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Me & Camila

Today I went to Niteroi with Camila, my friend from the gym and one of her friends. We had a great time, despite the fact that we didn’t have a language in common. We managed to communicate just fine and I ended up learning a lot of Portuguese. It was a little overcast today, but we still walked along the beach and enjoyed some refreshing agua de coco, or ‘coconut water.’ Mmmmm it’s soo delicious. We also went to MAC — Museu de Arte Contemporânea. It is a really cool round building and has spectacular views, but the art, well, not so much.

Museu de Arte Contemporânea

Jamila

We were all a bit hungry after walking around the beach and exploring the museum, so we went to this fabulous bakery and got cappuccinos and sandwiches. Oh my, it was so delicious! It was a really cute place, too! I think I’ll definitely go back there. It was fun going out with Camila and Jamila. They were both so sweet and Jamila was pretty funny. I  really appreciated the fact that they spent their whole day showing me around and being so kind to me. They were great at helping me learn Portuguese.

Oh tonight Lucas did not want to eat because he was playing an intense game of soccer on his Nintendo DS and so he told his mom, “Mom, I can’t eat right now. I am fasting.” It was soo funny and cute. Then, Davi did not want to eat his fruit he said, “Mom, I can’t eat this fruit, because today I have fruit allergies.” They are absolutely adorable. Lucas has decided that he is coming home with me and that we are going to go to Paris together. He is very intelligent and wants to learn seven languages.

Well, I keep falling asleep, so boa noite. More later.

*J

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Davi 🙂

I’m really enjoying my time here in Brasil so far. This is Davi at physical therapy. He is such a cutie! Today, Giselly said, “Come on, Jamie!” and now Davi says, “Come on, Jamie!” all the time. It’s pretty adorable. Today I went with Giselly to the school where she teaches english. That was quite an experience. Very loud and chaotic at times, but I was really glad that I went. Then, of course we went to the gym and worked out. I really like our teacher on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Here name is Gisele and she is soo funny. She has a motorcycle, which I think I’m going to get to ride…that should be quite the experience. I’ve made some new friends at the gym and am going to go the beach with one of the girls tomorrow.

I also watched my first soccer game since arriving here. I am now officially  a fan of Botafogo. Well, actually I didn’t finish watching the game. So, I hope they won! Botafogo is Wander and Lucas’ team. They are so funny when they watch the game. Botafogo made a goal and Lucas was so excited that he said he wanted to cry. Then he got nervous and was pacing around when the other team was ahead. It was so cute to watch. I really don’t understand all of the rules, but it was fun to watch it with them. I’m sure to get a lot of practice before I come home though — Lucas wants me to play with him a lot and I’m not that good, but it is fun to try. I was pretty excited when I made my first goal.

Hopefully I will get some good pictures of the beach tomorrow. I’ll post more pictures when I have time!

Boa Noite!

*J

Whewwwww

I’m getting settled in and trying to find my routine here. This morning I slept in and talked to the fam back at home and enjoyed coffee and breakfast by myself. Then I went to Giselly’s house and played soccer with Lucas and Power Rangers with Davi. I ate lunch there and then I went with Giselly to take the boys to school and we also went to the grocery store. Then we came home and visited with Avo and Tia. Avo has chickens, and one of the roosters was being a bully and had gotten quite fat, so she decided to have Saulo kill it. It was nasty and kind of made me not want to eat chicken for a while…:) But, I think I’m already over it.

Later on in the  afternoon I went with Giselly and Edir to a language school to see about getting a Portuguese tutor. After that Gi and I went to the gym. Wow. Yeah, basically I felt out of shape. I mean I run a lot at home, but that’s about it. I don’t do a lot of working out aside from running. Our first one hour class was weights. Killer. My arms are soooo weak, but I did it. Then we had a half hour of intense cardio (which was fine, thanks to the running) and then a half an hour of ab workout. I am probably going to be very sore tomorrow, but I’m not yet, so I”m hoping that this is a good sign. I’ll be hitting the gym every day. Whewww. 🙂

Until next time!!

*Gem

Here :)

I made it!! I will update with pictures later. The trip was fine — I even made some friends on the plane, which definitely contributed to my sleepiness yesterday and even now 🙂 I sat beside a very nice Canadian who is originally from Czech Slovakia…in general I don’t do the chit chat thing on any flight, however she was really nice and we ended up chatting a lot. Okay, well more later!!

Parkways, Drives…what’s the difference??

mmm pumpkin spice almond milk latte 🙂

See the happy faces? Yes, that was right before we got lost. We left Starbucks (I was feeling quite victorious and sneaky after stealthily paying for Sabby’s latte…), with my handwritten directions to the Consulate to guide us, confident that we knew exactly where we were going. Well….not so much. We left in plenty of time — 30 minutes for what should have been a ten to fifteen minute drive. “Okay, next turn is Northside Drive,” I said. “Ohhh, look there it is!!” We both exclaimed, delighted that it was so easy. “What’s next?” I looked down at the directions, “Umm, Blackland Road SE.” Yeah, we stopped at a gas station and determined that we were in Marietta when we should be in Buckhead. The really annoying thing about that was that we had started out in Buckhead!!!! Panic had now set in and I was in tears. “I’m never going to make it!!” I wailed. Sarah, while driving, was lifting up her hands and appealing to the heavens to get us there on time. After what seemed like an eternity, we made it to the consulate and I was informed that according to Brazilian time, I was right on time!

Begone Unbelief

By John Newton

Begone unbelief, my Savior is near,
And for my relief will surely appear:
By prayer let me wrestle, and He wilt perform,
With Christ in the vessel, I smile at the storm.

Though dark be my way, since He is my Guide,
’Tis mine to obey, ’tis His to provide;
Though cisterns be broken, and creatures all fail,
The Word He has spoken shall surely prevail.

His love in time past forbids me to think
He’ll leave me at last in trouble to sink;
Each sweet Ebenezer I have in review,
Confirms His good pleasure to help me quite through.

Determined to save, He watched o’er my path,
When Satan’s blind slave, I sported with death;
And can He have taught me to trust in His Name,
And thus far have brought me, to put me to shame?

Why should I complain of want or distress,
Temptation or pain? He told me no less:
The heirs of salvation, I know from His Word,
Through much tribulation must follow their Lord.

How bitter that cup, no heart can conceive,
Which He drank quite up, that sinners might live!
His way was much rougher, and darker than mine;
Did Jesus thus suffer, and shall I repine?

Since all that I meet shall work for my good,
The bitter is sweet, the medicine is food;
Though painful at present, wilt cease before long,
And then, O! how pleasant, the conqueror’s song!

Ice Cream Truck

The other day after dinner I heard a faint noise that sounded like music from outside. Christmas music. That’s odd I thought. Then my dad said that it was the ice cream truck. So, Anne, Mitchell and I scrambled to find some cash and a camera. Sure enough the ice cream truck rolled up the hill in all of its glory and passed our driveway. Anne was very sad. But then we realized that we live on a cul-de-sac and that she would have to be back. So, we waited.

wait, come back!!

And sure enough she had to come right by our house.

deciding what to order...

the very cool truck

life saver fruit bar and a fudge bar