Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Once I get the camera, I will post pictures. And, I will post more about my trip.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
If you look closely you might see something you bought for them!
We went to the Home Depot to look at their selection of trees and decor. They were cheaper than Wal-Mart/Bodega. We got a small tree and some lights and just two boxes of ornaments. I have a box of ornaments that I plan to bring back. You know, the kind that don't match and have been collected over the years. My mom has bought a few for the girls to start a collection for them.
So far Emily has been pretty good around the tree. She gets interested and wants to touch, but "No, Emily" has been working. Annabella, on the other hand, has broken one of the ornaments (**update; now two). She wants to touch them. She grabs them and says, "ball".
I love having the tree up. I would keep it up all year long if it weren't too tacky. I hope having it up doesn't make Jorge too sad while we are gone. We will miss him.
Monday, November 03, 2008
I have also found block and shredded mozzarella cheese, romaine lettuce, Welch's white grape juice, a oh so lovely frozen cheesecake, Kraft Singles (you know the slices of American cheese) and the list could go on.
They now have all their Christmas decorations out. Whoa! They are pricey. A standard set of lights to go on the tree are $19. I will be buying some items in the US and bringing them back.
I get to experience the joy of the small things down here. My mom always laughs when I tell her my crazy stories about finding items that I couldn't find before. I am sure there are plenty of things down here but there is a lack of those giant stores that carry everything under the sun here which makes finding things more difficult. Shopping in the US is easy and you can find anything. I am stuck here now so I will look forward to all the things that have yet to be found.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
(Above) This wall of tombs held babies and children. These were the ones you could see inside.
(Right) They have built the sidewalk and covered half of this tomb. I guess this person has been buried twice.
(Left) There were several tombs like this one where the concrete slabs were missing or broken. Scary!
(Right) This was a window on the side of one of the personal buildings in the cemetery.
(Right) This shows you how deep each plot on the ground is. It allows them to stack 5 coffins on top of one another.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I took pictures from my last hair cut in the States so the lady could see exactly how it should be cut. Well, I guess she is either blind or dumb because she got it all wrong.
And after I chopped at it for a few days to get it to look like a style, this is what I got.
When I left the salon I could have killed the lady with just my look. I think I was capable of shooting laser beams out of my eyes. She told Jorge we didn't have to pay (but he did). She cut about 2 to 3 inches more than she should have. Oh I was so mad!
I told Jorge we need to go for a walk downtown and try to forget about our bad luck. I might take the camera and take pictures for all of you.
I promise a happier more upbeat post next time.
Friday, October 24, 2008
The whole way up I didn't feel anything, just anxious to get this drive over. Once we got into Nuevo Laredo I started thinking about how close we were to the US border. The road that leads us to the building to do all the paperwork runs parallel with the small river that separates the US from Mexico. I could have thrown a rock and have it land in Laredo, TX.
I was MAD! Almost crying mad. I didn't think I would have any bad feelings, but being so close and seeing the US was heart wrenching. You could see Wendy's, McDonald's, hotels, banks and homes in the US. I just sat there in the car thinking how ridiculous it was that we can't cross that stupid border. Well, I can but my husband can't.
How is that OK? I know he did something that by law he was not supposed to do, crossed the border illegally. But, why is it not OK for some people to come to the US? The United States is a melting pot of every nationality. My great grandmother came from Germany. What family can go back a few generations and claim to have been from the US?
It is just so frustrating going through this whole process. The not knowing is killing me and I am just short of 6 months into the situation.
I have been so removed from the US this whole time that it is easy to not think about it. Yes, I think about things I don't have here (like groceries and such), but I don't really think about *it*. I stay in the house most of the time and avoid reality.
Being yards away from the US just put a stake through my heart. It is something I want so badly but feel helpless to get it.
I know I should just accept this and be thankful for everything I have but sometimes that is not easy. We have our health and that is more than some people can say so I will try and think of it that way.