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Wedding Week

My youngest sister, Jayde, got married on March 3rd. It was a destination wedding in the fun city of Encarnacion. I looooove that city now, with it’s clean streets, family fun activities and large riverwalk.

The wedding was held at night, and was Disney themed because what the Bride wants, the Bride gets.  🙂

Katherine was dressed up as a Elsa, from Frozen, on Elsa’s Coronation Day, not on Elsa Sings Let It Go Day. There is a difference.DSC_0180

Lexi was a very sweet, and slightly mischievous, Rapunzel. It works for her.DSC_0176

Elena was Belle (also a book lover) and Abbie was the beautiful Cinderella. They had a blast dressing up as their favorite princesses. DSC_0171

The house we rented for the week happened to have a beauty salon on the first floor. It was so easy to have everyone’s hair and makeup done without leaving the house. You can only imagine how many times the chair with attached sink got used with a house full of  women. DSC_0155Baby Cousin Samantha decided that if the bigger girls can walk, so can she. And so she did. (Her mother reports that Samantha has not stopped walking since.)DSC_0150
No Disney wedding is complete without Minnie Mouse. This isn’t just any old Minnie Mouse, it is THE stuffed Minnie Mouse that was essentially another sister as Jayde never left the house without her during our childhood. DSC_0145

Is there anything happier than seeing drippy swimsuits flung across a railing, or chairs, or stairs in preparation for the next dip in the pool? I don’t think there is. DSC_0100


Where I go on and on about nothing.



Did I not blog once in February? I can’t even remember. I did get a bad stomach bug in February, no fun, but I lost a few pounds. Thanks, Mr. Stomach Bug!

February is always a struggle for me. I’ve reached my limit with the heat..the heat…and the constant HEAT.  Pretty sure I’ve blogged about my dislike of February, so I won’t go on about that.

Have you read A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles? I just started it last night and can’t put it down. The laundry and dishes are piling up. Someone help me. I also read Lots of Candles and Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen. I thought it was a touching, and funny. She writes about motherhood and getting older, all in a very intelligent and gentle way.  I have added several of her other books to my Must Read list.

We took a trip to Encarnacion for my sister’s wedding (more pictures to come!) and we had a great week with family.

Back home and it’s back to school, work and life stuff. But, hey, it’s not February anymore, so bring it on! I’m ready now!

(I also turned 33 years old…or is it 34? 32? I never can remember.)


…no time to blog.

I’m feeding an army.

The puking

I spent Sunday night and early Monday morning with Kate who was throwing up all night long. She is better now, it was a quick bug, but it did make for a tired mom on Monday.

We did the basics in school, skipped gym time, managed to get groceries done (yay for superhero husbands) and had visitors over who played with the dog and jumped with the girls.

I had to let our girls know about one of their friends who will be moving soon and so began the tears. Pray for their little missionary kid hearts and all the goodbyes they often have to say.

Daddy bought them pizza and we all curled up on the couch for a family movie. It cheered them up, the day ended, and I finally got a full nights sleep.

I hope your Monday involved less puke than mine did!

Birthday cake for breakfast.

Years ago, I would go to the gym every morning for my spinning class. I remember once I blogged about having a birthday party at the gym and eating cake for breakfast. Now, years later, I have rejoined the same gym, different instructor, different group of people, but there was still birthday cake for breakfast! Happy birthday to my spinning instructor, Lorena, and no, I did not have cake! Today is Kate’s birthday and I am saving the calories for my homemade chocolate beet cake (recipe later).

Dentists and Pretzels

Today was Dental Appointment Day.

A day that I have been putting off for about 4.5 years.

It was time.

Thankfully, these girls passed with flying colors. Only two small cavities, on baby teeth, so basically, who cares?  Leave them be, the dentist said. This too shall pass.


Since the dental office is so close to our favorite German grocery store we thought we would reward ourselves with by spending $2.00 on 6 freshly baked pretzels. That’s better than IKEA prices!


We are in the stage of life where going to the grocery store by ourselves is considered a date, and we often do jus that. So, I had the girls take a picture of us, for posterity. (Brian thought that was lame, but went along with it to humor me.)IMG_5684

(For all our Paraguayan readers: this is the new Casa Rica on Molas Lopez, not the one on España! It’s bigger, with better parking! Go check it out!)

Summer Shenanigans


I hope you didn’t think I had forgotten about the blog already…not at all! We have just been busy building yet another blog (and homeschooling, and cooking, and working, and living…) My girls and I started and you can follow them on Instagram @doable_dinner.  So far my evil plan is working…they see now why they must learn to type, and I get extra willing help in the kitchen. #winning

The two older girls help run the blog, the instagram account and with the cooking. Lexi and Kate are taste-testers (and they excel at it!)

Happy eating.

P.S. I joined a gym! More on that tomorrow.

(Pray for my sore muscles.)


Week Recap


Hemming a pile of jeans while maintaining the original hem

Teaching Abbie how to sew her own black (yes, black) Star Wars curtains

Eating ice cream

Fun fact- two blocks from our house is an ice cream factory where you can get two scoops on a cone for fifty cents. So…out of curiosity, do you think getting an ice cream cone every week is over doing it? (I’m asking for a friend, of course).

Not a highlight was when Kate cried for about 20 minutes because she didn’t finish her lunch in time to get an ice cream.

How was your week? Did it involve ice cream at all, or is it just too cold where you are for that sort of thing?


Drawing cartoon faces, and coloring while listening to Wizard of Oz on audible.

(One little person may have been fresh out of the swimming pool, therefore, in her birthday suit. Our apologies.)

Dinner, thanks to Nana!

Paraguay is home to some pretty tasty food, and one of our favorites is a steak and chicken sandwich wrapped in pita bread. Called a “lomito arabe” it is one of the foods our visitors remember most fondly.

Last night, thanks to Nana Cantrell’s Christmas gift, we went out to eat with my sister, brother-in-law and niece.

Samantha just slept.

The rest of us inhaled the amazing steak bombs slathered in a creamy garlic sauce while gently nudging away the stray kitten under our chairs. (Sad.)

Thank you, Nana, for the yummy meal and good time. Christmas continues for us here in Paraguay!