Friday, May 22, 2015

Snipets Of Our Week

Here are a few snapshots of our week.
I have mentioned before that both of my boys love doing anything art related.  We color, marker, cut, glue, and paint almost on a daily basis.  They just love it!  Here is Ben on Monday morning doing some painting.

fingers are always more fun, right?

We ran some errands in town on Tuesday morning while Cruz was at school.  I think Ben enjoys the one on one time he gets with us in the mornings while Cruz is away.  When it is just him alone he is so easy!  We can take him just about anywhere and he does great.  Here he is enjoying a morning yogurt snack at the mall food court in Chiquimula.

Tuesday afternoon we had a visit from our IMB colleagues the Miller's along with some friends that are here visiting with them this week.  They came over to visit the Chorti area.  We enjoyed having them in our home and going out to eat supper with them that evening.  They are all sweet folks.

We had Bible classes in Tunuco Arriba on Wednesday morning.  Here is Mrs. Diana teaching the older kids class. 

This sweet little girl is in the younger kids class.  I took this picture of her patiently sitting and waiting for her older sibling to finish so they could walk home.

Another sweet little girl who comes to Bible class each week.

Here are my boys in the village that morning having a snack.  Don't you just love Cruz's jeans?  ha 

When dropping Mrs. Diana off after Bible class she invited us in for iced coffee and homemade lemon cake.  We ended up staying for over an hour just sitting, talking, and enjoying their fellowship.  They are such a fun couple!

I spent Thursday morning packing our bags for a trip into Guatemala City.  We waited until Cruz got out of school at 12:30 to leave.  Before picking him up we made a stop by the bakery to get our weekly cupcake fix.  They take special orders only and each week he does a featured specialty cupcake.  He advertises it on his facebook page on Monday for you to order and then you pick them up on Thursday.  This week he featured Reese's Peanut Butter Cup cupcakes.  Who can resist peanut butter and chocolate?  not us!  ha 
our Reese's Peanut Butter Cup cupcakes
(a little melted from the 3 hour drive into Guatemala City but still delicious)

Last week a team brought down my homeschool materials and they were waiting on me when I got to our mission house in Guatemala City.  I have been itching all week to get them!  It was so fun going through it all and looking at it.  Cruz was right up under me just as excited.  I do not plan to start until August so this gives me a little over 2 months to get everything ready and organized.  Just in case you were interested to know I'll be using Sing Spell Read & Write for Language Arts, Math-U-See Primer for math, Exploring Science (from Elemental for science, and Abeka Bible & Art.  I'm excited!

That night we went out for supper at San Martin.  It is a restaurant/ bread shop/ bakery chain here.  Here are my guys browsing through the bread section while we waited for our food.

It was a cold, rainy night in Guatemala City so I enjoyed a hot bowl of baked potato soup.  It was delicious.

It's now Friday morning (whoop whoop) and we are up getting ready to start the day.  There is a lot of excitement in the air because my mom arrives today.  We'll soon be heading to the airport to pick her up.  The boys are beyond excited and cannot wait to see her.  I'm looking forward to having her here for the next week to show her around and mostly let someone else chase after and entertain these two wild ones of ours, ha.  I anticipate a really fun week ahead.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Past Few Days

Here is a little look at our lives over the past few days.  I didn't take a single photo last week until Thursday afternoon at Bible study in Muyurco.  It's not that we didn't have anything picture worthy, it's more that I've just been tired.  The heat seems to take everything out of you.  This time of year it's hard to stay motivated with anything. ha

I've been busy lately planning Cruz's birthday.  I CANNOT believe my child is turning 5 years old soon!  That seems so old for my "baby".  We are all very excited about his upcoming celebration.  I've also been a little busy planning for company.  My mom is flying down in a few days to be here to celebrate Cruz's birthday.  We are excited about that too!  I am trying to get everything ready before she arrives so we'll have more time to visit.  I anticipate a lot of fun memories being made in our near future.

me and my boys on the trail to Bible study in Muyurco 
Working with these two under tow is the hardest thing ever but I wouldn't trade getting to be on mission with them for anything in this world.  It's hard but it's also very rewarding. 

David sharing about Moses parting the Red Sea with some of the children in Muyurco.

Isn't he precious!

what a sweet smile

Here is Ben on Friday morning playing in Cruz's boots. 

And here he is on Friday afternoon showing me his mouth after finishing a ring pop.

the boys "helped" me bake chocolate chip cookies for our Friday night meal

they also helped me eat them, ha

David grilling burgers for our Friday night meal

After eating we had game night and enjoyed our cookies.  We played several rounds of Dominos and Uno.

