Thursday, August 19, 2010

Greetings from Guatemala!!

It has been quite an adventure!!  Here is a little sneak peek from our trip. So far, it has been wonderful. It is so beautiful here. We are staying in a suburb of Antigua. Most of the streets here are made out of cobblestone and most houses and businesses have a Spanish baroque architecture style. Antigua has SO many colors around and so many different types of people. There are even many ruins from the sixteenth century that were destroyed by a major earthquake in the 1700's. Many ruins remain preserved and are now tourist attractions. If you want to learn more about Antigua go HERE
The food is also great and delicious, but it sure has done a number on us ;)


Here we are in the Palace of "Ayuntamiento" in front of the Central Park (Parke central)

A street in the city of Jocotenango


An old church in the picturesque city of San Juan

An old church in Antigua

Ben cruising Central Park with his new backpack

These are some of the clothes that some of the Guatemalan native indian people wear

Pathway to the "Finca Filadelphia".
We went with my mom (Virginia)
There is a coffee plantation,and a hotel and lodge with a restaurant that has GREAT food and an even BETTER view. 



plants and flowers are around everywhere. They are always in bloom and they are so beautiful.


Daddy and Ben


Posing for a picture in Antigua- central park by one of the fountains.



These next few days we will be touring different parts of Guatemala. We are all so super excited! Look for our next post soon!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Mathias family comes to town!

WARNING:  photo overload...

It all started July 23rd... Steve's parents and siblings were driving from MN to come visit all of the family in Idaho. Their van broke down near Yellowstone. So instead of having them wait and spend the night at a hotel, Steve drove to Yellowstone, picked them up, and drove them to Rexburg.  The next few days were filled with F-U-N!!!!

We all played a night game of Frisbee



the game was full of action: Catching and falling



First we have Steve's awesome catch...  *wink wink*





Then Joe's fall...



Danny's dramatic catch...


Karl's even more dramatic catch...

and we even got Debbie to do a dramatic catch!





The next day we went swimming in Idaho Falls. Ben, as you know LOVES the water...




loves to chew on his thumb...

and loves splashing water with his uncle Joe.




A few days later we also played some mini golf... 
Ben loves to set up the ball...

and likes to putt...


and likes to pick up the ball before it goes in the hole...

After nine holes, and 90 degree weather, we took a break... we dipped and splashed our feet in the cold water.


We came home and set up our new wireless camera remote... we couldn't wait to try it out. So we took a few pictures... and one great picture by the Rexburg LDS temple.


We also had some family from Downey meet us at Bryan and Kelly's house. We chatted with Dan and Jodi and saw Maggie, Rubie, and Jonah once again. 

Ben, Weston, and Jonah cooled off by taking a dip in the kiddie pool...


Debbie hung out with Ben...


we watched the kids' excitement over the sprinklers...


Continued watching Ben and Weston splash and squeal..





 We got to see a few drops of rain...






We chilled outside after it poured...



We also watched Weston's cute little face...


And decided to let him lick the brownie batter spoon...


Can you say yummy?...


We also saw the Blue Angels... 
photo courtesy of Steve and Becky


got to see an AFLACK duck...


fed the aflack duck...




and the rest of his gang...



Ben posed for a pic with Uncle Joe


and uncle Danny...


and..... with the rest of the Mathias family...



What an AWESOME week!!!!!! I will miss you all. We'll be looking forward for a Minnesota celebration with them this Christmas. Glad your van is all fixed. See ya guys soon!

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