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It’s UnBelizeable!

Here is the low down on Day 2 of our trip. We woke up around 6 to get ready for the day and have breakfast at 7. Darlene fixed fried Jack. It’s a triangular shaped pastry that is puffed up and kind of hollow in the middle. She also fixed eggs and bacon. It’s really good to cut the top off and stuff the eggs and bacon inside it :). Add some syrup on top (or maybe not for those who don’t like really sweet stuff). We were slow to get going but while we waited, W pumped up some soccer balls for the kids. We left the camp around 11.

We got to spend a little time at Gregorio and Flora’s house. Their home is very nice for Belize standards. I didn’t get a picture of their house but it’s made out of concrete. People look at them like they’re rich compared to the homes they live in. Here are some examples:

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Those were taken as we were driving so they’re not great. But you can see that their homes are tiny. Their beds, kitchen and everything are all in the one room. Typically, their bathrooms are outside but some were inside. So Gregorio’s house is 4 bedroom and 2 bath (inside). Very nice.

I was able to get on Facebook at their house. My mom happened to be on (didn’t expect that) and I was able to check on the kiddos. Lacey was teething while I was gone so she wasn’t sleeping well and a bit fussy.

Also while we were there, W tried to open a coconut, unsuccessfully. Elsie’s son Micah was trying to tell him how and I don’t think it was coming across the right way.

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Elsie came out to see what we were doing and saw he wasn’t getting it so she showed up him.

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If you cut it off in the right spot he has a little one inch hole you can drink out of. The funny thing was, it was her first time cutting one open!! Ha! I suppose she’s been around it enough to figure it out :).

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The milk was really sweet. Apparently, if you want to drink the milk, you cut open a green one but if you want the meat inside it, you open a brown one. The meat in the green one was the consistency of yogurt…not too good. It tasted better than a coconut from here. Elsie says they grate the coconut meat with a cheese grater and cook it in their rice. Sounds yummy!

While we were waiting for Bro. Jerrel, Ms. Sue, W, Micah (whom in W’s honor changed his name to “M”, hehe) and myself walked down to a little Chinese store and got some drinks. Bro. Jerrel found us and picked us up in the van. Here is a picture of M and his little brother Jerry 🙂 (named after Bro. Jerrel)

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We finally left around 1:45 to go to Trio and start VBS. Santiago (goes to church at Bella Vista) brought his daughter Tricia (pronounced Tree see uh) to translate in Kechi and her friend Ingrid to translate in Spanish.

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The road to Trio was insane!! Again, we asked Bro. Jerrel to go back for the potholes he missed :).

When we arrived the kids had been waiting for two hours at the church. The children were beautiful. Ms. Sue taught the lesson while W was a human felt board. They didn’t have a place to put the actual board so W used his shirt.

ImageI helped hand things out. The kids were really shy and didn’t want to talk so W broke the ice with some songs.

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It took a while for the kids to warm up to us. We gave all the kids pencils. Those kids have so little they almost trampled me to get a pencil. There were about sixty of them.

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We next went to meet with a mechanic about another van to purchase for Mission Belize. They thought it may have transmission problems, then they thought it was the cadilidic converter then finally said it was actually the transmission. The thought was getting it fixed then buying it.

Then we went back to the camp for some homemade pizza. Ms. Sue and brother Jerrel came back to the camp after they ate with Gregorio and Flora to plan for the next day of VBS. I sharpened pencils….for a looonnng time. And these were type of pencils that start to get a little sharp then the lead breaks off. 🙂 So it took a little while. Max brought two sea bags filled with Old Navy flip flops for everyone. So while I sharpened pencils, Ms. Sue and W sorted flip flops (they call them slippers) by size. The thought was to give them out the next day. If we waited until the last day, we probably wouldn’t have enough to give all the kids. It was a pretty long day so I went to bed at 10 and the others stayed in the chow hall to plan what lesson they would teach. No imaginary animals woke me up that night 🙂

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You Got to Seeze it to Belize it!

