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April was an insanely busy month.  As the title suggests, I am so surprised how busy I am despite the lack of stuff to do here!   I suppose that's why I'm so busy....I feel the need to create things or go to every event to give the kids stuff to do! 

The kids enjoyed doing the crafts that Gammy and Grandaddy sent in their Easter baskets.  Plus, they both got "seed kits" which was perfect since my friend, Kim, is leading the charge to establish community gardens at the embassy just in time for Earth Day (April 22).  More on that and other embassy events in April in another post!!

Planting the seedlings that will be transferred to our garden at the embassy
Siena painting an art project Gammy sent her
Max had fun painting the sun catchers. 
The kids like to play school.  They play the teachers and I'm the student.  I love how Max and Siena teach me in French!  As you'll see, the letters have French accents.  They point to the letters and I have to say it.  Then, they keep saying "encore" about 10 times (which means "again").  Maybe French immersion is working.  But, while Siena seems to enjoy school, Max is having a rougher time.  One the biggest frustrations here is the lack of school choices...
Max's French writing on our chalk board at home.
The also had the usual trips to the pool and time playing in their cars.
I love how Max still dresses up.  I hope he doesn't stop it any time soon.  This one was too funny not to post on the blog!  He definitely must be confident with himself.  
Workman glasses, power ranger suit, and cowboy boots. Gotta love it!



We had two birthday parties - both Spiderman!!  First, we had Ismael's party.  Max and Siena kept talking about the face painting and pinata.  (They love pinatas!!)
Waiting for her cake AND cupcake!
Enjoying the sugar!
Ibrahim making sure all the candy is out of the pinata...and Max right there to get it!
 The next Spiderman birthday party was Toby's. 

Playing "Pass the Parcel"
Siena refused to open the "parcel" in front of anyone else! 
Another thing that kept me busy was making a cake for a couple getting married at our church.  I learned to make royal icing roses...so much easier than butter cream!  I think it looks pretty!!  And, more importantly, the couple thought it did too!
But, the thing I enjoyed the most in April was an outing with my friends - Gina, Alex, and Steff and all our kids to Sunset Beach, close to where we live in Sabliere.  We had some food and drinks while the kids played on the beach and in the play ground.  It's probably the cleanest part of the beach close to our house and the restaurant/hotel keeps it pretty clean (by Libreville standards).  Plus there is a "playground" - -not the safest but at least it gives the kids something to do.  But, the kids enjoyed playing in the sand and flying a kite that Alex brought.  It was a nice afternoon with friends.  I don't know what I'd do without these ladies here with me!!
I am always so scared the kids are going to bounce right off these trampolines!! 



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