Friday, January 31, 2014

Building a Fort

The kids enjoy building forts and have done so in several different rooms of the house.  Here are some pictures from the beginning of January of them enjoying a fort in Ethan’s room.

DSCN0740I was a little big to enter the fort.  As you see Sienna is coming in via under the chair.DSCN0731DSCN0735Lovin’ it!DSCN0744

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Alumni BB Game

Each December, after Christmas, ICSB (International Christian School of Budapest) has an alumni basketball game.  I have always enjoyed going especially to see the alumni.  It has been a bit different since having kids.  A number of years one of our kids needed to take a morning nap during that time, so Gary would stay home.  One or two years Ethan didn’t like the loud blow horn (which was actually unusually loud at those times).  Last year Gary needed to work to prepare for a course that he would teach a few days later.  But, this year our WHOLE family was actually able to go (possibly the first time since having kids)! 

IMG_8609Sienna wasn’t interested in the game, but Ethan sat on my lap and watched about 3 quarters of the game. 

IMG_8621Early on Sienna ended up going in a lounge area next to the gym to play with the “big girls” (who are in middle school).

IMG_8616After the 3rd quarter Ethan decided to join them for the remainder of the game.

IMG_8618The kids both loved playing with Jessica and Nicole (who are twins) as well as Anna.IMG_8617And, as you see, all of the pictures are of the kids… not the alumni or ICSB kids.  Life is definitely different now.  Of course, I also realize that there probably isn’t anyone reading this blog who would like to see pictures of the current students or those who graduated in the last 4 years.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Christmas Day and Small World

We originally invited some families over for Christmas Day, but things were changed around and we went to the Beattys’ house.

DSCN0718It’s amazing at how it is such a small world! Ben and Rachel are missionaries in Russia and came to Budapest to work on some visa and medical things.  Yulia knew Ben from many years ago and recognized him in a mall a few weeks ago in Budapest.  She and David invited him and his family to our church.  After church I walked by Rachel and was shocked to see her.  I asked what she was doing here and found out that she was the wife of the guy I had heard about from the Beattys.  Well, Rachel and I went through a mission training together in 2003 when she was heading overseas and I was changing to a different mission organization.  She and I were both in the same group for Eastern Europe.  And then the next year, she came to Budapest and went to church with me.  That is the last time we’ve seen or had any contact with each other.  Now, we are both married and each have two kids! 

DSCN0678Rachel and I saw each other several times over a week, but it was fun to continue to catch up on Christmas Day and for them to have a place to go on Christmas Day (versus the hotel apartment where they had been staying).

DSCN0669Eight kids in all—two being girls.  I think they all had a great time playing together.   

DSCN0706Singing Christmas songs

DSCN0725After singing the kids played hide and seek.  Ethan, Lana, and Sienna decided to hide in the dog’s cage.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Christmas Eve

We invited several families over for Christmas Eve to have a Swiss meal called Raclette.  We actually met three of the people when they came to our house.  They were a single girl and her parents, all of whom teach at a school in Kenya.  They came to visit one of the single teachers from ICSB that we had invited over, so we extended the invitation to them as well.

DSCN0527We started off by singing Christmas carols.  Gary normally plays the guitar for us to sing, but one of our guests knew how to play the piano so we sang while she played the piano and the kids played instruments (Sienna is doing the sand blocks in the picture above). 

DSCN0545This was the first time that we did raclette with other children, but I think it worked fine.  We borrowed a raclette grill from some friends since one wasn’t enough for a group this size.DSCN0546Ethan and Alister enjoyed sitting next to each other.  I was thankful that Ethan ate (which he often doesn’t when socializing interferes with eating).

DSCN0564After our guests left I tried to get pictures of the kids together.  They mostly wanted to goof off.  Ethan has a funny face in this picture above, but I love how it shows Sienna laughing at him.  He makes her laugh a lot. 

DSCN0571I love watching Ethan and Sienna play and laugh together.  I especially like it when I can get a decent picture of the two of them together smiling and looking at the camera at the same time.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Ethan Learning to Play Checkers

Happy New Year!

We will see if I can keep up with the blog better in 2014 than I did in 2013, but I’m not really counting on it, especially since we will be in the States this spring.

But, I will continue to post some things from December (since I’m normally a month behind and only did one post from December).

My associate pastor and his wife mailed Gary and me this Christmas checkers set our first Christmas.  This year, Ethan said that he wanted to learn how to play, so Gary taught him.DSCN0326Sienna was interested for a very short time. 

DSCN0354There have been several nights where Ethan wanted to play before bedtime.

DSCN0358Now it’s become serious—the little chairs have been pulled out to play.

DSCN0364Contemplating what move to make next

DSCN0368Happy about what he just did (even though he isn’t going to win this round).