Friday, July 29, 2016

Moving Day!

Today was the much anticipated moving day! Ever since Sarah, Lindsey and I arrived back in Cochabamba, number 1 on the priority list was find apartments. Mine and Sarah's contract ends at the end of July and with school starting back on Monday (so not looking forward to that alarm!), I knew I needed to get moved in before then. 

I spent my first week back mostly at the hogar and looked up apartments online. My friend Danitza, her husband and I drove around one night too looking for apartments. Finally last Sunday in the classifieds Lindsey and I spent the day calling about possibilities for both of us. I drug Sarah and Lindsey with me to visit the apartment below and we all agreed it was the one!

I signed the contract Monday and then during the week Lindsey helped me move most of my stuff over. This morning was the day to move furniture. I have the most wonderful, helpful friends who didn't mind (well, if they did they didn't show it!) sitting outside for 2 hours waiting on the transporte to arrive and then carry all that furniture up four flights of stairs... They truly are the best!

I'll write another blog with pictures when everything is organized and decorated... I still have so much to do!

My apartment is on the top floor.

 For now this may just be the living room as I don't have a kitchen table and chairs.

 My bedroom... Love all those cabinets!

 Our apartment building has two patios. One is shared by everyone, and this one is just for me!

 Waiting on our transport truck to arrive... I'd been given the name of someone to call and had spoken with him multiple times throughout the week. I couldn't imagine there would be any issues this morning. When I called to tell him we were ready, he said that he hadn't actually written down where I told him to go and since he couldn't remember, he sent the guys with the truck to a random corner in downtown Cochabamba to wait on me, and I could call them if I wanted to tell them where to come. Seriously. After multiple phone calls, I finally got in touch with them and it seemed that they finally knew where to go. There were also blockades today which getting around a little trickier as well. After TWO HOURS of them not showing up, we gave up. Ana Rita, my co-teacher and also the most helpful friend ever, flagged down another transporte. We thought he was going to help us, but then he drove away. Right after that, the first truck arrived but she sent them away, saying we'd been waiting hours and they were too late. She then went out in search of another one and he followed her back to my house. He ended up helping me move and then went back to our other apartment and helped Sarah move into her new apartment too. 

 Sarah and I always go to the "puppy market" (an area in front of the stadium where people can sell puppies) on Sunday mornings to see all the dogs for sale. We really want one, and she wants to name it Thor. This dog came up to our door and was hanging out with us while we waited to move, and she thought he might be a Thor. It did seem like a good name for him!

 All loaded up and ready to go!

As it's my apartment, I should have probably been down there helping them move up furniture instead of taking pictures of them doing all the work! ;)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A visit to the USA!

Ever since we were told we aren't allowed to post pictures of our kids on the internet (new Bolivian law), blogging has been a lot more sporadic. I miss being able to show off our cute kids and all the silly things they do! We still take lots of pictures, but I guess they're just for us to enjoy... 

A lot happened in the month I was in the States. CDA is going through some big transitions, and I'll update you on that when I'm able to do so. Just know that for now, it's been so great to be back!

Hope you enjoy a random assortment of pictures... !

 I tried out a few Spanish churches while home... I drug my mother along to the first one I went to, and they gave her a print-out of the sermon in English so she was able to follow along. The people were super welcoming and friendly- almost to Belén's (our church in Cochabamba) level, but not quite!

 Amy and her children, Tommy and Cherry.

 Donuts every Sunday morning!

After 11 years at FUMCB, Bro. David retired. I was happy I was able to be there on his last Sunday!

 I had to get some documents legalized for school... I quickly received them back after the first step and was feeling pretty good about getting them done so quickly, and then realized I'd messed them up after sending them off for the next step... Legalizing documents is such a pain! 

I'm always most excited about the food when I go home... There are plenty of Bolivian foods I really like and many I've acquired a taste for, but desserts in Bolivia just don't compare to desserts in the States... Had to fill up on as much chocolate as I could!

 She's such a good hairstylist... Check her out!

 I want a dog SO BAD. My mom and sister help at the Humane Society and they recently got the most adorable little chihuahua named Lily. I really wanted to adopt her and bring her back to Bolivia with me, but I didn't have time to do all the necessary paperwork I needed to be able to bring her... I did go visit her though! Once I get settled in a new apartment, adopting a dog is number one on my list of priorities!

 Firecracker 5k on the 4th of July

Hanging out with my niece, Meatball

Our neighborhood has a new "Little Free Library" courtesy of my mother!

 We love visiting the St. Jude Dream Home every summer! Hoping we win the house... I can think of a few uses for that money ;)

My mom made this little fairy garden for Hilary's birthday... It was so cute!

 Picking up Mardi Gras float supplies for the Humane Society... Only Madre got a comfortable ride home that day!

Back in Dallas and ready to head back to La Llajta... This was the first time I came back with three suitcases and two super heavy carry-ons and it will NEVER happen again, I assure you. Walking through the Miami airport with all my stuff was the worst.

Friends from church picked me up at the airport on Sunday morning. I wanted to go to church but also wanted to go to the hogar to see the kids, but knew we'd arrive late to church if I went to pick them up. Our friends suggested we come anyway as there was a lunch after the service. I took 5 of the big girls with me and they were THRILLED to be back at Belén... as was I! It was great to see everyone again, and they were welcomed back by almost everyone in attendance... We've accepted the fact that they love our kids more than they love us, and that's okay! :)