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Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Vacation From Our Vacation

If you've been following our adventures in Mexico you probably know that, contrary to popular belief, we didn't come down here "on vacation". We came down here to live a different life, learn a different culture, teach ourselves to surf and eat fish tacos. Oh, and torture our kids by sending them to Mexican public schools where they would learn to sink or swim in a total immersion situation. My point is, aside from the fish tacos (note to self: Fish tacos and a Corona, does not constitute a low-cal meal, even if you forgo the tortillas. Nice try.) our time in Sayulita has not been vacation. Don't get me wrong. It's been amazing. AMAZING. But it hasn't been all poolside-pina-coladas, people. It's been school, and homework (in Spanish), and work, and building a house, and more homework (in English), and, well, it's been normal life with four kids, just sweatier. So let me just tell you, with the house finished, my sister in town for a visit, the kids out of school for Semana Santa and pina coladas aside our new pool, we feel like we're on vacation. Ahhhhh. Heavenly.

And, as you may also know, we love a good road trip. And since we have hardly ventured further than Home Depot since arriving in Sayulita last November, we decided it was high time to hit the road and take a vacation from our vacation. So we packed "el burro" with surf boards, sunblock, and Skin-So-Soft, and headed for San Blas and the "world's longest wave" in Matanchen Bay. Here are some pics from our Semana Santa. Salud.

We had a pool party potluck at the Barefoot House (do you see the foot shaped pool?) for Easter.

The Dads - Terry, Dave, Nick, Ed, and John. How cute are they all "dressed up" in their board shorts and collared shirts?

Dave on an everlasting wave in Matanchen Bay. It just kept going...

                                          ...and going

...and going....

                               ...and going. He learned to "hang five" on one of these waves. Dude.

Jumping on the "Brincoline" in San Blas with new friends - Soli, Zada, Evie, Tristan, and Sienna.

                                                      "Step into my office".

We went on a real life jungle tour in San Blas. It was so fun. We saw tons of wildlife - birds, turtles, huge iguanas, and even crocodiles. They assured us there were no crocs in this swimming area. Hmmm.

                 I didn't even have to pay for this pose.

This one, I did. These huts were built to make a movie, Cabezas de Vacas. (Heads of Cows?) Supposed to be a comedy.

   "El Burro" in front of Matanchen Bay.

"Holiday Ro-o-o-o-o-o-oad"
A Mexican Family Vacation

The End.


Jennifer said...

I am seriously more and more jealous every time a read a post you write. Not even of your vacation from a vacation, but just the life you are living in Mexico. I think it is great what you are doing. So few kids get this type of chance. As a teacher, I applaud the decision you and Dave made for your family. How long do you plan to stay?

Mama Booth said...

ok, now you have that song stuck in my head and chevy chase too. :) Ha ha! LOVE the pictures. The house is beautiful!

Jean said...

What beautiful photos! You have packed so much living into this time in Sayulita! Learning, enjoying, eating, and, of course, loving.
Hugs and love to you and your amazing family,
Jean and Peter