Selah,

You’re now three months old and leaving the sleepy newborn stage behind. You finally have some little rolls in your thighs and your cheeks are so plump and kissable- all on mama’s milk! I’ve managed to [barely] keep up my pumping supply while I’m at work while cherishing the time I have to nurse you at home. You’re starting to figure out the big world around you. You look all around with your big blue eyes, smiling at things you find amusing. You love watching and listening to your big sister and brother the most. It seems like you want to be part of their conversation and play. Sometimes you even laugh in delight. It’s the sweetest little sound. You’re just learning to use your hands to grab things. You stare at your feet sometimes too. You love taking baths, especially in the big bath. We’ve started helping you float and get used to being in the water again. You still sleep with mama and papa, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. This month you went on a little road trip to San Antonio for your first ride on the train at Brackenridge Park. You also went on a few boat rides and many trips to the beach. You’re a super chill baby and we are very grateful. Thank you for being ours!

Love,
Mama

Weekend Vibes

It was a busy weekend for our little family. On Saturday the kids’ school had a luau fundraiser and Eva and Damian performed for us on stage. It was so adorable! Sunday we woke up eaaarly (thanks, time change) and did some fishing. Damo reeled in his first fish and as soon as we caught one big enough for dinner we went in. It was delicious!

Happy Halloween!

Damian & Eva dress up pretty much every day around here, but Halloween is still extra fun for them. This shark costume is one of Damian’s favorites, and Eva’s sparkly mermaid costume matched perfectly. It was only natural to dress Ariela up as a butterfly to go with the theme of “overall things we love,” lol. 🙂 Ryan made that backdrop for me out of some old pallets. Can’t wait to go trick-or-treating!

Ariela Selah: Two Months


Baby Ariela,

Today you are two months old! It has been a busy month for us. I started back up at work and we’ve been transitioning into a new routine. It’s sooo hard for me to be away from you, but you seem to be handling it well. You stay with Nina or Papa while I’m gone and drink pumped milk from a bottle. I was worried that you would have a hard time switching back-and-forth between nursing and the bottle, but you are doing both very well and I’m so relieved. You are a wonderful baby and super chill. You spend a lot of time awake; Your big blue eyes scan the room, stopping on things that spark your interest. You love being around your big sister and brother; They can entertain you for quite a while. This month you’ve really started smiling and trying to communicate a lot. I love hearing your sweet little voice making “gooooo” and “aaahhhh” sounds. Sometimes you laugh and let out adorable little squeals. You love bath time and can hang out in the water forever. I can’t wait to take you swimming in the ocean, but for now you’re perfectly content hanging out on the shore. You still wake up every couple of hours for milk, but it’s not so bad cuddling with you all night. It’s been a great month getting to know you, baby girl. I’m looking forward to watching you grow.

Love,
Mama