Sunday, October 21, 2012

Daily Life: September 2012

This month was busy busy with the holidays and we finally got into a normal routine.

M became captain of his soccer team.

Little N started going to gymnastics.

D started going to prenatal yoga.

We celebrated Mexico's Independence Day.

We celebrated the New Year.

We went to the flower market.

We built a sukkah for Sukkot.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Same Same but Different: Sukkot

Remember when we built a sukkah on our patio? And then added a few touch-ups? Well, we did it again this year for the third time. Except this year we had a little helper! He loved playing with the palms, was intent on destroying the decorations (or perhaps just re-purposing them), and was scared yet fascinated by the lights.

Trying really hard not to be short

Helping out with a little help for Papi...

And clapping for himself on a job well done

Enjoying the finished product

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Flower Market Guadalajara

Guadalajara has a fabulous flower market. There's a huge variety of flowers and greens, as well as tons of accessories to make arrangements: everything from foam to vases to ribbons. The market is open every single day, which makes it incredibly convenient, and of course the prices can't be beat!

Before Succot, we made a family trip to the market to gather some supplies. Since we went at the last possible minute, 4:30 p.m. on a Sunday (when they close at 5), we didn't have time for much browsing. Still, Little N made sure that we took him on a walk around the block to enjoy the excursion.

Outside our favorite shop

He got a straw! (used for the Gerbera Daisies to hold them up straight)

Yet another warehouse

Stopping to smell the flowers

You can also buy pre-made arrangements

To Visit: The flower market is located at Federalismo and Jesus Garcia. Shops open daily at 6 a.m.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Trompo Magico Guadalajara

One of the most unexpected locations in Guadalajara is Trompo Magico, a wonderful children's museum. It is quite impressive in the number of different activities they have for children, from little babies to upper school aged kids and teens. The place is incredibly well maintained, with plenty of staff keeping things running smoothly and organized. It is already becoming a favorite of ours.

Here's a peak:

 So excited for the fountain! 

 Shopping at the market


 Collecting eggs on the farm

Playing doctor
The baby section
 Getting nice and tired!

To Visit: Trompo Magico, adults 40 pesos, children under 2 free

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Mercado Abastos Guadalajara

Several weeks ago we made a trip to Guadalajara's Mercado Abastos. This is the main wholesale market where you can get just about anything. The market spans many streets and the bustle is overwhelming. The best deals are of course for those buying in bulk: 10 kilos of pomegranates anyone?* The market also has a smaller section for those buying in us. The deals are still fabulous.

Here's an example of one of our shopping trips:

Mangoes- 29 (6 kilos)
tomatoes- 29 (3 kilos)
carrots- 4.5 (1 kilo)
zuccini-11 (1 kilo)
chayote- 2.5 (.5 kilo)
avocados- 75 (3 kilos)
onions-7 (1 kilo)
peppers- 27 (1.2 kilos)
eggplant-10 (.5 kilo)
asparagus- 27 (.5 kilo)
watermelon-17 (1.5 kilos)
pineapple-17 (1.5 kilos)
grapes- 20 (.5 kilo)
grapefruit- 20 (2 kilos)
apples- 25 (1 kilo)
apricot-9 (.3 kilo)

Our grand total was 330 pesos, that's 25 dollars for a whole lot of produce that will last us at least a couple of weeks, because it is just that fresh!

Our loot

It's a bit of a trip for us to go on a regular basis, but we most definitely reap the rewards when we make the drive!

*We got one of those and ate lots and lots and lots of pomegranates for the better part of a month.