Cuties and Modern Technology

September 24, 2014

One day, several months ago, I Facetimed my Dad. When he answered, he happened to be a Wal-mart. He was talking to us as he walked around the store and had the fun idea to let the kids each pick out a tee-shirt. they picked their shirts over Facetime and then he mailed them!

Obviously, we won’t frequently shop over Facetime. But, it was a fun treat and a great way for the kids to feel connected to their Grandpa! Isn’t technology amazing!

Here are the kids walking to the bus in their Grandpa shirts.


Little Surfer

September 21, 2014

Catching the wave with a little help from Baba

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Gaining speed

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In for the landing

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Celebrating victory

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The Many Hats of SK

September 18, 2014

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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 I know it isn’t optimal but sometimes, life circumstances superceded the need for a perfect classroom.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!



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