Tuesday, December 18, 2012

It's Christmas time!

I really like the month of December in Brazil. Unlike the USA in so many ways, but most importantly the silly fluff of everything that surrounds Christmas that isn't about Jesus. Here in Brazil the weather is warming up and the days are getting longer. We are sweating, swimming and staying up late. The Christmas decorations are up around town and churches are singing specials songs. Yes, Papai Noel is around, but he is not worshiped and adored. Jesus is worshiped and adored. Well, at the least he is celebrated as the whole reason for Christmas.
Happy Birthday Jesus!

Update on the little ones: They are playing together much better these days. After being frustrated with the amount of toys spread throughout our not-so-big apartment we started a new toy rotation. We are on week three and we are all much happier. They get a "new" box of toys each week and mommy doesn't have to repeatedly trip over toys everywhere.
Karis finished up her first year of preschool last week! She was ready for a break, but mommy misses school. She is still independent and full of energy. She is so funny lately. She calls girl friends, ladies, and even Lydia "my girl" and "minha filha" (my daughter: what I call her and Lydia a lot in Portuguese).

Lydia is bursting with personality. She loves wearing necklaces and hates hair bows.  She enjoys following Karis around. She is saying night-night, bye bye, au au (the sound a dog makes in Portuguese), hey, and mama. Even the tias in the nursery at church noticed her mad dancing and clapping skills.