Sunday, December 27, 2009

Our First Jungle Christmas

Our first jungle Christmas has now come and gone. It was very memorable for many reasons. I am not feeling very creative tonight so a list of bullet points and pictures are going to have to suffice. Hope you all had a great Christmas and we wish you a very happy New Year!!!

Memorable first:

*First fake Christmas tree

*first year for colored lights (they could sing and were all broken by Christmas morning)
*first Christmas morning with no working lights on tree
*first time in years all the kids didn't sleep around the tree (Gabe needed his own bed and insisted on sleeping. We had to stop him from showering before presents, that would have broken too far from the few traditions our family does have.)

*first time decorating the tree in shorts and sweating
*first Christmas without Walmart and Target
*first Christmas Eve spent in a lake tubing
*first time we planned presents a month ahead of time (Christian bought many of the kid's gift while he was in Lima over Thanksgiving.)
*first time we bought Emma real jewlery. (silver daisy earings we bought in Arequipa before we left.)

*first time ants invaded the candy stash
*first time we froze boxes of Nerds (brought from Lima) to kill ants and picked them out
*first time our kids were happy to receive candy mixed with dead frozen ants (we only missed a few . . and what didn't have ants did 12 hours later when they forgot to close the Ziploc baggies their candy was in.)
*first time our dog ate a nativity scene and ornaments off the tree (Libby is cute but she eats everything - we are starting to think she is partially goat . . .which is good and bad. I've always wanted a goat)
*first time my oven didn't cook well and after 4 hours we had to cut off the turkey breasts and cook them in my neighbors oven
*first time the turkey feet and head were included with the turkey (Libby ate everything we didn't . she loves turkey feet.)
*first time our kids have been in a Christmas program at church . . . their debut was in Spanish.

All-in-all, it has been a great holiday . . .difficult at times missing family and friends, but amazing when we realize the friends God has given us here. So glad he came to earth so we could know him.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful 2010. We had a great evening with friends and the kids got to go out on the lake at the airbase, tubing, for Christmas eve. That is a first and a great memory for years to come. We are planning a meal tomorrow for friends and we will be cooking a turkey, flown here from Lima. Can't wait.
Santa has presents to wrap before they get opened in eight hours . . . .so buenas noches a todos.

p.s. Gabe found the camera cord so I will post pictures soon.