Saturday, February 28, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mika & Andrew!

Today our oldest little girl turned six. It seems like a much shorter time than that! Mika is tender-hearted and thoughtful. She's definitely the oldest, and I often hear her demanding her sisters to mind their manners in exactly the same tone of voice I use! =P She sometimes is shy, but usually warms up very quickly, and makes friends easily - it doesn't seem to matter to her what language they speak. She has been picking up Spanish quite quickly, and so far has not been afraid to use it whenever she can. We are so thankful that the Lord has blessed us with her.

Yesterday, we were invited to go to a place where they have tons of blow up activities - slides, tunnels, races, bouncy-thingy's, whatever. Unfortunately, I forgot to take the camera. The girls Loved it! We spent two hours there, and they went full-tilt the entire time. None of them wanted to play on the "little" kid ones, until the end when they were starting to get a little tired out. Just to show how much energy it must have taken, Shaelyn went to bed around 9-930pm last night, and slept until 9 this morning. She didn't have an afternoon nap, and fell asleep on the way to meeting - maybe 645pm or so. It's now almost 11pm, and she never woke up that whole time!!! We're hoping she'll at least make it to 530am!

This morning, Mika came in right at 7am, to make sure we remembered today was her birthday! =) Her and Shaelyn played outside a good part of the morning, while Tim and I decorated the cake. Here they are peaking in the dining room window to see how much progress is being made.


Mika wanted a castle cake (we've done a castle before, but with a molded pan), so I decided to try something different this time. I don't know that I'll try it again, but Mika did seem to enjoy it. Here is Tim braiding candy pieces to make the rope for the drawbridge! (Notice Kyla in the background posing for the camera!)



This is the final product. The spires are ice cream cones.

Eleo was able to come too, and she had Christia with her, so we had a nice time together.

This was the second time this picture was taken, the first time Shaelyn had 1/2 blown out the candles already!
Mika opening up some gifts.
Yes, we got another piñata! We filled it with the same candy as we used for Shaelyn's, so that worked out well. Here is Snow White (Nieve Blanca), that we then proceeded to...beat. It was kind wierd, but Tim (who was holding the rope it hung on, and swung it all around so we couldn't get it), made it so funny we didn't think much about it.

The birthday girl
Shaelyn
Kyla giving it a cuddle

Christia's turn

Eleo laughing over how Tim is making the doll fly through the air, making karate kicks and noises! (She's not the only one laughing at the time, just the only one I caught on camera!) =)

Getting in a few killing blows...

Finally the end - now to pick up all the candy.

It was a fun day, and it was nice it was Saturday, so we didn't have anywhere to go or anything to do until the evening when we went to meeting.

Tomorrow, Tim's youngest brother Andrew turns 26! He is currently in Mozambique, Africa, helping out some missionaries there with some building projects (among other things). If you want to read about and see some of what he's been up to, his blog address is at the side.

Andrew is one of the most self-less and cheerful people I know. His sister Joia and I have joked at times about how Andrew would for sure be the one to complain about 'such and such' that happened, and then would laugh very hard, only because it is so totally opposite to what he is really like! He enjoys blessing people from all over by helping - and he's really good at it. He's really a jack-of-all-trades, and if he didn't know how to do something before, well, he figures out a way to do it. He is a tremendous blessing and encouragement to us. Hope you have a really happy Birthday, Andrew!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Looking up...

Thank you to those who have written and encouraged me. I didn't mean for the last post to sound like such a huge complaining session, but I decided after reading it again that that's what it did sound like, so I apologize for that.

I received another Bible Bite today, and this is part of it:

So you’re not enjoying your Christian life as much as you thought you would? How much are you putting into it?

Read this one paragraph out of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the believers in Corinth. He gave us a peek into how he ordered his own Christian life behind the scenes in private so he could serve God publicly with power.
"Do you remember how, on a racing-track, every competitor runs, but only one wins the prize? Well, you ought to run with your minds fixed on winning the prize!Every competitor in athletic events goes into serious training.Athletes will take tremendous pains - for a fading crown of leaves.But our contest is for an eternal crown that will never fade.I run the race then with determination. I am no shadow-boxer, I really fight!I am my body's sternest master,for fear that when I have preached to others I should myself be disqualified." (1Corinthains 9:24-27,JBP)

Living a disciplined life requires stern rigor to overpower the natural laziness and the fleshly desire to please our little old selves. Can you almost see Paul clenching his teeth with determination as he starts a new day? “No, I will not give into myself. This is not about me. This is about the Lord.” When he had the natural impulse to lash out at his opponents – he swung his fist inward to say ‘No!’ to himself. When he wanted to please himself and indulge in lustful thinking – again he sternly said: “Absolutely not!”

