img
We took another day trip to Mindo, the cloud forest about two hours from Quito. Once there we checked in with a tourism center and booked some horseback riding for later. We then headed on the little gondola across the trees and did a short hike to a waterfall. The kids attempted to get butterflies of all colors to land on them and then spent time wading into the waterfall and skipping rocks. We headed back across on the gondola in order to make our horse appointment. Unfortunately, as is common...

Comment (0) | Read more »

img
We dedicated a day to shopping in Otavalo. It was a BEAUTIFUL day with all of the volcanos out and shimmering in all their snow-capped glory. Every angle of the drive was beautiful. We did about an hour of shopping, haggling with vendors and discussing the merits of all the beautiful blankets before settling on a choice few. We ate lunch out of the back of our car and then went in with a renewed determination for round 2 of shopping. Canaan bought his first poncho and hasn't ceased to wear it si...

Comment (0) | Read more »

img
This summer some of our most favorite people in the entire world came to visit us for the first time! The trip started off dramatically with a change in travel plans for voucher points, followed by a missed flight and airport pick ups 12 hours apart. The first day we headed to Nate's soccer game, followed by some travel recovery time. Later that night we sat around our table and shared Thai Peanut Noodle Soup while I soaked in the sight of us feeding them for a night, after years of our meals al...

Comment (0) | Read more »

img
On our actual anniversary we had people for dinner so we celebrated the next night by going out to dinner. After getting seated at a new place we realized it wasn't our style and ended up heading to La Burguesa instead to enjoy blue cheese burgers and sweet potato fries! We both had thought about going out of town for a night so we booked a stay a week later at Hacienda Las Cuevas, about an hour out of the city. The skies were beautiful and the hacienda unique, with it's rooms created as part of...

Comment (0) | Read more »

img
Mother's Day 2019 was perfectly simple and meaningful. Nate and the kids made me crepes on demand and then we headed to church. Post church and lunch I packed a small bag and went over to Christine's house where Aaron had arranged for us to get massages. I took a book and read, napped and listened to music and then swapped with Christine for my massage. After, fully relaxed, we watched the final episode of Handmaid's Tale while the husbands and kids cooked dinner for us upstairs. There were card...

Comment (0) | Read more »

img
Easter traditions were maintained this year, despite my travel schedule. We woke up together and I got to do the kids' easter baskets before they headed out to El Refugio for the Sunrise Service. They did a service at the cross, followed by brunch and an easter egg hunt. Meanwhile I took my time getting ready before heading out to meet my student crew for a flight to Peru. Easter was spent passing out Robins' Egg candy in the airports as we traveled! Add new comment...

Comment (0) | Read more »

img
The kids experienced their first soccer tournament this Spring. Because their team is so big, they were split into two teams (out of 4) for the tourney so they ended up competing against each other. It also meant a full morning of soccer watching for me, with one kid on the field at all times. I enjoyed watching them play. They've improved a lot. They both have really different playing styles and personalities, which is fun to see too. Nate's coaching staff did a great job directing their teams....

Comment (0) | Read more »

img
We camped a day early this year because I had to fly off to Cusco, Peru with 17 students on Easter Sunday. We packed up the cars after a half day of school and headed for El Refugio. We have the routine down now and kids all helped haul bags and set up sleeping bags. We opted for no tents this year for an easier pack up and no one complained.  I actually slept better this year than I ever have camping so I call that a win! There was a bit of rain but nothing too tragic. There were pita pizz...

Comment (0) | Read more »

img
Carnaval weekend I was in the jungle with my students. Nate also left on a trip so our kids spent two nights with the Passmores. In the jungle we pulled off a great prank and managed to spray all of the students with foam when they thought they were going to a fireworks show. It was so fun to run and chase them around the small town! Our bus was met back in Quito with a few homestay parents getting into the spirit and spraying us. My kids came to pick me up after playing a round of carnaval them...

Comment (0) | Read more »

img
For New Years' Eve this year a group got together and rented a Chiva bus. This is super typical here, though they don't usually start during daylight hours! Of course during the day the streets were full of the men dressed as viudas looking for money. We laid low as the kids don't really enjoy that experience and get a bit nervous. The Chiva was a great idea though! The middle was full of people dancing and then others lined the sides of the bus and enjoyed the view of the Floresta neighborhood ...

Comment (0) | Read more »