Celebrating 34 Years of Life

On September 29, 2010, Cristina Meier celebrated her 34th birthday.  Even though she was very tired, she didn’t mind too much when her boys woke up extra early so that they could give her some birthday gifts.  Jared jumped up on the bed and gave his mommy a big pink stuffed dog.  He was so proud of himself.

Jared and Luke present their gifts to their sleepy Mommy.

“Look what I got you for your birthday, Mommy!” Jared said.

Luke couldn’t express himself as verbally, but he babbled a few things and showed his mommy the birthday balloon he was carrying.  He wasn’t quite sure he wanted to relinquish it at first.  But Jared “helped” him give up the object.

Then Stephen brought in a large bouquet of flowers that the boys had helped him pick out. 

It was a lovely start to a busy day.  At the end of the day, when everyone was back home, we gathered our things together and took off on an adventure to find a restaurant that Cristina had not visited since she was 18 years old.  It used to be her favorite Mexican restaurant in Quito, called “La Guarida del Coyote” which translates into “The Coyote’s Haunt.”  Although she had some challenge finding updated information about the restaurant on-line, they were able to find the place while driving past in a taxi. 

Cristina and Stephen enjoyed some authentic Mexican food, while the boys tried to eat some of the kid’s menu of chicken and French fries (accompanied by some fresh fruit, veggies and cheese mom brought from home).  It was an enjoyable night and they were able to get home in time to have some dessert at home and go to bed early.

Yep…this pregnant mother of two was ready to make it an early night.

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