So last weekend our little family decided to get away from it all and take a mini trip to Puebla. This is a nice sized city about an hour and half away. We found a hotel to relax in that had a pool and the girls loved that. It was nice to sit by a pool and chat with Jon while the girls splashed about. After swimming the first morning we decided to go to the train museum, we all had fun looking in all the different cars and looking at how they are built. From there we went to the Zocolo (Plaza) and found some very fun shopping. There were Saturday booths set up with all kinds of Artisan crafts and fun things to look at. We also found a street that was all antiques and it was very interesting. We ended the day at a fabulous place to eat that serves the best El Pastor (sheep) taco’s you have ever had. With a little cilantro and pineapple it was a feast!
The next morning again started with swimming and then packing of our bags. We headed out knowing that we were on a mission to find the pyramid in Puebla, this is no easy feat as very few streets are marked and we had a very detailed map from the hotel. We arrived at the pyramid ready for the awesmeness that awaited us! We got in free as we are now living in Mexico and if you live in Mexico,Pyramids are free on Sundays! Making our way through what would have been the largest pyramid in the world had it been finished was dark and chilly. Aria just wanted out and Jon wanted to follow all the trails. Our tour ended much too soon and we started the trek to the top where in the 1500′s a Catholic Church was built a top the pyramid, that is when they found what was underneath. But this church is lovely,although there is a lot of stairs to climb at a steep pitch. We got to the top and enjoyed the view taking time to catch our breath. On the way back down I noticed that there were a lot of venders at the bottom and we had a blast checking out some of the booths.
While waiting for Jon to get a young coconut (they are slimy inside and he loves that) the girls and I watched a parade of people dressed like characters that I would call “dwarfs” Kind of like scary versions from Snow White. They had these cool wooden guns that when they slammed them on the ground they fired. This really loud,I mean really LOUD bang. Making our way back to Jon a man caught my eye. He was most certainly European and he was taking video. This guy was enjoying himself so much I had to laugh, he was filming a pile of coconuts like they were the most amazing thing, watching the ladies hack through the shells with machetes and pouring out the liquid or adding a straw. One girl had the slime poured into a cup with the coconut milk, added salt, lime and HOT SAUCE!! This guys face was hilarious! I could tell he wanted to try this foreign drink so I struck up a conversation. Knowing little English he told me he would love one, and wanted to know what was inside. I asked Jon to get him one in a hurry as he had a bus to catch. The guy was so excited that we denied his offer to pay us back, he showed his wife, they took pictures of him drinking his coconut milk in front of the pile of coconuts smiling and talking very excitedly with his wife.
Honestly the dull drums of life have set in and things are not as amazing as they were and a lot of the time the things are kinda irritating they are so different. But watching that man and his amazement at something new was AWESOME! I had so much fun watching this man enjoy a simple coconut!!! Sometimes it is the simple things in life, like a coconut, or learning to cut a mango (not easy). Watching my husband learn to weld and have more fun doing it than taking a mini vacation. Although this being a missionary is hard, and sometimes I don’t want to do it. And sometimes I only stay because God has not asked us to go somewhere else, I get Joy from the little things. Today was a day of shopping for flowers. Driving through a forest of Green made me long for home. But when we pulled up to our new house that we just moved into and saw my husband smiling at me I knew I was HOME!!!
I don’t know if this feeling will last past tonight but for this moment I am content.