Thursday, July 30, 2009
I have moved up my *departure* date. I originally had planned on coming back in mid October. Being here is just becoming increasingly harder. I am not ready to leave Jorge any earlier, but I just feel more trapped than ever. He understands and has been very supportive, so he said, "leave earlier". So, I am leaving in a month. I should be back by September 1st. We will probably head out of here on August 29. It is about a 33 hour drive. Yikes!
Jorge will drive us to the border and then will hop on a bus back here to Jalos. The girls and I will cross the border alone and keep driving and driving and driving. The last time I did that drive the girls were 16 months and 2 months old. So, surely this time should be a bit easier. Let's still keep our fingers crossed.
I ordered a cell phone and my mom is mailing it along with my new license plate. I wrote my resume yesterday, ready for my job search. I have been thinking about what I want to take back with me. I have never went across the border from Mexico to the US with a car load full of stuff, so I can only assume the border patrol will search through everything in the car. I don't want it to be a long process. That day is already going to suck. Like I want to stand there watching them take everything out of the car while I am crying.
So, I will probably only take clothes and toys this time around. About 6 months into my return I plan on bringing the girls back for an extended stay with Daddy. They will stay for about 4 months or so. At that time I can take back whatever other items I want, in preparation for getting my own place.
I am just ready to get back and get things going. I hate transitional times. It is like being trapped between the past and the future. Very uncomfortable for me.
Monday, July 27, 2009
I just cleaned up the room and put everything in it's proper place. For a while I have been making Bella help and here lately Emily has been recruited. They need to understand that if they play with the toys they have to pick them up and put them away. Sometimes it is just easier when you are doing major clean up to do it alone. That was this morning.
Here are some pictures of their clean room.
And, as the pictures show, even immediately after clean up the girls can't resist the temptation to start the *dirtying up the room* process.
Right now Emily is napping and Bella is sitting on the couch (time out) because she is in that lovely TERRIBLE TWOS stage. Give them a bit of time and we will get you those after pictures up on here.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I find that I interchange the word "plan" with "goal". To me they are one in the same. And I can see to others that it might seem I am setting myself up for disappointment because things are never concrete. Inevitably there will always be things that are out of my control, but I still believe that I control the path of my life. So, things might change but I can create the path that I follow. That is where the "plan" or "goal" comes in.
Now that you know my logic, I am going to share what my plan is. I haven't held back any other personal info on this blog before, so why start now. Plus, for me it helps if I tell others so it will help me stick to my words. It makes me want to prove myself. (That is the competitive side of me coming out.)
I had mentioned that I am going to move back to the State and I am going to stay at my parent's house. At first I will depend on them so I can get my feet back on solid ground. I will need their help while I recreate my life. While that is all good, living somewhere rent free until I can get back on my feet, I can't stay there forever. I need to set a time frame, a goal, of when I will get my own place.
Last night, while Jorge was still at work and the girls were down at the in laws, I had an idea. I created my path. Here it is for the world to see...
- After one year I will get an apartment (October 2010).
- While the girls are in Mexico, staying with daddy, I will get a part-time job for my evenings and/or weekends. Being a single mom with only the one income, it will be nice to create a cushion in case something should come up. And, this will occupy my time so I don't have to be in an empty house all the time.
- I am going to create a list of items I need for the apartment. This will allow me to have the year to accumulate all the furniture and such instead of doing it all at once. This is where I will call on my friends for help. If they see something at a good deal--at the store, thrift store, garage sale or through a friend--hopefully they will let me know.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I am always looking up recipes for "easy" meals, desserts, breads, you name it. You are already familiar with the fact that I am VERY limited on what ingredients I can find. So, most of the time I don't find much of anything because there is bound to be something on the list of ingredients that I can't find and there is no substitution.
There have been a few things that I have found and get so excited because I know I can get my hands on everything that is needed to make the food. This recipe is very easy and simple and the outcome is just delicious.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
And, as a bonus, you can see we have two more melons!
