Category Archives: Angola

Goodbye KC and Paul!

The night before we left for Cape Town we had a good bye party (the final goodbye party) for KC and Paul.  Roxanne hosted and it was decorated in Texas splendor for the Houston residents!  It was a great night with great people, we stayed too long and were exhausted the next morning at the airport, but it was worth it!  SO much fun!  Love these crazy people!

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Swim Gala 2016

Which actually turned into Aquatic Adventure Day 2016.  Unfortunately Violet was sick for her day, but I got to see Sophie do all the activities, it was a lot of fun.  The new format was nice, instead of hanging out in the heat for 3 hours we just had to watch the 45 minutes our child’s year was participating!  They did 3 different events.  A team activity where they all tried to stand up on the tube together, water polo and then a relay race.  It was a lot of fun, and unlike in past years where the students aren’t in the water except for their races, this year they were constantly in the water.  It was a hot day (as always) so it was nice they got so much time to play!

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March 2016- All the fun!

We started March potty training Hattie!  We rolled up the rung, hung out in undies and watched a whole lot of tv and Mickey Mouse.  And by the end of March… yay!

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Violet lost her first front tooth, and was so adorable!


Quilt group finished our auction quilt, we hand quilted that sucker and it was pretty awesome when it was done… and made more than I was hoping!


I finished a quilt of my own (I had bought all that fabric before moving here, and was glad it got finished before we moved!


More ballet fun, and Hattie loved having Luci there to play with her!

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The girls dressed up for “Easter” and looked adorable.


Violet and her friends matched unexpectedly, Hattie cracked us up dancing and singing, there were giant bugs at the bus stop and Hattie, always adorable, in her 80’s glory!

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Sophie learned a routine in aerial, she was killing it this month!


The girls had Student Led Conferences, and showed us all their classrooms, and all their specialty classes, they loved showing us their art portfolios.

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St Patrick’s Day came and went, Hattie dressed in her green glory and led the preschoolers to class.  Molly came over and the girls planted shamrock “gardens.”

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A couple swim parties, thank goodness as our pool is still not functioning.  We used Amanda’s pool one Saturday and had too much fun.

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And just like that we were on our way to Cape Town for spring break!

Easter 2016

We celebrated Ester a week early here in Monte Belo because most of us were going to be gone for Spring Break the week of the actual holiday.  We had a great Easter Egg hunt and potluck afterwards.  The kids were staggered on their release, so the little kids could search for eggs before the big kids attacked.  It was a lot of fun!

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The following Wednesday Playgroup had a mini egg hunt at a friend’s house.  Hattie and Nadra were cracking me up, and boy, did they love their balloons!

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What a fun bunch of Easter celebrations.  Always more fun with a lot of friends!

Kissama National Park

The Mission President and his wife had family visiting in March and while they were here they planned to visit the safari park here in Angola.  It isn’t well stocked, but it is large, and hopefully eventually the animals that left during the war start coming back.  As it is there is one elephant, some giraffes, and a whole lot of monkeys and antelope.  We decided to visit with them as we hadn’t ever gone, and we felt like seeing some attractions in Angola seemed like a good idea!  So we took off on the 2 hour drive to the park.  When we arrived we went to get a truck and found out that we had missed the next tour by 10 minutes… so we had a good 2 hour wait ahead of us.  We ate lunch and visited with everyone.  There was mother church family that was there, they luckily, had little kids, so all the kids entertained each other.  Very nice!  We had a good time, and saw some pretty good animals.  It was nice company and fun to play with church friends again, it has been a while!

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One of the whole group!  We all crammed in the same truck together!


February Catch-up 2016

After we returned from Portugal we celebrated Valentines, with cute red outfits and delicious macarons from Laduree (thanks Lina!!!).

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Hattie got her first experience with sponge curlers, and Violet played along… I love those curls (though with the humidity they don’t last very long at all).

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Violet went on a field trip to Casacon, a hardware/homegoods type store, her first field trip and she was so excited.

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We celebrated Language Week, and I gave presentations to both classes about Cantonese, Hattie was my picture helper.  The kids were good and learned how to say thank you, Happy New Year and the year 1’s learned to count to 10.

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There was a lot of playing with friends, at parties, at lunch and around Talatona.

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Quilt Group finished our auction quilt, and I love how it turned out!  (It went for $550… yay us!)


More ballet cuteness!

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Sister fun and pool time, thanks to friends, we sure miss our pool!

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Hattie in her fanciest everything, heels on a bike, adorable!


Sophie and some school events, buddy fun day and her totem pole.

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We attended LIS Quiz Night and kicked some butt with our awesome team of smartie pants folks!  First place (in a nail biter) and some fun with really great people!

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We celebrated Lisset’s 9th birthday with a fancy masquerade party and an evening with friends.  Always fun to get dressed up, and craft some great masks.  Love these girls!

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January Catch up- 2016

January was busy, getting back into the swing of things, and normal life!

The girls played some basketball.

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The little girls had a lot of ballet, and were just super cute and adorable!

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Hattie went to her first birthday party for her friend Lucy.  She was so excited!

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Hattie and I hung out, created some Valentine’s art and I got a couple projects finished up! Hattie continued to bond with Coco and I also got to play with modeling chocolate to make that super cute scientist down there!

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Sophie and her friend Channol teamed up to present their summative assessment about water quality on the earth.

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My kids at the bus stop, and man, Violet has awesome hair!

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Hattie loves when we ride the bus to school and she can play with her Prep 4 buddies before the bell rings.  Charlotte and Mia are so nice and play with Hattie all the time!

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January was a lot of fun!

Pre-Christmas 2015

Because we were going to be tripping around on trains, planes and automobiles (just kidding, no cars, just taxis, buses, trams and others) during our Christmas trip we decided to have all the girls open their presents from Jeff and I before we left, we just didn’t need more stuff to haul around Europe!

So the weekend before we left we had a little Christmas celebration.  We watched Home Alone (1 and 2) and had homemade hot chocolate (I will never make it another way again) and opened several presents.  The girls loved it, and it made the trip a whole lot easier for us, without having to ruin Santa and his day.

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This was the year of homemade gifts… the girls got at least 1 homemade gift.  Sophie got a pineapple quilt (the pineapple craze hasn’t left her life yet), Violet got a doll with a variety of clothes, and Hattie got a bunch of peg dolls (our family and her Frozen friends).  We had a lot of fun, and the girls seemed to like everything, always a plus!

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After all that Christmas fun there wasn’t anything left to do but pack and leave on our exciting trip!  We couldn’t wait1

Aerial, Ballet and Cute Girls

A few other pictures that needed to be shared before we leave for vacation!

I went to one of Sophie’s aerial classes to see her progress and was amazed at how strong she has gotten and what a good job she is doing.  So fun to see her learn grow and like this new skill.

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Violet had her last couple days of ballet, so we had to get a couple pictures of the group, they are such cute kindergarteners!

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I had to take a few pictures in front of the Christmas tree, we had a lot of, “hold still” and “just smile for one second” before we got this… but hey, one cute pictures is fun!


Santa Claus in Monte Belo!

We had cookie decorating and a Santa visit here in MB again this year.  As a special treat the ballet class performed before Santa arrived, and they did great!  It was pretty adorable, and they were so excited to be there and not scared at all.  It was a lot of fun, and all their friends got to cheer for them.  There were so many kids there this year… at least 3 times the number from other years!  It was just utterly a mad house in there!  Hattie wanted nothing to do with Santa, she sat on Jeff’s lap, far away from the action and then flipped out when she had to get near him… we like the torture and took a picture anyways!

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Always an adventure with these girls!