Monday, April 13, 2009


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Well, we have been busy. Again. Or still. Or whatever! =) This time, we have had visitors. Fabio's sister, Luciana, arrived from Brazil about a week and a half ago, and will be staying here for 3 months.
The same day, a friend of ours from Japan, Eiko-san, arrived to visit for ten days. She knew Luciana, too, when we all lived in Japan, so she wanted to come while Luciana was here.

Luciana was planning to take ESL classes at our local community college starting the Monday after she arrived, so if we were going to do any sight-seeing, we had to do it right away. So, we hit the door running those first few days!

Trips included Fair Oaks Dairy Farm, and Amish Country. It was so fun!

And a princess party for Priya and Skylar. It was so much fun to see all the little girlies in their fancy dresses....

One evening I made a huge "american" dinner and that was fun too! :)

We ate it with Abby, who is living with us from England, and Isaac, my friend's son who is studying Japanese.

Oops, back at Fair Oaks here...

Amish Country.

Johann is starting to crawl!

Amish restaurant....

And we end with another American experience at McDonalds!

Two bits of bad news. Even though we had a great time for those first few days, after that Eiko-san got sick and ended up going home a few days early. :-(

And, Luciana took tests at school for two days, and in the end, she was told that she could not study there, because her level was too high for the ESL classes, and she doesn't have a SS# for the other classes.....
So... she has become our new student at our homeschool! We had our first school day this morning and it went well. That ESL teaching experience from Japan is coming in handy once again. ;-)

Coming soon: Pictures from Passover and Easter..........


Anonymous said...

what a busy family you are !!:)
Johan reminds me of Israel !! haha they are both so cute.
Last night I dreamt I was back in Lansing at you house !! i was disapointed when i woke up and realised it was just dream... :(
I miss you so much !! Love

Anonymous said...

DEar Gril,

Finally looking at your site again and the girls are lovely, but I think that Domonique is the prettiest. You are busy and I know that the days are full for you, enjoy the visit with Luciana and tell her hey for me. Love you and thins for the pics.