31 July 2008

Going Down Memory Lane

I stole this idea from a friend of a friend's blog. Do it. It's fun. And, hey, there is a reward - you get the same treatment on your blog!

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.

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Argentina 2008

We returned from our 3-week stint in Argentina. I LOVE his family! The best part for me was to see Diego surrounded by the people and places that he knew and loved. The new niece is so adorable and Diego wants to have one just like her - calm. I should remind him that in a few months she's not going to be the same as she now... Anyway. The family and friends were super friendly and sometimes they would take the time to speak slow enough, clear enough and with simply enough words for me to understand. Most of the time there was like 20 people speaking really fast and all at the same time. At those moments, I don't know if I should be ashamed to admit, I just shut off. I did pick up some new words though and I realized just how small my vocabulary is and waning. Anyway. We went dancing one night. Diego tried to warn me that the night life was much different. It starts at about 2am and goes until maybe 7 or 8. We made it from about 1-4:30am. He's been promising to take me dancing since January! Everyone wanted to cook for us. Typically it was asado (or barbecue) but they don't grill burgers and franks, this is full on meat people! I'd been prepared though. We've been having these types of get togethers with our Argentine friends here in Arizona for forever. Everyone there has some sort of dedicated, bricked-in grilling area - EVERYONE. It's like having a garage or a garbage disposal. The city he grew up in left a little to be desired... It was dirty and it seemed like every single wall was tagged with graffiti. Maybe I'm a little spoiled too. I've traveled some and when Diego pointed out the buildings and such I took note but in my head I was thinking, "They have that in New York AND in New Orleans." Of course, I've traveled enough to know that all places are the same. It's the people that make it different. And as I have noted, I LOVE his family!

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Just to be fair

Just to be fair to Diego, my Evil Padre scanned these pictures of me when I was maybe a year old. See what a chunker I've always been! See how white I've always been! See what 70's groovy-ness I grew up in! No wonder I'm so weird now... (I bet that wall in the bathroom was velvet to the touch!) BTW, we still have that rocking chair.

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29 July 2008

The Many Faces of Valentina

Of course, we did wake her up. Normally she's quite the tranquil baby. I love the last one cause it looks like she's giving the "peace" sign and going back to sleep. I can't believe how much she grew just in the time we were there!

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28 July 2008

Treasure from Argentina

Maybe some of you thought my treasure might have been something of monetary value but, to me, this is so much better! Diego's sweet mom let go of some of her prized pictures so I could share the wealth. Isn't he the cutest!? I like him lots!!!

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25 July 2008

And..., we're back!

The Family in Argentina
(from left: me, Diego, Alberto - dad, Gladis - mom, Valentina - niece, Analia - sister-in-law, and Gonzalo - brother)
It's not the greatest picture but it was way harder than I thought to get everyone together. Check back in a few days when I've had a chance to go through all the photos. More to come. Don't miss my Treasure From Argentina!!!

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