December 19, 2010

Life in Brazil

Big bugs. 

Tons of mosquito bites.  Off is our friend. 

Our backyard view, with the occasional tropical bird flying by.

Large, yummy fruits and vegetables. 


News of the week

Noah's favorite sandwich is his "pickle sna-wich".  This gourmet sna-wich consists of mayonnaise and pickles.....and nothing else.  Luckily they sell pickles at the commissary.
Noah has been calling Brazil "Prazil" for months, and just this week he started calling Virginia "Pirginia".  He told me, "The new people who are moving into our home in Pirginia, I hope they like our house."  Noah was 1 when we moved to our VA house, and so it's the only home he remembers.  I know he feels homesick at times.  I hope that I can make this home just as fun for the kids and that we can have wonderful memories here, too.  Sometimes it makes me sad when I think of all that we have asked our little kids to do so far with this move--to go to a new school, give up their beloved hamster, and leave the comfort of their home and country.  I just hope and pray that it will be for their good, that they'll become more confident, strong, compassionate, independent and well-rounded people.  I hope that one day they will thank us for these experiences.

Max slipped and fell on the wet marble deck this week.   

Max doesn't like to swing in the hammock (this is our #1 source of entertainment at our house) so I decided I was going to try to get him to like it.  I put him in my lap and as we were swinging I kept telling him, "See, Max, it's not scary, it's FUN!"  He kept repeating me with an unsure, quivering voice, "F-U-N".  We did this for 5 minutes when all of a sudden he decided he loved this new game called "FUN".  Now he'll grab my hand or the girl's hand and pull on it while saying, "FUN", which means he wants to swing in the hammock.  So cute.  Sometimes you just don't know what you're missing out on until you try it.

Zoe lost another tooth.  Luckily it took the Tooth Fairy only 2 nights to get to Brazil (*wink*).  "All she want for Christmas is her 2 front teeth...." 

I am so lucky because Macy and Aja will take Max and Noah upstairs while I'm making dinner and give them baths and get them dressed in their PJ's.  Such a wonderful ending to my days.   


December 10, 2010

My new purchase

I'm tired of carrying my camera around my shoulders, around my neck, or hooked onto my stroller, so I've been looking for a small camera bag.  I wanted a bag that would fit my camera perfectly (a snug fit), with some padding to protect it--one that was functional and stylish.  I found this one that I like on Etsy and was tempted, but couldn't beat the price on this Lowepro that I found on ebay.  Not quite as stylish, but I am in love with the color.  Can't wait to get it and use it.
Lowepro Toploader Zoom 45 AW Bag for D-SLR Camera


December 8, 2010

We found a frog in our house

I'm still trying to figure out how a frog can climb to the 2nd floor and end up in our bathroom!


December 7, 2010

Girl's 1st day of school

The girls had their 1st day of school on Nov. 24th.
They were a bit nervous to go, asking me very legitimate questions like, "Once we get there, how will we know where to go?".  They were so worried.  I assured them that someone would be there to assist them.  In fact, daughters of another FS family that we met while in VA were so sweetly waiting at the front of the school for them.  They had spread the word that new girls were coming and a whole group was waiting for them.  That really made their day and we were grateful that they already had friends.  I told the girls to remember how they felt when others treated them kindly on their 1st day of school and to always make it a point to help others who are new.  

The uniforms are tan pants with white or blue shirts, but I'm finding that the school isn't as strict with the dress as I thought.  The girls weren't very excited to wear uniforms but they aren't complaining now.  

Our girls are very outgoing and so far seem to be adjusting very well.  Starting a new school in a new country is a hard thing for a kid and we are super proud of them.  They came home with smiles on their faces.  Luckily they are great at making friends.  Macy is in 6th grade, Aja in 4th, and Zoe is in 2nd.  Their school consists of K-12 and although they are all on different floors, it's nice {for me} to have them all in the same building.  I like it for the convenience and that they get to see each other in the halls.
Noah starts Kindergarten in August--we'll have 4 in school, yikes!

I'd like to be involved in the school, but I really can't do anything until our car comes.  They'll have a month-long break from the middle of Dec. through the middle of Jan. and then when school starts back up I'll sign them  up for some after-school activities.  They have some fun options like, fencing, horseback riding, soccer {of course}, swimming, art, gymnastics, ballet, futsal {indoor soccer}, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. So far Macy and Zoe both want to do soccer and Aja horseback riding.  What I like is that it's straight after school and then they take the school bus home.  I am spoiled in so many ways.  


We got a dog

I know, we're crazy.  
Kurt and I held out for a long time, but it just seemed like the right time.  We couldn't think of excuses anymore--we used to tell the kids that our yard was too small {true!} or that it was too cold for the dog outside {also true!}, or that we didn't know what our situation would be like in even a year {very true!}.  Well, we have the yard and the year-round nice weather.  Although our lifestyle now requires moving every few years, the Foreign Service is very accommodating to families with dogs.  And wouldn't a dog be something stable in their lives, a constant?  At least that's what I keep telling myself. 

I know that it just means more work for me, but really, it's for the kids.  I mean, look at Zoe's face--she's in heaven! 

They came home from school yesterday and it was so cute to see them rush to the back yard, excited to play with their new friend.  And Rocky was excited to see them, too. 

His name when we got him was "Rocky Balboa".

Once we decided we were going to get a dog, it all happened so fast.  After a little research, we decided on a Golden Retriever.  Kurt talked to someone at work who he heard was getting a dog over the weekend--and it just so happened that she was getting a dog from her vet who breeds Golden Retrievers.  And the vet happened to have a dog who was 11 months old who he had originally bought with the purpose of breeding, but was too small. Too good to be true, right?  Kurt and I met the dog first to make sure he would suit our family, and then brought him home--all within 3 days.  He's just a big, lazy dog which is just how I like them.  With a sweet temperament.  I think we're going to like having a dog.  



June 23, 2010