Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Here's a look at the beach close to where we are - the gulf side waters of the Yucatan Peninsula. Remind you of anything? Lake Erie maybe? Granted, you can't taste a photo - believe me, the flavor of the water is nothing like the lake, but I'm suprised with the resemblance in other aspects. Oh, and you won't see any sunsets over this body of water - we face the north. Ok, there may be a few more differences - for one, the wildlife. Can you name these creatures?
The Yucatan is known for the great flocks of flamingos that migrate on the gulf side. We look forward to seeing more of these pink feathers in the future - apparently they can be seen by the 100s in certain areas along the gulf side of the peninsula (where these photos were taken). We have plans to go to a new beach today - maybe that's why I'm thinking about it so much. There will be more photos to come, of course. I can't remember what the name of this sea creature is - if you know, please comment. This is only it's shell, but we found quite a few like this on the sand during our visit.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Yes. It's beautiful, sunny, and it hit 90 degrees today. I should have turned on the sprinkler :-)
I know the "gifts" weren't anything big, but I know the kids appreciate my time as a playmate as well as a mom and teacher. I need to do it more often. After saying that, I think I'll go hang out with my hubby - after all, it is Valentine's Day!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
The kids ate hot dogs and spaghetti, sandwichón (a sandwich made and cut like a large one layer cake), black beans, baby carrots, chips and little pastries. I made horchata ( a rice milk drink that is sweet) for the first time and a friend made and brought jamaica (a red drink made from dried flowers and suger added) to enjoy. Ahead of time I made scarves for the girls to wear in their hair like a pirate bandana and patches for the boys to wear as they followed clues to search for a hidden treasure -jewelry and gold coins with chocolate inside. Later, we brought in the cake - a pirate ship complete with cannons made from tootsie rolls and little red candies. (I made this one but got the idea from a website!)
There were a bunch of people who celebrated with us - people from church, fellow missionaries, a family we met at the English Library, and 4 families from the sports activities that the kids attend. A full house for sure!
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Joseph (above) Rebekah and Jonathan (below)
Also, check out the photos along the "sidebar" of the website - all the kids went to get new haircuts today.
I'll post later about Joseph's birthday - he is 6 today!!!
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Rebekah's friend, Carlos, wanted to give her a few for her birthday, but Carlos's mom, knowing that pets are a family decision, came to us first. We decided that after we got back from Mexico City, we would see about purchasing a cage and food. Last Friday, Febuary 2nd (Groundhog's Day for our friends in the U.S.), we welcomed these little birds into our home.
Their names are Cookie and Ralph - don't ask me why - there is no reasoning in this one. We like to say "Kooky" for the female in that she seems to have a nervous eating habit and likes to hang upside down when someone puts a hand in the cage.
They don't say much right now, but I'm interested in interacting with them as they start to show more of their personality. It is said that they can be trained and even talk - well, we'll see.
Anyone have some pet bird care or training advice? Corey? Anyone? :-)
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Here's a close-up of the kids with their really great coach - Rafael.
Enjoy these shots at the event!