Living in Merida - A typical day
I get a lot of questions about what does a typical day in Mexico look like. What do we do every day and how do our children adjust. These are the same concerns I always have before moving to a new country. What will our day look like? Will I get all my work done? Where do I grocery shop, and what will our kids do every day.
So I thought I would share what a typical day looks like in Mexico since that is where we are right now. What does living in Mexico looks like?
5:00 am - I wake up and get my coffee, check some e-mails, and make my todo list (knowing full well it won't all get done) I like my quiet time in the morning.
5:30 am - I start breakfast. I usually make eggs, bacon or pancakes. If we have some leftover beans or meat, I chop it up to through in there. My children are hungry the second they wake up.
5:45 am - Start waking the kids up. Lupita likes to take her time getting ready. So I have to wake her up with enough time to be able to take her time, and so we don't have to yell and threaten her within an inch of her life to get ready fast. So she wakes up at 5:45...a necessary evil.
7:00 am - We leave to take Lupita to school. Luckily it only takes us 5 minutes to walk to school. So it is great.
7:20 am - Do it all over again with Abraham. Sometimes he is already awake and sometimes not. He usually does his homework in the morning.
8:00 am - Take Abraham to school. He attends the same school as Lupita but starts at 8.
8:15 am - I go to the market two days a week, and I leave right from their school with my bags in hand. I leave early because I have to back by 10:30 or else I will get caught in the heat of Merida and considering I usually am carrying 8 - 10 kilos or 16 - 20 lbs of groceries which makes the 10 block walk...hmmm exhausting is the only word that comes to mind. I should really take a taxi back, but these are my workouts.
If I don't go to the market, I then go straight home and clean up the house, wash dishes, and start work. I am working on a few projects at the moment and also manage MPC Tutorials and Crazy Yummy. I usually don't get to everything I wanted to work on or catch up with friends enough before I have to go and pick up Abe at noon.
12:00 - Pick up Abe
12:45 - Pick up Lupita
Two days a week we have a large Mexican lunch and the other days we eat a typical mid-sized American style lunch. Although we really like the Mexican style lunch after eating that much food at lunchtime all we want to do is sleep. So it makes for a very unproductive afternoon. So we can only handle this for a couple of days a week.
In the afternoon the kids play in the pool and run around the house. During this time we stay at the house because it usually is too hot to do any walking around outside. I wish the kids would take naps; however, they don't.
Get Lupita ready for her ballet class. Remember she likes to take her time getting ready. We also have to do her hair every time we go out as no girl walks around with crazy hair in Mexico. They just don't.
3:50 Take Lupita to dance class
5:20 Pick up Lupita from dance class
I have thought about having them do their homework earlier in the day, but for some reason, they just want to play when they get home. Probably has something to do with them being 3 and 6. Go figure! We do homework while I make dinner.
6:00-7:00 Eat dinner and pick up from our days' craziness.
7:00 pm - We go out two to three days a week. We go to one of the squares, walk around churches, get ice cream in the square. We get out and explore. The other nights we work on getting the kids in bed on time since they have to wake up so early.
Wednesdays - On Wednesday all the paid help comes. The maid, the gardener, and the pool guy. Although we appreciate all the help and I am delighted I don't have to clean the bathrooms, it does make Wednesday very unproductive.
Weekly Traditions- Having traditions is essential. As we move around so much and never have the same home, we try to create unique traditions in each country, while living in China Lupita and I would go and get pedicures together once a week and eat sushi regularly since they were so cheap. In Mexico, we have created a few different traditions.
Friday Night Pizza - There is a great Pizza place near Lupita's Ballet School so after we pick her up on Fridays we go and play in the square with local kids until the Pizza parlor opens, and then we sit outside and eat our pizza. It is actually delicious pizza.
Saturday Pool Party - Our current house has a great pool, and since Zeek has to work all week, he doesn't get as much pool time as he would like. So Saturdays are pool party day. The music starts, the beer and limeade are poured, and I usually take my place in the hammock. If Zeek and I have work to catch up on we typically do it on Saturday afternoons after the pool party. The
Sunday is Adventure & Baba Breakfast - Sunday I DON'T wake up at 5 am and I DON'T make breakfast. Nope...Zeek does. I usually have to sweep in for clean-up, but at least breakfast was made. We then go for an adventure. Sunday is our out day.
A typical day in Mexico
So this these are our average days in Mexico. If you are thinking about moving to Mexico, then this gives you a good idea of what it might be like of course, everyone is different, but hopefully, this helps you get a picture of what our days are like.
We are enjoying our time in Mexico and made a few friends which is always nice. Although we do wish Merida could turn down the heat a little.