Category Archives: Angola

Athletics Day Fall 2015!

This year they split up the years for Athletics Day, so we are missing Violet’s day.  But I was able to race over to the school after a room mom meeting to see Sophie during some of the activity, and ended up seeing a lot of it, they had been delayed because of rain.  She did great!  She was happy to be in the same rotating group as her buddies Molly and Alissa.

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Always a fun day at LISA!

Halloween 2015!

Halloween was fun, as it normally is here in Monte Belo!  We had the parade, the carnival games, the trick or treating and the super cute little girls that belong to me!

Sophie wanted to be Ahsoka from Clone Wars and Violet wanted to be Princess Leia.  Thank goodness Hattie didn’t care who she dressed as, so I didn’t have to make a third costume this year, I think it is my last year with any control over costumes!  I loved the way the girls looked, and they were happy with their costumes!  Love their cute faces!

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We had a great time at the Rec Center with our friends!

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October or How to keep 3 kids busy at home during fall break!

October was a lot of fun.  We got to watch all sessions of conference this year, and the girls tried to pay attention!

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I had girls taking over my bed, hanging out in boxes and I got a bit of not Halloween sewing done, we also celebrated the first of college football season!

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We celebrated Jeff’s birthday.  His birthday always lands right around fall break for the school, so most people are out of town, but we got to go out and celebrate with a few friends at the new restaurant, Fazendeiro.  We love that place, good food and a great bakery next door.  We had a nice night with just the adults and then headed to Lina’s for cake with all the kids.  I was pretty proud of that cake, graham carrot with cream cheese frosting… yummmmm!

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On Jeff’s actual birthday we headed out to the new amusement park, Ulembo.  We wanted to go bowling, it was an experience!  We showed up, and it cost 1000 kwz each to enter the park and then we got to the bowling alley.  It looked good, and then we told the lady we wanted to bowl.  She explained that it was 1000 kwz for 5 rolls… rolls, not frames, not games… ROLLS!  The floor was slanted, the score computers didn’t work, and the first lane we were on only dropped 7 pins when it reset.  It was a truly Angolan experience, topped off by the lady telling us the reason the bowling alley wasn’t up to snuff was all the Chinese  fault!  Angola!

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The next week was Fall Break and the girls were off of school.  We made several Halloween decorations, had several tea parties with friends, had a great day of swimming at a new compound nearby and sewed a little.  The girls did a great job sewing their skirts for the tea party, they sewed every last stitch on those skirts, and helped cut the fabric.  I did all the ironing and pinning!  Hattie needed a new skirt too, so she didn’t feel bad!

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Also during the break Sophie had her first aerial class with Ms. Amanda… she was thrilled beyond belief, and little sore the next day!

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I spent a good amount of time working on Halloween costumes, the outfits weren’t too hard but the head piece for Sophie’s Ahsoka costume was a craft dilemma!  Here is the evolution of a headpiece of a Jedi Warrior!

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The girls had fun at the park, my friend KC was super nice and took some cute pictures of my girls!

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More ballet fun!

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We got to “Boo” some neighbors, and I loved my cute monsters!

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Violet made soap at school, and was so proud, and just wouldn’t hold still for a picture of it!

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Hattie had a playgroup Halloween party and was super pleased that she could dress up in her costume!

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So much fun in October… Halloween pictures coming up next!

The My Little Pony Party!

Violet was excited to have a MLP party, and I found some great ideas on Pinterest and we had a lot of fun!

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Each kid got a blank white pony to decorate, and I was SHOCKED at how seriously they took it!  Sometimes an activity only lasts 30 seconds and then they are all done, but they colored those ponies for over 30 minutes.  It was pretty fabulous!  Also fabulous, was that those boys started brushing that pony hair right away!  I had my handy dandy teenage helpers and extra moms and it worked out well.

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The finished products were pretty adorable!

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After we were done decorating we had tattoos, fingernail painting and pin the cutie mark on Pinkie Pie.

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After that we played Animal Action and the Walking Song, and every kid was super happy dancing and acting out all the actions… it was a perfect party game!

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I enjoyed making this cake.  I knew I couldn’t sculpt a pony, so I made a cutie mark masterpiece!  Violet loved it, and that really is all that matters!

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It was a really fun party, and a great group of kids.  We have been friends with most of these kids since Ms. Georgina’s class in PP3… and we have so much fun with them!

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Happy Birthday Violet Ann!

Happy 6th Birthday Violet!

I cannot believe that my sweet middle girl is SIX years old!!!  Such a big girl, a kindergartener and my fun little buddy!


