Holiday Greetings from Canucka and Family

The very first Simpson's episode from years and years ago starts with Marge writing the family Christmas letter, "We've had some sadness and some gladness this year...", a classic TV moment. This time of year I seem to take on her raspy voice in my head, though I refuse to wear the blue beehive so I thought I might write our own family Christmas letter.

Dear Friends and Family,
Ho ho ho, feliz navidad! It's been an odd year, one of changes and struggles, two steps forward, fourteen steps back. Hubby and I both have new jobs, my switch a bit more complicated than Hubby's, in fact the change for me was probably the most difficult hurdle we faced this year. Who knew that taking a step forward was going to cause so much stress? I'm happy with my new challenge and enjoying the work so all the hassles were worth it! I will miss teaching and want to send a special greeting to all my old coworkers, love you all and I want to say thanks to my new coworkers for giving me a warm welcome to their world.

Piggy flu was "News of the Year" around here, the whole brouhaha of H1N1 took its toll on the country of Mexico and certainly on the city of Cancun. Both hubby and I took pay cuts and lost hours for the forced closures of businesses and bazillions of tourist dollars were lost due to the media frenzy. We're grateful that we did not get sick, but saddened by the deaths and illnesses of so many around the world. If I had to find a positive side to the flu, at least I had a lot to write about for a few months!

Max is a pretty typical four year old and he is the center of our universe. And he knows that and uses the information to his advantage! He's a pretty smart cookie, but he never, ever, EVER shuts up! He is doing great in school, at least in terms of his exam results and what he is learning. We get "the talk" from his teachers every week about his behaviour, he bounces off the walls all day and won't sit down to work, but at least he's not a biter or a spitter like some kids in his class. He's still got the same girlfriend, I think they're going on two years now, must be love! He's obsessed with Michael Jackson and his moonwalk is coming along nicely. The genital grab and thrust move is perfected (yeah, we're thrilled).

We had a few adventures this year, enjoying Garrafon Park, Rio Secreto, snorkeling all over the place, cenote visits, a vacation in Akumal with my parents, a trip to Chichen Itza and the absolute highlight, swimming with whale sharks! We are so fortunate to have an abundance of opportunities to explore our natural world and teach Max about respect for the planet and how to enjoy life to the fullest. While life in Mexico is not all sunshine and light, at least we can escape from the negatives and immerse ourselves in the positives that surround us in this beautiful place. While it's easy to become depressed thinking about politics, corruption, pollution, poverty, and crime, we need only look to the natural and historical world around us to find the balance in our souls.

We're looking forward to the new year and the new decade and all that 2010 will bring. From myself, Hubby and Max, we wish you a very happy holiday season and a fantastic new year! May all your wishes be fulfilled, may your cups be full of tequila, may you have sun on your back and an ocean breeze in your hair. Salud!

Comments

Heather said…
Happy Holidays to you and yours from Sunny San Diego!
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Leslie Limon said…
Wishing you and your family a very, Merry Christmas! :D
Gaelyn said…
Ain't life Grand. Merry Christmas to you and the family. May 2010 be better.
Kelly said…
Happy Holidays from Texas! Thanks for keeping us entertained and informed for another year, here's to many more!!!
paul nj said…
thank for all the info this year and good luck and have a happy new year !!see you in 3 weeks back in cancun for 2 moths yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!!
KfromMichigan said…
Thanks amiga! Feliz Navidad to you, hubby and Max. Wish I were there in the sun with the ocean breeze in my hair! Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!
On Mexican Time said…
Feliz navidad!!! con mucho cariño! y que este año q viene sea mucho mejor q el q acaba de pasar!!!!

I'm in Canada for the holidays and not back until mid January! It's coooooooold..... so ENJOY! loove the card! LOL!
Steve Cotton said…
And a very Merry Christmas to you, as well.
Estuardo said…
Happy Holidays to you and your family from your friends in Guatemala!!!! and have a warm and great 2010!!!!

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