Vanessa, Leslie and I have been challenged by Latism.org and JuanofWords.com to face of in a virtual photo competition of Mami bloggers for Hispanic Heritage Month! My fellow Multicultural Familia hermanas and I will be showing off some never before seen photos in ten pre-selected categories. Visit Latism.org for the official details and enjoy the fun by visiting each challengers blog to see how they compare! Happy reading familia! :)
1) This is us: A year in pictures…this is us decorating, playing outside, window shopping, getting haircuts, playing in the snow, running through the grass, celebrating holidays and visiting the zoo. We like to hang out…a lot. We get cozy at home, do some crafting and explore the outdoors. Our absolute favorite place to hang out doesn’t exist in our new Midwestern town though and it’s not within driving distance either…scroll down to discover our favorite hang out.
2) The Family who shops together: You may not know it from my blog, but I’m a bike lover. The daughter of a lifetime biker, I am completely obsessed with bikes, especially the one true bike, the HARLEY and as a result, my hubby and daughter have developed a healthy passion for the chome chariots too. Every chance we get, we stop into a shop or find a ‘bike time’ event and check out what the locals are riding. The family who rides together… ;)
3) My baby is beautiful! Don’t ya think? Ok, my daughter is the most beautiful baby and here’s the proof! I think my favorite features are her eyes and her beautiful curls. Her curls remind me of her father and his beautiful hair. I’ve always wanted curls, but I just wasn’t blessed with them. Her eyes are filled with wisdom and I’m always amazed at the strength and understanding that I can find in them on any given day. She is a thinker, an explorer and a precious little cutie pie!
4) Keeping up with the Patiño’s (favorite hang out): Far beyond any other, our favorite hangout is the beach! It’s been a year and a half since we left Michigan and we still can’t stop thinking about our Great Lakes. When we were back home, we went to the beach almost everyday throughout the summer and we were there from sunset until dusk. Sometimes we would come earlier, if the weather wasn’t too hot, but we were were always there at one time or another because being at the beach is like breathing to our family.
5) Through the years…it’s still as good as new. Well, not quite as good as new, but it’s taken a beating and still keeps on truckin’. As crazy as it sounds there are a ton of stories about the life of this car and I’m sure it’s been blessed from above! My husband and I were separated for two months while he was working in South Dakota to secure a home for us, meanwhile, I was back in Michigan with our baby girl and staying with family. I was responsible for driving across country, in the winter, with a 1 & 1/2 year old and a U-haul on a front wheel drive car…you can imagine the insanity of it all…lol! We were almost run off the road a few times, but the craziest part was that this was our brand new car, our baby, and a family member accidently drove it backward into a snow bank and almost tore the door off! Long story short, they fixed the door in time for my trip and after I stopped crying, we started our 12 hour journey (which took 4 days) to South Dakota to meet up with the hubby. I was so afraid that something would stop us from reaching him, but I wasn’t going to let anything stand in my way. Yeah, you could call me a road warrior…that’s what having a biker dad does to you, I guess…no fear. ;)
6) Momma’s Favorite Toy! For the most part, if you asked this question, I’d say it was my camera…but more recently, my new baby has been my computer. I finally got sick of typing on a laptop and traded up. It makes so many great things possible. I’m a bit of a techie, so I have the computer hooked up to our TV, which means that rather than cable, we watch living streaming programs for a fraction of the price. Baby girl also loves to play her computer games and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been thankful for instant access to Google throughout college. Having a computer is a lifesaver and a half and since I’m also a blogger, which makes it a big part of my current identity. ;)
7) A picture is worth a million words! The one thing that really makes us unique is our strong family connection. It’s been hard living out of state and even though there’s always drama in our families, we miss them dearly. Our daughter loves her cousins and thinks of them as if they were her siblings. One of her cousins, Logan, was born the day after her and they have a twin-like bond that I’ve felt terrible about separating. Even now, they keep in touch over the phone and through video calls. We try to make a trip home to Michigan every year so that she can hug and kiss them and catch up with all that she’s missed since we’ve been gone. This photo was taken on our last visit for her second birthday. This picture is so beautiful and I just love seeing the way they connect and how much her little “twin” primo means to her.
8) Growing Pains: I mentioned above that our daughter misses her cousins and that we moved out of state. Here’s two pictures right after we arrived in South Dakota where she’s kissing her Michigan familia in the photo album that her grandma gave her right before we left. One of the “growing pains” that comes with moving so far away. We were very lucky though, that we were able to go home for a visit that summer and celebrate her birthday party with her primos.
9) I’m Not Cooking Tonight! Well, sadly, I am cooking just about every night…lol…because in South Dakota, good food is a little more difficult to come by. It seems that the flavors are not as rich and bold as those in our home town and we miss it. Here is a shot of our favorite restaurant from back home, El Tapatío. Taco Tuesdays are the best here…they have barbacoa, asada, al pastor and so many more varieties, plus American style. This was our home away from home for so long and I can’t wait to eat there again. :)
10) Hurry Up! We’re Running Late! Ha! Story of our lives! We both come from families that arrive “fashionably” late…so you can bet our daughter will have the bug. We even showed up behind schedule to our own wedding…lol. Ok, but you can’t really blame us because it was really my family’s fault and because I couldn’t fall asleep that night and because someone lost the flowers for the church that we were asked to help search for and…well, I’ll just stop there. Just so you know, we’re late quite often, depending on the event. ;)
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