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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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Preschool Graduation

My friend Lisette put together a super cute preschool and Kindergarten graduation… so all the Prep 4 and Year 1 kids had a little party at the rec center, with lots of food, crazy playing and a good lot of fun!

We love our friends from Prep 4, there is such a fun group of them… 6 from MB, but Kameron is already in the states.  Lots of pictures!  Lisette did all the decorations, I did the cupcakes and many, many other people helped with the food and setup.  So cute!

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Our cute graduate!

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A bunch of fun MB moms… missing a couple, but this is pretty good!


Love these ladies, they make Angola a great place to be!

Sports Day Spring 2015

Today was Sophie’s spring Sports Day.  They had tug of war, relay races, and 10 different activities… a lot of fun, and the weather stayed nice until the last couple events.  Hattie was great, and didn’t get in the way of the big kids, she played nicely by the stroller, and Violet even came out for recess at the time that Sophie was nearest her classroom… so we all got to say “Hi!”

Pictures of everything, they are pretty self explanatory, lots of activities, and relays…

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Edie the Penguin- Music Program 2015

The Year 3 and 4 students all joined together for a musical production of Edie the Penguin. It was cute, and nice and short.  A good bunch of adorable songs all about saving the planet.  Sophie was a chorus member and drove a car along in the section about reducing emissions.  My favorite part, besides Sophie looking so adorable, was when the played the British national anthem as the penguins travelled to England, but played America from West Side Story while they travelled to the US… because it is super funny to hear “12 to a room in America” as the main anthem fro your country!  Here are some pictures of Sophie during the performance, and me keeping the little girls busy before it all started.

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Another end of year program in the bag!

JRay Ultimate Goodbye 2015

Aggg… more goodbyes, for more good friends.  Man, I hate saying goodbye.  This goodbye was a lot of fun, though.  John planned an Ultimate Championship with teams and a variety of games.  Roxanne and I were excited to make medals for all the winners, and some ribbons for the kids.  Jeff and John were team captains and they randomly picked teammates.  Most of the couples were split up, and it made the competition more interesting!  We all sat and listened to John explain the games, rules and watched the draft.

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We set up games and an obstacle course on the tennis court for the kids, and they were pretty good about either watching the adults, or playing on their own.  It was a long night for them (I think we ended around midnight).

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The first event of the night was dodgeball… and my team (John’s team) got beat all three rounds… uggh.  We sure tried, but it just wasn’t our game.  We had a lot of fun though!

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The next game was Ultimate Frisbee.  We had a boys game, a girls game and a mixed game.  Can I say that that was tiring?  We didn’t think it was as much of a workout, but with only 3 people on each of the girls teams we never stopped running around!  We were pretty disgusting afterwards!  In addition, my team won all three games!

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The last game was corn hole (AKA beanbag toss.  The team captains split our team into pairs, and then we had a bracket tournament to get an ultimate winner.  Cobus and I played the first game versus Jeff and Jen.  We won handily… so pleased.  Our team won 3/4 rounds.  But the last game was Paul and Esmari (Jeff’s team) and Cobus and me (John’s team).  We could have won, but Paul was on fire and pulled out the win.

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Which meant that Jeff’s team won the team competition.  Esmari and Paul won the gold medals, Cobus and I won silver and John and Roxanne won bronze.  It was a pretty great night!  John’s idea worked out perfectly and everyone participated and had a good time.

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Until the end when Edgar bit Lina’s gold medal and snapped it in to pieces (as it wasn’t really gold, just baking soda and cornstarch).


PYP Art Exhibition

The preschool had an art exhibition to show off some of the art they created in atelier this year.  Violet was pleased to show off her work.  They always set it up like an actual gallery, and it is so cute, but hard to find your child’s art… oh well, trade off!

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Party Night in MB

Our buddy Jackson had his 5th birthday party (Big Hero) and we all just stayed afterwards for a night of park games and fun times with friends.  So here are some party pics, I made the BayMax 2.0 cake, and the cute decor that Jen put together.  And then pics from the night.  Sorry for the quality of some, but since I had my camera with me I couldn’t help but take some pictures even though it was dark and the picture quality isn’t fabulous.  I want to document some of the fun we have here in Monte Belo.

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May Random Fun

I have a good bunch of pictures with no other theme in common than they happened in May.  So here is a photo dump of the month!

Hattie had a lot of fun, wearing her Halloween costume, which she never actually wore for trick or treating, but now regularly wears.  I came home from my work out one day and Hattie had her baby wrapped on her back, Rosa had helped her tie the baby on, and it was so adorably cute!  We also have been having play group at the pool… Hattie LOVES it!

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I started my monster La Passacaglia quilt, and made a little bit of progress.

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My dear friend Catherine moved from Monte Belo and is going to Thailand for her next assignment.  While collecting pictures for her goodbye slideshow I found some great older pictures.  So here are some pictures from that night and a few others throughout the last little while!  Hattie is going to miss her buddy Lou… and I am going to miss Catherine something fierce!

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Jeff and I celebrated our 12th Anniversary.  We couldn’t get a baby sitter, so the kids came with us.  Luckily, Violet’s best friend, Isadora, was there with her family, so they all played and we actually got to chat and eat a little without all the kids being crazy.

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We had Mother’s Day and I managed to snag a picture with the cuties who call me Momma!


We had our monthly international lunch date… always delicious, and always good company.  The kids even behaved themselves nicely.

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A lot of other fun things, crazy girls who are adorable, senior missionaries coming for dinner and FHE, and Mr. Paul playing with Hattie and Joey at the park.  May was a fun month!

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It’s Sew Great to be Eight!

When we arrived back in Luanda the first thing we started getting ready was Sophie’s birthday party.  This year we were having a sewing party.  WE made hair bows, cute embellished wall hangings and ate a lot of food, including button cookies!  The girls were super cute, and most of them were very into the craft and super serious about finishing.  I misjudged how hard it would be for them to thread the needles and spent a lot of time tying knots and threading needles, but it was fun for the kids, and I only had 2 hours of non-stop stress!  Their projects turned out adorable, though, even the ones that didn’t spend that much time decoration had cute end results!

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Those were some crazy little girls, so silly and goofy!


We love our cute 8 year old, and are so happy to have her in our lives!


Swim Gala 2015

Last Wednesday Hattie and I suffered through some serious heat to watch Sophie in her annual swim gala, which is the swim meet near end of year for the kids to show off what they have been learning.  This year Jeff got to come and watch one of Sophie’s races with us, but there were over 55 races total, so he couldn’t stay for the backstroke events.  We are just glad he got to come at all!  Sophie did great this year, her strokes are getting better, and she has shown a lot of improvement from last year (where she kept running into the ropes), she did really well on all her events, we are so proud of her!  (Last picture is of Sophie and her friend Mafalda)

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