Sunday, April 30, 2017

Riding the Mexican Wave

We recently returned from a week in Mexico relaxing with family.  Bradley's sister, brother-in-law, and our niece and nephew all travelled and stayed together in a Villa in Cabo San Lucas.  We drank way too much beer and not enough water.  The adults relaxed on the beach for hours while the kids swam.  We laughed, ate, and just simply enjoyed every moment.  Well, not every moment.  There was the night that Mexican gut hit four family members.  I may or may not have forced the boys and Mason to ride a "banana tube"  going 40 mph in the ocean.  I'm just glad we are all still alive.  Seriously.  There were also a few scary taxi rides.  Carter managed to hook a Swordfish in the Sea of Cortez, but the fish got off at the boat.  I'd say that was the biggest disappointment.  Pretty blessed that we can say that being on a boat in the Sea of Cortez with your family was slightly disappointing because you didn't catch any fish.  We spun it the other way and just realized we need to come back.  In fact, we have to come back to the Giggling Marlin because Miles made such an impression with his dance moves that by the third night we came back, I'm pretty sure our beer was free.  In fact, we got two free buckets of beer because I won a musical chair contest and another table of Scott Valley folks was there to cheer me on.  The contest ended in a race so I knew I had it in the bag.

 Even while on vacation the boys got to show off their awesome math skills.  Each day we were offered everything from cigars to illegal drugs, to Mexican bracelets, Mangoes on a stick, and even donuts.  Yes, who wouldn't want a cream filled donut at 2pm in the afternoon in eighty degree weather?  Our kids did of course.  Carter asked how much, the woman replied that the donuts were two dollars each.  The woman continued on.  The other kids stated they wanted a donut.  I told Carter to "run down and ask her how much for two donuts."  He ran about 10 yards, abruptly turned around and stated "It would be $4 mom?!?".  Great.  So happy that you are quick with the number sense kid.  Not so great with the common sense.
 Pretty rough to be Miles.
 Great food and off the beaten path.
 After three trips to Cabo Bradley finally took me to the arch.

 Swordfish on!
 Hours and hours and hours of this.
 Last night and Shelby's birthday.  Special restaurant on the beach.

The week ended too soon, but we have tried to ride that Mexico wave of relaxation and zen mentality for all it's worth.  Upon return it's been back to baseball four nights a week, outside projects, preparing for two kids in the talent show, and the end of the school year.  Bradley and his dad are coaching Carter's Little League team and watching the games has easily become the highlight of my week.  Miles plays farm league and I'd be lying if I said that those games were the highlight.  They are actually fun, but just in a "there aren't any rules and every kids runs around the bases, and only adults pitch" kind of fun.  The most exciting part is that Miles is truly beginning to love and understand the sport.  In fact, as I type this the boys are out playing a game of ball in the backyard.  Together.  Having fun.  Not arguing.  Perhaps it's just that wave of Mexican relaxation.

Miles turned six years old on April 18th.
 I made him birthday pancakes with sprinkles and Ms. Shelley delivered cupcakes to school.   That weekend we took eight of his Kindergarten friends to a local "paint your pottery" shop.  A few phosphates and chocolate cupcakes later and we were ready for some games of pinball before pizza.  Miles tore through every change container in the house and came up with a half gallon ziploc of quarters.  Those quarter didn't last ten minutes in the pizza place.  So much for the Mexican wave of relaxation.

True to tradition, here are his answers for his 6th birthday:

What is your name?  Miles
What is your favorite color?  Blue
What do you want to be when you grow up? Artist
Who is your best friend? Tinley and Carter
What is your favorite food?  Sticky Rice
What is your favorite thing to do?  Play Sorry with the family.
Who is your favorite animal?  Zebra
What is one thing you don't like?  Salad
What can you do now that you are six years old?  Ride a brand new bike on cement.  Clean the chicken coop.
What was your favorite part of your birthday? Painting
Where do you like to go to eat?  Three Little Birds

Yesterday our family all ran at local run benefitting the Wildland Firefighters Association.  I ran the 1/2 marathon, Bradley ran (placed second overall) in the 10K and both boys did the 5K.  Miles and I stayed true to keeping up with that wave of relaxation by taking a three hour nap in the afternoon.  Carter mourned the Giants loss and Bradley worked on projects.  Today marked the day we took the winter cover off of the pool and worked hard to ready the outside for summer.  Here's to the end of the school year, to baseball, and to a summer of enjoying the pool and riding that Mexican wave for all it's worth.  

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