With no internet and all the things that fill up a day here, putting up blog posts just hasn’t been happening. But, there have been some cool/fun/strange/different/new things we’ve seen over the last few weeks that we wanted to share…
Starting with the sweet stuff…in Guayaquil we found some monster merangues (sospiros)…we used to get them at the bakery down the street from our house in San Jose, Costa Rica on market days. It was a fun way to remember an old “home” and be introduced to a new home!
Seems that chocolatey drinks in the morning are a big thing here (no complaints from our kids). Amazing how quickly we found one we like, the colacao was much much better than the chocolisto. Again, a fun thing as we get settled, but I am sure it won’t be in our pantry all the time! :)
Just a look at some of Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador.
Classic Elijah moment…waiting to go for lunch, he found some reading material at the mechanic shop.
New vegetable…a Jonah cucumber! On the list soon to get will be a hammock!!
Finally a family picture IN Ecuador!!
Yogurt is another big thing here…I thought it was a jug of milk at first. But, you can buy yogurt in jugs while most of the milk comes in (straight back to my Canadian roots) BAGS!
First time I’ve ever seen a best before date on eggs!
Of course the staff at the guest house we stayed at when we first arrived fell in love with the kids…And I am sure our kids were no end of entertainment playing in the pool all day!
The scenery is absolutely stunning here…these are just a couple from our trip from Guayaquil to Loja taken by Jonah while we were driving!
This is Loja!
Our apartment is set for four people…mealtimes were a little crowded until Leo and Lulu let us borrow a larger table. We’ve added more dishes, added more mattresses and the landlord brought us up a larger fridge to replace the bar fridge we had…nice to be able to put a few days worth of food in the fridge!
Judah taken to finding himself little hiding places…
First Friday fiesta here…we ordered pizza…We’ve changed from a pepperoni family to a Hawaiian family, and the pizza we got had pinapple AND peaches on it!
Keeping with cooking….these bad boys went in my soup last week. So did the head, but it kept popping up over the edge of the pot and I had to keep pushing it back in! I asked and some people eat (chew) on them, while others just put them to the side. I took them out before serving the soup!
Ahhhh! Familiar things are so cool. But OMO was familiar from Burkina Faso, and Nigeria! The washing machine wasn’t working the first week and a half, our clothes spent a lot of hours wet, but never really washed. It would take 6 or 7 tries to get it to wash and not just fill and empty. You can imagine the backlog with 8 of us! But, now things are coming out smelling just like they did when we lived in West Africa, and I love it!
Sometimes the menu needs to be inside, and outside, and on the truck…
Finally getting back to school…learning about Ecuador. You wouldn’t believe the field trips the kids are planning based on what we’ve been learning!
At Viche and Narcissas we had an empanada fiesta!! Narcissa whipped off 50 of them in no time flat. It took me forever to get this little guy to look like he was the right shape. Once they finally gave me a little oil to put on my hands, I was able to keep the poor thing together. The kids LOVED them, and I’m not sure if we should be proud or mortified that between the 7 in our family, 21 were eaten, mostly by the boys!!
This sight warms my heart! As does boys coming to call on the kids yesterday to go play! They’ve been playing well after dark the last two days and loving it!!
This is how we get an internet signal right now…hence the lack of updates…Hopefully soon we’ll have internet of our own!
And, last but not least…we found a house. We’ll save inside pictures until we’re there, but it’s got enough room for all 8 of us, and God provided everything that we had even imagined on our “list” in this house!
Here’s our crew on the way to church!