Paul knew how to slam the door shut on his fleshly desires and impulses. Did it take effort and self-discipline? You know the answer.

Are you living a disciplined life? How much spiritual structure do you have in your life? If you are living a sloppy Christian life and you are not happy in the Lord, you must deliberately bring into your life some structure and discipline. You need to develop daily routines. Get alone and purpose in your heart before God what spiritual routines you will engage in every day – rain or shine.

Formalize in writing what changes you want to make in your spiritual life: your devotional life in private with your Bible and prayer; your life of fellowship with other believers and your friends; your commitment to service and your responsibilities in the local assembly of believers; your work and leisure time; and your family. Write all of it down. Keep this list in your Bible and go over it regularly on your knees in prayer and ask for the Lord’s help.

It’s called getting your act together as a Christian. Maybe it is not called Self – Mastery; maybe it is called Spirit – Mastery. A total surrender to Christ. A full yielding to the indwelling Spirit of God.

Also, to quote a part of an encouraging email I received yesterday, "But the truth is that without Him, I can do NOTHING! (John 15:5)..."What is it about "nothing" that we don't understand??!!""

I needed those (and a few other things) to help set me again on the right track...and looking up!

Yesterday was a slightly better day. Shaelyn and Mika both slept in the afternoon, although it was after a struggle, then we went out to Burger King for supper, and got groceries afterwards.

Today was even better - the girls played relatively well together, we made oatmeal pancakes for lunch, and then Shaelyn went to sleep Five Minutes after I put her down for her nap!! I think it was a miracle. The next part of the miracle is that all three girls slept at the same time, and Shaelyn just woke up - 3 hours after she lay down (what does this mean for bed time tonight?).

While they slept, I did the dishes, got the dusting done, bathrooms cleaned, some tidying done...all while talking on the phone! It was nice feeling somewhat productive.

The plan is to now scooter around the block a few times (not me, the girls), have supper, and then head out to meeting, so hopefully that will go alright. Tim is hoping to leave a little after 8am tomorrow, so will likely be home around noon. YAY!! =) I'm also hoping to get Mika's cake baked and iced tomorrow sometime, so that will be done for Saturday. I still can't believe she's going to be 6!

Better get going so things get rolling...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Why?

Today was a bad day. Just a crummy, frustrating day - and the second such right in a row. It probably hasn't helped that my folks left Saturday, and Tim left yesterday. The girls and I are reciprocating some of the effects of this, I guess.

I've been writing this post for a couple days now, and think it's likely a good time to put it all together. As I'm writing this part, I've already written what comes after, so as I come back here, I first of all apology for the length - it's pretty long, but I really want to make clear that I'm not look for sympathy, excuses, or anything remotely like that - I just wanted to write and share and cathart! =) So here it is...

A couple of months ago, a woman called from Canada to ask how we were doing, etc. We talked for a while, and then she told me that she was wanting to pray more specifically for me, and were there things in particular I could tell her about. Well, I think I surprised her with my answer. It's a funny thing - yes, there's a new language, culture, neighbours, friends, etc to get used to, and it's been hard leaving friends, family and familiarity behind, but, I told her honestly, it's just day-to-day Christian living that I'm having the hardest time with right now. What kind of a woman I am before the Lord. Now here we are, months later, and that's still my biggest struggle.

