¡Felíz Día de la Mamá! 2014

I remember going though a list of “firsts” when we first moved here.  This year, I am documenting many of our “lasts.”  Today, I went to my very last Peruvian Mother’s Day show at my children’s school.  It was as Peruvian as it could get.  Rented costumes, fees for manualidades (crafts to make for the moms), items to buy and give toward the food canastas (baskets) that they give out to a mom from each class, and a show that lasted the majority of the day.  🙂  It was a joy to see all three of our littles perform this Mother’s Day.  I have a ton of pics to post, but I post them because I know I will love looking back at them in the years to come…

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this is Olivia Newton John the night before her stellar performance (first time for this momma to ever use overnight curlers like this)
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Bethany and I went to get manicures the day before. I wished myself a “Happy Mother’s Day” with this sparkly pink french manicure.
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the baskets for every grade. I thought I would have a good chance to win one since I had three chances this year… no such luck.
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my “granjero” (farmer)
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the banner walking in
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Sandy all ready to perform “You’re the One that I Want”
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it may not be leather, but we got the “all black” look down
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there’s a smile. He was such a grumpalumpugus all morning.
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my pin
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I was told to fix Ana’s hair with lots of little braids. There you have it.
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Hasley and Ana–school BFF’s
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Dafne, Mags, and Ana Paula
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Cohen’s 1st performance
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Yeah, the Zorro hat was all that we had in the house that would work. Ha!
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Ana played the flauta and she sang. This made her Show Choir mom AND her marching band dad very happy.
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somebody wasn’t too exited about their 2nd performance
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There might have been an ice cream bribe. 🙂
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Vilma Picapiedra (Wilma Flintstone)
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some sibling love in between performances
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Hasley and Ana aka Wilma and Betty Flintstone
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my three beauties
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look at the body of that hair
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my little Amazonian
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Wilma checking the stage out
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does it get much cuter than these three?
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Ana was picked to draw the name for the basket. She didn’t pick my name, unfortunately.
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Cohen’s class
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dance time
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glad he had some shorts on
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the caboose got left behind
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there they go
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The Flintstones
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🙂
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in her Arequipa dress
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Maggie ready to perform her traditional dance
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🙂
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arms up
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Kindergarten
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our Arequipeña
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Ana and her Miss (Angela)
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“Mom, get a picture of my skirt twirling.”
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the lone girls
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class pic
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my Mother’s Day gifts from the school crafts
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Can you see Cohen’s “signature?”
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Ana’s sweet handwritten note (capitalized red letters and all) 🙂
¡Felíz Día de la Mamá! 2014

Healthy Cookies from Skinnytaste

Okay people, read the title, “H-E-A-L-T-H-Y.”  Don’t go complainin’ when they don’t taste like unhealthy cookies.  Truth be told, they are not my favorite.  But the fact that my kids LOVED them means that I will be making these again.  And who can beat TWO ingredients?  Here is where you can find the original recipe with lots of professional photos:

HEALTHY COOKIES from SKINNYTASTE

Now on to my un-professional notes and photos.  🙂

The ingredients of the original cookie are the following:

  • 2 RIPE bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup of quick oats

Things I would suggest adding after making them:

  • nuts
  • chocolate chips
  • peanut butter chips

You just mix them together and spoon them onto a cookie sheet (and don’t forget to grease the cookie sheet like me).  I fit them all on the same pan.  You bake them at 350 F for 12-15 minutes.

And my kids ate them up.  How can you beat bananas and oats as a snack?  As the website says, you can serve them for breakfast, in a lunch, anytime.  There is no added sugar!  If I can get away with my kids being excited about cookies just by using the word and shape, I am a happy momma.

Healthy Cookies from Skinnytaste

December 2012

I am behind on blogging about several different events from this month so I thought I would just kill 20 birds with one stone.  🙂  This won't cover it all, but here is our December at a glance with some pictures to help tell the story…

1.  Our new Cafe Connection location had its inauguration.  I have been averaging a pan of brownies a week to sell to the cafe.  Business is picking up.  Slowly but surely.

Emilia and the kids standing at the entrance to the cafe. The cafe shares an interior patio with a restaurant in the downtown area.
Emilia and Emilio manning the counter.
Maggie and Ana enjoying their hot drink at the inauguration.

2.  Emilia has been teaching a Christmas series this month for Sunday School.

singing with our house church kids. Emilia knows so many kids songs in Spanish. She has been such a wealth of knowledge.

3.  Somebody got their first major haircut.

before
After. She says she still has “hair like Rapunzel.”

4.  We made Christmas cookies.

the sprinkle queen

5.  Ana's Kindergarten graduation party

the graduate
Ana and Alejandro (they have a history)
father/daughter dance
in all her glory

6.  We have eaten our share of Paneton and hot chocolate this season.

Cirilo shared in the Christmas treat with us one day before his study with Greg.

7.  Christmas dresses that Gram bought last year fit us this year!

aren't they cuties

8.  Greg and I celebrated our 8th Anniversary.

we look a little bit older than our engagement photos. 😉
Aside from a fun date night, Greg wrote me my traditional love letter and I made him a blackberry cobbler… his favorite.

9.  A little paint action outside on the patio.

sibling fun. I love that these three can play well together.

10.  I can't find poinsettas here, but I came up with my own red and white flower arrangement for the season.

my $2.50 bouquet from the neighborhood market

11.  We performed a Christmas drama in both of the schools where I work.  It was our family Christmas project this year.

Don't we look like a great Maria and Jose gringo pair?!
the set-up of the five “casas” that Joseph and Mary visited the night of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem

And Ana sang a solo in the drama…

12.  Our Celebration gathering met the Sunday before Christmas in Naranjal.

the church handed out toys to the children in the community
We got to meet Alfredo and Judith's new sons!!!

13.  A McKinzie Christmas

the “Santa” loot
two little girls wore their helmets nearly all day waiting for the family to go the park to try out their new bikes.
and one sweet little boy got a sandbox (that his Daddy built)
a sweet picture if you ask this momma

14.  An end-of-the-year party for the girls school and a gathering for the teachers and principals I worked with

the two third grade classes, the principal, one of the teachers, and me
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December 2012