Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Few Days of Photos

No, these aren't photos of all of the altars of the Virgen of Sorrow.  Nor are these photos of the Palm Sunday Processions.  They are always magnificent, but, this weekend was different.  I just didn't make it down to them.

I've been on the sidelines of those activities with other, more family oriented things, going on.

Friday, as I entered the jardin under ominous, cloudy skies, three children were playing.  Their parents have a food cart.  Instead of day care in Mexico, usually the kids go to work with their parents.  I like that idea.

They somehow had commandeered a little plastic bike.  For hours they played on this thing, all three of them.
The big brother bringing it back up the incline for the little sister and then the little brother.

Taking turns was the name of the game.  I just sat on the wall and watched them for quite a while marveling at how much fun they were having.

On Saturday, I used my favorite "off the beaten path" road to go to Pemex to get gas in the car. On Friday when I had tried to get gas, the lines were long everywhere so home I went, almost on empty!  The road
I take winds and curves through undeveloped land.  There is a giant yucca tree with a trunk that is about five feet in diameter.  I treasure that tree.  In all my travels in Mexico, never have I seen such an ancient yucca tree.   I stopped the car in the middle of the road, put my blinkers on, got out and took a photo of it blooming.

In its magnificent splendor it took my breath away, truly.  The original attached yucca tree does not show in
this photo but it is the mother plant for the blooming one you see.  That is where the five foot diameter trunk is - on the other side of the road.
Then today, using the back roads due to all the processions and tourists to go to get the grand kids, we passed the little church in Col. Obraje.  Decorations everywhere.  Food booths set up along the road.
Sebastian said with great enthusiasm, "There is going to be a fiesta!".  No truer words were ever spoken
With the doors and windows open now at my house, we  can hear the drums beating and the dancing and celebration all the way on the other side of the mountain! No celebrants were there yet as we passed. 

Here we are at the house.  One of the favorite things the kids enjoy doing here is cooking.....and eating, of course.
A great invention of the culinary world is fat-free, sugar-free pudding, especially chocolate pudding according to Sebastian and Matilda.  On went the aprons, up came the step ladder for one and then the other to stand on to pour and stir.  No matter how many times they do this, there are ALWAYS big smiles.

 The crescendo today was each kid with a spatula getting to eat the little bit that Grammy left in the bowl, intentionally, just for them   Seeing this scene I ran and found my camera for this precious photo.
Moments to savor and remember.  Every one of them.


Steve Cotton said...

Pudding. That's a good idea. I think I will make some tonight.

Babs said...

I didn't know you like pudding. I thought you don't like sweets....

Calypso said...

Babs - you are such a softy - life is good.

Retired Teacher said...

Great pictures!
I never knew that yuccas could grow into a tree! Some people have them in their gardens here in Ohio (yes, they survive our winters), but they don't grow into anything like that!
Have a wonderful Easter with your family!

Babs said...

Calypso, shhhhhh, don't tell anyone. You'll ruin my reputation of being a hard a__. HA.

Babs said...

Bill, on the drive back and forth to the border, there is a forest of yuccas at one point. It is so intriguing to see. But they aren't as old as this tree, for sure.

Happy Easter to you as well.