Category Archives: Angola

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!




End of Term Parties!

The room moms were super on top of things this year and planned end of term parties for the Year 4 and Year 1 kids.  They presented the teachers with their presents and then had a TON of food for the kids, all held during snack time.  It was a lot of fun to go and see the girls play with their friends, and get some pictures of them all together… I think I am getting all nostalgic here, who knew that would happen!?!

For Sophie each parent brought food to share for all 3 classes, the amount of food was insane!  Here are some pictures of Sophie and Molly, and then Sophie with Mafalda, Alissa and Stella.  It has been nice having more girls move here, her age group has been overwhelmingly male since we arrived!

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Violet’s Year was mostly organized by room moms, we had a good amount of cupcakes and then a whole bunch of other treats showed up, she definitely didn’t eat her lunch that day… she ate at least 3 muffins… but better muffins than cupcakes, right?  A few of Vi with her buddies, Miranda and Hayley and one of her with Henry.

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Random November

A few other November things that didn’t fit into other categories!

Hattie found some old stockings in the Christmas box and decided they were pretty good socks!  She is so dang funny right now (and so TWO, if you know what I mean!).

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There has been a lot of ballet lately… and when Hattie participates she is dang cute.  Violet is getting better all the time, her balance is getting better and maybe she will be flexible one day!

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Hattie likes walking her baby to the bus, and playgroup and several places… and then I get to walk her baby back home afterwards!


MB Thanksgiving 2015

This was my last year organizing the Thanksgiving here at MB (seriously… I don’t care what else happens, Jeff will kill me if I ever do this again!).  Luckily, I had my friend Roxanne helping me co-chair everything… as always, the event was fabulous and the tables were great!  The hostesses always do a great job decorating their tables, and no matter how different they are they are always beautiful and make the event a success!  This year I remembered to take pictures of all the tables, so I could share them.

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This year I decorated a table with Lisset, we had too much fun.  We visited the local fabric store and bought the fabric for our tablecloth and runner and pooled together resources from our houses… jars from everywhere, lights from me, cute crates from her and a whole lot of flowers from all over the neighborhood.  I loved how it turned out!

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As always I didn’t take enough pictures once the party started, but I did get one of the kids and our table… so at least I took some!

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Math Expert Teacher Sophie!

The Math coordinator for the PYP had a coffee morning to explain the math program to the parents and discuss the approach they have in IB, the differences between traditional (old) practices and answer any questions the parents might have.  As part of the discussion they had set up stations for all 6 years.  Each station had students from each year to teach us what they have been learning.  Some years played games, some showed us their learning, some taught us lessons… and each station was run by the students.  Sophie was asked to be at the Year 4 station.  It was cute, all the students had tags that said their names and Expert Teacher underneath.  Adorable, and well worth it, as it helped me understand how she is learning to learn, always appreciated.

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