Burger King Trailer

September 15, 2014

This trailer is on the side of the road outside our city. It makes me smile. I don’t know if I’d be brave enough to eat there but it is funny that western food has such a far reach!

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Home School

September 12, 2014

We started our home school semester early this year. It killed me to begin school again in the heat of August but it was worth it in order to gain flexibility when we are in the states this fall.

I’ve learned much about learning styles this year and was surprised to learn that it is good to let a kinetic  learner work in such a position as this:

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I try my best to incorporate pre-school activities for SK but it is hit and miss. I guess I took this on one of our better days.

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We also do school-on-the-go, when the need arises. I know it isn’t optimal but sometimes, life circumstances superceded the need for a perfect classroom.

This is Jenna doing math in the waiting room of a government building while we applied for residency permits.

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On very, very good days, we will even do a craft together. But, like I said, that is only on very, very good, have it all together days!

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I’m sure schooling will continue to look different as we transition to the states very soon!


Swimming in our City

September 11, 2014

Our city is very hot and many apartment complexes have pools. But, not everyone swims at every pool. Each comes seems to have their own swim culture. We did lots of swimming with local friends but because I don’t post pictures of local friends on the blog, I have never written about this aspect of life here. Right now, as I’m writing, I’m sitting on the deck of a pool where women only swim at night. The brave ones come out after dark so that no one can see them. At this pool, girls are also required to wear swim caps. I forgot ours accidentally. Here are our sad girls:


We are in the process of borrowing caps for them from a neighbor in the building.

At some pools, everyone swims. You may even see a woman in a bikini sitting next to a woman covered from head to toe in a wind suit type outfit made for swimming. In one city we lived in, swim times were segregated between men and women. In other pools, women never swim, just depending on the culture of the building.

We have had a summer full of swimming, only my level of participation has varied. Although there would have been a time in my life where this was irking or frustrating, in this life stage, I find joy in sharing the afternoon in friendship with another woman, even when it is fully clothed on the side of the pool!

In the end today, we borrowed a cap for J and they let SK go without one. All’s well that ends well, I guess.


Redneck Snow Cone

September 9, 2014

We recently saw this is a nearby village.


A truck bed, full of ice. I’m not sure if it was shaved somewhere and put into the truck or if the guy drove 30 minutes up the mountains and gathered snow? It was insulated with evergreen tree branches and plastic tarps.

The syrup was pumped out of a large water jug.

It is all highly sanitary. Guaranteed.

Other Summer Fun

September 4, 2014

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Chillin at the beach.

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Nice face paint job!

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SK’s new favorite ballerina move! We see it multiple times per day, guaranteed!

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Fun friends!

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What’s not to love about summer?

Time to Flip and Fly!

September 1, 2014


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J and Baba perfecting their synchronized flip!

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Indiana Jones Party!

August 29, 2014

Is N really 9 years old? How did we move from a car themed party to Indiana Jones? Sometimes, I just want life to slow down!

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N had a guys only party this year with a great guy theme, again, thanks to sweet LA who sent decorations!!

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We served snake eyes, mummies, monkey brains, beetle wings and worm guts. N’s local friends were saucer eyed as I explained the menu!

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There was a serious scavenger  hunt with lots of prizes!

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A little target practice.

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And a yummy cake.

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N has really been blessed with some sweet friendships here, both local and foreign. His party was a reminder of this blessing. Happy 9th birthday N!


Captian Water Park

August 26, 2014

One of the things we really wanted to do this summer was go to this awesome water park. It opened in our city last year and we went at the very end of the summer. We had been waiting for the perfect opportunity to go again this year.

The kids call it “The Captian Water Park” because the kids area is designed to look like a pirate’s ship.


There were very few people there on the day we went. In fact, we never waited in line on a water slide, at all. The park is built at the edge of the ocean with a beautiful view.


The only posted rule on the water slides is don’t stand up. Hence not waiting in line! You just go whenever you want! We all go at once, N and J would have wresteling matches on the way down, see how many times they could spin…the options for fun were endless! (Within reason) Once, J didn’t know there was someone on the slide she had chosen and passed an entire family on the way down! Crazy.


We also love that they allow our entire family to go on an innertube together! We will never outgrow the innertube together…the heavier it is the faster it goes!




See you again next year, Captian Water Park!

Daniel Tiger Party

August 23, 2014

SK had an awesome Daniel Tiger party, thanks to LA and my mom who send the cutest decorations! I also made a trolly from a cardboard box, complete with a bell.

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One factor I didn’t account for was decorating a cake in the middle of the summer in a kitchen without airconditioner. I had a ceiling fan on high but still couldn’t get the temperature in the room lower than 85 degrees. The icing just slid right off the cake, as I decorated it.

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Not my best creation. I eventually iced it in the refridgerator. No, not the best use of electricity but desperate times call for desperate measures. Even still, the dots kept sliding right back off. In the end, I quickly cleared everything out of the freezer and stuck the cake, half iced inside until just before we cut it.

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SK had a great time!

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SK’s 4th Birthday

August 20, 2014


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We happened to be on vacation on SK’s actual birthday. She had excitedly anticipated wearing her Katerina Sydney Kate is 4 tee shirt and all the birthday wishes it brought did not disappoint!

Because we weren’t at home, I had to improvise on a cake, packing this pre-made cake in our bags.

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Later we celebrated with pool side ice cream.

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The kids club kids found out it was her birthday and put on a ‘surprise party’ complete with a birthday banner and  (already planned) face paint! Such sweet kids!

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The following day, SK opened gifts, once we were back at home.

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So excited.

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Pure gratitude.

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Happy Birthday SK!




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