Friday, June 21, 2013

Catching Up: April

We kicked off April by celebrating my birthday and then Stephen's 4th birthday a few days later. We decided to throw a joint birthday party for Stephen and Alex this year with a Mario Kart theme. I will write a separate post about this later, as it really did turn out to be such a fun party, but here is a picture of all the kids who came:

With the lull between short-term groups, we decided to devote the months of April and May to some extended, focused language study. Our teacher came 4 days a week for 3 hours a day. By the end of the two months, she said she felt like we had made some definite improvements and were now between mid- and high-intermediate in our ability. So that was encouraging. Rusty also preached his first sermon in Spanish during this time.

Our teacher, "Chela"
 At the end of April, we went on a field trip with some of the families in our homeschool group. We visited the Cuicocha crater lake and had lunch in a restaurant on the crater rim. Afterwards, we had planned on visiting and touring the Cochasqui pyramids, but we ran out of time, so we went to see the Cascadas de Peguche instead. Here are a few pictures. (I also wrote extensively about -- and posted several pictures of -- this day on my other blog, so if you are interested in reading more, you can click here.)

Some of the boys in the homeschool group posing with our very first Flat Stanley, received from some friends in Oregon!
Benjamin really loved this little dog at the restaurant
The Cascadas de Peguche

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