For 2016 I've decided to combine a weekly photo with a kind of roundup of the highlights of each week, maybe both highs and lows. When I was doing the 52 Memories project last year I almost always found that I had more than one photo I wanted to post. I'm not much of a photographer - I take pretty much all my photos with my iPad - but I do take a lot of pictures. So this year I'm going for flexibility; I may post one or several photos; I may write some text, no text or mostly text, which may or may not be related to the photos. Every week is different, but it will all be about the week that's just gone by. I don't have a name for it yet, but that doesn't matter, it's time to start!
The first week is an extra long week as I'm actually starting from New Year's Eve and going up to yesterday (Friday 8th) to start each week from the weekend.
At New Year, my sister Katy and her husband Karl were still here and we went out to a restaurant for the traditional New Year's Eve dinner and eating of the grapes. According to the tradition, you have to eat 12 grapes, one on each chime of midnight. They were pretty big grapes, however, and we were all too busy hugging and wishing each other a happy New Year to focus on the grapes. Emma was probably the only one who did eat 12 grapes, she was gobbling them up one after the other and certainly ate most of mine!
On January 1st we were relaxing at Katy and Karl's apartment - it was a lovely warm and sunny day and we were by the pool (in bikinis and swimsuits on New Year's Day, can you believe it!). Katy, Karl and Eduardo even braved a swim, Emma went in up to her middle but I wimpishly just waded (the water was a little bit cold and the breeze would have been chilly coming out of the pool!).
The next day we said tearful goodbyes to Katy and Karl at the airport and they started their 16-hour trip back home. We miss them!
I still had a few more days' holiday to try and catch up with washing, housework and blogging. Not very successfully with the last two, I must admit! We took Emma to get her hair cut as it had grown very long.
In Mexico we celebrate one more holiday on January 6th; Día de Reyes. In the morning, Emma came downstairs to find that the Reyes Magos (Three Kings) had brought her some presents (in Mexico this is more traditional than Santa Claus). In the evening, we cut the Roscam de Reyes, a large ring-shaped bread decorated with crystallized fruit and usually accompanied by hot chocolate. The cutting is an important ritual because there are several plastic baby Jesus figures hidden inside the bread, so if you get one of these in your slice it means you have to make the tamales (another traditional Mexican food) for the Día de la Candelaria celebration on February 2nd.
On Thursday, the day after Reyes, it was back to school for most Mexican children, and back to work for me. There was just time to get back into the routine, then it was the weekend again - yay!