Thursday, July 30, 2009

Family photos and other stuff

Tuesday morning we went out to get our family pictures done. Things went pretty well in getting ready, then we met Shad and Cynthia (who took the photos) and went to another subdivision close by. We got out of the van and locked BOTH sets of keys in, as well as our water, the brush, my purse, and some towels to mop our sweat with. Yep, it was That hot, and we wished we'd had them! We finished as quickly as possible, and here were a couple of the outcomes:

Shad and Cynthia kindly drove the girls and I home, then Shad took Tim back to see if they could get into it. They couldn't, so they called a locksmith and were into the van in 5 minutes. Thanks SO much, Shad and Cynthia!

Yesterday, they came over and brought a little house they had made for their daughter Christy. Since they're moving, and don't have room to take it, they brought it here. It's about 4 feet wide by 6 feet long. The girls love it!

The Outside

The Inside
Mika did manage to lose her tooth just before bed-time the other night, so she was pretty excited about that!
Here's our little smiley-face, cutie patootie - looking up at her Daddy!
Snuggling
Video of Vivian

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For anyone who is looking at this on facebook, these "notes" are being posted from my blog at http://www.tswoodford.blogspot.com/ Sometimes the pictures don't show up on facebook, and I'm pretty sure the video won't - so you can check it out at that website if you'd like.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Happy Birthday, Bekah!!

Another birthday! =) Today is Tim's brother Mark's wife Rebekah's birthday today!! We were blessed to live close to this fun couple for over two years before we moved down to Mexico, and we became good friends. Bekah is a French-Immersion grade 7/8 teacher. She is an enthusiastic, stripe-loving and joyful person; she is sensitive to others and loving, and likes to share the good news of Jesus Christ with those around her. Did I mention that they have done major renovations on their house so that they can keep the six of us there while we're in London/St. Thomas the end of the summer - and offered to babysit as often as we'll "let" them?!?! =) Very generous!

I love this picture of Bekah and Mark! Hope you have a super birthday, Bekah - we love you!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Ramblings...

I broke out of my "norm" today and went out. While I do often go out, I usually go out to places where I know where I'm going - and that's what was different about today. I was supposed to go last month to get Vivian's vaccinations done, and forgot! =P I had taken her to her 2 month appointment with the pediatrician thinking he would give them to her, but apparently it costs extra. He told me how to get to the children's hospital, where they are done for free, and everything was fine. Until her next appointment when I realized I'd forgotten to go! Anway, today was the day. I thought it would be fun to involve the whole family (um...I didn't want to go by myself), but Tim didn't think it was a good idea, so this morning Vivian and I headed out by ourselves. I prayed even before we left, and then kept praying the rest of the time. I was a little nervous, but not too bad. Got down to the road I knew to turn on, no problem! Went up one block - road closed!! They're building a bridge. Of course, there aren't any detour signs, so where do I go?? I turned, and then turned again, going "parallel" with one I was supposed to be on. After a few blocks, I turned so I could get back on my route, but I didn't find the road I'd been on. Finally stopped and looked at a map (YAY for maps!!). I had actually gone a few blocks past the road (there was no sign, apparently), but it was easy enough to get back to where I needed to be. Okay, so then I saw the hospital (at least, I hoped it was the hospital, there was another one beside it and no clear markings), but where do I park? There was a couple little parking lots (for about 30 cars or so) in two spots, but both had gates, and I couldn't see anyone around that was man-ing them. So I drove around the block (still praying). As I got around to where I'd started, I saw a guy with a badge on, walking along, carrying something and thought I'd take the chance to ask him. I said (in Spanish), "Excuse me, is there any parking?" He looked at me and smiled (likely at my accent), and said, "Yes, just up there!" He put down what he was carrying, and opened a gate for me. Then he said, "You can park in here, there's just no parking in here!" Oh... okay! I thanked him very much, and pulled in. The parking "attendant" came over from under a tree and directed me to a spot behind another car (I blocked it in). He said, "You can park here since there's no parking in here!" All right!(?)! This does seem to be fairly common practice here, but I don't know what would have happened if that person came out and I was waiting in there for several hours. Anyway, after making sure I knew where to go in, I got Vivian out, and walked in the front door. There were hundreds of people in the front lobby area. Some were sitting, some were standing - many looked like they had been there for a long time. Lots of different lines to choose from - but no idea which one was the right one. Thankfully, there was an information desk just off to the side. I told her I was there to get my daughter's vaccinations done, and after getting her to repeat herself only once, understood that just 10 feet away was the door where they get done. I got a number to wait, and looked over more closely at the door. It said, Vaccinations open from 8am to 12pm. I looked at my watch. 1155am. "Thank you, Lord!" We were in and gone again in less than 10 minutes! Ahh, it went so well I might even go out again sometime! =)

