Family Vacation, Day 1

We picked up our kids as soon as their last day of school ended & headed out on our family vacation to PROVENCE!!! Our destination on our first night was Andorra, a tiny country located between Spain & France

It was fun to watch the landscape change as we got closer to the Pyrenees mountains & especially fun to add another country to our list!

Getting greener!!

We made it!!

A very fancy parking garage – looking out the window to see the street below!

The city of Andorra la Vella, the capital city

Everywhere we go our kids find these & love sitting on them!

A spa located in Andorra la Vella – so fancy!

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Comparisons

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Last Day of School

If it looks like they are headed to the beach, it’s because their last day of school was a “fiesta de agua” (Water Party)!

Audrey with her wonderful teacher, Manoli! Having the chance to help out in all the 3-year old classes a bit this year, I think we got the best teacher, but I am biased, of course! Manoli speaks some english, which was helpful for Audrey in the beginning. That being said Audrey can now form sentences in Spanish!!! I’d call that a successful year! 

Ezra with Maria Angeles, our answer to our prayers! She was patient with Ezra in spite of some difficulties over the past two years, was willing to work with him & with us, and  loved & appreciated Ezra for his own unique self! 

Not only did she love Ezra, she also loved Audrey!!! 

We are so grateful for the wonderful experience our kids have had in the infantil!

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Ezra’s Graduation Dance

If for some reason, you can’t play the video above, you can go to this link: https://youtu.be/ef6xvwdJKiM

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Infantil Graduation

Today was Ezra’s graduation from Infantil (kindergarten). They make a big deal out of it & even had it in the auditorium in the town hall! Each class of 5-year olds had their own ceremony (as there are 5 different classes), which made it really special since it was all the kids Ezra has spent the last 2 years with.

Mommy, Audrey & the Graduate!

Daddy with his cute kiddos!

Mommy & Daddy with their big boy! It’s a little blurry given our 3-year old photographer! 

Ezra’s class walking across the plaza!

A line of graduates heading toward the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall)

Graduation started off with a long slideshow/movie of the three years that this class had together! Seeing all that they did for activities in school & the field trips they took made me realize what an awesome experience Ezra has had! Just this year his class went to a planetarium, an Observatory (the star-gazing variety), a farm, & an apiculture school (apiculture is the management & study of honeybees)!!

Ezra receiving his diploma!

Ezra & his teacher, Maria Angeles!

Ezra’s class!

At this point, the students did an amazing dance, which I will try to upload & post a link to later! It was amazing! Ezra did a great job (with a little help from his friend)!

My super-emotional boy – his teacher was giving a little closing speech & she was getting choked up.  That combined with the sad background music was just too much for him! I love that he has such a tender heart AND how much he loves his teacher (& how much she loves him)! For the record, he wasn’t the only student crying!

In spite of the blurriness, this pictures means SO much to me – these are Ezra’s classmates just a minute or two after the preceding picture, coming to give him hugs! 

This picture is a visual representation of God’s answers to our prayers for Ezra in infantil! He had a great teacher that he came to love, he made friends, & he learned Spanish! An added bonus is that he learned quite a bit academically as well: he can write in cursive, add, subtract, & read in Spanish (cursive as well as print)! It wasn’t always easy, but I believe it has been a good experience for him!

At the park after school with a fellow american & graduate (from another 5-year old class)! 

The kids insisted on a group shot with Audrey! 

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Climbing our mountain

Taking a break at the top of the ‘mountain’!

Admiring the view!

Spanish Poppies

Silly faces!

Looking for bugs under the rocks!

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It’s been a rough week…

On Sunday Micah went into Madrid to play basketball as part of a group of guys that have a tournament this Saturday and while there he lost the only key we had left for our car! After retracing his steps, he called a locksmith who recommended that he call our car insurance company. They had a tow truck sent to bring both our car & Micah home! So since Sunday night our car has been sitting useless. A new key has been ordered, but we have to wait until Friday or Saturday to pick it up.

On Tuesday, Micah wanted to play basketball with his normal Tuesday night team, but as we didn’t have a car, he decided to take our moped (it was given to us when we moved here, but we haven’t used it much & due to issues with the paperwork haven’t been able to get rid of it). He was gone a little longer than I anticipated & when he returned he looked like this:

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This is after he had taken a quick shower & changed out of his dusty, ripped up clothes. I sent a picture of his palm to my nurse friend asking if we could clean it with soap & water and after she asked if I had “X,Y, & Z” and hearing that I didn’t, she offered to come over with her supply of stuff and help clean Micah up! She started in on the worst wound and after about 10 or 15 minutes she decided that some of the gouges were really deep & he was going to need stitches. At this point, it was 10:45 and we had NO car! She offered hers, but they have a really nice car & I was nervous about driving it. She also offered to watch our kids, but she has young kids of her own, so I didn’t want her missing out on valuable sleep! We ended up borrowing a colleagues car & called another colleague who is an EMT to drive Micah. He seemed almost excited about a hospital run at 11 at night! They returned at 2:30 A.M. after Micah was cleaned up & had stitches put in one knee & two different holes in his elbow!

My poor husband looks a bit like a mummy these days!! 

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