Monday, September 1, 2014

Visiting with the Trimm family

We had the pleasure of spending several days with the Trimm family. The kids had so much fun (the adults too!) that I needed a whole blog post of the pictures of their fun together. And indeed, they had lots of fun.

Thank you again for your hospitality and friendship Trimm family! We miss you!

Back home and starting homeschooling!

We're back from our  cross-country roadtrip! I have more photos etc. than I can reasonably catch up on at the moment since my last post, so I'll start where we're at...back in WA state and homeschooling!

Here is the three "pupils" doing their first "science" experiment. Last week was our first week of K (for Olivia) and 1st (for Marianna). We are doing My Father's world 1st grade, with some K mixed in and a french lesson each day. I have other workbooks that we are doing for a little supplement and just for fun because the kids like workbooks. Louis joins in when he can but he has a "busy box" with puzzles, toys, playdough, books and workbooks for each day of the week.

So far it is working pretty well for all of us. The science experiment above was really fun for the kids...we mixed soil with water in a bottle and let it sit to see the layers form. This kind of thing is a bit of a stretch for me, but the kids loved it so much I think I will too. To get through everything with everyone seems to take no more than 3 hours, but usually closer to 2 1/2.

We are doing phonics, Bible, basic math, handwriting, science and french...I think that is about it  (which is plenty for me/us!)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Back at JAARS

Here's the car completely FULL of boxes and tubs (17 to be exact!) that we had packed intending to ship them to Cameroon. Great idea...except we went to Senegal, not Cameroon! :)
Daniel had a big helper for unloading.  This suburban is our sweet ride (a rental that Wycliffe helped pay for) for our road trip.
The disaster that ensued after starting to unpack the 17 tubs.  The kids thought it was fun at least:)
The JAARS pool has been our favorite destination as always!

Catching up with our friend Sarah, whom we've now spent time with in Orlando FL, Senegal W. Africa and at JAARS!  She made us a yummy lasagne!  Thanks Sarah!
Marianna spent 3 days at "Safari" for elementary aged MKs.  She had fun!
Catching up with friends from France (our french studies overlapped with theirs and we lived in nearby apartments) the Hays.  Fun to see them and their new addition to the family!
Our friends the Sanders had us over for great food and conversation.  They have been a huge blessing to us as we've made our journey overseas and back. 
Louis and Liv at the MK station.
Marianna and Louis went up in Henry's airplane today!
Henry with the kiddos.  They are ready with their lovies/doo doos to snuggle during the flight.
Too much snuggling of their "doo doos" resulted in this during the flight:
Don't mind the drool...yes they had fun!

We love staying at JAARS and will be sad to leave, but our next adventure in Florida is a debrief conference at the Wycliffe headquarters which we are looking forward to. 

VBS fun in Indianapolis at Grace!

We were blessed with good timing while we were in Indianapolis in that one of our supporting churches was running VBS! The theme was Jonah and this was our kids' first experience with VBS. Not only did the kids get to participate but I got to lead a little group of cuties. I had Louis, Olivia and three other kids ranging from 6-9 years old. I (we) loved it! Walking through the belly of the whale!
Whale Crafts!
A quick pic of our cute little group:)
We had fun and thanks to Grace Evangelical Church for letting us join in the fun!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Back in Washington (fun in Cashmere)

Mowing with Daddy

Swimming Lessons!

Grandma looking awesome in a Senegalese outfit we brought back!
Cuties with their new goggles for swim lessons, courtesy of grandma and grandpa gregory
We are BUSY, but in a good way.  Really enjoying our time back in the states and reconnecting with everyone!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Conversations I'll be having soon...

Our oldest child has memories of the United States, but the other two...don't.  I can only imagine some of the conversations we'll be having after 3 years out of the USA when we arrive in a few days....
This my friends, is a picture of a ....snowman.  What?  You didn't guess?  Olivia made it.  Signs we've been in a country with no snow for awhile....
  • Yes honey you can really drink water from that tap AND you can brush your teeth with it!  
  • What?  Mom knows how to drive?  I don't believe it... (I haven't driven since we left 3 years ago)
  • What's a drive thru? 
  • How come we have to wear seatbelts ALL.THE.TIME?
  • Mom look...there's someone from Senegal!  No honey, they're probably not from Senegal.  Mom, yes they are, just wait I'll ask them "D'ou tu viens?" (where are you from)  No honey, they don't speak french or wolof....
  • No, this 7-11 isn't the big grocery store in the city...just you wait for Costco  or WalMart kids!
  • Mom, why are things SO cheap here (a quick trip to buy three things costs about $10,000 cfa in Senegal) which amounts to about $20.
  • THIS children, is a movie theatre.  :)
  • THIS children is a McDonalds (no, I actually wish I could hide these from the kids because it will be harder to bring them back to a place without them afterwards...;)
  • Why do people dress so BORING here, where are the colors!?
  • Where are the taxis?
  • LOOK trees!  (Louis already yells with delight whenever he sees them here, they are pretty rare where we live)
  • Why so many yards have no fences and do have lawns
  • Where are all the people (you literally can't leave your house without running into people every 20 feet)
  • There are so many garbage cans here mom!
  • Mom, where are all the (insert: sheep, cows, goats) on the roads here?
That's only the tip of the iceberg.   A lot of them will be funny, but I realize that the kids are going to be experiencing some serious culture shock when we return.  There are so many things we are looking forward to, but I need to remind myself to TAKE IT SLOW for the kids' sake and so I don't burst out crying in the isles of Target or Wal-Mart when we first arrive (which I hear is a coming occurrence for first time returning overseas workers;). 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Dakar waterfront in our Senegalese duds

We took advantage of our time with a vehicle (Daniel drove and picked up a family at the airport and in return he was able to borrow their truck for the week!) and went to icecream, the waterfront and took me out to a mothers' day lunch. We really enjoyed the freedom of being able to GO places that a vehicle affords. Yes, taxis work, but are so much more stressful and less convenient for a family with little ones! Plus the drivers can be...a little scary at times. It works, but man, having a car was nice! Here we are on Mother's day after church followed by a lunch out, then a walk on the Dakar waterfront. We had fun:)