Lake Chapala and Ajijic

This past Saturday we made a nice little day trip down to Lake Chapala and the town of Ajijic. It is about an hour drive south, which works great with two kids in tow. The town was very quaint and featured a nice boardwalk area along the lake, as well a a very pretty central plaza.











Piñata Searching

Being the stellar parents that we are, we kinda waited until the last minute to get a piñata for DiploBoy’s birthday. But hey, we’re in Mexico, there should be a store with piñatas on practically every corner, right? Well apparently that isn’t the case. One can head to one one of the many mercados in Guadalajara to buy one, but they weren’t necessarily all that close to us and we were short on time.

There was a party store near us that had a completely lackluster assortment of piñatas. Nothing that was in a shape, but mainly circles with an image on them. We wanted a real piñata. Thankfully our neighbors mentioned that they had seen some shops along the road near the big city park in Zapopan, so we headed out to fight the traffic to make our way to an area that wasn’t all that far from the house.

We thankfully found the area of little tiendas and were able to get a great piñata and fill up our balloons for a lot less than it would have been at the previously mentioned party store. We never thought it would have been this hard to find a piñata, but now we know for future birthdays to allow time to head to a mercado if we want to have a bigger selection.



Captain Americano seemed like a great choice.


Happy Birthday DiploBoy

What a year it has been. A move from Houston back to Guatemala City when you were 2 months old, then back to Houston for home leave and then to Guadalajara. In your first year of life you’ve already been to Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and now Mexico. Cupcakes, the breakfast of champions.




Trick or Treating

Lots of fun trick or treating over the weekend. The fun began Friday afternoon with trick or treating at the Consulate. DiploTot wanted to wear her cowgirl outfit from last year. DiploBoy stayed home napping to help get ready for Saturday.


Saturday, the trick or treating was in the neighborhood. All the kids meet at the club house and then the ravaging horde gets set out all at once. The place was crawling with kids and there was even a party afterwards at the clubhouse, complete with a DJ and burgers and tacos. The kids stayed up late, due in no small part to the sugar coursing through DiploTot. I think DiploBoy was enjoying all the music.