Thursday, February 20, 2014

This New Neighborhood Is Exotic

We have discovered something crazy in this new neighborhood where we live!

My dad came home one day with a fantastical tale about seeing a bunch of big, green birds in a tree over here where we live. I, of course, am always the doubting Thomas and so I said I wouldn't believe it until I saw it.

A day later I was outside when I saw about fifteen green birds fly overhead and land in a nearby tree. I got all excited and ran over there, pulling my camera out as I ran. Neighbors outside were staring at me like I was a crazy tourist or something as I stood there snapping pictures!

Look closely!!!
It's a Parrot!!!

Supposedly a colony of parrots have started breeding around here and so are now populating the area! 

Toluca just gets better everyday!

Monday, February 17, 2014

I'm Getting OLD

So it's kind of old news now but ...
January rolled around.
And I think it's the greatest thing to be born in January because then you don't have to wait all year to have your birthday because then it's always right after the New Years!

For my birthday I decided that I wanted to go to an Argentinian restaurant that is in the mall. I don't know why but it always smells so heavenly when you pass by it.
So we went there and my dad just randomly chooses an appetizer.
Carpaccio de Res (it was beef).
This is what came out. And my dad was like: "IS THAT RAW MEAT?!" Of course, we didn't want to act like we hadn't known what we ordered and so he ate it. He wanted me to try some but I don't like meat when it is cooked, much less when it looks raw.

Afterwards I get home and google it (because we know google has all of the answers) and, lo and behold, it WAS raw meat!
Who in their sane mind would actually enjoy eating raw flesh from a cow, or any animal for that matter?!

My mom made me a cake, and my dad bought me roses.
The cake looked rather ghetto! Haha! But it tasted GOOD!
(And even though my shirt appears to be catching fire it really did not!)

I had to go teach keyboard lessons but before I left a taxi man arrived with some flowers for ME!!
They were SOOOO pretty! I loved them!

After piano lessons the girl who I teach told me to go over to her house. Her family had made a dinner for me and had cake!!
Me, awkwardly cutting the cake! I really hate doing that! 

People are so sweet to me around here on my birthday~
Look at the little cakes that a couple of people gave me!

And gifts!!!

Plus, I got more flowers!!!
What can I say? 
People just love me!

And then my Sunday School kids had a little party for me!
Feliz Cumplea├▒os Dacia

And I only thought my mom's cake was ghetto!
This was their cake! It was actually very creative and very sweet of them to do that for me!
I do love those kids even if they do test my patience!


And with that I will bid you all farewell.

P.S. If you wanna know how old I turned ... tough. I will tell no one!

Just kidding!
I will proudly announce my old age to the whole world!
I turned 23!!!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Years

For New Years Day we had a party scheduled for the whole church.
(I actually rang in the year with friends and tons of fireworks but I didn't take any pictures.)

We got to the taco shop where the party was being held.
And these were about the only people who showed up.
Okay, I think a few more moseyed in later but half of the church people did not show up.

SO then I went around taking a few pictures.

The boys throwing firecrackers at each other!

Some of them made a bonfire.

It was soooo cozy! 
I was sitting on the ground for half of the time! Well, until they told me to get up because the dogs had done their business there.
He. He. He.

And I think this is going to become a tradition for our New Years parties.

The kids took their turns!

 El Pastor had to take a turn and so then he made all of the other men do too!
Dad spinning Nacho around!

And afterwards everyone wanted me to hit it just because they all remembered how I busted it open with one whack last year! But alas, this year I did not get to bust it open!

And my only picture of the night!
Me and Carlos!

Over all it was a very boring night! Haha! Which is why I have nothing interesting to say!

But this is going to be a GREAT year. I just know it!
Well, at least I hope so!
I'm trying to be more positive! 

So a Happy Late New Year to you all!


P.S. And does anyone else notice just how fast this year is already going by?????

Monday, February 3, 2014

To The Land Of The Volcano

At the end of December the Wakefields had their annual (I think) conference.
This time my dad was going to be preaching a couple of times.
So for the first time ever I decided to go (mostly because I wanted to see Bethany). 

Lupita and I thought our spots were reserved in MY parents vehicle.
So we started out there but then had to move to another vehicle that some man was driving.
I will save the rant I feel like ranting about that has to do with my dad not letting me ride in my own vehicle!
BUT ...
Can I just take a moment to say how annoying the ride was?! 
The man (who did come to church but was not baptized or anything) had ungodly music blasting the whole time. And he was talking the whole time, yelling things I cannot repeat at people who "didn't know how to drive". And to top it all off he was using his sing-song, squeaky voice that just irritated the living daylights out of me!

