I’m sure all of you are busy preparing for Christmas! Only 3 days left! We too have been busy and our days have been full. Even though I try to plan in advance, there are still cards to make, gifts to wrap, and goodies to prepare. Here is little recap of some of our holiday festivities and a preview of the upcoming weekend:
Thursday: Kate had her little performance at the daycare/church. She did great and really enjoyed herself, without even crying that much when she saw us. Her class performed with mini hula-hoops. It was all a bit unorganized – kids were either crying, free-styling, looking like a deer in headlights, or just randomly moving the hoop around. It was pretty funny/cute/darling though to see them all up on stage.
The weekend: We went on a double date to Outback with friends on Friday (all the way on the other side of town... Kate had a baby-sitter and kept saying before, "I don't like baby-seeter". So cute.) We planned our Christmas menu and events for the week, and met the owner of the house we rent here – she and her husband live/work in Mexico.
Monday: We were invited to a Christmas party-BBQ for the construction workers at the Project that our friends the Griffiths put on. It was a lovely event with delicious food: grilled meat, tortillas, and homemade pico de gallo. Afterwards, we headed over to one of the children’s homes to have dinner with our friends Candace and Aaron. (We met Candace 8 years ago when we first were down in Costa Rica. She’s been serving at Project Abraham for 9 years and married Aaron, a Tico, a few years ago. Now they are house parents).
Tuesday: We had Spanish class in the morning and we went over to the other children’s homes in the afternoon, where Gabby and Esteban are the house parents. It was a great opportunity to get to know them and to practice our slowly improving Spanish. We had cafecito and pan with them and our friends Jason and Kerby. What a treat!
Wednesday: The Gringa Girls’ Christmas Party! I baked cookies in the morning and then engorged myself on delicious treats at the fiesta, which was held at Candace’s house. I forgot my camera, but the food and décor were picture perfect!
Tomorrow: We have our last Spanish class before a week off and then we head back to the children’s home in the afternoon to make cookies with the kids (Kerby and Jason are heading this up). It surely will be a festive (and fattening) afternoon.
The weekend: We will eat… again. And spend time together as a family. And exchange gifts. And celebrate the birth of Jesus.
During this holiday season, we are reminded again and again of our many blessings and count you all as one of them. Thank you all being a part of our lives! May you all have a very Merry Christmas!