The Saddest and Loneliest Corner of Motherhood — Miscarriage: My Story

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2020 was meant to be a year of new beginnings for our family. We were blessed with a fourth pregnancy. Another baby sibling for my 5, 3 and 1-year-old. On January 9, 2020, we said goodbye to our baby, to their sibling — to my newest heart and soul. I had a miscarriage. And my heart is broken.

We were so excited for our fourth baby. At Christmas, we’d upgraded our car to accommodate baby #4. My kids had been taking care of their baby dolls to practice for their newest baby sibling. We were so happy about the changes to come.

Sadness in Miscarriage

On January 9, 2020 — all of those hopes and dreams of this new baby were shattered. I started bleeding more than I’ve ever bled in my life. It was a faucet. I sat, drenched, and covered, and splattered, scared, alone and confused.

I lost my baby in the Emergency Room. The ultrasound tech’s words were heavy on my heart. “I’m going to check your ovaries for blood flow. You’re going to hear some sounds, it’s just your ovaries.” At 2 a.m., they sent me on a short ambulance ride to a bigger facility and prepped me for a D&C to stop the hemorrhaging.

Loneliness in Miscarriage

As I sat in the pre-op waiting room, behind the curtain, I could hear the excited dads waiting to go meet their wives in c-sections. They rolled out two beautiful newborns, with the sweetest little cries. Inside, hundreds of heavy hammers crushed my heart. I couldn’t breathe. All I wanted, more than anything in the world at that moment, was to hold those babies — to smell their sweet newborn skin and kiss their little sugar heads.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

By Robert Frost

Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.

Healing in Miscarriage

In just 9 days, 2020 — my year of new beginnings — began with an end. In time, we’ll heal. I’ll heal — and we’ll begin again.

10 Reflections on a Decade of Parenting

As I reflected on the coming of the year 2020 and the decade behind it, I realized that I’ve been parenting for 10 years! We surprised our families on Christmas 2009 (ten years ago!) with a sonogram picture, and our lives have been forever changed.

Besides now feeling super old, I took a little bit of time to reflect on the past decade and the lessons I’ve learned in parenting.

10 Reflections on a Decade of Parenting

  1. I was not prepared. I read all the books and researched all of the products and did all the neurotic nesting tasks…and I still wasn’t ready! That first baby rocked our world to the extreme. Looking back, I can barely believe the hospital staff felt safe sending us home from the hospital with this tiny screaming human (and, boy, did he scream!). I surely didn’t feel up to the task!
  2. Maybe I’ll never fully be prepared. There’s a podcast I love and the tagline is, “one minute you think you’re doing okay, and the next minute you feel like the worst mom on the planet.” Yep. That about sums it up!
  3. There are so many things to worry about and decisions to be made. Parenting is never-ending. It’s a constant questioning of your abilities and your wisdom.
  4. I’ve learned to fight the battles with a long-term perspective. Over the past decade, I’ve learned to fight the battles that really matter and to let a lot more of the little things go (i.e. my third child!). Some things really don’t matter. But some things do. So I’ll put my foot down when they’re three so that I’m not fighting that battle when they’re thirteen.
  5. It gets easier. Those infant and toddler years are INTENSE! There is so much need and so little that the kids can do for themselves. And the tasks are beyond repetitive and mundane! But those early years are so foundational and key to brain development. And, let me tell you, something magical happens at about age three-and-a-half. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but it gets easier. So much easier.
  6. It gets harder. Spoiler alert! When I had only littles, I just wanted them to grow up already! But now that my older kiddos are getting closer to the double digits, I’m terrified! The stakes seem so much higher and the questions are so much weightier. Take me back to the terrible twos and meltdowns that I can control, por favor!
  7. Have fun! Kids bring so much joy! They don’t yet hold the weight of the world on their shoulders, and their sense of wonder and excitement sometimes tires me out. But I’ve learned that when I stop what I’m doing and get in the moment with them, I find true child-like joy.
  8. Take it seriously. In my opinion, there is no greater calling than that of being a parent. Seriously, our influence on these little (and big) lives sets the tone for their understanding of the world and their place in it. Yikes! It’s a weighty calling, and the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
  9. All kids are different. They develop differently, see the world differently, respond to punishment differently. Let them be different. Pay attention to your kids. Adjust your interactions with them to help them thrive.
  10. Nothing replaces being there for your kids. Nothing. No job. No toy. No activity. They need you, and they need your full attention.

