Wednesday, January 28, 2015

12 months of dates gift: Date #5 (January)

[If you happen to be a new follower (and therefore my new best friend), these series of posts tell of the year-long wedding gift that Greg and I gave to my sister, Diana and her husband, Keith back in August 2nd. Enjoy!]

My sister and her husband are almost halfway through the dates! Time flies. I almost feel like a time traveler every time they open a new date (since we wrote/planned them since June and July of last year). ;-)

Anywho, carry on. Here is Date #5.

The folder and instructions.

We planned a warm and cozy date for them this month, as it is cold outside (I mean, duh, Minnesota). It is not as cold as last year, but nonetheless cold. And plus, who doesn’t like going on a date with husbands, sisters, girlfriends, etc., to a coffee shop?

How is the weather where you live? I can’t wait for spring to come, but in the meantime I am cherishing these long, dark, winter days.

What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face, the One who saved me by His grace.
When He takes me by the hand, and leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.
“What a Day That Will Be” – J. Hill.

I've been singing this hymn a lot lately. Look it up on Youtube! This hymn reminds me that all the trials Greg and I have been going through lately, will one day be overshadowed by our eternal reward. :-)



Monday, January 19, 2015

Holidays (Minnesota & Mexico) 2014 [Part 2]

Here is Part 1 if you missed it!

One of the days we were there, we made "buñuelos". Have you heard of them? It is basically like a fried tortilla-looking doughnut. ;-) People in Mexico make them mostly around the holidays. However, I looked it up, and they are popular in other countries (first consumed in Spain), too, especially around Christmas, Ramadan and Hanukkah. 

It was a family event and so, so fun. 

We separated into two teams, inside and outside.

Team Inside - I was part of this one. Also known as the Hardworking team. ;-)

My job was to take the stretched out buñuelos outside, where they would be then fried and covered in a special mix of sugar, cinnamon, among other things.

Team Outside - I can only spot two of them hard at work. ;-) 

Greg tried our first finished buñuelo. So delicious!

And finally, New Years Eve. We celebrated NYE at my house (my house is the main party house, I guess). It was packed with family members and just plain fun. My heart bursts out of love for these people. Seriously. 

We took several family pictures and this is the only one that worked out (aka the only one where the boys aren't closing their eyes/looking elsewhere)...and even then, my youngest brother looks like he is about to speak. Haha!

The three oldest cousins.

Ringing in the new year!
My mom looks confused. :-D

And, of course, one last holiday get-together with our cousin before we all head back to work!

 Thank you so much for looking through all the pictures (I hope you made it!). And like we like to say (and we mean it), if you ever go to Mexico, specifically my town...mi casa es tu casa (my home is your home).

"...But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15
"Home is the nicest word there is." L. Ingalls Wilder


Friday, January 16, 2015

Holidays (Minnesota & Mexico) 2014 [Part 1]

How are you? I've missed you. I miss blogging more often. However, less blogging is just a small sacrifice (no internet/cable at home) for a greater cause. :-)


This year (well, last year, I guess), Greg and I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Minnesota. It was so different for me, as I've spent those two days at home, Mexico, my entire life. It was so fun, though!

On the 26th of December, we flew to Texas, my parents picked us up at the airport, and we headed home. Finally. We stayed there for an entire week! It was so good seeing family and friends I had not seen since Diana and Keith's wedding...some as far back as our wedding in 2013.

Well, here are snippets of our days at home. I'll try not to bombard you with the 150+ pictures I posted on Facebook (as I am the unofficial family photographer and everyone asks for the pictures if I don't post them as soon as I get home). ;-)

Christmas Eve

So, you should know that I failed miserably in taking pictures at the family dinner (Greg's side of the family) AND I brought my camera to the party. I guess we were too busy visiting with family we don't see for weeks! :-) Later at night, we went to my sister and her husband's Christmas Eve party at their home. 

Christmas Day

Why, hello, I failed yet again to take pictures. I did take some, but mostly with my phone. We went to my Greg's parents home and spent all day with them, our brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews. We even ate leftover lunch for dinner, since we were still there! 

December 27th - January 4th

On December 28th, we celebrated my cousin's 10th birthday! Her birthdays are always a delight to my family, as she is one of my two youngest cousins...all of my other "young" cousins are in their teenage years!

A few of the twenty-somethin' cousins. Seven children make a lot of grandchildren! I am the oldest of all of them. ;-)

The two youngest, 10 and 6.

The next day, we went "touring" my town. We like to pretend we are tourists. We went to visit the new, main town square - or plaza, as we call it. There is a quaint, older one "downtown" from when the town was first established, but my town is growing and it couldn't hold a lot of people anymore for civic events, so they built a new, more modern one. 

We then went to visit the lake/dam. This dam is "shared" between the USA and Mexico. Can you believe President Nixon went to my town to inaugurate the opening of the dam? Neither can I. The lake's name is "Amistad" or "Friendship", which symbolizes the friendship between the two cities/countries. They still make a ceremony every year - the President's don't participate anymore, but the Mayors and other government officials do, and they shake hands in front of the two eagle statues to represent this friendship. This lake is also one of two point of entry's from my town to the USA by land. Two places at once. ;-)

I still have a lot more pictures from the New Years Eve/Day and the next few days - stay tuned for part 2! ;-)

I hope you enjoyed them. I am so, so thankful we could go spend time with my family!

How is your weekend? Any special plans?
I am having a quiet, Friday night of blogging, listening to music and sipping on some hot chocolate...and waiting for my husband to come home!