Friday, December 28, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Trying on a Christmas tree hat

Christmas Tree Collage
Christmas tree at the mall

The month of December has been a very busy one for us! We covered a lot of ground in our language studies and finished up with a big test at the end of our semester. I think I can speak for both of us to say we were mentally exhausted! It also started cooling down in our country and without having central heating in our apartment, that's been a big adjustment as well. So far the lowest it's gotten down to has been 45 degrees I think. We do have a few space heaters so that helps knock the chill off the room. Everyone's told us how expensive electricity is so we haven't wanted to run them a lot. We did get a gas heater a few weeks so that has helped out a lot! We have had to resort to sleeping in multiple layers of clothing though and have woken up seeing our breath on one occasion, fun times!

Watching cartoons on the plane

For Christmas we have gone to the Gulf for a few weeks to hang out with some new friends that are from the States. It's interesting to see how different is is here. I think I wrote about that in a previous post. You better believe we hit up Krispy Kreme as soon as we got here for a dozen donuts, oh yeah!

Hello taste of home!

Christmas Eve was spent with friends singing carols and eating cupcakes in celebration of Jesus' birthday. Earlier in the day all the kids got together and made the cupcakes and decorated them. Judah was very confused when he put icing and sprinkles on his cupcakes but then couldn't eat them!

Hey! What's under the tree!?

Christmas Day we woke up and I told Judah Merry Christmas. He then looked at me and said, "Merry Christmas! Jesus' birthday! Santa Claus brought presents!" It was really cute. He opened his stocking first and then his presents from under the tree. He did great this year and was really into opening the gifts by himself. He even kept the paper all together and was really organized! Where does that come from? His favorite toys by far have been his Buzz Lightyear doll and his VTech Laptop (from Mamaw) that he calls his "pooter." Haha!

I think it goes without saying that it's hard being away from family for Christmas but thankfully we were able to talk to people back home on Skype! (We love you and miss you!)

Stocking time!

Gift exchange with friends

We have really been enjoying being in the Gulf so far, especially the warm weather in the 70s! We've also really enjoyed taking long, hot showers, washing clothes then getting to use a dryer and eating lots of yummy Asian food! It's also been great being surrounded by friends with young kids so Judah has had lots of playmates around his age. Oh and not to mention the brief reprieve from language study too of course!

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

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