As you can see, parenting is full of contradictions and swings of emotion! Welcome to the roller coaster, fellow moms!

RGV Guide to Family Fun – January 2020

We’re ringing in the new year — and the new decade! — with a great round-up of local events and national holidays to keep the celebrations going strong though January. Use the hashtag #rgvfamilyfun or tag us @thergvmoms on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! If we’ve missed any area events, please feel free to add them to our Community Calendar.

Local Event Hightlights

Scroll down for a complete listing of family-friendly events in the RGV!

January 1-5 2020 - RGV Family Fun

Let’s Celebrate

  • January 1: New Year’s Day
  • January 5: National Keto Day
  • January 6: Three King’s Day/Dia de Reyes

Local Event Hightlights

Scroll down for a complete listing of family-friendly events in the RGV!

January 6-12 2020 - RGV Family Fun

Let’s Celebrate

Local Event Hightlights

Scroll down for a complete listing of family-friendly events in the RGV!

January 13-19 2020 - RGV Family Fun

Let’s Celebrate

Local Event Hightlights

Scroll down for a complete listing of family-friendly events in the RGV!

January 20-26 2020 - RGV Family Fun

Let’s Celebrate

Local Event Hightlights

Scroll down for a complete listing of family-friendly events in the RGV!

January 27-31 2020 - RGV Family Fun

Let’s Celebrate

  • January 28: National Blueberry Pancake Day
  • January 29: National Puzzle Day
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Quinta Mazatlan
Nature Nuggets at Quinta Mazatlan (McAllen)
Each week your preschooler (ages 2-6) will have fun exploring and learning from ...
Jan
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Geology Bash at IMAS
Geology Bash at IMAS
Geology Bash Family Fun Night Thursday, January 2, 2020 3:00-8:00 PM Every first...
Jan
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Jackson Street Market Days (Harlingen)
Downtown Harlingen. Antiques, Food Vendors, Crafts, Jewelry, Shops, Original Art...
Jan
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First Saturday Block Party Market (McAllen)
A vibrant neighborhood of eclectic and vintage shops hosts a huge outdoor market...
Jan
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TAP INTO A NEW YEAR-Community Water Treatment Plant Tour
Start off the new year healthy and hydrated by learning where your water comes f...
Jan
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Quinta Mazatlan
Nature Nuggets at Quinta Mazatlan (McAllen)
Each week your preschooler (ages 2-6) will have fun exploring and learning from ...
Jan
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Nature Journaling: First Saturday of the Month
Use skills of observation and inference to become familiar with the features and...
Jan
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Webelos Workshop: Art Explosion at IMAS
Webelos – Art Explosion: Take a guided tour of our current art exhibits and le...
Jan
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Young Adventurers: Super Stacker
sYoung Adventurers are Early Childhood workshops that introduce young scientists...
Jan
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Toddler Storytime at MPL
A fun, interactive storytime that encourages toddlers to take part in songs, sto...
Jan
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Homeschool Days: Robotics
Homeschool Days at the International Museum of Art & Science January 8: Robo...
Jan
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Homeschool Days at the IMAS
Robotics Homeschool Workshop at IMAS
Homeschool Days at the International Museum of Art & Science January 8: Robo...
Jan
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Quinta Mazatlan
Nature Nuggets at Quinta Mazatlan (McAllen)
Each week your preschooler (ages 2-6) will have fun exploring and learning from ...
Jan
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Quinta Mazatlan Discovery Center
Adriana Diaz Presents: Connecting Energy Chakra’s with Nature
Adriana Diaz, Reiki Practitioner will be discussing the 7 major energy chakras a...
Jan
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Quinta Mazatlan
Nature Nuggets at Quinta Mazatlan (McAllen)
Each week your preschooler (ages 2-6) will have fun exploring and learning from ...
Jan
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Toddler Storytime at MPL
A fun, interactive storytime that encourages toddlers to take part in songs, sto...
Jan
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Quinta Mazatlan
Nature Nuggets at Quinta Mazatlan (McAllen)
Each week your preschooler (ages 2-6) will have fun exploring and learning from ...
Jan
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McAllen Marathon
Join us on January 18-19, 2020 at the McAllen Marathon! Choose from the 26.2-mil...
Jan