Count down is on here for the Sluiters leaving. We will be helping them load up on Friday, then they plan to stay here that night and leave the next morning. Wow, we'll miss them!

Mika's third tooth is ready to fall out. She's been saying for about a week now, "It'll likely fall out tomorrow!", but I think it really will be out by tonight, if not tomorrow! Can't believe how big she's getting! How is it possible we have a 6.5 year old!?! I can't remember if I mentioned in a previous post, but we weighed the girls the other day. Mika is 46 lbs, Shaelyn is 39, Kyla is 25 and Vivian is 12! I wonder how long Mika will be the "biggest"? =)

Just reading over the top of this post, it reminds my of my sister telling us her dreams (she called my mom to tell her one this morning, by the way) - it's almost alway long and drawn out, and likely could have been told in half the time! ;)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Blessed!

We are enjoying the afternoon with friends today. Javier and Maria del Socorro (a local couple with 4 boys) and the Sluiter family came for dinner today. I made the Mexican meal that I've made before with beef, beans, rice, tortillas, limes, green tomato salsa, avocado...Mmmm...it's so tasty! The recipe is from another state (Nayarit) in Mexico, so the Sonoran Mexicans that were visiting had never had it before. Everyone seemed to like it pretty well. With the three of us ladies, the clean up was done quickly. Since Vivian and Kyla were sleeping, I stayed home while all the others went swimming. Both the girls have woken up now, but it's been nice just enjoying a relatively quiet (and cool) house. Kyla is keeping entertained by some play food that Cynthia brought over for us. Christy must have outgrown it, and since they are moving (in ONE week!!), they are "de-cluttering" their house. It is neat stuff - the Velcro kind that you can "cut" apart.

I don't have any pic's today yet, but am hoping to get a couple of the two families after they come back from swimming.

Some verses I enjoyed this morning:
"But as for you...Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith." (1 Timothy 6:11, 12)

I've been speaking to, or emailing a few different ladies this past week or so. They, as well as myself have been struggling recently with spiritual attack. Each of us live in totally different parts of the world. God's given us all different work to do, and all of us have felt "alone" in our struggles. Sometimes, these struggles get you down so much that you feel there is nothing you can do about it. I smiled as I read those verses today. Part of my struggles I need to give to God - to allow Him to work in and through me, and for me to admit I can't face them on my own. However here was God telling me what I could do!!

Tim and I watched "God's Outlaw" the other night about William Tyndale going against the laws of the king and others as he translated the Bible in the 1500's into English. People during that time in England were forbidden to read or speak the Bible in any language but Latin. If they did, they were burned at the stake. Burned at the stake! Of course, almost no one but clergy could understand the Latin language, so the "lay" people were spiritually starved. How thankful I am that those sacrifices were made, so that I could have my own Bible in English! We often think of military persons who give, and have given their lives to give us physical freedom. The people in the video we saw gave their lives so that people could choose spiritual freedom. I have been trying since then to imagine myself in the same circumstances, and wondered what I would do!

So, the title of this post is "Blessed!" I am blessed in innumerable ways - but I thought I would just write about a few of my blessings here:
-I have a personal relationship with God, Who loves me and has saved me from my sin.
-I am married to the most wonderful man in the world, and we have been given 4 wonderful daughters!
-My "blood" family, my extended family, and my spiritual family are all so wonderful, and I'm so thankful for each of them.
-Good friends, who love me despite me.
-My own Bible in my own language
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There are so many other things that I could put on here, but won't take the time to right now. I think since coming to Mexico there are many "normal" things that I have realized how much I appreciate, just seeing the way most of the people live here.

"Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things." (Psalm 72:18)

Good night to all! Enjoy the Lord's Day tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pictures of the day...

