Friday, September 30, 2011

Three Years in Mexico

Earlier this month while trying to get across the border into the U.S. I was asked by the border gaurd how long I've been living in Mexico. I realized that THAT day was exactly 3 years and it got me thinking how short of a time frame three years sounds to be.

In three years I crammed in three pregnancies and ended up with two babies. I went from being I-don't-like-kids-never-want-them and knowing NOTHING of babies to being a first and second time mommy. (said second baby to the left there with some family members on Independence day) Second time mommy's know everything there is to know about babies and will tell you that if their new four month old wants to be drug around the house by his left foot, nekkid and gnalming on an old book that it's JUST FINE as long as he's HAPPY.

I managed to walk into a school here in Mexico and say "Hey! I have no classroom experience but are ya lookin' for any teachers??" and have them say "Why YES white lady, COME ON IN!" I learned how to be a teacher from the Internet and co-workers and now during my second year I kinda feel like maybe I really AM a teacher and that oh-dear-God-I kinda like it. It's hard to dread going to work when you know there are going to be forty ten year olds waiting to hug you.

In three years my husband and I have had ups and downs but I know we're ok because when he walks out of the shower I still have the urge to run up to him, steal his towel, smack his ass and run away yelling "I see your boooootaayyy I smacked your booootaayy and yoouuuuu know you liiiikkeeee eeeeettt!"

In three years I've learned to cook all the Mexican food my husband could ever ask for and I'll be damned but it took 2.5 of those years to get the recipie for his granny's salsa! Sometimes older Mexican ladies don't like to share their best recipies because it's THEIRS damn it but I figured out if you ask over and over and over that they'll give you 2/3's of the recipie each time - but they MIGHT not remember which ingredients they told you in the times before and will screw up and tell you new ingredients and leave out old ones at each new go round. After you've asked about five or six times you should have all of the ingredients in a recipie and can finally give it a try. It took me that 2.5 years to get out of ole abuela that her secret ingredient in salsa is..... OIL. Shoulda known.

We've moved three times in the past three years, gone through a couple vehicles and given away a lot of stuff. I can't remember where I read it but someone said something about how we need to decide if it is US that holds onto our STUFF or if the STUFF has a hold on us. I was hanging on to a lot of things from my old home and old life and felt the need to find a way to let a lot of it go.

There's so much more but I feel like gettin' a move on and taking the babies to the park. I've finaly got a bit of time here and there to blog again so how about we give this another go? I've got a lot of pictures waiting to get out and Mexico hasn't been one to disappoint these past months. Let's let the fodder out!


Estrellita said...

Hilarious! I hope the salsa is good.
I'm happy that you're making it work. I love your attitude toward life.

Larry Prater said...

Congratulations on your three years. And of course, give Chino's naked butt a smack for me, too.

Barb said...

Hey! Welcome back! Good to "see" you again.

Gringa-n-Mexico said...

Little star - (cute) It IS good! :) I know how to make 4 different kinds now but hers is the BEST table salsa! :D

Larry - LOL!! For SURE, but only if you give Vinny's one for me! ;D

Barb - I always want to type that too :)

Stephanie G said...

Hey!! Welcome back!!!! Congratulations on the 3 years! I believe, I just might make it that far! ;)

Zoe said...

Well, well, well. Whaddya know, she's baaaaack. Your blog is lined u with about 5 others and I just go down the line with my early morning ritual of clicking on them all. I usually ho hum yours and get ready to click on the next, but you knifed me with a new blog and about damned time. Good to hear from you and the dumpling is..well, a dumpling. '-) Keep it up; wits are needed in this difficult world.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on three years, hunni! :D

Your blog still brings a smile to my face whenever I see a 'new post' notification in my Google Reader.

In five weeks time I'll be hopping on a plane to Mexico to become a teacher too so I can't wait to join you in this crazy expat world you live in. :)



Nancy said...

Yay! I'm so glad you're back. Sorry it took me over a week to notice, LOL. Seriously Gringa, I'm glad things are good for you and I realllly look forward to reading more about your life and seeing pics of your darling kiddos. LOVE the little guy's mustache!

Jnine said...

Welcome Back! You've been missed but we understand two little kids take a lot of time. Glad you're back!