Here is how we celebrated this year-
The Quince is one of the only days of the year that I attempt to make tortillas. It's not as easy as the locals make it look.
fried plantains (plátanos) are a staple food here in Guatemala
As you know no holiday would be complete without a family photo.
our family celebrating The Quince 2014
That morning we walked down to the center of our town (Camotan) to watch the parade.
Here's Cruz getting ready for the parade to start.
And here he is doing the same thing back in 2012 and 2013.
me and Ben waiting for the parade to start
Here are some photos of the Independence Day parade in Camotan, Guatemala-
Here are a few videos-
And here are the boys playing on the town's new playground before we headed back up the hill to our home.
I had planned on us eating tamales for lunch. I mentioned before that a guy comes around every Friday afternoon selling them. I was banking on him coming by last week but it stormed on Friday afternoon and he didn't come. So, that meant no tamales for the Quince. Bummer! Instead I made black bean and cheese quesadillas. It's one of my boys favorite foods. To go with it we had blue star jello jigglers and a Guatemala flag cake that I made. It was a fun lunch.
The rest of the day was spent napping, playing, and packing for a trip into Guatemala City that we are currently on. It was a fun day and we had a fun time celebrating together. Have I mentioned lately that I love holidays? I just really, really love them!
I'll leave you with this last photo of our sweet Ben sound asleep that night. My boys were TIRED by the end of the day. All that celebrating can be hard on the little ones (and us big ones too, ha). My favorite part of every day is going in at night to check on my boys and watch them sleep. It's just the most precious sight ever! They are the reason I decorate, make special foods, and try to make holidays so fun. I am building memories that I hope will last them a lifetime.
sweet dreams baby boy!