Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jordan's Star Wars Party

Jordan is ready to pass out his invitations to the boys in his class.

Day of party: With the help of our good friend, Marlo, she and Casey filled up their cars and brought home 8 boys from Jordan's class. The party started at our neighborhood's park with a Jedi Training Obstacle Course. First station - Zero gravity light saber practice

Second station: Force choke on Darth Vader (aka Nick)

Third station: Balloon pop with force foot or light saber

Final station: Light saber battle against the Sith (aka Luke)

The Jedi second graders always dominated the dark side fourth graders.

I do believe Jordan had a great time! Poor Luke and Nick, I think Jordan and his friends went through the obstacle course at least 4 times!!
After the Jedi Training Course, the boys decided to play soccer. Here is team: Star Wars
Team: Wookies

Jordan and his friends love to play soccer.

We ordered Dominos Pizza and drank Yoda Sodas.

Marina is our precious neighbor and a part of our family.

Blowing out the big "8"

Sweet friends

The silly picture is always my favorite!

We ended the party playing at the park waiting for the parents to pick up their kids. What a fun day to celebrate our Jedi Jordan!


Here is Jordan with his first friend he made when we moved to Quito. *Asaf Ladines* This picture is taken the first day of school this year. On the first day of second grade, Jordan and Asaf were standing in the back of the room with terrified looks on their faces...until they saw each other and could sit together - now look at the smiles on their faces! They have a special friendship.

We found out that Asaf and his family are moving back to Uzbekistan to be missionaries there. Jordan is so sad to see his closest friend move. I tell you all of this because we were planning to have Jordan's birthday party on Friday the 29th. Well, Jordan came home on Tuesday and told me that Asaf is moving on the 29th! Needless to say we moved his party up a week. A great thing about living here in Ecuador is that you pass out invitations for a birthday anywhere from 3 days to the day before the party. Jordan and I made his invitations that night, and he passed them out the next day. Now for the Star Wars birthday party...

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Luke's Birthday Sleepover

Luke turned 10 on November 23, and we finally had his birthday party on January 8. Luke wanted a sleepover party, so he invited 3 of his friends and what a great time we had! First, we went swimming at our friends' pool at their apartment.

Jon & Luke

Nick & Caleb

Little sister Molly had fun swimming, too!

Second, we ate tacos (Luke's request) and cupcakes.

Third, we went to our neighborhood's park with glow-sticks! Casey was so excited to find some glow-sticks here in Quito. Our friends and neighbors in Tyler can appreciate Casey's excitement for discovering we can buy glow-sticks here.

Fourth, the boys watched G-Force and ate popcorn. Then finally fell asleep right at midnight. We woke up to lots of giggling in the tent a little before 7:00 on Saturday morning. Casey made his famous chocolate chip pancakes. Lastly, there was time for more playing and everyone was delivered home before noon. Fun, fun times!
Feliz Cumpleaños Luke!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Year!

2009 - what a year! I feel like our family has been turned upside down, inside out, and everything in between. We are very happy to welcome 2010 in the Bryans' home. God has shown Casey and me the importance of fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ. We were faced with many challenges in 2009 and sadly much of our time was spent focused on ourselves. Casey and I both finally ran out of our own strength - praise God! Each day we ask the Lord to increase our trust in Him and keep our eyes fixed on Christ, spend time together reading His Word out loud, and praising Him for at least 3 things. Worship may not change our circumstances but it can definitely change our attitudes. We praise God for His unfailing love, all-sufficient grace, and constant faithfulness. Thank you Lord for your gift of salvation, your mercies that are new every morning, and for opening our eyes to Your Truth.

Feliz Año! Hooray for 2010!