The boys also did some wrestling

It's always fun until someone gets hurt, right? 
He had bent his finger back and was fine a few minutes later.

The boys cooling off on Saturday morning. 

my big boy Cruz

silly boys

Saturday night we had supper at McDonald's. 

Sunday morning David led Bible study in Nearar.  Miguel (from the village of Chanco) went with him again.  We are excited about his interest in ministering with us and wanting to grow in his faith.

Other than that we had a quiet day at home.  We ended the weekend with a batch of chocolate cupcakes.  When I say chocolate I mean chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate filling inside and chocolate icing on top.  It's was a little overkill but oh so good!    I'm off now to refill my coffee and since I now have cupcakes on my mind maybe grab another one and sit down for a snack.  Happy Monday everyone.  I hope you have a wonderful week.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day Weekend 2015

Mother's Day in Guatemala is always on May 10 regardless which day of the week it is.  This year it happened to fall on the same day as it was celebrated in the States.  Many years I get to celebrate twice- May 10 in Guatemala and then the Sunday that it falls on in the States.  The schools here all have big celebration programs on Mother's Day.  This year they had them on Friday and my weekend celebration got kicked off by attending the program that Cruz's school had Friday morning.
me and my sweet boys before leaving for Cruz's Mother's Day program on Friday morning

me and my big boy Cruz
I am really struggling with him about to be turning 5!!!

"let's make funny faces mama"

getting ready to perform with his class

a little video of his class singing

This makes me laugh.  They were taking turns playing a game on someone's cell phone.

Waiting to be served some pizza.

At the end of the program the kids all presented their moms with a homemade gift.  Here is Cruz bringing me my gift.

My gift included a hand towel with his handprint on it.  It says "I love you mama".

I got a homemade handwritten card saying "Happy Mother's Day"  "I love you" and a duck towel ring.

I love this!

Later that afternoon I snapped this photo of Ben playing in my shoes.  He said "look daddy, I'm mama going to work in the village".   ha
my sweet Ben

Saturday we did just what I wanted to do- nothing!  We had a lazy day at home just hanging out together.
David took the boys to town to get me flowers.  Ben picked out white roses and Cruz picked out red ones.  Flowers are always top on my list for every occasion.

My beautiful roses sitting on my table.

It was hot that day so we spent a lot of time out back in the pool.  They were in and out of it all day.

One of our channels was airing a marathon of Madagascar movies.  We watched (off and on) parts 1, 2, and 3.  My little guys LOVE Madagascar!  It was 100 degrees outside and this is how they wanted to watch the movies- in my lap.  Cruz said "we're keeping you warm mama".  YES they were!  ha

They also did a little dancing during the movies.  The sound did not pick up very well on my camera for some reason but you can still see them.

He likes to "move it move it".  (Ben was being Alex the lion)

my table for Mother's Day morning breakfast

I had gifts and homemade cards waiting for me.

me and my boys on Mother's Day morning

I cooked French toast and bacon with strawberries.

Of course I had to make the boys breakfast fun so I cut theirs and made a smiley face.

my cards from the boys

This made me smile.

We took a few photos after breakfast.

There is no greater joy than being a mom!

We attended the Mother's Day service at a Baptist church in Chiquimula.  Here are David and the boys before church started.

The kids practiced a song while in the back and came out to perform it during the service.

I loved seeing my little ones participating with the group.

We had planned to eat lunch at the restaurant next to where we live but an 18 wheeler had overturned right down the road from us and the road was blocked both directions.  We waited in line for a while and then decided to turn around and eat somewhere in town.  We tried out this place for the first time and really enjoyed it.  I'm certain we'll go back again soon.

I had pasta. David had grilled chicken and the boys had cheese quesadillas.  It turned out to be a great Mother's Day meal.

We were late eating lunch, late returning home, and late taking naps.  That meant the boys had a lot of energy to burn before bedtime.  We took them next door to swim and we stayed until almost dark.  It was a great way to end my weekend of celebrating!
enjoying a little ice cream before an afternoon swim

There are days when I don't think my life could get any more chaotic or stressful.  There are days when I just want to sit and cry.  There are days when I think I'm just not cut out for motherhood.  But, then there are special days like this that remind me just what an honor it is to be called a Mom.  I am very thankful and blessed to have two beautiful, healthy children. There were many years when I did not think I would ever get this privilege.  Thank you God for the blessing of children and for making me a mom!
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