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Webelos Workshop: Earth Rocks! at IMAS
Webelos – Earth Rocks! Become a geologist as you hunt for rocks, learn about g...
Jan
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Quinta Mazatlan
Nature Nuggets at Quinta Mazatlan (McAllen)
Each week your preschooler (ages 2-6) will have fun exploring and learning from ...
Jan
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Boy Scout Workshop: Weather at IMAS
Boy Scout – Weather: Dive into the world of meteorology as you learn about the...
Jan
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Daisy Girl Scouts: Space Science Explorer at IMAS
Daisy – Space Science Explorer: Put on your astronaut suit and get ready to ex...
Jan
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Homeschool Science Fair at IMAS
Homeschool Science Fair at IMAS
Homeschool Science Fair at the International Museum of Art & Science Wednesd...
Jan
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IMAS Homeschool Science Fair
IMAS Homeschool Science Fair
The Homeschool Science Fair will take place on Wednesday, January 22 from 10:00 ...
Jan
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Quinta Mazatlan
Nature Nuggets at Quinta Mazatlan (McAllen)
Each week your preschooler (ages 2-6) will have fun exploring and learning from ...
Jan
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Parent Talk (Cyber Security) at Boys & Girls Club of Pharr
Join us at BGCP South Pharr Unit for a Parent Talk Session discussing the hazard...
Jan
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Edinburg Scenic Wetlands1
Spectacular Saturday at Edinburg Scenic Wetlands
On the last Saturday of every month, join us for free, family-friendly activitie...
Jan
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Quinta Mazatlan
Nature Nuggets at Quinta Mazatlan (McAllen)
Each week your preschooler (ages 2-6) will have fun exploring and learning from ...
Jan
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Brownie Girl Scouts: Designing Robots at IMAS
Brownie – Designing Robots: Become an engineer as you design a robot. Learn ho...
Jan
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Philosophy Why We’re Often So Bad at Talking To Others Online
“Why We’re Often So Bad at Talking to Each Other Online” Dr. Bradley Warfi...
Jan
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Animal Sculptures IMAS Art Workshop
Discover the world of 3D art as you learn sculpting techniques. Create a one-of-...
Jan
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Community Night at Children’s Museum of Brownsville
We invite you to join us for Community Night, our monthly event in which we allo...
Jan
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The Future of Health Care Hosted by The Texas Tribune
The Texas Tribune is pleased to present its “Future of” series, expl...
Jan
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Quinta Mazatlan
Nature Nuggets at Quinta Mazatlan (McAllen)
Each week your preschooler (ages 2-6) will have fun exploring and learning from ...

Recurring Events

Free Family Sunday Funday at the IMAS

Every Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. | 1900 W Nolana Ave, McAllen

The Free Family Sunday Funday program is supported by the H-E-B Tournament of Champions.


McAllen Farmers Market

Every Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | McAllen Public Library | 4001 N. 23rd St., McAllen

More information


Free Resources from Nuestra Clinica del Valle

These exercise and nutrition classes are free and are in association with Nuestra Clinica del Valle and Sí Texas: Social Innovation for a Healthy South Texas.

Alton: Alton Recreation Center (349 Dawes Ave., Alton, TX 78573Weekly classes include: Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – Fitness Activities and Yoga; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – Fitness Activities and Yoga; Thursday 8:30 a.m. – Nutritional Class

Alamo: P2 Community Resource Center (1429 S. Tower Rd., Alamo, TX 78516) Weekly classes include: Monday 8:30 a.m. – Fitness Activities and Yoga; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – Fitness Activities and Yoga; Friday 8:30 a.m. – Nutritional Class

A Weekly Support Group is also held Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at the P2 Community Resource Center (1429 S. Tower Rd., Alamo, TX 78516) for anyone suffering from depression, anxiety, and/or family problems.

RGV Moms 2019 Top Reads

As 2019 draws to a close, we wanted to share with you some of our most-read posts of the year. Our contributors cover everything from the KonMari method to secondary infertility to dual language education.

trisomy-18-medical-mom

“My daughter has Trisomy 18, a rare and life-threatening disorder. I want others to see that her life is worth fighting for, so I’ve become a medical mom.”

