Miscellaneous Stuff...

We went to the temple in Guatemala City, the capital here. An old mission companion and his wife had an extra room for us and were so great, they kept Cobin. The drive was quite an adventure with the four hour ride through rain and potholes, and crazy drivers! James fits in quite well..
We got some things from my mom and for Cobin's birthday, she gave Cobin some rubber cowboy boots. He loves them, even wore them to church today. Cobin has been potty trained for a month and we are so excited to have only one boy in diapers! Props to Amy Petersen for the method. He's been learning still in Spanish and English, and recently he's been learning to count. He understands quantities up to five, but he has his own way of counting. When he's about to kick a ball or wants us to pick him up when we are walking holding his hands, he counts: "One, Two, Tres" He's so cute sometimes! We've corrected him, but I guess he just likes that mix, because he continues on counting that way.

James and I recently disputed with his grandmother over the existence of four leaf clovers. She was right, they do exist. We found proof in our backyard!
And we don't really have many family pictures up, so here's another one right before we left for our weekend adventure. Cobin's saying hello!



I've(Lauren) been going without the tv since we moved to guatemala, and I've been deprived of fun social gatherings with my friends in my native tongue, so I've taken up something new: Painting! I tried first with this watercolor of my favorite flower, calla lillies, and it's not too bad. My next attempt was with acryllics, and I knew not what to paint, so I started with the place James and I got married, the Dallas Texas Temple. Next thing I would like to paint are these roses that my thoughtful husband bought from some street vendor here. I just don't know if I should paint it from above or on the side. If anyone has an opinion, let me know!

If I paint the one standing up, I'll try to come up with something better than a prego jar for a vase...( :


Fish Face

Lucas has been learning how to make fish faces

and Cobin thought it was hilarious!

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Flying Solo

James is in the states. This is the first time that we've been away from each other for this long (going on two weeks) but he'll return soon. I've a deeper appreciation for him after having to get up when both kiddos do and staying up till they go to sleep. Normally I will get up with Cobin, and if Lucas hasn't decided to sleep before I want to, James takes care of him. I think they sense that somethings different in the house and haven't been quite as happy as normal, so they've been needing even more attention than normal from me. I've been happy to give it, but feel slightly drained emotionally. What am I going to do if we have more children? I feel so far my patience has grown with each child, maybe that trend will continue...

I'm so excited James is bringing a new camera home! (I can't believe it, I just called Guatemala home, so wierd) The old one was starting to decide whether or not it wanted to work for us... So when I get it I'm gonna go picture crazy! I've already got ideas for baby pics for Lucas. We've never done the family pictures, but I want to have pictures of my little ones to see when they aren't so little.


Cobin's 2nd

Here are a few pictures from Cobin's birthday party. Cobin's been reading Winnie the Pooh and talks all the time about him, so we got a Tigger pinata. (there was a winnie the pooh one but it was really little, like a foot tall) We had to get a pinata because everyone gets a pinata for birthday parties here. The Tigger was at least as tall as Cobin, so in the picture, this was as close as he would get to it. Our neighbor told us before we hung it that we bought one without sweets. We didn't even know you could buy them without sweets, we'd never bought one before. Luckily enough, the same neighbor had some already at their house. Cobin warmed up to the pinata when everyone started beating it with a stick. Looking back, I don't know that we should have encouraged him to beat a lifesized animal looking thing.

Cobin's favorite thing that day was his new tricycle. He and his daddy have been taking bike rides on an adult's bike, somewhat unsafely, but now he has his own. He loves it!
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