- built a house
- got married
- had a baby
- got promoted
- had another baby
- my husband was barred for 10 years from the US
- sold my house and almost all my belongings
- had to give up my job
- moved to Mexico
Monday, July 20, 2009
1 small red onion, finely chopped
6 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled
1-2 cups mozz cheese or any melting cheese
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 pizza dough recipe
Place cooked shredded chicken in a bowl and coat with some of the bbq sauce. Press out the pizza dough and coat with remaining (or however much you like) bbq sauce. Spread coated shredded chicken on the dough. Add bacon, onions and cheese on top. Bake at 425 for 25-30 minutes.
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
2 1/2 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in the warm water. In a separate bowl mix together all the other ingredients. After letting the yeast activate (it will start to look foamy on top of the water) add it into the bowl all the other ingredients. Mix all the ingredients together with a fork. Once it has form into a dough, you will probably have to add more flour (a little at a time) until the dough is no longer sticky. Use your hands to knead the dough. Allow dough to rest for 5 minutes.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I want to challenge her but not expect too much from her. I want her to develop and be ready, socially and mentally, for school. I know that is a ways off, but I don't think you can start to early. But how do you judge if you are on the right track and if you are in the right spot on that track?
Of course family and friends might be biased, or rather are,and just say what you want to hear from them. Are there any good resources out there that show where a child should be developmentally? Honestly most of the time I don't really see Bella as a child. I talk to her like she is a person, not a baby. Sometimes I worry that I am not approaching her in the right way and I might not be teaching things or introducing things that she should be learning because of the way I view her.
Should she have know this before now?
I know all children are different and pick up things in their own time, but there has to be a guideline to go by. Maybe I will look online for any references. Plus, I am excited to get back to the US so the girls can experience more than just being in the house all the time.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I found a website that list several recipes to make your own beauty products. I looked for the simplest one and found this one:
1 cup salt, any kind
1 cup veggie oil, any kind
1 cup liquid soap
Mix all the ingredients and massage into the skin then rinse well. Salt is natures' healing ingredient for all!
(As you see I used EVOO instead of veggie oil and I used the girls bath soap because I didn't want any stong soap on my face. And, FYI, I used Kosher salt.)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Lately I haven't been writing much of anything about the differences. By now I am pretty much used to it and although I still know it is totally different from what is in the US, I just deal with it.
I seem to notice one of my biggest complaints is the lack of products at the grocery stores. I have never elaborated on what is missing. I think it is one of the hardest things to deal with because cooking and eating food is a daily thing. Not finding things you are used to finding, or sometimes even things you rely on makes it crappy.
When I was in the US I didn't cook very much. It only being Jorge and me, we seemed to eat out a lot. Now we don't really have that option. Well, we could eat out but eating at home allows more variety.
Not having cooked much I didn't have many meals that I knew how to make. Sure, I can pick up a cookbook and whip something up. But, having those staple meals that you can just know how to make is nice. I have wanted to learn how to make more things but the problem is I look up a recipe and sure enough, there are most likely ingredients that I won't be able to find. It is very frustrating.
I came up with a small list of things you WON'T find in a grocery store here in Jalos.
bagged shredded cheese
turkey & roast beef lunch meat
rasberries & blueberries
biscuits or rolls
I mean, this list could go on and on. Some of these are not staple items, but are just common items that would not be seen down here. It is easier to list what they do have verses what they don't have. I guess the way to describe it is lack of variety. They have a lack of products as well, but even the products they do have your choice is limited.
- salad dressings--your options:ceasar, italian, ranch, thousand island--yes, that is all.
- ice cream--your options: vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, lime, coconut
- bread--brands to chose from: Bimbo, Bimbo or Bimbo. Can we say monopoly!
