This post has none of that, as I didnt take my camera with us. Oops!!
I did want to share some thoughts on the weekend though, totally scrambled and not in any order:
-it was beautiful. They kept sayig this is their ugliest time of year because it is so dry, but I loved it. Reminded me of central Kansas, with the golden yellow and rich brown colors of the fields dotted with the green of the evergreen trees still thriving.
-kids drink coffee?
-the family killed three chickens for our visit and made Chicken Barbacoa (Barbacoa is usually sheep)
-have you ever had the feeling you are eating the familys food rations for a week? Thats how I felt when I noticed how little they all ate. They heated up left over pork and vegetables for lunch one day and literally served themselves 3 tablespoons of meat and 5 tablespoons of "vegetables" (which was soup). The meal we ate the chicken they served the kids consume (the liquid the chicken cooks in) and about one bite of chicken.
- homemade tortillas. Made from corn they grew themselves!
-the kids ALL helped. With everything.
-fresh eggs from their own chickens paired nicely with a fresh salsa verde with avocado
-their wood pit stove, covered in a giant comal for cooking
-their new floor in the kitchen. Outside their kitchen is a sign that reads "In my kitchen is a hard floor. Vivir Mejor" . (The MXN government came in and poured them a concrete floor in the kitchen and built the wood burning stove they use, which is a stack of bricks with a round space at the top for a comal)
Thoughts on the "Vivir Mejor" program
-we saw the stars for the first time in 11 months. And even though the "moon was hiding from us!" I still sang to my girls...
"I see the moon and the moon sees me,
The moon sees smebody I want to see..."
And I thought of Grandmother Anne while singing it, as she taught us that song. Maybe Ill call her up and let her know I taught the girls it too! Singsing calls it the moon song.