It's August. And with it the crowds of tourists and heat have arrived. I sure prefer all the other months of the year.

Parent/Teacher conferences are done a bit differently here in Portugal. The teacher speaks to an entire classroom full of parents about the term on a specific day during the vacation. We've missed almost every single one, because to us a school vacation is a school vacation... and we've either not been around or completely forgotten.

Anyway, we were finally going to make it to Ruby and Herbie's the week after they got out of school, but were turned away at the front gate. The employee there said no meetings, no grades, and she didn't know when those things would happen; keep an eye on the website.

We don't know the exact reason for the abrupt cancellation and absence of final grades, but there was a big teachers' strike soon after... anyway, we finally got grades a couple weeks ago and Woo discovered this week that Herbie had made honor roll. As far as we can tell, Ruby's GPA was high enough too, but for some reason didn't make it.

Other events of note this week: we skipped the beach one day to go to SportÁgua (a waterpark that felt like it was from my childhood--my early childhood) but the kids were super excited and loved every minute of it.

Archie was completely satisfied pushing himself down baby slides that ended in shallow water.

Penelope kept wanting to swim in the deeper pool and did several of her ridiculous belly flop "dives" off the side.

Linus made fast friends with a sikh boy in a turban/cap, who gave us a card to his father's Indian restaurant as they left. Unfortunately it's in Lisbon.

Moses and Herbie were buddies, running around to all the slides, racing each other, diving for Herbie's watch in the deep end...

Ruby floated around in the pool, then came and talked to me on the deck, before deciding to get in and have fun about a half hour before closing.

Woo switched off going on bigger slides and deeper pools with kids not quite able to do it alone (Linus, Penelope and Archie).

Woo and I did some chuckling over the different lifeguarding approaches... there appeared to be one guy doing his job: a 60 yr old man, who was blowing his whistle constantly, and occasionally walking over to the other guard's areas to tell people off, because the other lifeguards (teen boys) were doing next to nothing. One was missing for a long period of time. I saw another, who appeared to be asleep. All children and often adults were running full speed across the deck...

Anyway, no one died or slipped on deck while we were there.

On Friday we cleaned the church. The church is on a main street in town with a lot of restaurants nearby. The street outside is pretty busy during the summer months and Archie drew a small crowd to watch him washing this window. The missionaries were even able to get out and talk to them.

And afterwards we ate at YoYo Kebab Pizza (Woo's new favorite restaurant name), right next door. Penelope cried uncontrollably because she couldn't remember the word for lemonade and reluctantly accepted an orange Fanta, but decided she'd rather have my 7up after one sip.

The rest of us were perfectly pleased with our "döner boxes" (boxes of kebab meat and fries), hawaiian pizzas, dürüms or döner kebabs.

Anyway, that's it. Hope you had a great week!

Testimony Below (In an effort to reign some testimonies in, we were given a topic: what we've learned about Jesus Christ from the scriptures this month):

This month I’ve been reminded that the phrases “From the foundation of the world” and “in the beginning” about Jesus Christ in the scriptures are talking about the pre-mortal life and how Jesus Christ was chosen to be our Savior there.

I know that we really did live before before we were born and that we promised to follow Jesus Christ there, which means that we promised to do the things he did, which were to keep all the commandments of His Father.

In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


Neste mês, lembrei-me de que as frases nas escrituras “Desde a fundação do mundo” e “no princípio” sobre Jesus Cristo estão falando sobre a vida pré-mortal e como Jesus Cristo foi escolhido para ser nosso Salvador.

Sei que realmente vivemos antes de nascermos e que prometemos seguir a Jesus Cristo, o que significa que prometemos fazer as coisas que ele fez, que eram guardar todos os mandamentos de Seu Pai.

Em nome de Jesus Cristo. Amém.