- canned veggies--peas, corn, peas & carrots, mushrooms
- soups--can't remember the choices, but I think there are only 5 choices, none of which are cream of mushroom or chicken & noodle or tomato
- cake mix--chocolate, french vanilla, yellow or white
- icing--vanilla, chocolate
Overall it is just a pain to do grocery shopping here. I wanted to explain what I mean when I am frustrated by my options. One thing I look forward to is walking down the isles at Kroger and finding anything and everything I want!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I think daddy is going to have his hands full with fighting off the boys when Bella is older.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Bella uses some Spanish on a regular basis. Some words she commonly uses:
aqui for here
esta for this
papos for shoes
si for yes
mida (sp) for look -- this one you hear ALL the time
There are others but these are the ones that come to mind.
Emily is trying to count. She only says two and three, but in Spanish. You will here her sweet little voice, "dos, tres, dos". She will repeat two.
It is hard to get a video of the girls doing anything because they want to "see it". That is all I hear usually when I am trying to video them. It is a small digital camera with a screen on the back to view the pics/videos. So, this is pretty good that Bella was cooperating with me.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
She is CRAZY!
Here is a little video that shows her in the bathroom. Of course she is not really using the toilet, she just wants to think she does.
She watches what we do after Bella is finished doing her business. And the foot maneuver, she saw me do that a few times.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Take the tomatillos and Serrano peppers and put them in a pot and boil them for, oh, 15 to 20 minutes. They will turn a darker green when they are done.
After prepping for the sauce you can get the chicken ready. You will need the chicken breasts, a handful of chopped onion, salt and marjoram. Put all ingredients in a pot and cook until chicken is cooked through.
Once the tomatillos and peppers are done, put them (minus the water) with the cilantro, onion and garlic into a blender and blend until smooth.
While the blender is running, drain water from the pan add oil and put it back on the burner. Heat the oil and once the sauce is smooth, pour it into the pan. Let it cook for 5-6 minutes. The sauce will darken a bit. Then add the chicken stock to the pan. (I usually put the stock in the blender so the remainder of the sauce that stuck to the blender will come out with the stock.)
You will cook the sauce until it is thick enough to coat the back of the spatula. While that is cooking, you can prepare the cooked chicken. You will need the chicken, remainder of the onion (finely chopped), cheese and sour cream.
Drain all the water (and onion and marjoram) from the pan. Let the chicken cool a bit and then shred it with your hands. Put it back in the pan and add the onion, cheese (keep a little to crumble over before you serve) and sour cream. Mix it all together and put it to the side.
With the sauce and chicken ready, heat a pan with a layer of oil (maybe 1/4 inch). You will take the tortillas and put them in the pan (I do two at a time in a skillet) and fry them about 5-6 seconds on each side. Remove them from the oil and place on a layer of paper towel.
Take a large spoonful of sauce and put it on a dinner plate. You will use this to drudge the tortillas after they have been fried. Put a tortilla on the plate and then flip it over, coating each side with the sauce. Then take a heaping tablespoon full of the chicken mixture and put it in the middle of the coated tortilla. Fold it up and place it in a baking dish.
Once you have run out of chicken mixture (I made a total of 10 enchiladas) coat them with some of the remaining sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes. Pour the remaining sauce in a bowl and use to pour a little on the enchiladas before you serve. Do the same for some of the sour cream.
Hopefully these are as yummy to you as they are to me. If any of you Indy friends want to try and don't want to do the work, I would be happy to make them for you once I get back.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Here is the picture I took Friday afternoon next to the picture I took just now (Monday late morning).
Friday, July 03, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Only time will tell.
This almost seems too easy! I know we have just began but she tells me every time she needs to go and that is it. So odd and good!
****Update #2: I know, enough with the updates! But, I am so excited about how easy this whole thing is. Bella is really liking the little pieces for her chart and is ready and willing to use the toilet. And it is interesting to see what piece she chooses next. I am going to have to buy some cheap toys and let her pick from them instead of going to the store every 10 bathroom trips.