Read the full post from March 29, 2019

teacher-appreciation-week-gift-giving-tips-former-teacher

“Now that the tables have turned and I’m on the opposite side of teacher appreciation week, I feel like I have kind of an advantage to this teacher gift-giving fun!”

Read the full post from May 6, 2019

secondary-infertility-suffering-silence

“Most people don’t realize that asking, “When are you going to have more kids?” to a woman struggling with infertility is heartbreaking.”

Read the full post from June 24, 2019

marie-kondo-spirit-animal-KonMari

“I’m only a couple of weeks into the KonMari method, and I feel lighter and free. I now look forward to laundry. Laundry!! Can you believe it?!?”

Read the full post from February 15, 2019

mine-ours-before-after-kids

“Sometimes it’s easy to romanticize that space in time that was the before, especially those times when chaos begins to reign in the after.”

Read the full post from March 26, 2019

dual-languge-education-rgv

“Charlemagne wrote that ‘to know two languages is to possess a second soul.’ My children are doing just that, thanks to dual-language education.”

Read the full post from February 18, 2019

My Mmmcation: The Ultimate Momcation

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For the first time, in a long time, I took an Mmmcation — a much needed momcation. I treated myself to birthday tickets to see Hanson on their Wintry Mix tour in Austin, and it was Mmmagical.

Using my Momcation Voucher

It was a whirlwind trip sans kids, sans husband — just me, on an airplane, going to see my band. Twenty-two years of passionately following a band does something to you, inside your very core. It’s like a hot, molten center that erupts from tiny volcanoes every. single. time you hear their music, or see them live.

I don’t know how many Hanson concerts I’ve been to since 1997, but I do know that using my momcation voucher for them — even if only once in a while — is worth it.

Sometimes it’s good to refresh. Reset. Motherhood is hard. It’s something we work at constantly to get better. Just like anything else in life, we (moms, collectively) need short breaks to come back revitalized and ready to mom on!

This freshly turned 35-year old me feels 14 again when I hear Taylor Hanson belt out his incomprehensible, yet swoon-worthy lyrics. I still get goosebumps, and tears, and flutters of joy when I hear my favorite songs.

The Good Exhaustion

At the end of my trip, when my plane landed in Harlingen, I was exhausted — but the kind of exhaustion that coat-tails on the end of a musical high. The good exhaustion! I felt rejuvenated as a mommy and I couldn’t wait to go home and see my three babies!

Hanson has been my one constant in life. When I was pining over unrequited Middle School crushes, or navigating the awkward High School phase, Hanson was there. When my life fell apart, mid-college, *and* when my life pieced itself together in adulthood with marriage and children, Hanson was there.

This was the best (birthday) momcation my husband and in-laws could have ever given me. I knew my kids were taken care of, loved, and safe, and I got to have the time of my life with my best friend of 27 years (bonus perk to the momcation).

Find Your Hanson

I hope all of y’all can find your passion — find your Hanson, and go and be free! Enjoy yourself sans kids, sand husband (even if for a day) for your own tiny adventure.

Go have your own ultimate Mmmcation! You won’t regret it. 🙂

December 2019 is Here!

Can you believe it? December 2019 is here! RGV Moms has you covered as you try to keep up with the craziness of the season. Celebrate these great December holidays with us, and choose your new phone background from one of our two design options!

December 2nd – Cyber Monday

December 3rd – Giving Tuesday

Check out some of our Non-Profit Spotlights:

December 7th – National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 12th – Gingerbread House Day

December 24th – Christmas Eve

December 25th – Christmas

December 31st – New Year’s Eve

December 2019 Calendar Screensaver

We invite you to use one of our two phone calendar backgrounds to keep you organized as you go throughout all of the the holiday fun in December.

On your phone: Click on the image to save the full resolution. Open in photos and set as Wallpaper and/or Lockscreen image.

On your computer: Click on the image for full resolution, then right click to save.

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Check out our Holiday Guides!

2019 RGV Holiday Events Guide

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go
Take a look in the RGV, from the west to the east, with ice skating and festive lights aglow.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, parades and ta-ma-les,
But the prettiest sight to see is the smiles that will be, among your own family.