Here are some verses from Romans 7 that seem to say exactly what is happening in me:
"~I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
~For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.
~For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
~Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
~So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.
~For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,
~but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
~Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
~Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. "
(Romans 7:15, 18-25 ESV)


I am ashamed to admit all this. I have an idea in my head of exactly what I Want to be like, and I am not even close. Not all, but much of my struggle comes in the form of parenting. I have been reading some excellent parenting books recently. The first is "Grace Based Parenting" by Dr. Tim Kimmel, and the second is "Parenting The Way God Parents" by Katherine Koonce. So far, (and I've read Several parenting books), these are definitely on my top 5 list, and I highly recommend them! They don't have formulas on how to parent (which is exactly what I Really Wanted when I became a parent), but instead it's just a base, from God's Word, on how to bring them up. I actually thought that all my "great" parenting skills were paying off with Mika, she was such a good baby and little kid. Then along came #2 (we were warned about that!) and then #3. The Lord has taught me much through some humble pie, and I'm thankful for that. =)

However right now, in the midst of pregnancy hormones, grumpy, inconsolable kids, and the whining, arguing, fussing, complaining that is going on...I feel totally out of control. I feel angry and miserable, and know that because of me, my attitude and my behaviour, my children are being affected as well. I not only have an idea of what kind of a Christian woman I want to be like, but also what kind of a Mommy I want to be like - and I'm not anything like that either! So many people say, "You just need to expect that kind of behaviour from kids - they all do it." And while I know in a certain sense that is true, I want to use these opportunities to teach them what the Bible says about these things, pointing them to God, and His saving grace. Yet I am convicted almost every time I reprimand them, as there's only 1 finger pointing at them, and I have 3 fingers pointing back at myself!

I know that much of my attitude and behaviour depend on how much time I spend with the Lord. I want to get up early, and yet recently, I often don't sleep well at night, or even if I do get up early, the kids get up early too and my time is "interrupted". It's incredibly frustrating! I told Tim on the phone last night, "I KNOW what I'm supposed to do, I just can't make my body do what my brain says to do!" Then I asked him to pray for me, and he said he already was! I love that man, and couldn't ask for a more wonderful husband and friend.

This morning, I got up early - read and prayed, and begged for the Lord's help throughout the day. The girls were awake, fighting and miserable just 1/2 an hour later at 630am, and I blew it just minutes after. Failed again. Oh, that frustrating feeling of defeat!

Just before we started school for the day, I checked email, and received a 'Bible Bite' that comes every Tuesday and Thursday. They're also available on www.heaven4sure.com Today was called "Can't Fight This One Yourself". It was based on 2 Chronicles 20 where an army was coming against King Jehoshaphat, and he knew he was powerless against them. This is just a little bit from the email:

Johoshaphat commanded that the entire city come together to "ask help of the Lord." (2 Chronicles 20:4)

The king ended his public prayer with these words, "We have no might against this...that cometh against us; neither know we what to do; but our eyes are upon Thee." (2 Chronicles 20:12)

In times of crisis we need to tell it like it is. No fanciful words. No rote prayers. No beating around the bush. "I have no power for this one Lord. I haven't got a clue what to do but I am fixing my eyes and all my hopes upon You."

Heaven's response to a prayer like that? "Be not afraid nor dismayed...for the battle is not yours but God's....ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still,and see the salvation of the Lord..." (2 Chronicles 20:15-17)

I admit, I fell on my knees several times today praying some of those words through tears, and trying to rest in God's promises to me. The girls continued to be grumpy and miserable - they didn't take naps, and it was humid and hot (33C). I continued to be grumpy and miserable - I didn't get anything done this afternoon. I asked God "WHY?" many times today, and several times felt His peace after I had confessed my sin to Him, and asked forgiveness from the girls.

Then, later today, I read a friend's blog, and this devotional was on it:

Job asked a challenging question in his time of suffering: "Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?" (Job 2:10). Even hardship has a place in the Lord's plan.

During a particularly painful time in my life, I decided that I ought to glean something from my distress. That decision allowed the Lord to open up a well of compassion in my heart that I often dip from to comfort those facing similar trials.

I found great solace in Paul's words about God, who "comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction" (2 Cor 1:4). Think about the kind of people you seek out when you feel hurt. You want someone who has felt your pain, right? A person who's walked the path we find ourselves on can understand our suffering and provide wise counsel. According to the apostle, passing through a "valley experience" prepares us to be a blessing and encouragement to those who must go through something similar later. What's required is that we accept the adversity He has placed in our way and choose to learn from the situation.

God is the Lord and Master of our life, and He therefore has the right to use us as comforters and encouragers to those in our sphere of influence. As His servants, we must be willing to receive whatever training is necessary to complete His will, even when it hurts. Do not waste your suffering! Instead, use it to bring glory to the Lord.

