A little bit of our life in Ecuador

Last month we worked every Saturday. This month we decided to take a few Saturdays off and enjoy some family time. Here are some pictures of some of the things we did as a family. We are truly blessed to live in a country where we can serve the Lord and enjoy its natural beauty. Enjoy these!

On one of our Saturdays, we went with some friends to a park in a town north of us called Pomasqui. Jake enjoyed playing. After the park we went to a little restaurant to eat some freshly made sausages. They were super yummy! Afterwards we went to our friends’ house to play some card games. We truly had a lot of fun. 🙂

Jake, having fun at the park.
Jake, having fun at the park.
He loves the swings.
He loves the swings.

Then the following Saturday we ventured with other friends to Cotopaxi National Park. Cotopaxi is an ice/snow covered volcano. From where we live it looks very pretty on a clear day. We went on a day that wasn’t so clear so we really only got to see the base of it. Nevertheless, the park is absolutely beautiful. We enjoyed our time there with our friends.

The base of Cotopaxi volcano.
The base of Cotopaxi volcano.
Grass sledding with friends in Cotopaxi.
Grass sledding with friends in Cotopaxi.
He is having fun!
He is having fun!
Down he goes!
Down he goes!
Isabela gives it a try.
Isabela gives it a try.
Whoa! That looks like fun!
Whoa! That looks like fun!
Jake and daddy.
Jake and daddy.
My handsome guys. :-)
My handsome guys. 🙂
Down the hill.
Down the hill.
So much fun.
So much fun.

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Cody gives it a try.
Cody gives it a try.
Beautiful area in the Cotopaxi National Park.
Beautiful area in the Cotopaxi National Park.
My little girl.
My little girl.
Out on a chilly day.
Out on a chilly day.

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My big princess. She blends in beautifully with nature.
My big princess. She blends in beautifully with nature.
My handsome guy. :-)
My handsome guy. 🙂

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Me. Wearing my "I need to stay warm" outfit.
Me. Wearing my “I need to stay warm” outfit.

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Staying warm.
Staying warm.

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I loved seeing the wild horses.
I loved seeing the wild horses at the park.

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And the wild cows too. :-P
And the wild cows too. 😛

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Gabriela. Discovering the grass.
Gabriela. Discovering the grass.

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Laying down on the Inca ruins.
Laying down on the Inca ruins.
Hat hair.
Hat hair.
This nice green carpet feels funny!
This nice green carpet feels funny!
The bottom part of Cotopaxi.
Wishing the cloud would move out of the way of Cotopaxi.

Here are a couple of pictures of Jake making funny faces for the camera. He discovered this can be a new hobby.

Jake making silly faces.
Jake making silly faces.
Happy!
Happy!
Very happy!
Very happy!
Silly happy!
Silly happy!
What!?
What!?
Serious.
Serious.
Funny!
Funny!

On March 15, we celebrated Gabriela’s first birthday. We had a little party for her with cupcakes and balloons. I don’t think she noticed the balloons, but she did notice the cupcake on her highchair tray. I think she liked it. 🙂

Our birthday girl waiting for her cake.
Our birthday girl waiting for her cake.
Homemade strawberry cupcakes.
Homemade strawberry cupcakes.
Yum!
Yum!
Clapping for her cake.
Clapping for her cake.
Wondering how it tastes.
Wondering how it tastes.

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Yummy! Yummy!
Yummy! Yummy!

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Sugar coma.
Sugar coma.

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All gone!
All gone!
Looking at her birthday present.
Looking at her birthday present.
Learning to use her new toy.
Learning to use her new toy.
Taking the first step.
Taking the first step.

It has been a fun month. Not that last month wasn’t fun. It truly was, but we also enjoyed having a few Saturdays to relax and enjoy family. And the beauty of Ecuador. 🙂