Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Enjoying Summer Break with Velcro Toss and Catch!

  So, I guess it's safe to say our kids are thoroughly enjoying their summer break from school!  Interestingly, it seems that now that school is on break they are much better at being creative and playing together.

  On furlough, a family gave this set of Velcro Toss and Catch to our kids but I'd been keeping it packed away until a nice day like today!  The kids sure had fun with it!

Both of the kids developed their own pitching style - quite intimidating, obviously! 


Friday, May 8, 2015

Passport Photo Renewals

Well, it’s almost time to renew our kids’ passport photos, which of course means new passport photos.  I thought I’d let you see what I go through to try to get one good shot of both kids! (we try to keep it fun!)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Mahalia and Friend

   So, the other day I was scheduled to do a photoshoot for a couple twin 1-yr-old boys who have never had their picture taken with anything more than a cell phone, but they had to cancel at the last minute.

   However, right at the scheduled time, a different neighbor family dropped in to visit us and so I got to do an impromptu photo shoot for them, just for the fun of it!  Their two daughters are really good friends with our kids and love to play together in our back yard.  Here's a picture of their 8-yr-old with Mahalia.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Cavalgada - Cowboy Parade

This past weekend opened the county fair here in Rondonópolis, the city we moved to 3 months ago.  Our city hosts the largest fair of the state. To get everything started, they have a Cavalgada (Cowboy Parade) through several of the main streets of town.  It travelled a distance of approximately 4 miles, and ended at the fair grounds where they had an award ceremony for the participants.  

This cart was at the head of the parade. Religion is very prominent here. That is the Catholic matron saint sitting in front of the girl, and the plaque on the cart says, "Faith is the strength of our land."  

There were many horses, mules, cows, and bulls - all ridden by the cowboys.  What?!? Haven't you ever seen someone bridle a cow and ride it?

These bulls are massive.  They are different than the breeds in the States, and larger than any I've ever seen there, yet gentle enough to be ridden down the main streets of a large city with all the noise that goes along with a parade.  

There was obviously no age limit on the cowboys :)

Several of the cowboys had these horns that they would blow periodically. The horns have a low, gentle sound to them. 

It only took about 20 minutes for the entire cavalgada to pass us, but it was worth seeing!  

P.S. I thought this photo was funny: Us watching the parade, and those around us watching us!  (I guess you would have to have lived in a place where you are the obvious minority (or novelty) in order to appreciate the feeling. :)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Vala's Pumpkin Patch - Furlough Days

   Well, though our schedule has been very full with visiting our supporting churches, I thought I'd post some pictures and let you know that we are able to get out and do some fun activities once in a while.  

    We recently got to visit Vala's Pumpkin Patch near Omaha, NE.  Of course the kids loved it and we all had a great time!

  And what good would a pumpkin patch be without a pumpkin-eating dragon, right!?!!

Thought this was interesting: this is a string of all the pacifiers that they have found on the premises since 2002!

The kids also enjoyed playing all kinds of neat things including a giant spiderweb, slide, and bouncing pad!


Then we got to take a little train ride tour of some of the other parts of the patch.  They even had an old-west town set up for us!

Then they had this awesome machine: a mannequin stuffed pumpkins into the machine on one end and pumpkin pies came out the other!  Wow!  If this were real, I would pay whatever the price to get one! :)

Nice little signpost here in case you need directions to get to any major international city!

Wow! So many kinds of apples throughout the years!

 And finally we got to rest in a rocking chair!  I've always known we are "small" but this was extreme! :)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Johnathan's Language School

   Johnathan has really enjoyed language school here in Brazil. He has class everyday for about 20 minutes with our language teacher. They go through his picture books for vocabulary and then make simple sentences with the words. Sometimes they "play store" or find other ways to interact and use Portuguese in common settings. She very patiently corrects his pronunciation and verb conjugations since the verbs are much more complex in Portuguese than in English.  

   The strange face he makes (0:32) is because his teacher told him that one of the types of shovels is called a "cereal shovel" (grain shovel). The only "cereal" that he understands is the kind you eat for breakfast, so he turned to his Daddy and said in English, "It'd have to be clean first!"

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


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