Best Birthday Gift Ever

Daughter Liz and I both received a massage today here at the hotel. This was a gift from the rest of the family. During the massage, I remembered a trip to Cozumel 34 years ago when I was 6 months pregnant with Liz. I went snorkeling and was enjoying looking at all the tropical fish…

Sunday in Mexico

Another relaxed day at Estero Beach. Lots of low key hanging out. I spent the morning reading on the beach, the afternoon taking a nap and the evening hanging out with family. I don’t remember a time I have done so little. Wow. A nice way way to bring in my birthday. What a treat…

Nico’s Birthday in Mexico

A day filled with Mexican and American family, celebrating little Nico’s birthday. Nico’s grandfather, two uncles, aunt and first cousin joined us today for the party.  Nico’s grandmother couldn’t be with us because she is in Mexico City taking care of another of her sons after his surgery.  We missed you, Margarita! There were lots…

Estero Beach

Here is the view from our hotel room. This is the kids’ gift to me for my birthday. Here is Ray in our hotel. He looks more relaxed than I’ve seen him in a long time. Here is Sarah with Lyla visiting our room: Enough said. Hope you are looking forward to a restful weekend….

To Liz on Her Birthday Weekend

My daughter Elizabeth (Liz) is known for her frequent and happy laughter. When you hear her laugh, you just can’t help but smile. She is also known to be fun. Her birthday card from her two nieces and nephew cited 10 things they love about Auntie Liz and at least 4 centered around how fun…

En Route to Ensenada for Birthday Celebrations

Today is daughter Liz’s birthday, grandson Nico’s was three days ago and mine is on Thursday. We are currently headed to Ensenada, México for our annual beach birthday celebration. Ray and I are riding with the Pacheco-Beaty family right now and Liz, Ron and Rachael are coming tomorrow. We will see some of Gregorio’s family…

Happy Birthday, Lee!

Today is the birthday of my first cousin, Lee Leatherwood, who is exactly 6 days older than I am. Lee and I grew up together in our little Texas town of 7,000 and we have been friends for 67 years. He and his family live in Austin now. Lee and his wife Elaine went on…

After a Long Work Day

This will be a quick post tonight. I have had a very long day today, beginning at 9 am with a 2-hour writing group followed by a solid stream of students from 11 – 10:30 this evening. I am in the final run of deadlines for my high school students for college essays, with January…

Happy Birthday, Little Nico!

Little Nico Pacheco Beaty is four-years-old today.  He is full of energy, that boy, and has a ready smile and a happy disposition. He loves to move a lot and needs to run and jump and wrestle and physically play. He is already a good soccer player and has been moved up to play with…

Nico and His Birthday Cookies

Late this afternoon, Ray and I drove to Pasadena for a quick visit with the Pacheco-Beaty family. Tomorrow is grandson Nico’s fourth birthday, and though we are going on a trip together to Mexico at the end of the week to celebrate, Ray and I still wanted to give him a little gift for his…