Violet is my sweet, tenderhearted soul!  She is so accommodating to her sisters, her parents and just is such a go along girl!  That doesn’t mean she doesn’t know what she wants, and is definitely stubborn, but she is so willing to give up something of hers to make someone she loves happy, and I hope she never loses that!  She loves being goofy and LOVES her ballet lessons!  She dances around all the time and I think it is adorable!


She is definitely our little princess, she still loves skirts and dresses and only wears shorts and pants if we force her!  Though, it isn’t as big of a fight as it used to be.  She really is such a girly girl!

We celebrated her birthday here at home on the big day, and then had her party later that weekend.  We had presents and cupcakes.  It was a lot of fun, and Hattie was extremely jealous of all the toys that weren’t hers!

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We all love this little sweetheart!


September Happenings!

September was a good one.  We finally were back in a schedule and back to real life!  This goofball and I had some good mornings at home together!

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The pool finally opened back up… and then closed 2 weeks later!

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We finally set up the Kinect, and the girls had way too much fun.

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I had several bus duties, and Hattie was beside herself with happiness being a big girl!

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We had some more ballet fun!

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Sophie described herself pretty perfectly!


Hattie had some fun with umbrellas in ALL THIS RAIN we have been having.


And then we celebrated this cutie girls birthday!  I went to her class with cupcakes so we could sing to her!  She is such a joy!  More in the next post!

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The day after Vi’s party Hattie found some paint!


August Rundown!

OK, here we are in October, and I am desperately trying to catch up on the blog, I really love it here, and love that we have recorded all the things we do in one spot.  But some days catching up is tough!  I wanted to remember some of the fun things that we did while living here in Angola.

August was fun!  We were still getting back in the swing of things and that meant starting ballet, bringing home the class pet, Duffy, and Hattie being my buddy during the day!  Hattie has been joining Violet at ballet, and it is freaking adorable!  Seriously!  Besides which, it means that she dances all around the house!  So silly, our baby girl.

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First Day of School 2015

Another first day of school and I can’t believe we have a Kindergartener and a Third Grader!  Crazy!  The girls were in their groove this year, totally excited to actually have an official first day of school.  Violet is in Ms. Alysha’s class, the same teacher Sophie had for Year 1!  Violet was so excited to find that Kameron and Henry were in her class (there are 4 MB kids in that class together).  Sophie has Mr. Mike for Year 4, it ended up having 5 MB kids in the class.  The girls were excited for the new year and I love how confidently they walked into their classrooms and greeted their teachers!  They are so, so much more confident than I ever was, I love these girls!

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Hattie was thrilled when they arrived home and she had her buddies back again!


LA Weekend!

Now that there is an Angolan Consulate in LA we knew when we had visa issues we would try to get fingerprinted there, instead of trekking ourselves to Houston.  We decided to drive down Saturday morning, and then came back to the Bay Monday after being fingerprinted.  We arrived Saturday evening and Sean and Kelly picked up Mr. Noodle and Diddy Riese for us all!  Yummy (my favorite LA meal, if I am being honest).  We had a good time visiting with Sean (Rachel and the kids were in Utah).  The next morning we headed to church at the family ward.  I wasn’t super excited to get up and all 4 of us ready for church, but it was one of the best meetings I have been to.  All 3 speakers were good, interesting and spirit filled.

After church we headed off to the Skirball Museum, specifically for the Noah’s Ark exhibit.  It was a lot of fun, and the girls could have played for a long time!  I loved all the animals made out of recycled materials.  The alligator with a violin case as the head and a scroll as the tongue, the elephant made from rope.  All so cool!

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After the Noah’s Ark section we headed to the roof.  There is an archeological dig up on the roof.  It was so cool.  There was an archeologist there to explain how to dig, and what the items we found were.  In addition, she spent a lot of time helping the girls process through the dig, how do you tell what pieces might have been used for, what they might go with and what rooms we might be digging in.  Super neat!

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That night we had delicious burritos for dinner.  The next morning we headed to the consulate, which was just minutes from Sean’s house.  Kelly stayed in the car and parked it while we ran in.  Easy and no hassle, the consulate was empty except for us.  We were done in less than an hour, and then back on the road to Concord.  Long days, but we got to do some fun things in addition to getting our visas.  Not too bad for a weekend!

Last Day of School 2015!

Last day of Preschool for Violet and the last day of Year 3 for Sophie!  My girls are growing up!

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At the bus Lisette had a cute sign for the preschoolers… so I had to borrow it and take a picture of Violet with the bus!


And because comparisons are fun… here are their first and last day of school pictures side by side… Love these girls so much!

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