Based on the traditional Christmas song, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”

We’ve rounded up a great list of holiday events! Use the hashtag #rgvfamilyfun or tag us @thergvmoms on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! Check back regularly for updates and new information!

**The listings below are on-going or municipal events. For more options and single-day events, check out The Scoop: Family Fun in the RGV in December.

Municipal Events

City of Brownsville

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 5 | 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Washington Park | 700 E Madison Street, Brownsville

Holiday Village Opening Night Lighting Ceremony
Date/Time: Monday, Nov. 25 | 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Dean Porter Park | 501 E Ringgold Street, Brownsville


City of Harlingen

Lighting of the Arroyo
Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 5 | 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: McKelvey Park | 1325 S 77 Sunshine Strip, Harlingen


City of Hidalgo

Light up the Tree at Hidalgo Festival of Lights
Date/Time: Sunday, Dec. 1 | 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: 704 E Texano Dr., Hidalgo


City of McAllen

6th Annual Light up the Holidays: Tree Lighting Ceremony
Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 27 | 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: McAllen Convention Center | 700 Convention Center Blvd, McAllen
Activities: Start off the season and celebrate the lighting of the 64′ tree!

Christmas in the Park
Date/Time: Thursday, December 5 | 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Friday, December 6 | 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 | 12:00 to 11:30 p.m.
Location: McAllen Municipal Park | 1921 N. Bicentennial Blvd., McAllen
Activities: Two stages of LIVE entertainment, food vendors, a marketplace, carnival, interactive games, kiddie rides, Santa Claus, and entertainment for the entire family!


City of Pharr

Christmas Lighting Ceremony
Date/Time: Monday, Dec. 2 | 6:00 p.m.
Location: Pharr City Hall | 118 S. Cage Blvd., Pharr

Christmas Posada
Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 14 | 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Pharr


City of South Padre Island

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 6 | 5:00 p.m.
Location: South Padre Island Municipal Building | 4601 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island

City of Edinburg

Night of Lights Parade: Christmas Around the World
Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 6 | 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Route: UTRGV to Edinburg Town Square


City of Hidalgo

Festival Of Lights Illuminated Christmas Parade
Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 6 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Address: 704 E Texano Dr., Hidalgo


City of McAllen

McAllen Holiday Parade
Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 7 | 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Route: Begins at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium


City of San Benito

78th Annual Christmas Parade
Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 14 | 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Route: Downtown San Benito


City of South Padre Island

Annual Christmas Parade
Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 6 | 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Route: Padre Blvd., South Padre Island

Lighted Boat Parade
Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 6 | 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Route: South Point Marina (Port Isabel)to The Painted Marlin Grille (Jim’s Pier) on the Laguna Madre.


City of Weslaco

Mid Valley Christmas Parade: A Weslaco Centennial Christmas
Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 7 | 10:00 a.m.
Route: Texas Blvd. from Pike Blvd. to 6th St.

Holiday Family Fun

The events below are ongoing throughout the holiday season. For other events that are on a single day, check out The Scoop: Family Fun in the RGV in December


City of Brownsville

Holiday Village
Location: Dean Porter Park | 501 E Ringgold St, Brownsville
Dates: Nov. 25 to Jan. 1; Free Admission
Times: Sunday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


City of Hidalgo

Hidalgo Festival of Lights
Location: 704 East Ramon Ayala Dr., Hidalgo
Dates: Open Dec. 1 to 30
Free drive-through or tickets available at www.hidalgofestivaloflights.com


City of McAllen

FRIO! McAllen
Location: McAllen Convention Center | 700 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen
Dates: Nov. 27, 2019 to Jan. 6, 2020
Tickets available at www.friomcallen.com


City of South Padre Island

Holiday Sand Castle Village
Location: 7355 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island
Dates: November 30, 2019 to January 13 2020

Bass Pro Shops (Harlingen)
Address:101 Bass Pro Dr, Harlingen
Phone: (956) 291-5200
Dates: Nov. 16 – Dec. 24
Times: Weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Weekends, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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La Plaza Mall (McAllen)
Address:
2200 S 10th St, McAllen
Phone: (956) 972-5454
Dates: Nov. 1 – Dec. 24
Times: M-S, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More Information


Sunrise Mall (Brownsville)
Address:
2370 N Expressway, Brownsville
Phone: (956) 541-5302
Dates: Nov. 9 – Dec. 24
Times: M-S, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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The Scoop: Family Fun in the RGV in December

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The holiday season is up on us, and there is so much family fun to be had in the RGV this December! RGV Moms has curated an amazing guide to family-friendly events from South Padre Island to Weslaco to Mission and beyond.

