Our final outing was to Chichen Itza. This site was recently added to the "new 7 wonders of the world" It was so amazing. We began on a big tour bus. One of the guides talked the whole 2 hour drive. He gave us all sorts of information. We stopped on the way at a little shopping center. We got a few Mayan statues for the kids and Grandpa and I also got myself a necklace that says "MOM" in the Mayan alphabet. It is pretty neat. We finally got to the Chichen ruins. As we walked in there were over a hundred vendors there selling all sorts of souvenir stuff. They totally lined the paths. Our guide was awesome. He spoke 5 languages. He told us from the beginning that he was going to walk fast because there was so much to see and that he would just keep talking the whole time. He made the open offer to feel free to leave him whenever you wanted. So we chose to book through it with him. He had so much information to share. First he took us to to the older part of the city. There were some amazing buildings. Homes, an observatory, lots of churches. The Mayas had several gods, so they had building dedicated to each of them. Most of their buildings had intricate carvings and amazing astronomical correlations. If you want to know more I have linked one site to the title of this post. Another great informational site is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichen_Itza . Alright enough of the technical stuff. The buildings were amazing and the entire area was huge. We couldn't even go to some of it because it was closed due to being a current archaeological site. The main building or the castle was so incredible. It almost looked fake. It has 91 steps on each side and then one all the way around on the top to equal 365 total to equal the solar calendar. It also has 28 sections on each face to correlate with the lunar calendar. On each solstice, the sun hits it just right to make the snakes that run down each side of the building look like they are slithering. There are a couple cenotes and one of them was used for human sacrifice. They would generally shoot the person with an arrow and then throw them into the water. Pretty creepy. It was all so interesting and educational and really, really neat. I would love to learn more about the lives and culture of all of these ancient people but I guess that will have to wait.
After the tour we went back to the same little shopping center for lunch. It was really yummy and there was a mariachi band playing and dancers tapping around. When we got back to the hotel they were having some dancers perform on the patio. It was fun to see the different varieties of performers. They had a guy dressed up like he was old and doing a mute comedy act and even had a guy doing lasso tricks. We got a picture of the two of us dressed up like bambidos and sitting on a donkey but it is pretty bad so I'm not posting that one.
Even with the rain, this day was definitely the highlight of our trip.
Our 10 year old leader loves all sports, especially football and basketball. Spencer really enjoys cub scouts and is really looking forward to weblos. He can be found playing with friends or reading a novel. He loved the Harry Potter series and is now working on Leven Thumps. Spencer is a great example to his brothers and sister and a huge help to his Mom and Dad. We love him and his silly giggle. We even love him when he tries to be grumpy.
Our 7 year old comedian always keeps us laughing. Benjamin is such a nut with his goofy dances and crazy faces. He always has a wierd sound or silly comment to make. Benjamin is so creative and artistic. He loves all things crafty. Just give him some paper, scissors, glue and maybe some paint and he surprises me with something amazing everytime. Benji plays so well with his brothers and sister. He is so tender with the younger ones but he can really keep up with Spencer too. We love him and his happy, happy personality.
Our 5 year old curiosity keeps us busy. Andrew is very curious and inquizative. He is always investigating how things work and what makes them do what they do. He likes to take things apart whether with his hands or using an implement of some sort. Andrew is the most loving, sweet and huggable boy ever. He says "I love you Mommy." at least 100 times a day. Usually in conjunction with a big hug. Maybe it's just a ploy so I won't get too mad when he is mischevious. Either way, it works. We love his intense eyebrows and very animated gestures.
Our 3 year old Princess is all girl. Desirae is full of sugar and lots and lots of spice. She wants shoes, jewelry, and a pretty dress on at all times and changes her clothes numerous times throughout the day. She is always willing to let me do her hair and insists on a big bow. She is such an angel with her sweet little lips that are pretty free with the kisses and her adorable dimples. But watch out because looks can be deceiving...
Our 3 year old split personality is a terror if she is tired or hungry. (kind of like her mom) Desirae can be an emotional wreck if something sets her off. At times she will start crying for whatever reason and won't be able to stop. Mom can usually get her settled down with a rocking chair and some snuggles and songs. My only worry is that if she is at this point now, what will she be like in 10 years??? No matter the outcome, we are so lucky and blessed to have such a sweet, beautiful little lady in our family. Her brothers all adore her and really watch out for her. We love her and her emotional episodes.
Our Super-Fun Daddy loves playing with his kids. Gary is the best Daddy and husband. His greatest desire is that we are all happy. He spends all of his time and energy doing whatever it takes to give his family all they need. Gary really enjoys his job as the Postmaster so his time at work is not too bad. Gary is so fun. All the kids get so excited when Daddy comes home. They all run and scream to the door as he comes in. He is an amazing man. We love his humor and how hard he works for us.
The Two of Us
Our Nutty Mom is a bit wierd. All I have to say about my life is that I am THE luckiest lady ever. I spend my days at home with my "perfect" children. While they play quietly together, with never a squabble or dispute, I get to take uninterupted time to develop my personal interests. I exercise 1 hour every morning then shower, do my hair and make-up and get dressed in well tailored clothes. I then prepare a perfectly balanced breakfast of homemade waffles, freshly sliced fruit, wholesome milk and all before anyone else gets out of bed...Then the baby starts screaming from her crib down the hall and I have to lug my tired butt out of bed and get my real day started. Seriously, I wouldn't trade it for the world. What other job would allow me to spend an entire day in front of the computer setting up a blog all about my fantastic life???