A Very Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day 2017 was wonderful and it started with a “eez día mamá!” from my little munchkin holding a purple water bottle in one hand and a beautiful Porta nylon handbag in the other.

“Is mine? Is mine?” she kept asking as she tried to open the somewhat difficult plastic top to the stainless steel bottle.

“No sweety, it is mommy’s but I will let you borrow it if you ask nicely.”

I got dressed quickly since we wanted to make sure we didn’t have to wait too long for a seat at my favorite bakery, Deli-Bakery. We made the right decision in getting out fast because we were fortunate enough to get seated right away. I was a little bummed that they only had a few options for the Mother’s Day specials (no omelets or pancakes unfortunately). I went with an American Breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast, coffee and juice. Leah drank most of my juice.

After breakfast we took a bus down the street to a large park called Fatima and let Leah play around the dirtiness that was left from the night before. A poopy diaper was included in that but it was fortunately off to the side from the equipment. There is nothing better than watching a toddler get super excited about running around on a playground.

I was then treated to a 20 minute chair massage at the mall before enjoying some petting zoo animals. Leah has worked up more courage when it comes to feeding the animals and got a kick out of giving the goats alfalfa.

“Come (coh-meh) goat! Come!” She barely got close enough for the goats to reach the alfalfa. She tried giving one of the goats milk and he spit it back at her. She couldn’t stop talking about it for the rest of the day.

After some more playing in the arcade, and not spending money on any games because Leah is content just moving the steering wheels around and around, we bought some chicken from Pardo’s and headed home to find my step-son eating an instant soup for brunch.

Unfortunately, he did not get up to go to breakfast with us. I was a little bummed that he didn’t get up but it is his loss. I got a “Feliz Dia” from him and that is perfectly fine. I am not his mom and he may be feeling a bit awkward about the day too.

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On Friday evening this past weekend the wives of Marco’s promo 104 (The 104th class to graduate from the military school), put together a party with live criollo music, dinner, presents and of course, dancing.

In the past years the husbands put together a celebration at a place called El Viejo Fundo which is a steakhouse. It was really nice and included live music, dancing, door gifts as well as a raffle. Unfortunately, they didn’t get it together this year and the husbands who are usually in charge of the organization are in war school and this year there were not many officers from the 104th class.

No problem. There are a few wives who are super “pilas” (literally translates to batteries) here and like to organize parties and activities for the rest of us. It all happened in a week and it turned out super. They are really great when it comes to putting together parties! Here are a few photos from the night.

Mother's Day 2017 Mother's Day 2017 table decorations live music for mother's day 2017

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Finally, I would like to give a big Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there and an extra special one to expat moms out there. It is not easy raising kids and when you add another language, culture and country to the mix that isn’t your own it can be even more stressful. I hope everyone was spoiled and had a relaxing mother’s day no matter where you are in the world right now. Motherhood is a trying job but it is so rewarding too.