This was a huge encouragement to me, and now I pray (again) that some of my struggles will be used to bring glory to God. Right now it's really hard to imagine. The verses in 1 Peter 5:6-9, and James 4:7-10 have been speaking to me recently too. They talk of humbling and submiting and drawing near to God, and of resisting the devil. They talk of "cleansing your hands" (repentance), and casting all our cares and anxieties on Him.

I'm really missing Tim right now, but know that God has allowed him to be away, and all these circumstances to be going on for a purpose, with a much bigger picture in mind than what I can see. Wow, that's really easy to say as I sit here at the computer, and the kids are in bed asleep! =) I'm so thankful God has not given up on me - if He had, I know I wouldn't be worried about any of these things. I'm thankful too for family and friends who love me (despite me), and pray for us.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A couple funnies...

If I started with the kid's funnies, I'd be here all day, but I'll just put a couple of Tim and mine from my doctor's appointment the other day. The whole appointment was actually in Spanish, which was good - the doctor spoke slowly and carefully so we could understand.

Anyway, when you first go in to the office, it's just a waiting room and reception area for several doctors. Later, you get called in to the doctor's office, which includes the specific doctor's receptionist, his office, an ultra sound room, and maybe one other room. Well, before I even got in to the doctor's part, I had to get weighed - then the lady gave me my weight written down on a piece of paper - in kg's. When I was called in, I handed that paper to his receptionist, and then we went in to his office. Part way through, he asked my what my weight was. I told him what I thought I remembered, but told him I had given the paper to his receptionist. He looked at his sheet, then kind of looked at me funny, and told me that I had gained 4 kg since my last visit (a month ago!!). I was shocked, as I've been exercising more, and trying to eat (relatively) well. Then the doctor said to me, "Comiste bien!", which means, "You ate well" or "You've been eating well". Later, after my ultra sound, he found the piece of paper, and I had only gained about 1 kg! We had a good chuckle over that.

Then, when we were leaving - we went out to the main reception area to book another appointment, and pay for that appointment. The lady told us how much, and Tim got out his wallet, and started getting out three times as much as she asked for!! The receptionist's eyes went quite wide, and I asked him what he was doing? He had thought she said something else -the receptionist laughed, and said, "Expensive Doctor!" =)

Ah, life in a land where you only understand 1/4 of what's going on around you... Numbers are definitely not our specialty!

On a very Not funny note - last weekend my wallet was left and/or stolen from a store I went into. I actually didn't notice until Monday, but since I hadn't gone anywhere since then, we figured that was when it had happened. We checked the whole house anyway (several times), including every cupboard, the fridge, freezer, stove and washing machine - just in case it had come home and Kyla had disposed of it. We also looked through every bag of garbage in the garbage cans, and returned to the store to see if we could find it outside or anything. There hasn't been any activity on any of our things, but what a pain having to re-get everything. Thankfully my birth certificate wasn't in there.

Tomorrow Tim leaves for Obregón until Friday. He's going to cram in two Spanish lessons tomorrow, then we'll have another class together on Friday afternoon when he gets back. I'm hoping to have a class on Tuesday and Wednesday, so at least we'll have 3 lessons this week. While I'm not looking forward to Tim going, I'm thankful it's not as long as last time, and at least I have a little better idea of how things go when he's gone. When he gets back, we'll have Mika's birthday celebration - I can't believe she'll be six on Saturday!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

San Carlos

Wednesday dawned a beautiful day, and we were able to leave the house by around 930am to head south to San Carlos. We met up with the Cain's and Duncan at their hotel around 11am or so. They had a really nice spot right on the beach, with several swimming pools. Because they had arrived late the night before, they said they could check out later than usual, so that was nice! The town is actually a very windy one this time of year, especially on the coast - so we were pretty chilly, even though the sun was shining. Thankfully, there was a little hot(warm)tub, that was just the right size for the girls to play in. Mika and Evelyn spent around 3 hours in the pool, and had such a fun time. Shaelyn and Kyla enjoyed being in and out of it too.

The guys and older kids played tennis for a while, then rented a couple 4-wheelers for an hour to rip around on the sand dunes with. They had a nice time too. Here are a few pictures of our visit there.

Mom and Alison in the background, with Shaelyn, Evelyn and Mika in the pool.

