Saturday, January 24, 2015

Moving

It's been two weeks since I have updated our blog.  So much has happened in those two weeks that I don't even know where to start giving an update.  First of all I haven't taken many photos at all (can you believe that, ha).  Packing and preparing to move and then moving and unpacking can take it's toll quick on an already tired mama.  Most days I didn't even know where my camera was even if I wanted to take a picture.
 
We registered Cruz for school, ordered his uniforms, bought his (very expensive) books, and have purchased most all of his arm long list of school supplies.  The school year here began on the 16th of January but he will not be starting until the first Monday in February.  I thought it would be best to wait until we got moved and settled before he began.  He is very eager to go and asks almost daily if it is school time yet.  I hope he loves it as much as he thinks he will.  We did all of that without one single photo, yikes. 
 
Speaking of the move we signed our contract on the 15th and then spent the next 2.5 days cleaning our new place.  It was a dusty mess!  I scrubbed and mopped and scrubbed and mopped until I thought my arms would fall off. 
This is our new street.  There is a lot of construction going on around us as you can see from the house on the corner.  The construction is the reason for most all of the dust.
 
While we cleaned the boys had a blast playing outside in the construction stuff.  They love this big rock pile and also a sand pile at the end of our road.  Since moving they have played for hours with their trucks outside. 

One night while working at the new house we put them on a movie in their soon to be new room and they sat still and watched it.  Don't you love our set-up, ha.  And those yellow walls that I mentioned not being so crazy about in a previous post?  Well, since moving in with all of our stuff I have actually started to like them and think they look pretty good. 

And this is proof that I have a great husband.  He's a hard worker and is more OCD than I am about keeping things neat, clean, and orderly.  He's a keeper!  ha  Do you notice the dusty floors in this picture?  I bet we mopped them four times before we moved in, and because they are so dark I've had to mop them daily ever since.  They are pretty and I love them but keeping them clean is going to drive me nuts.  This is my dining room area and my table is now sitting where David is standing in this picture.

It was three years ago this week that this big truck pulled into our yard in Sayaxche, Guatemala.  Several workers were there to load all of our things and then we all traveled seven hours to our new home in Camotan, Guatemala.
 
The workers unloading our things into our Camotan house January 2012.

Then this past Sunday that same truck returned to load our things again and travel them to our new house near Chiquimula, Guatemala.  It doesn't seem like we have been in this part of the country for three years already.  The last time we moved I was six months pregnant with Ben and Cruz was 20 months old!  My babies are growing up fast.
 
And here's all of our things loaded and on their way to town.  I worried all the way as we followed behind that something would fall out.

The workers arrived at our house at 7:15 a.m. and began loading our things.  We had it all moved and unloaded before noon that day.  What a blessing that was! But, then the hard part of getting everything unpacked and arranged began.  We worked hard for the next several days getting it done.

Here are the boys riding their bikes that evening.  One of the things I worried about with us moving was them having sufficient play space.  So far I have not been disappointed.  Already they have spent hours riding their bikes up and down the road and around the block.  There is very little traffic where we are so it's a great place for them to ride.  We have also taken daily walks around the neighborhood and sometimes several times a day and even at night with the boys holding flashlights.  It seems to be a very family friendly place.

more bike riding 
You can see a basketball court at the end of this street.  They love to go there and play also. 

First breakfast at our new house.  I made blueberry muffins and scrambled eggs. 

You can imagine my surprise when I opened the kitchen windows one morning and saw four peacocks outside.  During our years here we have seen cows, chickens, ducks, pigs, and dogs in our yard but never peacocks.  ha  The boys loved watching them walk around.

And this is the only other photo I took while moving.  It's Cruz one afternoon watching Scooby Doo while Ben napped.  He found these earphones in a box we had stored and has loved getting to use them with his portable DVD player.  I like the quietness they provide the most. 
 
Overall it has been a very smooth move.  In less than a week we have our whole house up and running.  Most everything is unpacked or stored away.  The only thing I am lacking is curtains and I plan to look for material on our next trip into Guatemala City.  We have been blessed with an easy transition so far and consider that an answer to prayer.  I'll post more photos in the days ahead. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Weekend

We made our regular Friday evening trip into town for supper.  This week we went a little early to go by our soon-to-be new house to see how much closer we were getting to being move in ready.  We were quite surprised to see that most everything we had asked the landlord to do was done except for one thing and there were workers present trying hard to get it completed.  We hope to begin moving by the end of the week. 

