Monday, April 19, 2010

Semana Santa

Now that I've mostly recovered from being sick, I'd like to share our Semana Santa (week preceding Easter) adventures. We had a few highlights over the week:
-Friends visiting
-great birthday
-beach trip

On Sunday (week before Easter), my college roommate, Ashley, arrived here in Jarabacoa with her husband, Paul and her baby girl (2 days older than Timmy).
The following day, we relaxed in the morning, had a Dominican lunch in town, and then went to the Ark (ministry of Kids Alive) to meet up with Brian, another friend who went to college with Ashley, Paul, and I. Together, we all went to the lower Jimenoa waterfalls. Other adventures that week included swimming in the pool, playing card games together, and watching Daniel run in the Jarabacoa marathon (which isn't actually a marathon). However, a highlight of the week for me was Wednesday, when I had an extra special birthday. Because Paul and Ashley were visiting, Daniel took Wednesday off, and we hiked down to the upper Jimenoa, kiddos and all. Once there we swam, picnicked, and just enjoyed the beautiful day. The Upper Jimenoa falls is my favorite waterfall in Jarabacoa. However, we don't usually visit it unless we have visitors to take (I'm not sure why, we just don't usually think to go). To reach the falls, we drive about 20-30 minutes up the mountains, and then hike down about 30 minutes. The hike back up is a tough one, and takes much longer than the hike down!
After we returned home we showered quickly and headed back out for a birthday dinner at my favorite restaurant, La Lena. Following this, we returned home again for a wonderful birthday dessert party, thrown by my hubby and attended by many E.C. staff. My wonderful husband used all his spare time at the beginning of the week baking cookies, a lemon cake, and an angel food cake.
Easter Sunday began, for us, with a sunrise service on the mountain, followed by an Easter egg hunt for the little ones and a brunch. After relaxing some, we headed to a nearby waterfall for a picnic and swimming (see video of Jer singing, and video of Easter hunt below).
The following day we piled into a rental and headed for the beach, where we relaxed, had dinner on the beach, swam in the pool, played in the sand, and just enjoyed ourselves.
We returned Tuesday night, and our guests left the following day.
Altogether it was a wonderful time of catching up, playing with babies, relaxing, having fun, and just being together. Thanks for visiting Paul, Ashley, and Savannah!

Pictures from Semana Santa:



Easter egg hunt:

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Babies at the beach:

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

More Videos!

Here's Timmy talking away:
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Jeremiah attempting to hold Timmy:

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This one is for my mom, taken at Kermes (JCS school carnival). She requested a video of me dancing and singing. I'm not dancing, or singing actually, but it's close...

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Some Requested Videos

First, Tina and Faye playing together.

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And don't worry, Tina climbed out of the hole. :)

And next, Jeremiah singing. Jeremiah sometimes sings "real songs" (like ABCs, twinkle twinkle little stars, jingle bells, etc.), but he often makes up his own songs, as you'll see in this video. And if you can't tell, he singing, "Let's go and see some mucho agua!"

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Kermes pics

Before I put up pictures from spring break, I want to share some photos that have been sitting in my camera for awhile. The following are pictures from Kermes, the school carnival JCS had in March:


Throwing a little football

Ring toss

Fishing


Duck pondTimmy hanging out with daddyGetting his face painted



And for some random pics:


Jer's puppy and bear giving kisses


Showing off his Frisbee throwing skills

Lining up his cars (he'll line up anything and call it a "choo-choo"

Hanging out under the table

Asleep on the couch

Tina and her friend

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Se0ana Santa

So haven't blogged a lot lately. For 1, I've been en1oying time with good friends I haven't seen in a while. For another, our keyboard is not working properly. For some reason, I need to hold down the function key when I type. And the space bar key doesn't work very well, meaning I have to press it down really hard and even then it often doesn't work, causing me to backspace mucho. As a result, it's taking me a long time to write anything. And with babies, garden, dogs, life, etc. it makes me less motivated to blog. And my thumb is starting to hurt. So, I'll hopefully be putting some photos of our week up soon. Because that doesn't require too much typing. Sigh. That all took way too long to write...