Saturday, January 26, 2019

DNA Ancestry Results (8yr 4mo!)

CET 100 months old! (well in two more days, heehee)
As I write this post I can't help but sing "Its a small world after all" from the infamous Disney ride. Turns out, our family heritage covers 4 out of the 7 continents! I've been very curious about those DNA testing companies that calculate your heritage ever since they've become commercially available. My hunch at the beginning though, like with all new technology, was that I will wait. I will wait because it will get better. This seems to be Phil and I's modo, for example we waited until the iPhone 3 to get a smart phone and a flat screen T.V. until years later when you could get a pretty big one for under $350. Mostly we're just cheap, ha!

I finally decided it was time, all the companies were offering great black Friday sales and I did my research. I decided to go with AncestryDNA because they have the biggest sample size to compare to and they concentrate more on ancestry analysis instead of health analysis (were they tell you things like, you should have an aversion to cilantro based on your results). It was such a great deal I bought 4 kits! One for me, one for Phil, one for the boys to share since they have identical DNA and one for my mom because she was visiting at the time and thought 'heck why not!' Funny enough Phil gave me the same story I've heard from so many otherwise Caucasian looking folks "I'm part native american." "Its folklore, everyone thinks they are part Native American" I told him. "No really I am" is the response everyone gives, ha! As I rub my hands together I tell myself  "well its time to find out!"

68% England, Whales & Northwestern Europe
30% Ireland & Scotland
2% Germanic Europe
Phil's always thought they were German and French but never really certain just 'I think that's what we are.' Well results show probably neither but maybe. And not a trace of Native American, of course. As caucasian as caucasian can be. Whats most interesting to me is that Phil looks like he should be a red head but with out the red hair and come to find out he's a great deal of Irish/Scottish!

Your lovely Narrator: Me 
46% Native American 
30% Spain
13% France
6% Portugal
2% Northern African
1% Basque
1% European Jewish
1% Iran/Persia
Both my parents are from Mexico but as you all may or may not know people from Mexico can vary a lot, from blue eyes/blonde hair to those who are truly indigenous to the Americas with black hair/brown eyes. So looking somewhere in the middle I figured I was some part Spanish and some part Native. I was certainly surprised by all the rest! I've been watching lots of food documentaries about the culinary history of Mexico and have learned that all sorts of people immigrated to Mexico. I've come to appreciate how delicious, diverse and unique the food from Mexico really is! I really was spoiled growing up eating that stuff, ha! Anyways knowing what I know now about the food history the results don't surprise me too much. 
The Boys
48% England, Whales & Northwestern Europe
24% Native American
13% Spain
6% Ireland & Scotland
6% France
3% Portugal
Wait a minute 54% dad and only 46% mom. Hey that's not fair! Well lets just chalk it up to the fact that it's not a perfect science, ha! For the boys' sample I had them all spit into the same collection tube, I wish I had recorded it because it was so funny how grossed out they were by it. They would wipe off the top before they spit and then would run away yelling after spitting. They share water bottles, lollipops, toothbrushes, shoes, sleep in the same bed but they are grossed out by each others spit, hahaha! 

My mom's results were the most convoluted of all. That woman represents almost the whole world, ha! 39% Spain, 33% Native American, 8% Portugal, 6% France, 3% Basque, 3% European Jewish, 3% Northern Africa, 1% Norway, 1% Andean Native American, 1% Ireland & Scotland, 1% Turkey & the Caucasus, 1% England, Wales & Northwestern Europe, 1% Sardinia

There was all sorts of other cool information provided with your results. Like a time line of all the migration patterns your ancestors were involved in. Family matches you may not have known about. And information about the regions you come from. I'd like to try it again in 10 years and see how the results vary because as they tell you 'your DNA never changes but the technology used to analyze it does!'

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Winter Vacay! (8yr 3mo)

CET are 8yrs and 3mo!
Winter break has been a blast! The first week mama Elda rolled into town and she had fun all week long with the boys. She made lots of delicious foods as usual and I'm pretty sure the boys gained more than the ordinary amount of weight, ha! Next time I need to weigh the boys before and after my mom comes to visit to prove it, haha! The rest of winter break I took off from work. It was nice that the boys didn't have to go to a single day of day camp (and even better we didn't have to pay for it!). The boys and I had fun going to see movies, baking and decorating cookies, and playing board games. We stayed warm and cozy indoors and it was very relaxing. Phil had some extra days off so we took advantage and went sledding for the first time since they were 4 years old. If you remember the last time Thomas got a concussion from a bad sledding fall so we were all a little traumatized and hadn't wanted to go back. No injuries this time just lots of fun was had. Now I'm not ready to go back to work nor are the boys ready to go back to school but I guess we must!

At Bollywood Theater with mama Elda, its a super yummy Indian restaurant.
Having fun with out me!
They have a need for speed and I do not so I had fun being the photographer : )
Just a couple of kitty wearing fools : )