 

Ok. Here is the start of many (at least seven) posts from our days in Belize. Our flight was supposed to leave out of Birmingham at 6:30 (yep! A.M.). Jerry was dropping us and his parents off at the airport. He got to the house at 4;45….uggghh! I am not a morning person. The flight to Atlanta is pretty short and I was still pretty sleepy so I napped on the way there. I could feel my mouth hanging open while my head was drooping. I can only imagine that it was a beautiful sight. I was probably drooling too :). Our layover in Atlanta was supposed to be an hour and forty five minutes but they boarded much earlier than that. It felt like it went by pretty quickly. Our gate ended up being at the farthest concourse all the way at the end. Morning exercise, check! Also, even though I don’t like to get up in the morning, I am very much a breakfast person. So I needed something to eat. In B’ham, there was only a little breakfast thing in Pizza Hut on the way out (that should have been my first clue). The second clue should have been that they were making subway like sandwiches IN Pizza Hut. And the third, that it was breakfast stuff, not lunch. The coffee was burnt and the breakfastwich pretty much tasted like brick. Ick! So don’t get breakfast at Pizza Hut in the B’ham airport. 

The actual flight from Atlanta to Belize City was only two hours and forty five minutes. I sat next to a catholic nun that didn’t wear a habit. I was not expecting her to tell me she was a nun. She did tell me that she lived in Belize, in a city called Belmopan. We ended up driving through there to get to our location. 

We arrived in Belize safe and sound (obviously :)). It wasn’t as hot as we thought it would be getting off the plane because it had rained so much from the hurricane going near Belize. It was very muggy though. The AC on the plane as we stopped was sending vapors all along the top of the cabin. It took about an hour to rent a van to take to the Mango Creek area where we were staying. We were going to purchase a van through Mission Belize for Gregorio to have down there but it was sold to someone else the same morning we arrived. Thus the rental. We went to eat at a Chinese restaurant called Chao Sung. It’s where they eat every time they come into Belize City. Phillip said Jeri has talked about the shrimp from there for six years. By the time we rented the van and got to the restaurant, Phillip was so hungry he said the shrimp better be as good as she said or he was going to “punch her in her lying mouth”. Later he denied he meant it, that he was so delirious with hunger, he didn’t know what he was saying. Hehe!!! Jeri would have whooped him, I’m pretty sure! That phrase was probably said about 100 times or more the rest of the trip.

We came upon a building I thought was the restaurant. It was actually an internet cafe’. 

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It was pretty dingy looking. Could you imagine going in there to chill out and relax?

The shrimp and fried rice were good. Not to die for :). Following the restaurant, we went to the biggest grocery store in Belize. Americans have no idea what it’s like to go without. Myself included. They had a lot of things at the grocery. But it was probably less than half the size of a Piggly Wiggly. Pretty small. Things like sugar were about 50 cents (Belize, so 25 cents American) for a 1 or 2 pound bag. Things like Welch’s grape juice was 18 dollars Belize (9 dollars for a bottle of grape juice!). We drove around Belize City a little then headed toward Mango Creek. This is one of the views going in that direction:

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I can’t remember exactly what they call it but something like Man Lying Down or Old Man Lying Down. The mountain looks like a face coming from that direction. It was pretty cool. Here is another picture taken while driving:

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This country is really beautiful. You will see more pictures in later posts. This guy:

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was a CRAZY driver! Several time we asked him to go back for the potholes he missed. The highway was pretty beat up. When Bro. Jerrel first started going to Belize, they didn’t have paved roads. It took him 11 hours to drive what we drove in 3 and 1/2 hours. 

After stopping to check out another van and stopping at a farmer’s market, we finally got to the camp we stayed at at about 8:30. We ate dinner around 9. Our cook’s name was Darlene. She had two boys named Marlon and Jaylon. Marlon is going into 7th grade and Jaylon into 2nd. Smart boys. We had fried chicken, cole slaw and fries for dinner. Dinner was cold because we got there so late, but it was still pretty good. 

We had bunk style sleeping arrangements. 

