Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Our Weekend in a Nutshell


This past weekend we enjoyed two fun celebrations: Halloween & Day of the Dead. Pea in fact has been dismissing Halloween for a few years now, but Elle loves it, ensuring we have lots of pumpkins and that the house is properly decorated weeks in advance. She also took advantage of a school dance to have two costumes: a simple, cute cat for the dance, and for trick-or-treating, she and her friend went out as Thing 1 & Thing 2 - they looked seriously adorable. I even have a picture of her giving me attitude with that blue wig on and those huge freckles, and I just couldn't take her seriously - so I snapped a picture! I have promised not to share it with anyone, so you'll just have to imagine it :) 


Celebrating Day of the Dead is something I always look forward to, and this year even more because we would be sharing it with my sister and her family, which means my 5 year old nephew joined us for the first time. I had suggested to them and my mother that they bring photographs or representations for the offrenda (top left), an altar that honors departed loved ones. My nephew's grandfather passed away in the past year, and so with my sister's guidance, he brought Thomas the train because they used to play trains together. It was a lot of fun talking to my nephew about Mexico, about the celebration and "playing" with calaveras - coloring skulls, decorating sugar skulls and face painting (that's my sister's amazing work). My mother, sister and I had a great time, with lots of laughter, assembling tamales while the husbands spent a great deal of time being very deliberate decorating their sugar skulls. Most importantly, we took the time to remember loved ones and share those memories with our kids. It was a great afternoon.

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  1. Your pumpkins look awesome. You all had a great celebrations. We got three inches of snow the day after Halloween. It looks like it is going to be a wild winter.
    Blessings, Dawn

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    1. Our temperatures are very erratic - just barely above freezing one day, then 14 (Celcius) the next.

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  2. Oooh the pumpkins turned out really well! and i love the Day of the Dead art! I have got to show this to my little one :)
    -Reshama

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    1. Day of the Dead art is so colorful and fun - it`s funny how much skulls and skeletons can make you smile!

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  3. Oh, look at those cute Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes!! I love them so much! We will be stealing that for our Dr Zeus science!

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    1. Dr. Seuss science is going to be so much fun - and whoever ends up in Things costumes are bound to look adorable!

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  4. Right after my boys were little Thing 1 and Thing 2 onesies and shirts started coming out, only they were just up to the size they'd just outgrown. So, it is with much sadness I never got to dress my boys that way. Now they have OPINIONS and I won't be getting away with that costume again.

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    1. My kids' opinions have thwarted many a Halloween, or just general dress up merriment plans :)

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  5. I have a sneaking feeling my comment didn't go through on your ebola post because I never got a captcha, so I'll comment here, brilliant post with that, and I just had to share it everywhere.

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    1. Thank you Ticia, for commenting and sharing, it's a matter close to my heart, and I hope for others as well.
      (you were right, comment didn't make it on the blog post....who knows why!)

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