One of "our" (previous) rats
After my last post that we had finally gotten rid of the offender, another came along the next day. I took this with my feet up! =) We haven't had any more since then.
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Yesterday I tried to get some pic's of all the girls. None of them all together turned out, but thought I would put these on here of each them. We're hoping to go next week to a park and get an "official" family one done.
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Our Marika Ruth

Shaelyn Grace

The birthday girl - Kyla Mae
Vivian Estelle
A little later in the day - Kyla riding the pony Shaelyn!Present time!

"Happy Birthday to you, Kyla!"

The Kitty cake

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Happy Birthday, Kyla!

Wow, our little girl is TWO years old today! I just find that so hard to believe. Kyla (can't really call her "Kyla-Baby" as we have for so long)...is a funny little duckling. For her first year of life, she slept almost constantly. It has only been in the last month that she has actually given up her morning nap! When she turned one, she decided she had wasted too much time, and would now get into all the things she'd been missing out on. She has skinny little legs, and a huge pot-belly. Her hair has just started to curl at the bottoms because of the humidity, so she looks a little less like a boy now - but it's still so hard to put any barrette's or anything in her hair! Shaelyn is her favourite person. If I ask her to go upstairs to call everyone for lunch, she heads up saying, "Saynyn, Yuntz!!!" (Shaelyn, Lunch!), and forgets about everyone else. She copies everything Shaelyn says or does, which definitely wouldn't be my choice for a role model at this point! She is a cuddly, sweet little hugger, who has wrapped herself around our necks and our hearts. We love her so much!
Our Kyla
Sisters

The whole family


Happy 2nd Birthday, Sweet Kyla!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Remembering...

I just returned from my walk (730am), and I was soaking wet! When I left, the temperature was 31 C, and when I returned, it was 26 C!! The humidity seemed to have dropped too - actually, it's falling right now! =) Yep, got caught in a huge rainstorm, but it sure felt nice as the temp dropped. I'm sure the Mexican's were wondering about this crazy gringa out in the rain!!

As I was walking, I was thinking about our trip back to Ontario, and how nice it will be to see many of the people we miss. I was also thinking about the people we won't see, because they've passed away since we left. Already three wonderful ladies from our home assembly have gone to heaven. All of them were totally different, both in their lives and backgrounds, as well as their personalities, and yet all three worked together at building up others, and spreading the gospel. I only mentioned one before, and thought I would just write a little about each of them here.

The first to go "home" was Mrs. C. Likely in her late 80's, and a widow for just a few years, she was the mother of (I'm pretty sure) 14 children. She and her husband sold Christian books. When she came to St. Thomas after he died, she was sad and quiet. She loved children, so a baby in her arms was something that made her smile. I never heard her complain, and she was a great help in packaging up things to send to the mission field.

Next was "Aunt" Jean. She was just over 90, and a single lady. She is what I would like to be like if the Lord keeps me around as long as her. She had beautiful, snow-white hair, always had a smile on her face, and an encouraging word for you. Her personality was such that you didn't usually wonder what she was thinking, but she was always kind and generous. Because of health problems, she was in a nursing home for the last year or so. Before she was unable to, she also spent a good part of her time doing physical things for the mission field - both in her home, and at the ladies missionary class.

Janet was in her mid-late 70's I believe, and had only been a Christian for a few years. She was known for a few things, but many would know her for making gospel magnets to be given out. She also did beautiful cross-stitching, and made quilts. We actually have a beautiful cross-stitched tablecloth she gave us as a wedding present. She had cancer for several years, and many of the treatments that go along with it. We know she was in pain, and yet still she worked on without complaining.

Galatians 6:9 "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."

What I was thinking about especially about all these ladies is that, perhaps there were times, especially near the end when they couldn't be up and about, that I'm sure they wondered why the Lord had kept them around for as long as they did. Some of the suffered through the pains of old age, and some through sickness - at the end, all of them were bed-ridden. However, God had a purpose in all of it. They all could, and did pray; they left a wonderful legacy behind and they all were an encouragement to Tim and I.

None of these ladies were perfect, but each of them "ran well" in their Christian walk, and they "ended well" too! What a blessing! What an encouragement! What an inspiration to us!