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Our cook ended up sleeping with me on the girl side (otherwise W would have stayed with me but he ended up with the guys). I slept pretty sound except for one time. I apparently had a pillow sitting on top of my stomach while I was asleep. Because it gets pretty hot down there, they keep fans in the bunkhouse. And since there were only two of us, we each had one blowing directly on us. The one time I woke up was because I felt something moving on me. I was scared to even move (all the lovely stories my beloved pastor tells me about snakes :). I finally opened my eyes to see that it was the open end of the pillow case blowing from the fan. Hehe!! After my pulse finally slowed down I went back to sleep. 

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One cup is just not enough…

 

Guten Morgen everyone! So it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted and I have a lot to tell about Belize and the Beach. But there is just soooo much that I don’t think it’ll make it in one post. Lots of pictures from Belize and several from the beach (I only made it to the actual beach once and that was for Lacey’s “first time” benefit so I have a few pictures of the kids). 

I am seriously dragging this morning. I stated in a previous post that I don’t have a dependence on coffee….It’s possible that was spoken in haste…or denial. Haha. I usually only allow myself one cup a day. It wouldn’t be so bad if creamer wasn’t so fattening (also mentioned before, obviously it bothers me! :)) W went to the grocery store for me a few days ago. Creamer was on the list. French vanilla. He brought back coconut cream. They’re both blue, simple mistake :). It’s actually not that bad but for some reason I always go back to french vanilla. The funny thing is, I’d prefer chocolate to vanilla any day. Something about the french, I guess. So after going from Shocco to Belize, from Belize to the beach and from the beach to babysitting full time, I’m not much fun to be around. Not because I’m a grump, but because something that should take 5 min, will take an hour. Ha. We also started Noah’s homeschooling when we got back. Add church into that and any projects I want to do (which seriously take a back seat…I mean, they need to obviously). That’s a lot. I’m not complaining. I’m actually glad we have some kind of schedule set up. 

Jack started potty training yesterday. Potty like a rock star!! This morning he went and I was soo happy!! But to counteract that, he decided to poop in the bathtub. I mean, that is just gross. I probably could have handled it a little bit better had it been solid…I know, I won’t say anymore. It’s just nasty. So, you kind of don’t even know where to start to clean all that. I just stared at it for five minutes. Noah pretty much potty trained himself. I mean, really. We took him to the potty off and on then put him in daycare (Nana needed a break and Mawmaw worked full time) and within two weeks they said to put him in underwear. He was only 2 and a half. I heard girls are much easier. I’m standing on that for when I start to train Lacey. Thank goodness I don’t have to worry about that right now. I do not envy my sister in law with twins (although they are girls). 

Lacey is going to be 10 mo. old tomorrow. Image

Whoa! I know “time flies” is a much used cliche’. But it really did. I should still be 20 and just married with W coming out of the Marine Corps. She is now crawling everywhere, pulling up, cruising the furniture (a little, not really sure of herself yet), and crawling up the steps. Hello baby gate!  (now I get to lift the boys over it every time they have to potty). 

So I’m catching up. The laundry is diminishing a little at a time. My house is a wreck but I can’t really clean clean until the kids go to bed (as far as mopping etc….and by then I’m ready to fall out). I have a cleaning schedule that doesn’t really get followed. But it’s getting done. Over the next few days I’ll be posting some about our trip to Belize. 

Until then…………….

 

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Finger-lickin’ Good!

Just a little ditty from our fun today!

I decided to make the boys hot dogs and spaghetti noodles for lunch. Doesn’t sound very appetizing right? I found it on Pinterest (where else?) and it looked like fun for kids. I’m not the kind of person that likes messes (not counting what my house looks like on a constant basis, different kind of messes :)) 

This is what it looked like:  

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I then asked if they’d rather have ketchup (the norm) or spaghetti sauce. Surprisingly enough, it was spaghetti sauce! Yay! Points for spontaneity! (more big words, I am on a roll!). So this is what it then looked like:

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My kids don’t usually like to be messy either. So I was also surprised when they said they didn’t want to use forks…They decided to use their fingers 🙂 Fun stuff! Here are the results

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Oopsy Daisy!

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Yummy!

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Once you get to the finger licking, you know it’s good!! Fun points for mommy!

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And here are the happy faces 🙂

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And of course, the bath afterwards..hehe. They had it everywhere!!!

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Love my kiddos!

 

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