Living in Mexico isn't the easiest thing I've ever decided to do. At the top of the list of things we are worried about right now is the whole extortion/kidnapping thing of which most of you are aware. It wasn't this bad when we got the brilliant idea to move down here, but now that our dream hacienda is built and we have forged bonds that are stronger than steel, AND for the fact that we KNOW we are supposed to be here, we're not planning on leaving any time soon.
Then there is the lack of convenience. No Walmart, so I have to plan ahead, which is not one of my best skills. Ask my husband. No Burger King. No school cafeteria. That means A LOT of homemade meals, which has probably been the hardest thing for me to get used to. I'm still not.
That being said, there are the pros of living here...and they far outweigh the cons. Here are some things that we can do here in Mexico that we wouldn't be able to do if we lived most mid-size to large cities in the states...
1. Ride a four-wheeler to school.
2. Talk down the seller on almost anything you would like to buy.
3. Experience the Mexican people's love and affection for children and babies.
4. Learn spanish by immersion.
5. Enjoy a very long growing season.
6. Learn and be able to teach the children the difference between "wants" and "needs". Make friends with a large family who lives in a one-bedroom home with a dirt floor and a wood-burning stove for cooking, and you learn the difference very quickly.
7. Learn how to make authentic Mexican cuisine.
8. Ride a horse down the main road in town.
9. Carseats are optional. Yes, most of the time we do use them, but if we are driving a block or two, it's nice to not have to worry about getting arrested for not buckling three toddlers in 5-point carseats.
10. A backhoe driver's permit won't get revoked if he decides to operate his machine with a very blond 3-year-old on his lap...
(This man has been working with us for nearly two years and we have a very friendly relationship with him. I was totally impressed by how he could operate his backhoe with one hand and hold the 3-year-old with the other, and oddly enough, I was completely comfortable with it. The 3-year-old was, too, apparently, as he fell fast asleep within fifteen minutes. Look...)
My list could go on, but it's time for me to put my laptop down and get the twins out of the tub. Thanks for listening!
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