Kyla in her "suit"! =)

Right in the middle of the picture are the two 4-wheelers up on the sand dune.
Duncan on one.
Tim and Shaelyn on the other.
Here is Kyla trying out an "I don't know what" - but it travels on the sand And in the water! It was too chilly to try it out in the water, but it sure looked neat!
We ate a late lunch/early supper at the hotel, and enjoyed some seafood. L-R is Isaac C, Madeleine C, Mika and Evelyn C.
L-R is Duncan, Sammy C, Mom, Alison, Marcus, Dad, Shaelyn, Tim and Kyla.
When we got home that night, we went up to the little mountain, "La Campana" to see what the city looked like at night. It was very pretty with all the lights.
The group
Thursday I had a doctor's appointment, and since my folks were here, Tim went with me! It was nice they were able to meet before the delivery! I made the "Carne en su jugo" (Mexican) meal for us that day too - Dad and Mom really enjoyed it. Mom also got to sit in on Mika's Spanish lesson, which was pretty special for both of them. Tim and I seemed to be able to behave ourselves (most of the time) having our lessons together. =) Mom babysat that night, and since my Dad was speaking, we got to enjoy uninterupted ENGLISH Bible ministry! It was really appreciated, and I was amazed at how much I miss hearing teaching in my own language!
Yesterday was our last day together, and was pretty low-key, although we did get out to John and Michelle's for a yummy dinner. Dad and Mom were very busy taking walks, etc with the girls, and playing with them. Kyla thought Papa ("Bapa") was the greatest, and woke up and went to bed calling his name! Here is a picture of Shaelyn combing Dad's hair.
This morning Dad and Mom flew out just before 9am, so we had to be at the airport around 8am. Thankfully it is only a few minutes away. We enjoyed breakfast together, and then headed out. It was really hard for all of us to say good-bye. Mika especially cried for a really long time, and Kyla kept calling out for "Bapa" a good part of the day. While we had a really, really nice time - eight days didn't seem like a long enough visit!

The rest of the day "went" without too much going on. Shaelyn ended up not falling asleep for her nap, and then woke up Mika - so that wasn't too much fun. Mika went outside after that, and was scootering (is that a verb?), and Shaelyn followed her out soon after and decided she wanted to water the flowers. I was in the dining room, and could hear them carrying-on out there, and wasn't too concerned. Then I went upstairs, and Tim and I decided to look out at them. They were spraying each other with the hose, and filling up a little bucket and throwing it at each other - having quite the blast! Of course, both of them had their clothes on, and Shaelyn's capris were practically falling off!

It ended up Shaelyn falling and hurting herself, which was too bad it ended that way, but they then both came in and had their bath/shower.

Tim was speaking in the gospel meeting tonight, but I decided I would stay home. I got the girls fed, and into bed by 730pm!! All three were asleep right around 8am - hooray!

Now it's time to get the things done I haven't gotten to today - then hopefully an early night to bed for Tim and I too!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Update on yesterday

So here are some pic's - mostly from yesterday, and what we did, and a few from the couple days before.

This is one of the girls favourite jobs - watering the plants (and playing in the mud!)
Sunday morning, Mika reading Shaelyn a book.
A tea party Sunday afternoon with Nana.Decorating the birthday cake (Before the day of the party - this is the first time ever!!!)
The final result
Monday morning we didn't have school or Spanish class, and left the house at 10am to go to the zoo just at the edge of Hermosillo. The first part was a little boring. Several exhibits seemed to be closed - maybe because of the cold weather?
A big hippo yawn.
The lions were the most fun to watch. They played with their "ball", and chased each other around. We stayed and watched them the longest, I think.