Hebrews 12:1,2 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. "

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Fun Evening Out

Last night we were invited to Shad and Cynthia's with another family and some young people. We met at their place for supper, then came to our pool for a great time of swimming and spashing! Oh, and I forgot the camera! =P I was supposed to take dessert, but wasn't sure what to do. Tim suggested something on Joia's food blog (see left column for that), and as I was looking, I found this recipe:
Easy Oreo Truffles (kraftfoods.com)
Ingredients:
4 1/2 cups of crushed Oreos (divided)
1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese (softened)
1 (8 oz) package of Baker's semi sweet chocolate
Directions:
In a bowl, mix 3 cups of the crushed Oreos with the cream cheese. Shape into 30 (1 inch) balls. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds). Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper. Using a toothpick, dip each ball into the chocolate, cover it, and then let the excess drip off. Place on baking sheet and then sprinkle additional Oreo crumb on top of each truffle. Cool in the fridge and serve. Refrigerate leftovers in a sealed container.
They were quite easy, and went over REALLY well! I also made some Heath Bars, which were yummy too - but unfortunately (well...probably a good thing), there were hardly any left over!

The girls have a new favourite game - Hide and Go Seek. They have enjoyed it for a while, but we only played it occasionally; however in Obregón, there was only so much to do, so we played it ALOT! Since coming home, they play it just the three of them, and it's totally hilarious to watch them. They have played for hours over the last couple weeks - and they can do it without help, which is nice too! Mika does pretty well at hiding, but Shaelyn usually says where she's going to hide, or next option is to hide just where Mika did. They have played for an entire hour hiding in ONE room!! Shaelyn's counting skills have improved greatly. She can now count to 20, and only skips #15. Kyla likes to count too, but usually goes: "One, two, four, seven, sixteen..." She goes and hides anytime during the day (usually behind a door), and if you walk by, she jumps out and says, "Found you!" =)

I don't remember how old babies are supposed to be when they roll over, but Vivian has rolled over 1/2 a dozen times already. We're not sure whether it is because she is so round, or what?! It also looks like she will be our next thumb-sucker:

I love those chubby cheeks!!

Mika and Shaelyn had no interest in their thumbs at all, and loved their soothers. Kyla surprised us by sticking that thumb in when she fell asleep. Thankfully, she has mostly just used it when she is tired or going to sleep, and we encourage her not suck it any other time.

Tim got me a couple Christian videos for my birthday that just came in the mail. One is End of the Spear, which we saw a couple years ago about the five missionaries who were killed in Ecuador, and one is God's Outlaw. This one is about William Tyndale, and his story of translating the Bible into English, and the struggles that went with it. We haven't had time to watch it yet, and I'd really like to - so I'm hoping some time this week will work out.

I'm still suffering from "post-rat anxiety" (which does not mean that I miss the rat, by the way). I am constantly "seeing" things move out of the corner of my eye, or stepping on something that feels like a tail, etc. This happened the last times too, so hopefully it will be gone within a couple days!

Tim and I have been trying to exercise in the mornings. He leaves at 6am to go biking, and then when he comes back, I leave for a walk. Although it would be great to have the girls wearing off some energy too, it's been up to 56 C during the day with the humidity, so it's really the only time to exercise, unless it's at the pool. I was just thinking recently that we're all going to freeze when we go up to Canada - no matter how hot it may get there! =)

Well, if I want to continue with this exercise routine, I'd better get myself off to bed! G'night!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Got 'im!

I'm happy to say that our rat has "gone the way of all the earth" today! =) I'm so glad it's gone. We've also taken further measures in making every effort that no more will come in - at least through the sewers!

Tonight was our last children's meeting. They went really, really well - 50 children was the highest attendance in one night. Most listened quite well and respectfully, and most of them said their verse each night too. There was a special prize tonight for each one who said their verse Every night. As a special treat we had homemade "hielitos" (freezies) at the end of the night. A man in the meeting here makes and sells them, but they're nothing like Mr. Freezie, let me tell you! They're made with real ground up frozen fruit, with the choice of mango, canteloupe, watermelon, banana, lime or coconut. There was a few chocolate ones too. Speaking of special treats, many of the candies here are covered with chili powder - something that just the thought of, originally turned my stomach! I've tried a few this past week though and enjoyed a couple of them - guess I'm getting a little more used to them.
A picture of some of the group on Wednesday night
On Wednesday night after the meeting, there was a special presentation for Shad and Cynthia, who are leaving Hermosillo to go to Iowa. Just found out tonight, actually, that they will be leaving August 1! So little time left with them. They were given the three Spanish seedsower texts framed. I thought it turned out very nicely.

