Sunday, May 29, 2011

Never on schedule but always on time!

It has been a little over 2 months now and we are getting along pretty well. Many times satan tries to make us believe that we are not getting anywhere and there are many times it seems that we are just doing the same things over and over again and not getting anything accomplished. Learning a second language is not an easy task especially with two kids. It is very difficult to find the needed time to study. Becky works in the office every morning. They are making a lot of changes in the office so it has been difficult for Becky to keep up with the limited time she has. While Becky is at the office I stay home with the girls and usually don't get much studying done. Although Satan is always trying to push us into a rut we are able to look back and see what we have accomplished in this short time. We are also able to look forward to a more predictable schedule after our Spanish classes are over.

As of last week Becky and I both are officially certified in "Pre-Basic Spanish".  Becky has had to take 3 weeks off from classes so that she could get her training done in the office and since we are the only two in the class I took off this time as well. We have also had to take off for a return trip to Lima to finish our residency and to start the process for the girls. Even with all our setbacks we now know 2 present tenses, 1 future tense and 3 past tenses. The problem is you have to know the verb in order to conjugate it. Sooner or later we will get there.

We are adjusting quite well. There are a lot of things that we have to do differently than what we are used to but nothing really to unusual. The three things that we don't have here that we are used to having are a car, a dish washer and a dryer for our clothes. We are learning more and more of the bus routes which is how we get to most places because it is the cheapest but when we are short on time or have a lot of  groceries with us it is easy to get a cab and not really that much more expensive than the buses. Washing the dishes and hanging our clothes to dry are just things that we have gotten used to. We have two drying racks for our clothes (we are on the 3rd floor and do not have space for clothes lines).  We haven't had to make too many changes to our eating habits. We have had to cut out a few things because the price is too high, but for the most part we have added a lot of bread, rice and potatoes to help meals stretch a little farther. It's not a meal unless there is rice or potatoes or both. We don't have car seats for the girls when we are in a taxi and when we are on a bus we may not even get a seat. And finally bringing up the rear and wrapping up this addition of "what's different in Peru" the plumbing and sewer system here will not support paper products so all the TP goes in the trash. More to come.........

The girls are doing great. Coming home from church a week ago we had just gotten off of one bus and saw our next bus coming around the corner. Alexis started yelling "para, para". which of course means stop. There  was a line of people waiting to get on that bus so we did make it in time.  Alexis is ready for her 4th birthday this Thursday, June 2nd. I think Hailey has accomplished the most out of the four of us. Since we have been here she has gotten 4 new teeth, learned to walk and had her first birthday and I am sure it won't be long till she starts talking (we just aren't sure what language she will speak in).

Update on what's happening with Extreme Nazarene coming soon.