but, this year held a wonderful surprise that left us all very humbled. . . .
The music, so happy and spirited
. . . .if you can imagine relaxing under palm-thatched palapas while
sipping Margaritas, reading a book of choice and bathing in the
Mexican Caribbean, then you know how our days were spent, so blessed
and so content.
One of two books I read . . .
The second book of choice
I highly recommend them both!
As members of this resort, we watched these palapas being
I look at this gorgeous view and I am reminded of the oils
painted by Steve Gianetti. Brooke, is his wife
who originated the blog, Velvet and Linen.
Their blog can be found by clicking on this link,
http://velvetandlinen.typepad.com/ ( They have recently launched
a book called Patina Style that is not to be missed) I call it
my Patina bible.
Mary Anne (that would be me), Roger, Kimmy and her
boyfriend, Rick out for dinner at The Distilleria. This restaurant
was a former tequilla distillery with the huge vats still on
Glass floats decorated this restaurant in each
and every little space . . .
. . . . more Mariachi's and our daughter Kimmy
. . . . this gal could really sing and did so with all she had because
of one of our requests. . . . . . La Paloma
A surprise meeting of friends from the Chicago
Merchandise Mart!! (borrowed hats from the
Our Kimmy with a borrowed Mexican guitar, serenading my
friends from the Chicago Mart. . . . and this was truly a hilarious
AND THEN, THE INVITATION . . . . . .
One morning at breakfast, our waiter for the past 8 years
and whom we had gotten to know and love, extended an invitation
to us for dinner at his home with his family. (We had sent clothes to
his family after the devasting hurricane about four years ago
and our friendship just began
It is no secret that the Mexican culture loves color . . . . the table
was so colorful with there best dishes used in our honor.
The food, the salads. . .
Six year old Alesandra
A very small bathroom that was guest ready
The tiny bathroom so small, I soon realized that the
sink was outside the bathroom door with flowers, fresh soaps
and guest towels for use.
A vintage cabinet for the purpose of great storage usage
chippy and all!!
As I descended the cement steps and looked up, I
caught the perspective of this perfect little place that
was too precious for words.
The galley kitchen
Good byes at their front door.
I just knew we were in for a real treat from the day of the invitation
to this memorable night. This small casa, so welcoming and so warm
with children so well behaved and so respectful of their parents. . . .
the food, the gift of friendship shared with us so givingly and with
pride. My heart was heavy when we left knowing that his earnings
for a couple of days made this night possible.
WOW, I knew this experience would be life changing and it was.