Monday, June 30, 2014

michoacan, mexico // part one:

I spent the last 4 days with my family in Santiago Tangamandapio, Michoacan, Mexico. Long name, I know. My dad gave me my inheritance a few months ago. ( I learned that parent's usually give their children their inheritance when they get married, so in my case it came a little early). My grandma (85) and my grandpa (94) are the most important reason to my visit. I had no idea what I would spend my inheritance on, and then automatically it clicked, I would spend it on my family. We are not 100% sure what my grandmother's diagnosis is, but it revolves around memory loss. I was incredibly terrified that she wouldn't remember me. But to my surprise she greeted me with open arms and a huge smile on her face....YESSI! and I couldn't help but feel a sense of unexplainable joy. What made this trip even more special was that Richard was able to come with me (thanks again mom and dad). My parents love Richard and he seemed so natural walking around my childhood stomping grounds. I did not want this trip to end, I wanted it to last forever. I took over 550 images on this trip and I am going to share a few of them this week. Below is part one.

My grandmother Sofia. She is strong willed and has a kick ass personality.
My nephew, Caleb. 
That smile could light up the world! I love her so much.
Richard walking around my parent's house.
This cutie!
My dad was ecstatic!
El Pueblo.
Smoking is bad...thumbs down!
Those eyelashes!
My nephew, Joshua.
Tamales
Has been potty trained for a while now. Just turned two in May!
This baby is so calm! I'll take 20.
My second cousins baby boy, bryan (only 6 days old here).
Running water, naturally!
This park gave me major anxiety. The dark stuff on the floor? ROCKS.
An afternoon slice of bread. I love this photo so much.
This is heaven right here. We bought 3 bags full for 42 pesos. Less than 4 US dollars.
This little girl lives next door to my parents house. She was swimming in a "pool" and her mom had her take off her clothes so she can wash them. That's her mom back there washing her clothes! **I use to take my tiny bucket here as a kid and wash my socks and underwear. I thought it was so cool. Back then we didn't stand, we washed clothes on our knees.