Here's Cruz in his soon to be new room.  The boys will still share a room after we move.  He was pretty excited to see it as you can see from him jumping up and down in the photo. ha.  You'll notice the color scheme on the back walls.  Every room in the house is painted like this.  Three out of the four walls are painted the darker yellow and one wall is painted a cream color.  I am not crazy at all about it but the landlord had just painted it before we decided to move in so we hate to repaint freshly (although not done well at all) painted walls.  Down the road we'll see about making changes.  Cruz has already asked if we'll paint his room blue.  I think one of the hardest things about deciding to move was leaving their cute Tonka bedroom that I just decorated.  I'm so sad about that!!!

Afterwards we headed to the mall food court for supper.  We all shared this yummy delicious banana split after our meal. 

On Saturday morning we made a visit to the village of Muyurco.  It was the first time for the boys and me to go.  David did not really give me many details about the trip there and he really held out on saying what a fun adventure it was (as you will see from the photos below).

the mountain road to the village of Muyurco
It's about a 40 minute car ride up the mountain and then a 15 minute hike to get to the house where we were going.
my little guys love riding in the mountains!
 
Once arriving in the village we had to drive down a creek to get to the spot where we needed to leave our vehicle.  We then exited the car and began our hike.  The trail we took had us cross back and forth over that creek three more times before arriving at the house.  The trail was mostly flat so the boys were both able to hike it all by themselves.  That was a blessing and will make it very easy for us to all be able to return again in the future.

David and the boys as we began our hike

I am pretty sure my boys thought this hike was the coolest thing they have done to date.  They loved it!  Cruz especially thought it was fun and asked if we could "come back here everyday".  The weather there was nice.  The breezes were blowing and the soothing sound of the water trickling down the creek made for a nice morning outing.

Ben was constantly looking back at me and saying "be careful mama", "don't fall mama", "are you okay mama?".  It was precious.  My boys are always making sure that I'm alright and it blesses my heart.

We had a great visit in the home and just felt very warm and welcomed.  Our kids played together like they had known each other for years.  I look forward to getting a chance to work in this village and meet other families that live there.
our boys making friends in the village of Muyurco

David and Ben on the hike back to the car

me and my sweet boys

We stopped on the way back down the mountain to take a family photo and to enjoy the beautiful views.

 That afternoon after naptime Cruz helped me bake some chocolate chip cookies. 

Once the cookies were cooled the boys enjoyed eating them from the comfort of their inflatable pool, ha.
 
We had BBQ chicken, fettuccine alfredo, and black beans for supper and then watched "All Dogs Go To Heaven" before calling it a night.
 
Sunday morning David led Bible study in the village of Nearar and then we spent the afternoon watching football. 
He let the boys help him wash our vehicle which was terribly dusty from traveling up and down the mountain roads lately.  It is definitely becoming dry season in our part of the country already.

That evening we made a visit to the Chinese restaurant for supper and finished watching the Colts vs. Broncos game on their television.  

Our family in Guatemala eating Chinese food while watching American football.  Not a bad way to end the weekend, huh. 

So there you have it- a small glimpse into the life of a normal missionary family.  It's a fun life and one that I have to stop regularly and thank God for allowing me to live.

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Beginnings, Old Friends, and A Little Silliness To Top It All Off

Our week got started with a Monday morning trip into town to run some errands.  We spent over an hour in the bank.  Well, David spent over an hour in the bank and I spent over an hour in the car trying to entertain two restless boys.  Not fun- not fun at all!  We've been asking around for a while about schools in Chiquimula and everyone we have asked (Americans and Guatemalans) have recommended one particular school.  It's good to know that our search got narrowed down really quickly and it kept us from running all over town trying to investigate ourselves.  We made a visit to that school and from just looking at the facilities I was very impressed.  We picked up the registration information, asked a few questions, and left to think over our decision.  It is a bilingual school and we are certain that we will start Cruz there to try it out.  The only problem is the class schedules.  The hours for Cruz's class will be 7:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  The hours for Ben's class will be 8:00 until 11:15.  There is no way I can be running back and forth taking them and picking them up so I think at this time we are only going to register Cruz.  We hope to do that next week.  We picked up a few grocery items, grabbed a pizza for lunch, and returned home.

On Tuesday David led his first Bible study in the village of Muyurco.  A visitor to his Bible study in Nearar invited him to come and have a service in his home.  It went very well and we feel certain that it could turn into an ongoing regular Bible study time.  Would you pray for this new village we will begin targeting?  Pray for this family that has opened their home to us and the other two families that are interested in studying with them.

some of the sweet smiling faces from the village of Muyurco

This is the man that invited David to his home.  Would you pray specifically for him?

His finger was cut off with a machete so he uses a PVC pipe to play the guitar.  That's cool. ha  He played a few songs before David taught.
 