We left the zoo around 130pm, and went and picked up Eleo. Kyla fell asleep on the way there.
Posing
Making funny faces
Then out to eat for yummy Hermosillo hotdogs. Mmmm... It's likely hard to imagine, but we think they're better than tacos! The ones we're eating in the picture are double "wini's", they call them. The buns are quite large - very warm, and very fresh, and they put a hotdog wrapped in bacon, then tomatoes, beans and mayo on it. Then a second hotdog on top of that. There is then an assortment of fried onions, salsas, cheeses, chili's, ketchup and mustard to put on top of all of that.
Yummy, but very messy!
We then came home for Shaelyn's cake and presents.
Although it isn't Mika's birthday yet, we had gotten them both scooters, and gave them to them at the same time.
Then the piñata - Winnie the Pooh! First Shaelyn...
...then Mika...
...Eleo...
...Kyla...
...finally Nana.
The girls had lots of fun, and since they didn't have an afternoon nap, they were all in bed shortly after 7pm, and asleep by 730pm. Then the adults all watched the movie "Fireproof", which we all thought was very good!
Today Tim and I had our Spanish class together, while Dad and Mom took the girls out for a while. Tomorrow, we miss Spanish class again, since we are going down to San Carlos to meet Marcus and Alison Cain and their family, plus Duncan B. Marcus and Alison are up from Tepic to help in Obregón this week while Shad K. is away. Tim will actually be leaving to go down there next Monday until Saturday to spend time with Duncan.
The girls and Tim are still struggling with colds, so I'm not sure what's going to happen this evening - hopefully early to bed for them! Thankfully Mika at least seems to be getting better.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Another birthday...

Today is Tim's brother Mark's birthday! I've likely known Mark the longest of all the Woodford's, besides Tim, and I'm thankful and blessed to have him as my brother-in-law. He married Rebekah in 2006, and we were blessed to be relatively close "neighbours" for over 2 years. We miss them tons, and are greatly looking forward to them visiting in Less than a month!!! =) Happy Birthday Mark!


Today we had a really fun day, but since it's so late I will post more about it, with pictures, soon.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Birthday to Shaelyn and Philip!!!

Hard to believe that three years ago today, Shaelyn was born on her Uncle Philip's birthday! The time has really flown by, and we have a preschooler on our hands now.

A little about Philip - he married Tim's favourite sister Joia 4.5 years ago (which just goes to show you what good taste he has!). =) They were living in Michigan, but now are in Florida where he practices medicine. Philip was just elected as one of the Chief Residents for next year, which was very exciting news! They have 2 little cuties, Keenan (almost 2) & Moriah (2 months). Here is a picture of them Christmas Day (Moriah was just a week old here). Happy Birthday, Philip!

A little about Shaelyn - she was born almost exactly 3 years after Mika, and being born the same month has pretty much been the the only similar thing between them! The last 4 months we have seen some big changes in her - but she continues to be a busy, singing, mischievous, independant, funny, strong-willed, incredibly loud, wiggly, surprisingly snuggly, cutie-pie who we love very much. Here is a picture of our "Shaelynie" in November:
And one somewhat more subdued in December:



Because Sunday's are generally busy, we decided the "party" will be tomorrow. She is quite excited to be "free" though!! It's been a while since I decorated a cake, and I'm looking forward to it.

Going back a few days, we left for Tucson Thursday morning around 10am, and made it there in good time. My parent's flight was delayed in Phoenix however, so we checked in to our hotel where I enjoyed my first bath in 5 months!! Don't worry, I'm generally clean, they just don't have bathtubs (as a general rule) here in Mexico. We were all very excited once they finally arrived, and enjoyed supper together before heading back to the hotel to put the girls to bed. My mom and I then went out to Walmart to some things we can't get down here. The next day we went shopping again, first to a mall, then a shopping plaza - which ended up making it a really long day. We didn't leave until 5pm, then had to stop after crossing the border to get our visas and car permit updated. It was close to 8pm before we left there, and we still had 2.5 hours of driving to go! Thankfully the girls fell asleep shortly after we got going, and it was a peacefully quiet ride home.

Unfortunately, we have colds going in full-force around here, so there's been a lot of coughing, wheezing, hacking, and nose-blowing going on. This morning I actually stayed home from meeting with Mika and Kyla. Thankfully Kyla slept for about 2 hours, and Mika was able to sit still and keep warm. They're about the worst, plus Tim. Tim is currently napping, and hopefully he'll wake up somewhat refreshed and feeling a little better.

Our plans for the week include a trip to the beach, if the weather is nice, as well as possibly checking out the zoo here in Hermosillo. Other than that, it's just nice to be spending time together. Tim and I are hoping to have our Spanish lessons together this week (we told Eleo we would try to get along!), so that will be neat too. Mika only has a few more weeks of school left, but I'm still going to try to get lessons done each day - it sure helps for routine.

That's it for now! Will be posting pic's of the "party" tomorrow as soon as I can!