Saturday, June 09, 2007

Me and my girl, and viva la mexico

So can I just say, I love this kid??? Anna is hilarious and zany, sweet and sassy, and tons of fun. Here she wouldn't stop giving me hugs and telling me she loved me, it was priceless!

Last night Kevin, me and the kids went to a Mexican restaurant here in town. Last month I'd been lamenting to our pediatrician (shoutout to Dr. Nunez) that we hadn't really found a good one in Santa Maria, and he said to stay away from the ones on Broadway because they serve "White people Mexican food", but that there were two on Blosser that are authentic and good. We pulled into the dirt parking lot and entered a smallish restaurant filled with people, mostly Mexican, and you could tell a lot of the men had just gotten off work and were hanging out. You should have seen it, people were falling all over themselves to say hi to our kids, it was awesome! The food WAS authentic and very good, and the atmosphere was great--really loud, everyone loved children and when we left, everyone called goodbye, etc. It felt like we were old friends! (Plus there was a big picture hanging on the wall of the restaurant's owner, George W. Bush, and my old boss Abel Maldonado--I figure if this place is good enough for the president, it's good enough for me! Incidentally I shook Bush's hand on that particular visit of his to the Central Coast.)


Any time I'm surrounded by some other culture I'm reminded of God's vastness and beauty. Isn't it amazing how we can all be so different and yet all be created in God's image? There is so much beauty in every culture if only we have eyes to see.


(This picture's of me and the kids reading some books this evening. Today was brutal, Anna wouldn't nap, no one wanted to share their toys. Grrrrrr.)

12 comments:

Jeannett Gibson said...

Name of said restaurant? :)

Brianna Heldt said...

Lo Mejor de Jaliscos or something like that? (Probably not spelled that way, I'm such a gringo!) :)

Tamara said...

That is funny what you said about culture, I am designing our kindergarten curriculum around culture and countries this year and I am so excited about it. If you haven't discovered it already, find the book "Children Just Like Me" it is put out by Unicef and a couple who traveled the world for 2 years to meet all of the children in it.

shell said...

glad to know someone elses kids were whining yesterday. :)
you guys are so brave to take them out to eat!!!! we have only a few times, it is true that so many restaurants want nothing to do with a table of children, no matter how well behaved! oh and you should take the mexican food here.........
:)

dillyweed said...

Next time we are up in Santa Maria, I'll have to look for that place. Sounds good. I love Mexican food. When we lived in St. Louis, it was seriously the thing I missed most about California. Can you believe that they put actual peas in their guacamole to stretch it out? So sad.

Lara said...

I love the picture of you guys all reading books together. I miss your sweet family so much. Anna's not even going to recognize "baby Caedra" when we get back.

On a side note, thanks Kevin for calling me out on Pastor Tim's blog. I needed that. I am so thankful for good friends that aren't afraid to get clarification and who assume the best in each other.

Chandra said...

I love the family picture!! Your kids are absolutely adorable :)
Chandra

Allison Brown said...

Cute pics Brianna. Glad you found a good Mexican restaurant (my favorite--yum!), especially that was so welcoming of the kids. And thanks for sharing all about your large(ish) family. I love reading more about the details of decisions--very interesting!

Kristen Borland said...

hey, so isn't that supposed to be "viva el mexico"? come on, gringo(a)!!

Brianna Heldt said...

kristen i am TOTALLY gringa! :) i meant to put this in the post but forgot, there was even someone who was going around to all the tables trying to sell bootlegged copies of shrek 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kristen Borland said...

serious? that's awesome!

Brianna Heldt said...

i know! i wonder how much he was charging....

 

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