Monday, March 30, 2009

Spring Break 2009

Whew...well our spring break week is over, and now back to reality! This year we went to Monterrey, Mexico. It is a large city in Mexico where my dad's family is located. When we were growing up, it was our yearly summer vacation. We would all squeeze in mom and dad's car and drive down to visit our grandparents and family. I had not been there in 17 years, since the passing of my grandmother, but we've always been close to the family, so going back there was a special treat. This is the first time my husband has gone, and my two boys. I was pretty worried that hubby was not going to adjust know the way of life there is so much different than it is for us in the U.S. But to my pleasant surprise, he had a wonderful time, and my aunts spoiled him rotten with their daily cooking frenzy! My boys also had a wonderful time with all of the cousins, and so they are already asking to go back next year. The weather was perfect, all week was in the 90's and even into the 100's for a few days. Our week was action-packed. Every day we did something different, and spent a lot of time visiting, and partying with the family. I must admit that a piece of my heart stayed there. I was sad to leave. But, it's also always nice to come home, and to sleep in my own bed. A few pictures below to share our spring break vacation with all of you. Hope everyone is doing well. I hope to get around to paying you all a visit really soon and getting caught up! Monterrey is located in the Northeast part of the country, approximately 3 hours from the U.S. border.

I took this picture from the truck. This is the bridge that divides Mexico and U.S.
We were headed into Mexico.

This is the view driving around town in Monterrey
This is a picture of my grandparents' grave -
dad took fresh flowers
That is my two boys, my dad, and my aunt
from Mexico. It was really hot on this day!
This is a snapshot I took out the backseat
window as we were leaving the mountains
This is a snapshot of the caverns - a big mountain
that you get pulled into and the tour is approx.
1 hour long - we were really tired by the end.
It's called "Las Grutas de Garcia"
A view from the vestibule that took us up to the
mountain, the view was breathtaking...
This is the most famous mountain in Monterrey, Mexico
It's called "Sierra de la silla" which means
mountain of the sadle, because it's peak resembles
the sadle of a horse.
This is a new attraction where you ride the boats for a
1 hour tour. It was relaxing and beautiful.

This is a view of a market where vendors were
selling food, candy, and baked goods...wish you
could smell this....
A view at the "Mercado" - a marketplace
where vendors sell their goods.
This is at the bottom of one of the
mountains, the stream was calming...

Looking up from the stream was this cave in the
mountain, where bats congregate at nightfall... This is my favorite...the roosters were just
roaming around at the bottom of the mountain...

A view from our truck just minutes from the house...

Hope you all had fun! I know we did!


  1. Great vacation pictures. So glad to hear that your friend is doing better. Sounds like she had a really nasty bug.
    Good to hear from you again.

  2. Wow looks like a great vacation. Beautiful pictures.
    Have a great day

  3. What a wonderful trip! I love to go to Mexico but it's even more special when you have family there. The first time I went to Mexico I fell in love with the mountains. I love our Oregon mountains but there's something so beautiful about the mountains of Mexico. Thanks for sharing your trip. ~Adrienne~

  4. Hi Rose! I'm glad you're back safely; I just asked Carlos if he'd heard from you. Enjoyed looking at your photos--brings back memories! It looks like you had a great time.