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Meeting the Parents 
Jul. 20, 2014 8:04 am 
Updated: Jul. 23, 2014 2:41 pm

As many of you know, Jon and I have become very close to a Mexican family. They have become extended family to us - their three children are like grandchildren and we spend a lot of time with them; even vacationing together at the beach the past two summers.  This summer we didn't get to go to the beach with them.  We had the opportunity to head out West and visit with Steve and my sister and brother-in-law.  We had a blast and that vacation came to an end far too soon. 

Our friends also had some other things going on this summer. Marisela's parents and youngest sister were coming to visit from Mexico! She had not seen them in over 10 years. They had never left Mexico before this visit and do not know any English.  They were all so excited for them to arrive.  Once they arrived in the United States they first headed to Cincinnati where they have a son living.  A quick visit with Azael and they were ready to come to Rootstown! Our friends left their 3 children and niece who is visiting from Chicago with us and they drove to Cincinnati to pick them up. 

The next day Marisela and her sisters picked up the children and plans were made for us to meet her parents at the restaurant that night for dinner.  I know a minimal amount of Spanish, enough to get through introductions and welcoming them to our country, and not much else.  I can understand the language fairly well but do not feel comfortable speaking it.  I know I mess up pronunciation and use the wrong tenses.  Federico does an excellent job of translating.  Dinner was fun and her parents seem like very nice, kind people.  I think by the end of the night they were beginning to feel comfortable around us, joining in the laughter and excited talking going on.  The kids also did a great job of making us all feel like a part of every conversation by translating and explaining.  Plans were made for us all to have dinner together on Friday at the restaurant again.  I wanted to finally make Yahir his birthday cake.

  Lego cake 

That kid loves legos and I knew he'd love this cake.  He was very excited and there was plenty to share with all the workers as well. It was a huge hit!  I made a white cake which I divided into three parts, dyeing each part the same color as the lego block was going to be frosted.  I used those giant marshmallows (cut in half) as the knobs on the block.  I used a buttercream recipe from this site for the frosting.  It was easy to make and really good.

This evening we are headed to a Birthday party at a club for Federico.  We'll spend a few hours there but won't stay too long.  They party late into the evening, or should I say early into the morning?!  The music will be too loud for us "old folks", too, but the food will be good and there is always plenty to watch at their parties - these folks can dance!

Last night we went to a different local winery to listen to Jon's friend play guitar and sing. This has become one of our favorite things to do.  We take my parents, and Kristal and Jake, and pack some food to eat while drinking wine and enjoying the music.  A perfect way to just kick back and relax after a busy week. 

Jul. 21, 2014 12:09 pm
Very creative idea for the Legos cake! Sounds like you are really enjoying your summer.
Jul. 21, 2014 1:23 pm
Hi BigShotsMom! Yes, the summer is going well, and going fast!
Jul. 23, 2014 9:59 am
Hi Mother Ann. I love the Lego Cake. I am sure the cake will always be remembered! I have seen those huge marshmallows in store and wondered what could you do with them besides smores. Looks like you are keeping busy!
Jul. 23, 2014 2:41 pm
Hi Lela! I also wondered what the heck you could do with such a huge marshmallow! Now I know. LOL
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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