Some of the young people made up these posters, and drew on the white board.

Both yesterday and today I've had good, productive days. Yesterday morning I made chili sauce (which, incidently, has NO chilies in it, and is actually sweet), then got most of the house cleaned. Today, ironing was tackled and overcome! =) Ah, it feels good!

Can you guess who didn't sleep during nap-time today? She fell asleep on the way to meeting, and didn't wake up until the end.Our little pumpkin will be three months old tomorrow! She is getting more adorable (and chubby) every day! Here is a picture of Cynthia holding her tonight.

Here is just a funny self-portrait of Kyla and I. =)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Finally catching up...

First, some verses I enjoyed this morning:
"The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust." (Psalms 103:8-14)

Seems like forever since I've blogged, so I won't even try to go all the way back. We really enjoyed our week in Obregón with Duncan. Tim spoke twice every night, which I know was difficult for him, but it is such a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere, I guess that helped! The girls and I made it to three meetings out of ten! We didn't even attempt to go to the second meeting of the night from 8-9pm, and then we missed two when the girls didn't sleep in the afternoon. It is such a new and interesting work there: so far, I believe 7 ladies and one man have professed to be saved. At each meeting there was from 8-12 visitors out. There are several people who really want salvation, and are searching. Please pray for them.
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One day while we were there, Duncan took a few kids who come out to the meetings, Tim, Mika and Shaelyn to a water park about 25min outside of town. They really enjoyed the afternoon there. Another day, he took us to a farm just outside the town as well. Mostly they have horses there, and he and the Kembers have gone riding a couple of times. They also have some sheep and goats. There was a little pony there that all three of the girls were able to ride.

Here is a picture of one of the stallions there - he was enormous, but quite gentle.
Mika was totally in her glory! She is quite sure we need a horse for a pet now! =)
Shaelyn
Kyla

Three princesses in a Cinderella carriage we saw.
Didn`t really get any at the house except this one. The girls were playing prince (Mika) saving the princess (Kyla) from the dragon (Shaelyn). =)
We got home around 130pm on Saturday. Tim took a bag of laundry into the laundryroom for me, and I heard him say, ¨What...!¨ When I went in, there were little bits of hard plastic all over the floor beside the washing machine. There was a huge hole in the tube that went from the washing machine that goes down to the sewer. Tim had thought he had heard something chewing in there before we left for the week, and had torn the room apart looking for signs of it, but found nothing! I admit, I´ve been feeling ir·rat·able and ·rat·ful since then, although Tim says it´s over rat·ed! RATS, I admit I´m tired of them. This is at least our fifth one that has come in through the sewer, and we thought the problem was solved since the hole they had been getting in got permanantly plugged. Apparently they´ve found a new hole. I don´t understand what the attraction is though, because the rats don´t seem to be attracted by food (at least, that´s not what they´re coming into). I am a bit perplexed by it all. Anyway, Tim called the landlord, and he and came with a couple guys to check out things and get them fixed. I missed the commotion though, when they pulled out the fridge, there was Mr. Rat! They tried to get him, but he slipped into a little hole before the could catch him. :P
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Some recent fun news is that Vivian giggled yesterday for the first time, and she found her hands this past week, which has been mighty cute! Here´s a picture of her with a big smile.


None of our other girls have shown much interest in using the potty very young, but Kyla has recently been asking to go, and then ¨going¨. May it long continue!!!

We found out on Friday that Shad and Cynthia will be leaving Hermosillo. We knew they had been praying about where to go and what to do, but didn´t know what the outcome would be. The Lord has directed them to Postville, Iowa, where there is a Spanish work but no workers! They are quite happy and settled about it, and we are happy for them, however that doesn´t help how much we will miss them when they are gone. They have been such a help to us, and an encouragement to the work and the believers here. They will leave a large hole when they leave.