On Wednesday morning we had a visit from one of the Honduran Ag workers, Noe, and his wife Blanca.  He came to discuss the work with us and we made plans to visit several Guatemala villages together during the month of February. 

David, me, Blanca, and Noe
 
That evening we attended a birthday party in Jocotan for two of Cruz's former classmates at El Olam.  Carlos and Diana are brother and sister who will be turning 6 and 5 this month.  They had a joint party that was Spiderman and Disney princess themed.  It was a really nice party and my boys had a blast!
some of the decorations

my boys playing with Carlos and Diana

They had a clown there that did a wonderful program for the kids (and adults).  Before he got started he made balloon swords for all the boys and balloon poodles for all the girls.  My boys loved sword fighting with all the other kids.

The clown did several games.  Here he called up three boys for a competition.  Cruz eagerly jumped up and was the first one in line.  He ended up winning and we were very proud of him.


Here's the birthday boy and girl with one of the pinatas- a spiderman.   The other one was Snow White for the girls.

My boys love birthday parties because they know they are going to get lots of candy and cake.




On Thursday morning David needed to make a visit to the village of Chanco to make sure everything was still lined up for our upcoming medical team.  Before he left Ben asked him, "can I go to work with you Daddy?".  So he took Ben with him to the village. 
Ben and David
 
That evening we made a last minute decision to go eat supper at a local restaurant in Jocotan.  It's kind of a rural place so it's never crowded and the food is cheap and delicious.  I always get a grilled beef plate and the boys eat typical egg plates.  We like it, a lot. 
me and my boys at Casa Enoya in Jocotan 
 
As I am sure most toddlers and preschoolers do, my boys got restless while waiting on the food so David had the bright idea to take pictures while making funny faces.  It was a brilliant idea and we all laughed until we cried looking at each other on the camera.  These days you do what you gotta do to keep some sanity in your life even if that means acting silly and crazy at mealtime, ha.
me and my silly boys

As you can see David really got into it and the boys loved it!
 
Hooray for Friday!  Anybody else excited about the weekend?  I am not quite sure what all we will end up getting ourselves into but whatever it is I hope we have fun doing it.  We have Bible study in Nearar on Sunday morning and would appreciate your prayers for that.  It's our last weekend at our house before we start to move.  I am a little sad about that but excited about the future at the same time.  I'm certain my weekend will include a little more packing.  ugh.  Have a great one everyone! 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Little Guys, Big Fun

Here are a few photos of my guys playing over the weekend.  Other than our Bible study on Sunday morning we didn't have much going on this weekend.  I mentioned in my last post about our upcoming move so much of my time was spent getting some more things packed up.  We've been in packing mode for about a month now and are getting down to just the things we need for daily living for the next few weeks.

Cruz made me smile when he walked in the living room on Friday pretending to be a Ninja Turtle.  He doesn't have a shell for his back so instead he had taken his bike helmet and strapped it around his waist as a pretend turtle shell.  Kid's imaginations just amaze me sometimes.

Here are my little guys in a rare sweet moment.  It's hard for me to really see all the sweetness though because when I look at this photo all I see is this...
LOOK AT THOSE FEET!!!  That's a sure sign of a little boy who has played hard all day. 

The boys played with their new Legos on Saturday morning.  Cruz called me into the living room to show me what he made.  He said it was a high dive and the blue part below was his swimming pool.

I thought he did a great job!
 
Here are David and Ben playing with our Big Wheel.  Before I snapped this picture Cruz was playing with them but when I ran to grab my camera David accidently backed over his toe.  So, while I took the picture Cruz was standing beside me, grabbing at my leg, and crying loudly, very loudly. 

and here he is moments later in the swing.
 
We didn't go into town for our normal Friday night outing but instead went on Saturday night.  We headed to the Food Court for supper.  We had a little fast food buffet of Subway sandwiches, sour cream and onion chips, cheese fries, McDonald's chicken nuggets, and strawberry and caramel sundaes.  Sounds delicious, huh.
 
While going through some boxes in our store room I ran across and old Atari game system that some friends of ours had shipped us several years ago when we lived in Coban.  On Sunday afternoon we hooked it up and introduced our boys to some old school fun.  The loved it!

my little guys playing Centipede


And here they are on Sunday night before bedtime.  They stopped moving long enough for me to take their picture and then...

they were right back to dancing and moving.  They are never still, ever.

And just for fun I ran across this old photo from January 2013 of my baby boys at bedtime.  Oh my have they grown!  It makes me sad but makes me smile at the same time.  These two little guys have rocked our world but I cannot imagine my world without them.  The days seem longer and the nights seem shorter but the love in my heart just overflows!
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