Evita’s 5th Birthday

We spent two days celebrating Eva’s birthday this year. The night before her birthday, Ryan’s band played at Rio Grande Grill in Harlingen, a restaurant owned by a couple with two kids that happen to be Eva and Damo’s exact same age. My friend Amanda made Eva a super yummy organic/gluten-free chocolate cake with strawberries, and by the end of the night Eva crashed hard on a booth.  A few days later we had another little party for Eva at Aqua Tots, where she goes for swimming lessons. She really wanted to have her birthday party there and I figured you only turn 5 once! Here are some pictures from our celebrations…

F I V E

Evita Pilar,

Today you are FIVE years old! I’m continually in awe of the beautiful little lady you are becoming. You’re sweet and empathetic, wise and overstanding. If I knew any better I’d say you’ve been around this world for 5 thousand years, not just five. In just a few years of this lifetime you’ve already figured out that love is always the answer. It used to catch me off-guard when you’d be the one to remind me, but now I’m used to your little princess voice interrupting adult conversations from the backseat with wise words. I’m so proud of the individual you are, and so incredibly grateful to have you as a daughter. 

In many ways, you haven’t changed much since you were a tiny baby. You still love the beach and the water. You’ve been in swimming lessons for the last five months or so, and you’re now confident in your abilities to swim underwater or from one point to another. You still love flowers, but now you do more than just pick them. You plant them, sing to them, care for them. You’re just as comfortable running around a garden as the seashore. You love collecting things you find- seashells, rocks, and other treasures. You have an eye for little things in the sand and dirt that I would never notice. I’m so impressed by the things you’ve been drawing and painting lately. You know how to choose colors and shape what’s on your mind. You’re so smart, too. You know the phonics and are starting to read books. You’re still as girly as ever. Your favorite color is purple and you love all of the princesses.

Happy birthday my little darling. Thank you for making me a mama five years ago today. Thank you for continuously teaching me about love and life. And thank you for being my baby.

Love,
Mama

Charro Days 2017

Papo & Grommies at Sombrero Festival!

Last month we celebrated another Charro Days in the Rio Grande Valley. Charro Days is a week-long holiday honoring the special bond between South Texas and Mexico (I’ve written about it here, here, and here.) This year, Evita participated in her first ever Charro Days dance performance! It was hilarious!!! See for yourself:

The show must go on! Eva’s Dance brought back so many memories of all the dances I did throughout elementary school. I love that she can take part in the tradition. <3

Pura Vida

Exactly this time last year I was in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. I was in much need of a vacation, and some warm tropical, waves. I traveled alone, surfed all day, and dreamt all night. It was a magical place and an an amazing experience. Here are a few pics from my trip…