Friday, May 21, 2010

An Afternoon "Tea"

On Tuesday all of the ladies of the church were invited to an afternoon get together at Lucimar's house. Lucimar is the lady standing to the right in the picture below. She had just recently gone on a vacation and wanted to show everyone her pictures. Her family rode on an airplane, stayed in a hotel, and went to see the ocean. They had never done any of these things before.
We enjoyed some goodies and fellowship. Below is Francielly (left) her little girl, Emanuelly, and Karina (a teenager in the church).
Geane and Jessica
Some of the ladies getting their snacks.
Athays and João Pedro
We all had a good time of fellowship and it was a great time for me to practice listening to Portuguese. Jeremy gets a lot more opportunities to listen, speak, and practice portuguese, but I often stay at home with the kids.
We had a great time and I think there is another one planned for next month!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Diaper News

I personally do not believe in pressuring myself to potty train my children. When Allie was two I was determined that she was going to be potty trained right then! Two weeks after her second birthday we started deputation. All my potty training ideas went out the window. I dare say it was impossible for me to potty train her when we were constantly on the road going from church to church, house to house, and riding in the van for LONG days. I would try every few weeks to no avail! She just wouldn't get it. I finally gave up when she had an accident at the altar of a church after the service and the pastor's wife had to clean it up. How embarrassing!

Well, along comes Bethany. No pressure, remember! I didn't even try when she turned two. Other children her age were fully potty trained before the age of two. Now she is two and a half. She discovered that if she goes on the potty that she gets a small treat, and she really likes that! So, after a couple of weeks of hit and miss potty training she is down to a diaper at nap time and bed time, and if we go somewhere she'll wear a diaper. Here in Brazil it's doubtful that there will be a bathroom everywhere you go.

It's just nice not to have the "pressure" of potty training. From what I've experienced as just a young mother--when they get it, they get it--it's not all that hard! I'm just excited that we don't have to buy as many diapers anymore. They are so much more expensive here than they are in the States!
In other diaper news ...Allie has been free of night time diapers for about two months. It took about 3 weeks and about four accidents, but now it's been over a month since she's had an accident during the night. We were nervous about trying this while on deputation because we didn't want to ruin other people's beds. We also knew that it would be difficult for her since we were in a different place almost every night.

I think she is going through a growth spurt. She eats as much as Jeremy and I do. She is learning to read, and reads well and quickly the short vowel words. She is becoming a big helper always noticing when Judah puts something small in his mouth or helping out with feeding him. She is getting independent in that she likes to choose what she wears each day and how she wants her hair fixed. She has to be "perfect" before she goes anywhere. The other day Jeremy was going to take her over to the Duarte's house for a few minutes, and she said, "I can't go yet, my hair isn't fixed!"

Well, that's the news about the girls. Maybe next I'll tell you about what our sweet Judah has been up to!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Chilly Day

The day we moved to Brazil we packed up our winter clothes. When we left the States we were wearing long sleeve shirts and on the airplane the kids wore their warm, cozy pajamas for bed time.

Yesterday, after two months of almost constant HOT weather, we had a cold day. I think that as the day went along it got even colder. We have been told that the area of Brazil in which we live is always hot with the exception of a few sporatic days here and there when the weather drops quickly and drastically (but not usually below 60 degrees F).

It is humorous to see everyone bundled up in their jackets, winter hats, and gloves when it is only 70 degrees outside! But it is understandable when you are used to 90 to 100 degree temperatures.

Last night we bundled the kids up in their warm pajamas--we aren't used to all this cold weather anymore either!
We also couldn't get over our VERY active dog! She didn't move all day. She laid in one spot shivering with her nose tucked under her leg trying everything she could to stay warm!

Teeny Tiny Bananas

Here in Brazil, one of the girls' favorite snacks are apple bananas. They have a little bit of an apple flavor and are usually about half the size of a normal banana. Allie and Bethany usually like to eat 3 or 4 at a time.
Saturday night the girls were delighted when Lawanda gave them teeny tiny apple bananas. They were the size of their hands! We just had to take a picture and show them to you.



Judah--Just Because

Judah LOVES the camera. Every time he sees it he smiles. It's like he already knows why we have it!

A few days ago we had a cool morning which has been very rare. So I pulled out a pair of overalls for him to wear. I just HAD to get a picture, mostly because it is very uncommon to see him in any type of pants. Usually he wears rompers or just a shirt because of the heat ... and as you can see in some of the pictures, the dirty knees!
I think the next three pictures are so funny! I just love the way he laughs every time I take a picture!



A "To Go" Cup

Jeremy went to the bread store the other day and came home with a treat for me. Freshly squeezed orange juice! Yummy! We thought it was funny that he asked for it "to go" and they put it in a plastic bag with a straw!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Popsicle Treats

Just thought you might enjoy some pictures of the kids enjoying their popsicle treats one day after lunch. They sure are refreshing on some of these hot, hot days!


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A Brazilian Birthday Party

*Please excuse the quality of some of the pictures in this post. I didn't realize until too late that many of them were blurry because of the setting I had my camera on. I'm definitely no photographer!*

The first birthday of a child in Brazilian culture is a big deal. As a tradition the family will invite all their friends and relatives to a big party. The reasoning behind it I have learned is that the infant mortality rate in Brazil used to be so high that if the child lived until the first birthday, they would probably survive. It was a big reason to celebrate.

The birthday girl was Isabella. We had only met the family one time. Chico and Shari Pinto attend another church started by missionary John Raehl. Shari is Mr. Raehl's daughter.

On Friday night we attended the party with some of the Duarte family. It was decorated so beautifully. Our girls absolutely loved it! This is the cake table below.
Below is a closer look at another section of the table. You can see the brigadeiros arranged across the table. Brigadeiros are a sweet brazilian dessert with chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. Very yummy!
The birthday cake with a picture of the sweet birthday baby. Unfortunately, this is the only picture I got of the girl. I didn't get a picture of her parents either. I was disappointed that I forgot.
They had a place that you could sit and get your picture taken.
There was a chocolate fondant table.
There was plenty of seating for everyone.
Allie enjoyed her chocolate fondant covered fruit.
And so did Bethany.
They also had a milkshake stand, cotton candy stand, baguncinhas (a popular brazilian hamburger), brazilian hotdogs, another brazilian snack with ham and cheese covered with a pancake type batter. They had waiters walking around offering all the coke, fanta (orange soda), guarana, and water :) you could want!

Below are Judah and Jeremy waiting for the "pancake snack".
They rented a trampoline, which was the highlight for my girls. They gave the kids little party favors. Bethany is trying out her little whistle.
Allie and Bethany both on the trampoline.
Judah standing in line with daddy.
Another one of them standing in line.
Bethany and I getting a picture on the little bench.
Jeremy and I.
A very sweaty Allie getting her hand painted.
Bethany's hearts.
Allie's hearts.
We had a great time at the party. The family treated it much like a dedication. There was a time of prayer and thanks to God for her. We really appreciated the opportunity to experience fun brazilian culture!