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. ¬†ūüôā ¬†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.

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. ūüėČ
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
December 2012