Blog about living in Mexico by Photographer Erin Parker

Ever dream of selling everything & moving to Mexico? I did it and these are the stories of living in San Pancho, Mexico.

Litttle Lovely Lulu is One

I was a little disgusted with myself when I realized that I wasn't feeling the appropriate levels of enthusiasm for Sydney's first birthday. She's not going to remember whether or not we had a party or what cake tasted like for the first time. I knew I had to do something to celebrate but couldn't figure it out.

My birthday is my favorite day of the year because of my mom. She always made a huge deal about it. The kitchen would be decorated with streamers and balloons before I got out of bed. She'd do lots of clapping and make me feel like the most loved, most special person in the world. 

I want to give that to my little girl. 

We celebrated her all day and she loved it. We all loved it. She got to taste a donut and pizza and cake. We swan in the ocean. We played in sand. She got presents and played with balloons. She was enchanted by bubbles and tickled and teased. She danced and laughed and pranced and played and it was the best day of the year. 

 Even though we'd practiced blowing in the days leading up to the main event, she still needed a little encouragement when it was time to blow out the candle.

Even though we'd practiced blowing in the days leading up to the main event, she still needed a little encouragement when it was time to blow out the candle.

Every time she looked at me, I was smiling, laughing, clapping, making noise, just as my mom did for me. Karebear lives right down the street from us and naturally got to share in the celebration. Every time I looked at her, she was being the magical birthday mom I've always known. 

She might not remember it, but as she gets older, she'll see the pictures and Sydney Luna will know she was happy on her first birthday. Everybody was. 

 We spent the afternoon at Playa de los Muertos in Sayulita. That's three generations of happy. 

We spent the afternoon at Playa de los Muertos in Sayulita. That's three generations of happy.