Color Run Merida- Oct 6th, 2015

So to add on to the theme that Mexico loves their colors, why not celebrate with some colored corn starch in the form of the color run. It’s a 5k run, that you can walk, run, or crawl through. It was a blast. Especially good because I didn’t have to walk 5k, and the rest of the family did. I hope you enjoy the pictures half as much as we enjoyed our day getting “colorful” in Merida.

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Mexico is all about its colors

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After spending a couple of months in Mexico the things that stand out to me are the people, the food and the colors. The Mexican people are so friendly, and so colorful and more than just a paper thin semblance of a person. That’s reflected in the vibrant colors of their buildings, their clothing and even in nature. From the bright red house surrounded by luscious green jungle, to the brilliant azure of the Caribbean coast.  I don’t really have the words to describe it(my wife is the writer), so hopefully some of these pictures will give you an idea. Continue reading

Getting to Know a New City

Coming here to live vs. coming here on vacation proved to be two

Arriving in Merida
Arriving in Merida

very different things.  Packing was harder because I knew we were not just here for the beach or to tour some Mayan ruins, but to actually stay.

This mindset penetrated everything we planned and the first week of our stay was focused around finding a school for the kids and a place to live.

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Day 1:  Travel to Mexico

Traveling with kids is an interesting experience.  Traveling with anyone who has a different personality than your own can be a

This is just the Checked Luggage.
This is just the Checked Luggage.

challenge.  Everyone has different ideas of where you need to be and when and what makes for comfortable travel.  I’m an over-packer.  Romeo has to be through security before he can relax.  We discovered that Goose is a nervous traveler.

The day began early.  Everyone was excited to get started with the big trip.  A couple of our best friends met us at the house to have coffee and bagels before they drove us to the airport.   Continue reading

Preparing for an international move

The weeks and days leading up to the move were more than I anticipated. There’s quite a lot to do to prepare for an international

The storage unit, which now houses most of our possessions
The storage unit, which now houses most of our possessions

move. Not to mention the various levels of emotional well being (or lack thereof) experienced by everyone.

Romeo worked out his final 2 weeks of his working-for-the-man day job. I finished packing and cleaning out the house with the help of an amazing professional organizer. The kids had more sleepovers than this mama would normally handle because they needed a lot of last hurrahs before leaving. So how did everyone deal with the stress of the big move?  Continue reading

So what happens when you announce to the world that you’re moving to a different country?

confused For me the defining moment was that look on my bosses face when I put my notice in. It pretty much took his breath away, and he couldn’t respond. And I heard from co-workers that all he could talk about was the fact that I’d be in Mexico. I offered to provide transition and support remotely from Mexico, and he couldn’t get around the fact that I wouldn’t be working from Florida but instead I’d be in Cancun(even though I explained 3 times it was 3 hours away. Continue reading