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My Parents & I

I met my parents almost 28 years ago (yikes) on a cold January day, aka January 16th. I honestly cannot remember a thing from that day but I have heard stories of what a cute, huge, and grumpy baby I was. I guess babies aren’t always happy to get out. And like I said, it was still a winter day when I came into this world so I guess my toes where freezing which did not make this baby happy at all!

I had heard a few voices and stories before I was born so I knew, right away, that I will be in the best hands. But before I can tell you about my relationship with my parents let me share a bit about them:

My Parents

My Parents and I

Meet my folks!! Their names are Alfonso and Ana Lorena. Both born and raised in Guadalajara, just like me! If I am right, and correct me if I am not, they met through a friend of my mom’s…who used to date my dad. So even though the hate for the ex-boyfriend should have remained, my parents still ended creating a happy ending for themselves!

They now live in Houston where my dad is a 4th grade teacher and my mom volunteers at a thrift store (yes? no?).


Fun facts about my parents

  • They are both the 3rd child in their families.
  • They both have an Accounting degree but never worked as accountants.
  • They both attended religious schools all throughout their education years: my dad’s influences are Jesuit and my mom’s from the Sacred Heart. So I have a good balance of Catholicism under my belt.
  • My dad taught one of my mom’s classes at their University.
  • My dad almost ordained to become a Priest. Thankfully he didn’t, or I wouldn’t be here!
  • My dad is allergic to some seafood.
  • My mom loves seafood.
  • My mom loves to shop.
  • My mom hasa great eye for interior design.
  • My mom loves plants so much that our house always resembled a mini jungle.

My Parents and I

When growing up we were taught to be polite, respectful, and, to some extent, politically correct. We were always expected to eat every single piece of food on our plates, at home or not, and even though we liked the meal or not. We were taught to be polite and say please and thank you (or por favor and gracias).

There isn’t much I remember from my early elementary years but I can easily recall that my mom would always push us to get straight A’s which was stressful. This taught me that I can do anything if I apply my self 100%.

There were good and bad days. Fights, eyes rolled, hugs, kisses, and te quiero‘s. At times I was extremely mad and angry because I was not allowed to go to the mall or something, but I this has happened to all of us, and will surely happen to our own kids some day. Now I understand how silly this was…even dumb. But oh, well. We all learn, right?

But everything changed the day I decided to move to Vancouver. I think their hearts mellowed down a bit. I think that as I parent you don’t even want to think about your kids leaving your home. So when they come up to you and tell you they are setting on an adventure of their own you can feel a bit resentful and even hurt. But once they moved past it, I truly believe our relationship improved a lot.

Before I was not able to make a joke about my mom, but now she laughs at it and comes back with an even funnier joke about me. Of course, there are still things I cannot fathom to say to or infront of my parents. I am still expected to be the best, but now not only for me but for my boys as well; to be respectful and mindful of others.


My Parents & I

And what is best is that now I get to enjoy them as the grandparents to my two boys! And they are great at it…even all the way from Houston.

From PDX with Love // 30 Things


This was a post from my 30 Things challenge, where I share with you, via 30 posts, what makes me me!

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About Sofia

Wife to a wonderful man and mother to 2 little boys. Loves chocolate, coffee and chips with hot sauce and lime. Pretend chef and aspiring photographer.
7th January 2013

Your Comments:

  1. January 7, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Thanks for sharing this insight into who you are. Great family pic.

  2. January 7, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Sweet!!! Thank You for sharing!

  3. January 7, 2013 at 5:43 am

    what a nice family, it’s nice to read about your family :)

  4. January 7, 2013 at 6:09 am

    It sounds like they are wonderful grandparents.

  5. January 7, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Your parents have created such a wonderful example for your own family. Their strong foundation of love coupled with great standards reflect so beautifully in your love for them through this post.

  6. January 7, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Great pictures. You have a wonderful family…

  7. January 7, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Isn’t it amazing watching our parents as grandparents. I love to see mine playing with my kids .

  8. January 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

    What a sweet post! It would be fun to link these up as Parent Posts!

  9. January 7, 2013 at 7:10 am

    It’s sounds like you had an amazing childhood! You are very lucky to have such great parents and grandparents for your children!

  10. January 7, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Aww such a great post. I like it a lot.

  11. January 7, 2013 at 7:31 am

    How sweet! I like the idea of this post! :)

  12. January 7, 2013 at 7:43 am

    When I moved away from home at 17 for college, my mother was crushed. She cried every day. After college, I moved even further away. She cried even more! As the years went on, it became easier for her – you can imagine how thrilled she was when I moved back home (not in with her, but pretty close!)

    What a great idea for a post! I’ll have to check out the challenge.

  13. January 7, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Thank you for sharing!

  14. How neat about your dad almost becoming a priest! I have an uncle that was studying to become a priest and my aunt was in a convent when they met, fell in love… and the rest is history. :)

  15. January 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

    What a great post. So much information and so sweet.

  16. January 7, 2013 at 9:53 am

    What a sweet post about your parents. What amazing people they are! It is always hard for kids to get along with parents, but when they reach that point where they can have that respect and love for them, the relationships that can be built are quite amazing.

    • January 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      I really didn’t see it when I was young but I must say that my parents are indeed great! I am very lucky.

  17. January 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    What a great childhood! I loved this post so much and learning about you. I love the pictures too!

  18. January 8, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    This is an awesome post, and your parents are good looking folks!

  19. January 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Interesting look in