But I maintained control over my raging anger (yeah, sometimes I have anger issues) and just smiled and laughed at his jokes that he insisted on telling. And then he tried talking to me and I was as polite as can be. See, I have self-control!

Once we got near Puebla we began to see the peak of one of their volcanoes.
Of course, it wasn't the Popocatepetl, for which I was glad because I always sort of freak out when I see that one because I don't want to be near it when it EXPLODES!

I mean, it's creepy enough that when you are entering their state it says: 
Volcano State Alert 
That doesn't make me feel any better!

I really didn't take that many pictures of the conference (because I forgot).
My dad got up to play the guitar and sing though.

My dad, again. 

Bethany, Me, & Nicole!

We were there for two days (and I even went to stay the night with Bethany) but those were all of the pictures that I took! Shame on me!

After another tortuous ride we were finally back at my house where we encountered COLD weather. Okay, it wasn't that cold but for some reason our new house stays VERY cold inside and especially in my bedroom because the ceiling is high.
So Lupita and I decided to stay in bed all day and drink coffee and listen to Odyssey!
(We listened to it in English, but can I just state how EXCITED I am that they are putting it out in Spanish now too!!!!!!)

You can't really tell but Templeton was there keeping us warm too!

See, he was all curled up, cute and sweet!

Of course, then he turned into his monster self.
And began climbing all over my furniture.

And trying to kill already dead rabbits!
For some reason he really likes my rabbit's foots (He. He.) that I have. I guess it makes him feel wild and free to have some helpless animal fur in his mouth. Silly cat!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

For The Millionth Time

Yesterday while I was quarantined to my bed for being sick all morning I decided to do some catching up. So expect a few more posts!

For the millionth time in our lives we had to move again (to another house).
I kid you not. This move was the eighth time in eleven years that we have moved to a new house (and that's not even counting the house we lived in for three months when we first moved here to Mexico)!

We have never owned our own house and so if I were to count up all of the times that we have moved in my lifetime it would probably total a thousand times at least!

Well, for once we were happy in our little home on Peaceful Lane (I'm just kidding, it was called Abelardo Rodriguez) and what should happen? After three years of living in that house the owners told us that they were selling it! I, of course, was ecstatic because after twenty-two years of living I have grown accustomed to the life of a nomad (so to speak) and become easily bored when having to stay in one place for a long period of time. 
So we left this house.

And I was a bit distraught that I had to leave behind the two trees that my brother and I had planted by the sweat of our brows.

But we exchanged that for this:
A prettier house that has a HUNDRED doors and locks that are very difficult to get open. I can't even open the gate anymore because it's to heavy!!! 

And a lot more trees!
There are actually even two trees that are awesomer because they are fruit trees.
Peach and Plum. 
(Note: Yes, I realized that I used the word "awesomer" and that it is not really a word!)

 Another cool thing is that there is a park next door.
With exercise machine thingies. 

Mother nearly broke her back!

Ok, not that we will ever go to the park because we have been here about two months already and I haven't been back!

Anyway, we had to go do a deep cleaning.
I nearly broke MY back cleaning places that my parents couldn't reach because they are too old!

I was so worn out afterwards! I felt like I had been lifting 100 lb weights all day!

Mother cleaning the awesome cabinets! Have I ever mentioned that I loooove cabinets in kitchens? See, in the U.S. there are cabinets in all of the houses. Well, in Mexico we have only lived in one other house where there were cabinets, all the other had none. 

Mother: "Don't take my picture."

After the cleaning we started moving. Just me, my dad, and mom.
This was my job, riding in the back of the truck. It seemed glamorous in the beginning but by the end of the day I smelled like truck fumes, outside, and left-over perfume (a very unappealing combination).

By day three we did end up getting help with all of the HUGE and HEAVY furniture that we have.
A few men came to help us from the church.

Me doing all the hard work!

The truck packed FULL. 

And the last run of the night.
This is a terrible picture but the whole truck was filled with all of my Mom's plants. Ridiculous! 

And by the time we had everything moved this is about what the whole house looked like, if not worse.
Of course, I am a creature of habit and well-organized so I had everything put in order in about two hours (in my room at least)!

And look what I saw:
I had forgotten that my brother had graffiti-ed  on the back of my bed frame back when I was into being "green"! Hahaha!
Where did all that global-warming stuff go? 

Peace & Love

P.S. Oh, I totally forgot to mention how small the door to this house is and so when we went to take our humongous sofa inside ... it wouldn't fit! 
Bye bye, old living room furniture that we really loved.