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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...

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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 ...

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After an intense work season the idea of a big party wasn't really appealing to me. We planned to eat dinner out with just a few friends but the day before, the restaurant we'd made reservations at called to tell us they'd decided to close for inventory! So plan b was hatched and I'm glad it was. We set up our terrace and Nate rented a heater. We ordered dumplings, egg rolls and wontons and had them delivered. (Low fuss). We made Rice Noodles with Shrimp in a Coconut Cilantro Sauce. We spent the...

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If you've done a lot of the classic tourist things in Quito and are looking for something unique, I can't recommend this more! Nate was skeptical of the kids spending 3 hours walking but I wanted to try it so we filled a bag with snacks and waters and met up with the guide at the designated point. A fun little extra was a couple from the US who adopted a boy from For His Children, an orphanage started by high school friends. They come back every year and Eden and their son really enjoyed each ot...

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We had a great and simple Christmas! We started Christmas Eve by attending the service at EFC, where Eden was delighted to run into a friend from ballet. We haven't attended this church in probably at least 7 years and I was unexpectedly hit with a wave of grief as several "old-timers" came up to me to talk about my Grandma Scoof and her passing. After the service we headed to a Filippino-style Christmas Eve dinner hosted by the Holcombs. There were two sets of Filippino families and then an Ira...

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The beauty of a Christmas at home is that we could accomplish all of our Christmas traditions at a leisurely place! It was fun to pull them off the hanging list and make them happen. We ate cinnamon rolls with the Holcombs before walking half a block to our park where the kids went up in the crane to decorate the Christmas tree. (No waiver needed here). This year they let whole families go up together and that was extra fun. We got there early so Nate asked for the top of the tree and I'm not go...

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We loved celebrating Thanksgiving with Nate's staff and friends last year so we decided to do the same this year. Mandi and Chels did a lot of cooking at home and I cooked here and then we met up at noon to finish and EAT! Meji surprised us by showing up in a full suit and we it took us a solid hour of asking questions to figure out that the suit was for us and not for a date later! We had double the sweet potato fries that we needed ... again. Apple pie bombs and pumpkin pie bombs made a repeat...

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We had a short school break and wanted to spend time with friends, but nobody wanted to have to travel far. Because 3 of the 4 of us travel quite a bit for work, sometimes it's nice to not travel. We decided to book an airbnb in the Guapalo neighborhood of Quito for some quality family/friend time. It was a relaxing time. We spent a morning at Guapalo park, where Canaan joined a family day playing soccer and tug of war with a friendly Ecuadorian family. We ate caprese pasta salad while swatting ...

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This Halloween was all about the last minute costumes for me, but it all worked out! We did our Living and Learning Halloween party a day early. The RCs turned one of the houses into a big Clue game, which was a fun way to start off the event. I went as a News Flash, which was a crack up to plan because Nate was at soccer practice and I asked Lourdes, our house helper, to tape me into the newspaper. There was no Spanish translation that was going to work with this costume!       O...

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Canaan: 3rd grade, Miss Ruegsegger, likes Geronimo Stilton books and Ninjago, has a few missing teeth. Eden: 1st grade, Miss Teal, an avid reader of Thea Stilton, likes weddings and Barbies, is starting her 3rd year of ballet.   Add new comment...

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