May 3rd

chocolate cupcakes, angel foodcake, brats

Jackie's rice and spinach dish

Very embarrassed by our singing margs

As planned, we celebrated Matt’s birthday yesterday with much fanfare and made him feel at home. There were a dozen friends here who treated him royally. By the end of the afternoon, we were racing in the pool, reading magazines in the shade and truly enjoying the warm weather and great company. I lost the swimming race — which I’ll happily blame on my bikini — and managed to lose my verve to accomplish anything else.

More than once, I’ve been in a foreign country for a birthday or holiday. The Roca family threw me a quinceanera when I lived in Mexico; I’ll always be thankful for their kindness and how they went so far as to buy me a gold ring — the gift they gave their own daughters on their 15th birthdays. I think I was the only white girl in town to get such a fiesta. It was a particularly hard birthday because I was painfully homesick. I wasn’t supposed to see my family for the year, but thankfully the swim team I was competing with had a meet in El Paso, Texas the week before. My parents went rogue and drove with my brother to the border. We spent the weekend together at the meet, with my team and new high school friends and catching up as quickly as we could.

Sweet memories,


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8 Responses

  1. Matt looks like he did plenty of celebrating!

    You’ve led an interesting and adventurous life so far, Kelli, with all your travels, and you’re still so young with a lot more in your future.

  2. My mom sent me a cake for my birthday when I was in Spokane. I don’t reccomend it.

  3. Happy Birthday to Matt!! I can’t imagine going a year without seeing my mom and I’m 35!

  4. Happy Birthday Matty!

  5. Sounds like a wonderful celebration! Happy Birthday Matt : )

  6. What a fun birthday celebration! Those brats and cakes look so good. You take such great food pics–have yet to perfect that art!

  7. Um, what about your OTHER fabulous Mexico birthday?! With the pinata filled with questionable items?? 🙂

  8. It looks like the party was great! I’m sure Matt appreciated it.