Friday, May 1, 2009

La Manzanilla: Bloggers and Swine Flu

Husband, Oldest Son and Youngest Son and I met up with fellow bloggers Steve ( and Visitlamanzanilla Mom (

This was my first live meeting with bloggers and I was excited and a little curious on how it would feel to be “in person.” It felt like being with old friends. We already know each other and in some ways better than “normal relationships.” I guess this is how it felt when people got to know each other with personal letters.

I have followed Steve’s journey from planning to fruition. Given that he posts daily, I felt like I could talk with him openly about lots of stuff and it was like a continuation of a prior discussion. Meeting his Brother was a total bonus! Both are congenial, lovely men – no surprise. As Steve mentions on his blog, they seem very much like my two sons who are two years apart. Oldest Son sat at the dinner table reading most of the time and Youngest Son went from sulky to happy to looking for the next big adventure and back through all those again. Which Son matches Steve do ya think?

Visitlamanzanilla Mom arrived with Lyle. Here is how it went. When I asked Youngest Son this morning what he wanted to do today? “Have a play date with Lyle” Fast friends and very much alike in their blazing spirit to live life to its fullest.

I am still a bit overwhelmed that we literally arranged a play date in the virtual blogger world and I felt zero qualms. I knew Visitlamanzanilla Mom and Lyle would be a lot like us. In some ways more alike that many of our friends in USA in that we share this common (but uncommon) life of Moving our Kids to Mexico.
Husband (who is not a blogger and was hesitant on meeting up with what he would consider total strangers) said “They were surprisingly uncreepy.” Well said Husband (who had a great time too!)

I really, really enjoyed the La Manzanilla Bloggers Meeting.

Swine Flu Update
My own Swine Flu update is I am not flying to the USA Sunday. My client has restricted travel between USA and Mexico. So I think we may hang out in La Manzanilla longer or perhaps head up through Colima. All family members are healthy right now.

Kids on boogie boards right outside our La Manzanilla Casa - taken from balcony:


Steve Cotton said...

What a great evening. I have tried to explain the blog relationships to my non-blogging friends. They just do not understand it. Most of them seem to equate this computer business with rather unseemly people. But you really get a sense of who people are in their writing.

Constantino said...

Nice picture of you guys and the newbie, Steve. Too bad you didn't get him on a boogie board.
You did speak Spanish with him the whole time, I hope! He needs some immediate immersion, both in the language and the Pacific!
Glad you guys got together, that's what it's all about!

Cynthia Johnson and Mike Nickell said...

I know exactly what you mean about finally meeting Steve and talking with him as though he was a long-time friend. I'm glad you had a good time. Enjoy La Manzanilla!

Rosas Clan in Tulum said...

the whole blogging friends thing is an interesting thing. When I first started my blog I did not think anyone would read. Maybe my parents looking at pics of the kids but that was it. I have "met" so many awesome people that I would consider friends and love the fact that I have someone to go to dinner and drinks with in almost every state in Mexico!!!

And Hey... anyone who comes to Tulum or the Rivera Maya... let us know.

American Mommy in Mexico said...

SC- I so agree. Husband thought I was a little crazy but NOW he understands!

C - LOL - Unfortunately if all had spoke Spanish I along with Steve would have been in the dark.

CJ - We did have a great time!

RCT - I thought the same thing but not so.