Saturday, August 13, 2011

Yeah and Yuck Ducks......... again.

Yesterday was graduation at our language school. This, of course brings up Yeah feelings of being done with our second trimester (and finishing well) but it also means that several new friends are moving on to the countries where they have been called to serve. Yuck feelings!

My friend, Heather, who left for Honduras today.

My buddy, Abraham. He left with his mom, dad and baby sister today for the United States. He will be going to Ecuador also in the next few months - so we hope to have a playdate!

The Spanish language institute has also been affected by the economy and the number of students graduating is disproportionately large compared to the number of new students beginning in 2 weeks. Because of this, 6 teachers were laid off yesterday, This is 1/3 of the teaching staff! Of the 6 teachers I had 3 of them just this trimester so more Yuck feelings!
My grammar class this past trimester - 2 members of this group left today and our teacher was laid off. ;(

Yeah! We found a chiropractor that has been able to help (and his office happens to be next to a little ice cream shop that makes homemade icecream!!!!)

Last night we said good-bye to some friends who left for Mexico this morning. Their kids became the best friends of our kids over the past 8 months. More Yuck! Yeah for Skype dates though!
Our friends, the Lakatos family - on their way to Mexico.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bullet point summary

Again we have been lax in our updates! The last blog saw our children leaving for the USA for 6 weeks - they returned safe and sound yesterday.

So what did we do in those 6 weeks? Here is a bullet point summary.

*8 days after the kids left we had a friend move in with us - he moved out 4 days ago.
These are the gardens near our friends house - I love the wall mount drinking fountain!

*We had a good friend visit us for 4 days. Here is Dwight at the hot springs near the volcano!

*We visited a volcano and waterfall north of San Jose. Arenal Volcano.

*Renee began cooking lessons with a local Tica.
*Eric was elected Chaplain for next trimester at school.
*We now have a hamster named Bing to take care of.

*We had a bat visit us during breakfast in our house - 3 separate times!
*We found a "home" church.
*Found a well trained chiropractor after 3 previous failed attempts.
*Took and passed 4 grammar tests and 3 language tests between us.
*Began the study of subjunctive - the heart of the Spanish language.
*Celebrated Eric's birthday at a Mexican restaurant run by Costa Ricans. (Not quite the same)
Maria, who Renee takes cooking lesson with made this 4 layer double chocolate cake for Eric's birthday! It weighed 6 pounds!!!
*Studied, studied and studied.
*Finished our second trimester - today!!


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