Week in Review 29/12/13

There are so many opportunities that we overlook, times when we could meet fascinating people, learn interesting trades, view incredible scenery.  It’s far too easy to stay on track, get to our goal, not pay attention to where we really are.  And our tendency is to fret and complain when things don’t seem to pan out the way we had planned.

I’m glad Everette saw the brick maker and stopped to check him out.  I’m glad he took the slower backroad out of town that ended at a quiet beach for us to camp at.  And glad we took Laars’ lead to see the thirsty bats drinking from the pool in Puerta Vallarta.

Our move further up the beach in Kino Bay last month (recommended by Tavi) wouldn’t have led us to connecting with Matt the Frenchman and so we wouldn’t have reconnected with him in PV and found out about Corrales where we spent Christmas.

Call them Happenstance, or God-ordained, or whatever.  We embrace them all.

Church

Church

Final Photos from Kino

Sunset at Kino Bay with the children sharing the magical changing moments with me.

Sunset at Kino Bay with the children sharing the magical changing moments with me.

 

Laars with his first starfish-find now that we are back in Mexico

Laars with his first starfish-find now that we are back in Mexico

Jellyfish and Tov's foot for size comparison

Jellyfish and Tov’s foot for size comparison

Toveli & Laars get a ride in Girlfriend

Toveli & Laars get a ride in Girlfriend

 

Every beach has it's dogs, homeless and scrounging, feeding on dead fish and pelicans as this one was. This beach had a pack, unfortunately, of 7 with 5 little puppies.  Cute things, until they are full grown and homeless.  The kids wanted to keep a puppy for ourselves.

Every beach has it’s dogs, homeless and scrounging, feeding on dead fish and pelicans as this one was. This beach had a pack, unfortunately, of 7 with 5 little puppies. Cute things, until they are full grown and homeless. The kids wanted to keep a puppy for ourselves.

 

dead pelican

dead pelican

 

Kids spent a night with Jeff and Marlayna having fun while I picked Everette up in Hermosillo.

Kids spent a night with Jeff and Marlayna having fun while I picked Everette up in Hermosillo.

 

Almost all the kids.  Must have lost Danaka overboard.

Almost all the kids. Must have lost Danaka overboard.

 

This actually happened a few times....Mexicans found the Girlfriend to be a nice spot to have a picnic. They just made themselves at home!

This actually happened a few times….Mexicans found the Girlfriend to be a nice spot to have a picnic. They just made themselves at home!

 

Tavi's bike runs on solar energy, great for Mexico.

Tavi’s bike runs on solar energy, great for Mexico.

 

Shell glasses, Danaka's new fashion

Shell glasses, Danaka’s new fashion

 

Laars built this bird from a dried palm frond for the tail, and paper wings, legs and head.  He insisted on a picture since we can't pack and carry all of his creations.  At least we can keep photos of them.

Laars built this bird from a dried palm frond for the tail, and paper wings, legs and head. He insisted on a picture since we can’t pack and carry all of his creations. At least we can keep photos of them.

Karen passing