Grab your Santa hat — and your little elves — and let’s have some Family Fun in the RGV!! Use the hashtag #rgvfamilyfun or tag us @thergvmoms on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! If we’ve missed any area events, please feel free to add them to our Community Calendar.

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Young Adventurers: My Artist Apron
Young Adventurers are Early Childhood workshops that introduce young scientists ...
Dec
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Homeschool Days: Foundations of Art
Homeschool Days at the International Museum of Art & Science December 4: Fou...
Dec
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Physics Phest Family Fun Night at the IMAS in McAllen
Physics Phest Family Fun Night at IMAS
Physics Phest Family Fun Night Thursday, December 5, 2019 3:00-8:00 PM Every fir...
Dec
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Zoo Nights and Lights (Brownsville)
Get in the spirit of the holidays by visiting Gladys Porter Zoo’s brightest ev...
Dec
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Gingerbread House Workshops at the IMAS in MCAllen
Gingerbread Workshops at IMAS
Gingerbread House Workshops The IMAS welcomes families to get into the holiday s...
Dec
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Gingerbread House Workshops at IMAS (McAllen)
The IMAS welcomes families to get into the holiday spirit as they build and deco...
Dec
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Santa’s 5K Toy Walk/Run (Palmview)
We encourage participants to dress up as their favorite holiday character for th...
Dec
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Main Stage Dance Studio Christmas Market (McAllen)
Main Stage Dance Studio is hosting their first Christmas Market with: Music, Pic...
Dec
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Block Party Christmas Market
A vibrant neighborhood of eclectic and vintage shops hosts a special Christmas M...
Dec
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First Saturday Block Party Market (McAllen)
A vibrant neighborhood of eclectic and vintage shops hosts a huge outdoor market...
Dec
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Toy Story Christmas at Children’s Museum of Brownsville
Fun comes to life at the CMB with Toy Story Christmas! We’re bringing in a...
Dec
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Fiesta de Noche Buena (Edinburg)
Join us at Fiesta de Noche Buena featuring Mexican traditions blended with a bor...
Dec
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Illumina Fest at Quinta Mazatlan (McAllen)
Join us as thousands of luminarias line the forest path at Quinta Mazatlan, spon...
Dec
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International Festival
Annual International Festival sponsored by St. George Orthodox Church in Pharr, ...
Dec
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TrentonView Shopping Center Christmas Market (McAllen)
Join us for pop-up vendors, local restaurants and selfies with Santa!
Dec
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Central Christian Church Christmas Market (Brownsville)
Join us for our very first Christmas Market featuring handmade arts and crafts p...
Dec
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Gingerbread House Workshops at the IMAS in MCAllen
Gingerbread Workshops at IMAS
Gingerbread House Workshops The IMAS welcomes families to get into the holiday s...
Dec
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Gingerbread House Workshops at IMAS (McAllen)
The IMAS welcomes families to get into the holiday spirit as they build and deco...
Dec
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Chick-Fil-A Half Marathon (Mission)
Have you herd???? The Chick-fil-A HALF MARATHON is back!
Dec
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Gingerbread House Workshops at the IMAS in MCAllen
Gingerbread Workshops at IMAS
Gingerbread House Workshops The IMAS welcomes families to get into the holiday s...
Dec
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Gingerbread House Workshops at IMAS (McAllen)
The IMAS welcomes families to get into the holiday spirit as they build and deco...
Dec
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Toddler Storytime at MPL
A fun, interactive storytime that encourages toddlers to take part in songs, sto...
Dec
29
Youth Art Class Paint Making at IMAS
Youth Art Paint Making Workshop at IMAS
Learn about the history of paint as you create your own tempera paints and a tra...
Dec
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Community Night at Brownsville Childrens Museum
Community Night at Children’s Museum of Brownsville
Preview the museum without worrying about the admissions fee! Community night is...
Dec
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Toddler Storytime at MPL
A fun, interactive storytime that encourages toddlers to take part in songs, sto...
Dec
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Story Time at Chick Fil A Pharr
Happy Noon Year
Kids can’t make it till midnight? Come ring in the NOON year at MPL with f...
RGV Moms Holiday Events Guide 2019

Planning your holiday fun? Check out our 2019 RGV Holiday Events Guide for everything from Tree Lighting Ceremonies to parades to photos with Santa.

