But for those that don't leave it is a time to relax and enjoy family. We decided to have a picnic with a family that is like our own second set of kids. In order of age they are: Erika, Óscar, Sonia, Luís, David & little Elizabeth. They are so close to us that Elizabeth calls Sandi, Grandma, and calls me, Abuelo.
|Las 3 chicas hermosas Canil Gonzalez|
So we loaded plenty of supplies and our friend Sarah, loaded all the kids and headed to a park about a half hour out of town. It is a large park with lots of play area and a pool.
These 6 kids don't get to be together often, as Erika and Elizabeth live at La Luz Brilla, Oscar lives in a dangerous part of town, Sonia and David live in a children's home, and Luis lives with us.
We were hoping to have the other girls from La Luz Brilla also but they had other commitments.
We got to the park and set to exploring a little, walking and the kids playing.
Then I went and got us a nice picnic area and got all the supplies out and ready. Then I got the fire going and ready for cooking. We were planning some Guatemalan Shukos! Basically a hotdog with the works, guacamol, onions, cabbage, mayo, ketchup, mustard, picante sauce!
|Luis posing for a photo|
Once the fire was going Erika showed up to help and took over cooking, although once she had it going, as you can see above, Luis pushed her out of the way for a posed picture! Hahaha
|What was really happening - Erika cooking|
But this is more the truth!
We did keep Luis around to help us finish though!
He did a good job cooking onions.
|How they finished|
Then it was time to chow down! We had a great time of laughing and eating!
|Enjoying Guatemalan Shukos - and more!|
After the food, most everyone disappeared again and I ended up cleaning up and putting things away.
It was okay, they all wandered up to the pool area so Elizabeth could play in the agua!
It didn't take me long to get up there and join them.
|Elizabeth playing with Tio David|
Elizabeth had a great time, water is her absolute favorite!
Then, Luis being a little bored decided to throw his sister Sonia in the pool when she wasn't expecting!
So, in she went, cell phone and all! Fortunately it is a very inexpensive phone.
Then, just to be fair, Luis threw Sarah in the pool too!
|Luis threw Sonia in...phone and all!|
Everyone had a great day, it is a real joy for us just to watch a family that is split up be able to laugh and tease each other. And love each other.
We are so blessed to be involved in these lives, and many others as well.