August 3, 2011

A little bit about me and you

I got in on this challenge a bit late because we were out of town this weekend until yesterday.  Now I'm joining Lisa from From One Country to Another in her you and me challenge.

1.  How long have you been with your husband?
We have been married for ten years.

2. Can you remember one funny miscommunication because of language barriers?
Well,  I remember once my mother-in-law told me I had fat legs.  I got really annoyed until my husband    explained that she was trying to say something nice.  I guess she meant shapely?

3.  What state and city have you relocated to?
Puebla, Puebla

4. Do you and hubby have children?
Yes we have two boys, 7 and 4 (he'll be five on the 25th)

5. What is one thing your blogger friends don't know about you?
I am really thankful for your blogs and feel SO encouraged by you, even if I forget or don't have time to comment.  I am reading!

6. What are some of your favorite hobbies or pasttimes?
I play the piano and sing.  I read a lot.
7.How did you stumble upon the blogging community?
I was reading a blog I liked that has nothing to do with this community, but I noticed a comment by someone in Mexico and soon I was realizing there was a whole group of mexpats who blogged!  For a while I would read and read and read.  I remember telling my husband about my new "friends."  I starting blogging more regularly after that.

8.  Have you learned something new about yourself during this whole process that has changed all of our lives?  Yes.  I know my situation is different because my husband never lived in the U.S.  Living in the U.S. didn't ever really seem like an option since he and I met here.  It has still been very difficult and I have had to change a lot of the way I do things and have learned to be content with less of the everyday comforts I was used to.  I've learned that I can adapt and communicate well in two languages.  I've learned that I can be stretched and be more patient than I thought.

9.Something that I love about Mexico or can't stand or miss living without?
I love how people joke around so much, and poke fun at themselves.  I love sitting for hours with friends and not feeling the need to rush them to leave or be bound by schedule and just being free to chat and visit and enjoy our friendship.  I love that people are first.  I can't stand bad driving and standing in line at government agencies.  I miss family, Chick-fil-a, libraries and lots of parks.

10. Did you know your in-laws before moving and has it been a big adjustment being closer to them?  Yes and yes!

11. If you knew you were going to the States next week where is the first place you'd go after seeing family?  Chickfila!


  1. Soo glad you joined us Karen. I have so been craving a good chicken sandwich, I would chose that over a burger anyday.

  2. Hi Karen! Do you remember what word your MIL used? Was it "piernona?" I also like how the people joke around and make fun of each other. I am super sensitive, so I stay out of it, but I like to listen to them.

  3. Hi Jackie. No, she said "tienes las piernas bien gordas" and more than once! Haha. I don't like to be the center of joking either but friends from our church always tease me about my accent. That doesn't bother me so much but call me fat and I will be a little defensive :)

  4. Karen, thanks for reading my blog! I love this post. Patience is a huge thing I've learned as well in the past five years living here.
    My husband and I visited Puebla about 4 years ago, it's so lovely!!

  5. Grace, Sorry I've never commented before. I really enjoy reading your blog. That's why I added to my list :) It reminds me of my life a few years ago when I was pregnant with my second boy and had one who was two. I can hardly look back on those days without wanting to cry with the nostalgia of it all. When I read what you write it just takes me back. Babies grow way too fast. Mine are now 7 and almost 5! Sigh :)
    Thanks for your comment.