2019 RGV Holiday Market Guide

Still have things to check off of your gift list? Check out our 2019 RGV Holiday Markets Guide for great gifts from local artisans.

Recurring Events

Free Family Sunday Funday at the IMAS

Every Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. | 1900 W Nolana Ave, McAllen

The Free Family Sunday Funday program is supported by the H-E-B Tournament of Champions.


Free Exercise & Nutrition Classes

These classes are free and are in association with Nuestra Clinica del Valle and Sí Texas: Social Innovation for a Healthy South Texas.

Alton: Alton Recreation Center (349 Dawes Ave., Alton, TX 78573Weekly classes include: Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – Fitness Activities and Yoga; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – Fitness Activities and Yoga; Thursday 8:30 a.m. – Nutritional Class

Alamo: P2 Community Resource Center (1429 S. Tower Rd., Alamo, TX 78516) Weekly classes include: Monday 8:30 a.m. – Fitness Activities and Yoga; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – Fitness Activities and Yoga; Friday 8:30 a.m. – Nutritional Class

Sparkle, Spotlights and Competitive Dance on South Padre Island

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At the far end of our little island, the South Padre Island Convention Centre hosted the Dance Educators of America competitive dance conference earlier this month. SPI was the first stop on a 17-city regional DEA tour. Here, hundreds of talented dancers, dance moms, and dance family convene — including my daughter and me.

A Newbie Mom’s Glimpse Into the Competitive Dance World

This year, my daughter is not here to compete, but instead to cheer on and support her ballet family, as well as participate in the DEA dance workshops. The experience is spectacular and overwhelming. Everything inside looks exactly the way the tv shows portray — but with a friendlier atmosphere.

Long black curtains surround the room, and endless rows of chairs fill the auditorium. The judges sit cozily behind a low blue curtain. They call dance numbers and song titles, and one-by-one the talent appears on stage. I watch the judges’ reactions to all the beautiful dance routines. The dancers perform pieces from multiple dance disciplines, including flamenco, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap, and more.

I couldn’t even pretend I know this world. While my daughter has been with her studio for two years, this is her first year on a pre-competitive team.

Watching the competitive dance routines is a huge learning experience for me, and more importantly, for my five-year-old who dreams of becoming a “Princess Ballerina” at Disney World when she grows up.

While my daughter and I silently soak in the competition excitement, the real dance moms rush their sons and daughters to-and-fro before the judges call their numbers. One family brings a flashing sign to support their dancer. Sparkles, sequins, and swarovski twinkle around the room. Woohoos, cheers, and applause fill the convention centre in between routines. The judges smile and bob their heads to a Village People routine. A beautiful pointe piece titled “Aurora’s Variation” gives me goosebumps.

My five-year-old tells me her favorite routine is a Toy Story themed solo. She asks me (more than once) if it’s her turn to go dance on stage yet. I explain to her that she’s here to learn and support the other company members — her first competitive dance event isn’t until March. She’s sad that she won’t be dancing, but her face lights up when she recognizes the kids from her home studio on stage.

On the last day, when the workshop ends, my daughter is so excited to show me the jazz routine she learned to Rockin’ Robin.

Our novice experience at Dance Educator’s of America is 100% a positive one. E tells me she learned about “twirling, smiling, and being straight and pointed.” When her competition comes in March she says she plans to “dance like a [DEA] dancer.”

Both my daughter and I loved the sparkle and spotlights of our South Padre Island weekend adventure. It was a super fun baby step into the world of competitive dance.

A few of the represented RGV Dance Studios we noticed:

Dance Centre of Edinburg
https://www.dancentreofedinburg.com/
https://www.facebook.com/dancentreofedinburg/

Allegro Ballet
If your son or daughter is a competitive dancer, do you have any tips to share for newbies like us? Were you at SPI Convention Centre a few weekends ago, too? Did your son or daughter place? Comment below and tell us about your experience!

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