A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
Yes, it's my birthday. It's a little sad, because Devin's in Hungary (well, he's on his way home right now, but still...), but it was made happy by my super special Bolivian family who made me an incredible dinner and even a magical gluten free cake! :) I love these people! They really made my day special, and tomorrow will be special, too, because Devin will be home! Just means my birthday lasts longer. :)
In other news, I chopped the tip of my thumb off. Oh, it was painful. It wasn't bad enough to warrant a hospital visit...but I'll have a cute little scar. The Young Women had a 'spa night' for the moms, and they painted our nails. Since one of my nails was covered with a bandaid, I got a flower painted onto my bandaid! So cute! Love my daughter's pretty art work! :)
I think this is one of my most favorite days here in La Paz. I'm sad this was our last one! El Dia del Peaton just means that no one can drive cars (except for a few with special permits). Everyone walks or rides bikes everywhere. There are parties and dancing in the streets. We enjoyed walking down the middle of the street to get to church, knowing no one was going to run us over! And after church, I stopped to read a book in the middle of the road! Ha! I sure miss walking paths and safe sidewalks. Maybe someday...
Hooray! It's Devin's birthday again! We had a whole lot of fun this year. The kids and I planned a small party on Devin's birthday...making a cake and a nice dinner. However, the week before his birthday, I made plans with a bunch of friends to have a huge surprise party!!! It was SO much fun to plan it all week long with my friends and with Claire! We got all the decorations and planned all the food. Then, in the early afternoon, I made the little boys take Devin to a nearby park to play so Claire and I could prepare. The best part was that the boys thought we were just making special food--they didn't know about the surprise party, either! :D Claire and I rushed around and made everything as fast as possible. Our friends trickled in and helped out with decorating and food prep. When Dev and the boys got back from the park we were ALMOST ready, so I made them all stay in the Lego room until I said that they could come up! :D It was SO fun to see the look on all their faces when they came up to the big crowd in our living room! :) We spent the evening singing songs with guitar accompaniment, eating LOTS of food, chatting, and just enjoying each other's company. The best was when Luchy got 'drunk' from Coke Zero. She's so hilarious! We had so much fun--I'm really grateful for our Bolivian family! :)
Just a few randomly fun things that the kids and I have done lately... Like science experiments with sugar, making and eating Falafel (mmmmmmmmmmm....), going through our games, sending friends off on missions, hiding in laundry baskets... You know. Just the usual stuff. :)
When we add-on, collect, and hoarde, we stop looking outside of ourselves. We become afraid to leave...afraid to lose our stuff...afraid to look around and try new things. It's good to start over--to rebuild--to start from scratch again. This is how I keep my foundation strong: take away the building and all the stuff every once in awhile so I can actually check my foundation and fix it up and restore it if it needs help.
While living the foreign service life is HARD, it's also very rewarding and rich--full of experiences that are unforgettable and life-changing. While there are times that I hate it--hate bidding (GAH!!!), hate moving and packing and unpacking, hate being so far from family all the time--it's these difficulties that have made me stronger and made me who I am. I am a better person because of it. I know who I am. My foundation is constantly checked and rechecked. Hard things are good.
Santa Cruz. This was the first time I've been there. Devin had to go down for the big 4th of July event, so I flew down with him! We had a really fun hotel that had great views of the city. We ate some really yummy food (like Salmon!!!). One of the really cool things we got to do was volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Honestly, after doing that, I wonder how these houses stay standing! Seriously. None of us knew what we were doing, and I truly think that all the professionals come through after and fix everything we did wrong. For example, I really don't think that the bricks I mortared together are going to stay together for very long... :/ But it was fun. It was really hard work, digging those pits and passing around bricks, but it was fun to something manual for a bit. I'm really grateful it's not my usual job!
Teaching EnglishConnect is a huge sacrifice of time, but we love it so much! We love our students and we love enjoying time with them! We planned a big 'graduation party' with our EnglishConnect 2 class and enjoyed eating a TON of food! We BBQ-ed hot dogs, made tons of tacos, roasted marshmallows and made S'Mores! We had ice cream after, of course! We even found some sparklers and played around with those in celebration. Such a fun class! We will miss them!
We love going to Cochabamba, but this time was made extra special as we got to go with friends! We spent almost a week with these people, going to the temple, swimming in pools, eating food, staying in a super cool hotel...just having a wonderful time! :)
This year's embassy Easter Bunny was brought to you by Claire!!! :) She was the sweetest Easter Bunny and the kids all gave her hugs and followed her around! I think she posed for more photos that day than she has in her entire life! Ah, the price of fame...
Who Am I?
As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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