We do not do a whole lot to celebrate St. Patrick's Day outside of wearing green and having a fun breakfast. Some years I have hung streamers and balloons but did not this year. I actually attempted to but realized that I was out of green balloons and did not feel like going to the store just to buy some. I assumed my family would not think much of it and was quite surprised when Cruz came running into the kitchen that morning and asked "Mama, isn't it a holiday? Why didn't you decorate? Where are the streamers and balloons?" Oh my goodness! I have created a monster.
St. Patrick's Day 2017
I made green pancakes and sprinkled some Lucky Charms cereal around their plates.
St. Patrick's Day
The boys playing checkers one morning before breakfast and school.
The rest of these photos were taken earlier this week while in Guatemala City. We spent a few days there doing medical check-ups for our upcoming Stateside Assignment. Our mission board requires complete physicals and routine exams to be done at the end of each term. We have to have medical clearance before we can return to start our next term. We began that process this week. We had some long, tiring days filled with one appointment after the other. It is not that easy shuffling two young ones around from clinic to clinic but thankfully they did really well. We are glad to have the bulk of things behind us. Other than a few follow-up lab exams I think we are done for now. Whew!
We had studied fish last week in Science and I promised the boys a visit to an aquarium while in Guatemala City. The Nais restaurant chain here has an aquarium themed restaurant at one of the local malls. It has been a long time since we have been there and I knew the boys would love it. We went for a late breakfast in between appointments one day and then let the boys take some time to see the fish. The restaurant is built with the aquarium in the center and the tables just circle all around it. Almost every seat in the restaurant has a nice view of the fish. There are also several smaller aquariums all throughout the restaurant. It is just a cool place to eat and visit. I hope it is not several years before we get to go back.
our family at the Nais aquarium
Ben looking at some of the fish.
me and the boys watching the fish swim by from inside the lookout
That's a shark passing by in front of us. You can imagine how that made them squeal with excitement.
the shark again
oh how fun!
breakfast at Nais
playing at the mall food court playland
they both got haircuts
We renewed Ben's Guatemalan passport.
his first passport photo
Tomorrow is April 1 and that means it's now only three more months until Stateside begins. Thirteen more weeks to go. Getting this medical work behind us just makes me all the more excited about it.