Sunday, March 28, 2010

Week 4

Time goes by so fast here in Brazil! I can't even believe it.
Our week started with Steven's first game of futebol here in Ribeirao. He was a little intimidated, but ended up scoring a goal. Our friends Jonathan & Luciana have been so kind to invite us along many places. We went to a city-wide event with them last night and when Jonathan got out of the car we noticed a huge cast on his right hand and arm. He had fallen during the futebol game and caught himself with his hand, but got right back up and continued to play. I was sitting beside Luciana (his wife) when it happened and she didn't seem concerned. He told us last night that it is fractured.

Karis turned 5 months old on Thursday. We put on her happy birthday onesie for the last time (I could hardly button it). She got to spend the evening with Sara and Anna Caye while mom and dad went out. She still loves her bouncy seat and grabbing anything she can get her hands on. Yesterday it was foil that she insisted on holding.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Week 3

We settled into our new home. I successfully made salsa and a cake. We hosted Brazilians in our home for the first time. I drove. We got bit by a lot of misquotes. Our house was cleaned and rice/beans made by our house helper. I got my toe nails done for 5 bucks. We ate at a pizza buffet with our new friends who leave for the jungle this week. Karis went swimming for the first time.

Friday, March 19, 2010


Whatever will work in getting Karis to sleep!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Life in Brazil

We got moved into our new apartment! During the middle of a crazy storm Steven and I were carrying all of our stuff in and out of elevators and up and down stairs. Thankfully we had the help of our great friend Anderson. Our friends the Powell's were keeping Karis for us and she freaked out because of the storm. For the whole story click here.

My computer is at the shop being fixed so hopefully I'll have it back by the end of the week??

Karis can now roll over. Back to belly and belly to back.

We met one of our neighbors and we are going over for dinner tonight.

Week 2 in Brazil- whew.

Monday, March 8, 2010

One week in Brazil

Karis is changing a lot each day! She is grabbing her toes now after she discovered them in the tub last night. The rings on her bouncy seat are no longer just to look at. She pulls the rings to hear the lion roar. Thankfully she is now letting Brasilians hold her and talk in Portuguese... she is even smiling and laughing. She does a lot of scooting and turning back and forth on her sides, but still not rolling over. I think she'll walk before she crawls because she loves to stand up. We hope to take her swimming this week before we move to our new apartment without a pool.

We have met many new friends and were excited to talk with them in Portuguese. Mostly the conversation is limited to name, where they are from (they don't have to ask where we are from), why we are here, where something is, etc.

Sunday night was our first church service. We really love the fellowship and look forward to spending more time with them. PTL a couple of them speak a little English. They also agreed to help us with language and the move! We were greatly encouraged to be with brothers and sisters.

Our favorite place is the sorveteria (ice cream shop). We go there each day to hear and speak. Oh, and eat ice cream. Brasilians love ice cream and I need to embrace the culture so I will love it too. Ha!

School is going good. We have class 3 hours a day. Steven and I are in a class of our own with a professor. Each hour is a different professor and subject. Brasilians love vowels.

Our car made crazy noises yesterday on the way to the doctor (we were meeting a potential doctor for Karis). So our boss brought us a new one while we were there. The gas was almost gone so we stopped to get just enough to get us to dinner and back. We parked at the Churrascaria, ate and loaded Karis up to leave... but the car would not start. After 10 missionaries tried to start the car we ended up pushing it backwards off the hill, putting it in first and finally it started. Steven's first time popping a clutch even though he's drove one for his whole life.

We move to our new apartment this weekend. I'm looking forward to making it our HOME! We haven't lived in one place in so long! Also we found out anything we purchase here can be shipped to our final destination.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


We made it! Our home for the next year isn't ready yet so we are living in another missionary's (who are coming soon) home. We really like it here. K is adjusting well and taking much better naps. This week is full of orientation and meetings with leadership. Today we will conquer the supermarket! Steven has already conquered driving!
Steven and I even went on a date last night while our dear friend Sara babysat! We went running and then ate ice cream (I know counter productive, but what if we had only ate ice cream and not ran?).