Yay Summer?!

This was the week where I had half the kids in school still and half the kids out. I remember from last year that it was in places tricky, and even stressful. Anyway, that's over--we're all out of school now!

The kids out of school got a good start on their summer projects. And it was a good test run... although we had free, unstructured time, we're going to need more.

Also, Wednesday night I caught a pretty painful head cold that I still have (usually this is Woo's arena), so this is going to be a lazy, picture-led email (which you'll all probably prefer anyway :).

Hope your week was great!

One elder left the branch; a new one came. We've been lucky that we've liked all our missionaries. I'm at an age where, while we don't have a mother-son relationship and I'm not super friendly with the elders, I can definitely see them as someone else's son and I notice the good that is in them and can see the good their individual personalities will do for others.

Our boys, of course, love them.

Moses, proudly making blueberry pancakes for the first time.

We had the annual branch picnic where the whole district is invited. Here's Herbie, eating traditional Portuguese BBQ--entremeadas sandwiched in a hunk of Portuguese bread. We had far less people than last year, but I felt it was more enjoyable (less work).

Ruby and her friends at the BBQ.

Penelope in her fort that she made with her friend Bea.

Woo is everyone's favorite target... when he's jumping the rope spinning gets faster and faster and faster... soon after this it became too fast and he tripped and twisted his ankle. He limped for a couple days, but I didn't notice it today.

Tug-of-War is popular. As soon it was announced a little old lady and a few older men hopped in. It was originally planned to be Americans vs. Everyone Else (Portuguese, Brazilians, Cabo Verdeans, etc). I even had the old lady move to the other side because of it.

But when it was clear the American's were losing, Mario rushed in to help us (he looooves a good tug-of-war). We still lost. (Notice Woo staying off his hurt foot.)

The old lady was laughing, laughing the whole time. When it was over she came to me and said, "You told me to switch sides, and then we won." 

I nodded and said, "It was because of you." 

Which of course she loved.

No one can get dirtier than Moses.

Ruby, helping Woo return tables to the church after the BBQ.

Linus, Penelope and Archie's last day of school is always a party for the whole family. This year the kids were supposed to make hats along a recycling/loving the earth theme and then model them for everyone. It was a cute idea.

Linus, Penelope and Archie made their hats entirely themselves a couple mornings before (Linus even made two hats for Woo and me). They were not on theme at all, but I could care less. The proudest thing for me is that they showed their own initiative and creativity.


Archie panicked and tried to come up with a completely new hat the morning of, but none of those worked and he went in his original hat. He cut out that square so he could pull his hat down and peek through. It was a hit with his class.

Archie walking the catwalk, accompanied by "sua mãe."


Linus, accompanied by "seu irmão."


And Herbie was going to help Penelope, but she broke down in tears and insisted on me.

After the modeling there was a potluck and a kid free-for-all. We had 5 happy(ish) kids.

And one super sad (aka tired) kid.

Linus working on his screen play.

Woo and I thrilled that I'd just carved another watermelon. (He'd been criticized for his insistence on buying 2 large watermelons, which we ate through, plus another someone else had brought.)

Herbie, indexing.

Woo eagerly awaiting his blueberry pancake. I told all kids who made them that they had to share one with their dad. And then Woo was crushed when, even after all his hovering and hint dropping, that is all they would give him. They ate all the rest themselves.

Greek-studying Ruby, hiding from the camera.

Archie, reading a library book.

I found this picture on FB of us attending the adult session of district conference (yes, attendance was sparse). We are all in this picture. Can you find us?