Tonight was our first children´s meetings in the hall here. There have been lots of outreach meetings, but none for the area directly around. Nobody is familiar with having children´s meetings, so most people are just kind of watching to see how it all goes, but everyone has been very excited. We had 35 children, and at least as many adults out to the first one. None of the adults were new, but it was encouraging that almost the whole assembly came out to be a part of it. The topics for the week are: God created me, God loves me, God knows me, God saves me, God seeks for me.
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On Saturday too, we had our mail dropped off from where we have it delivered in Phoenix. I got some birthday cards and presents, but one of the most special things I received was this:

A cross stitched bookmark from Tim´s mom. Isn´t it beautiful! Thanks so much, Mom (and Dad!!), I love it!

It´s long sinced passed that I should be in bed, but will just leave this song that Shaelyn likes to sing. It is in Spanish, but even if you know the language, you likely won´t understand what she´s saying! It is a song about Psalm 119:105.

video

Okay, I think I´m caught up for a bit. G´night all! =)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Happy Birthday, Trevor!!

Today is my sister Liz's husband Trevor's birthday! Make that his 30th birthday!! Trev is a veterinarian in Saskatchewan, and also has a clinic in Manitoba as well. He has a warm, easy smile that describes his personality. He is a man who loves the Lord and His Word, loves his wife and children, and is a blessing to anyone who knows him.

Trev and Liz

Unfortunately, the next couple pic's are just little photos, and since we aren't at home (I downloaded these before we left but didn't check them), I can't get any others right now. Somehow I forgot to put a whole family shot on here too. Anyway...
Their daughter Katja - 3 years old
Chubby son Kiernan - 8 months oldHope you have a really great birthday, Trev! We love you, and are looking forward to seeing you next month!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

New Location

Hello! I am writing this post from Ciudad (City) Obregón - three hours south of Hermosillo. We drove down yesterday morning, and are staying for the week in Duncan's (Shad and Debi's) house. It's a busy place, but we're settling in okay. It just seems like someone's always coming or going for something. The morning holds 1-2 bible studies at otherpeople's houses, Duncan has Spanish classes 3 days a week and the teacher comes here. Lunch, study/preparation time, visiting in the afternoon, and then meetings. Yesterday there was a children's meeting at 5pm, which Tim took Mika and Shaelyn to - that's just one day a week. Then from 7-8pm there is a gospel meeting at one location. Duncan speaks first, then leaves after his message to go and pick people up for the next meeting, which is from 8-9pm. Some people go to both meetings. It´s pretty amazing being here, and seeing it all -although I´ve only made it to one meeting so far. I took the girls home after the first meeting last night.


It is a nice little place they have here, with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a nice sized dining/living area. There are single a/c units in all three bedrooms, and then one for the living area too. The kitchen is a good size too, but it has no a/c. The front of the house is covered, tiled and gated, which is nice, and the backyard is about 3 times larger than our backyard. We brought a blow-up pool that the girls have been enjoying this afternoon. It is really, really hot - I don't think I've been this hot for so long since Panama - but glad they have some means of cooling off. I did bring my camera, but haven't taken any pic's yet. I won't be able to upload them anyway until we get home Saturday, and it likely won't happen until Sunday!


That's all my news for now - I'll be back when I can!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

HAPPY CANADA DAY!!

Hope everyone had a great Canada Day today! The first thing we did today was get all our "Canada" shirts together, and we had one for everyone - even Vivian! Here we all are out on the trampoline, showing off our shirts.




The girls enjoyed waving flags around, and wearing the special shirts. We also sang "O Canada", but Mika has forgotten some of the words, so it was really a duet! We took the girls to McDonald's this afternoon for a treat for them, and then came home for a swim. The water is getting a little too warm already. The girls were in bed by 8pm, and that's when Tim and I had our supper - fresh Canadian flag pie!! Yummy!


Here are a few pic's from the last few days. Shaelyn found some sponge curlers and wanted to have some "curlies" in her hair. As soon as Mika found out, she wanted some too. This was the end product (for an hour anyway until the humidity "got" them).

Kyla had to be part of the production too!
She looks like a pirate in this next one.
I love this one of Mika and Shaelyn
Our little Vivian pretending she's a big girl in her Bumbo chair.
All four girls