Spring is definitely in the air. Some of the trees are starting to bloom. It has been in the 70's outside for the past several days. With rumors that we might get rain later this week I have let the kids take advantage of the afternoon sunshine every chance we get. We also set up the sandbox and sand/water table outside so I don't see much of the little ones except for the breaks they take for food and water. We have also gone to the park each afternoon to take advantage of the beautiful weather. They love being outdoors and have been having an absolute blast although Tortuga has had his usual struggles of being a big kid with a little kid mentality which can be disastrous at the park when there are lots of kids around. Two days ago after several close calls I had him sit at a table because he couldn't handle himself safely around all those little kids. He was soooooo mad BUT he held it together until we got home. Then we had a mini-meltdown but not as bad as we have seen. So it was a win-win I think.
Yep! That's Milagro!
The older kids have had lots of ups and downs. Mostly ups although we may be on the downswing. A few weeks ago we went to visit my mom and brother in South(ernmost) Texas. There was a wonderful festival that I hadn't attended in more than 20 years! It's a wonderful celebration of Mexican-American culture and because this is a border town with Mexico there were lots of opportunities for celebrating the social and cultural connections between the U.S. and Mexico. All 4 declared they were happy and proud to be Mexican (even though ethnically none of them are Mexican) but since their mom is most definitely raising them in a Mexican household I guess it counts! :-) They had so much fun watching the traditional dancing, music, and performances during two parades and an outdoor festival. Pollito quickly declared he wanted to learn to dance like the folkloric dancers and the other agreed it would be fun to learn. They even enjoyed dressing up in traditional clothing. C. couldn't travel with us because she was up in Boston for work so it was me and the 4 kiddos. They did amazingly well and thoroughly enjoyed the festivities. There was so much sunshine that some of us even got a little sunburn.