Friday, December 30, 2011

A Christmas Video

Since we were wary of mailing gifts out of Argentina, we thought a cute little video was in order. 

The girls had so fun starring in their own show, & I had a blast revisiting my broadcasting skills that I tried so hard to hone back in my college days.  Once upon a time, I dreamed of being a news reporter.  (I’ll have to share a few of my news packages from college for kicks sometime).  I’m sure we’d all get a good chuckle.  But for now, I’ll present:

***Our Favorite Things***

Filmed on location in Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe, Argentina

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Festivities 2011

***** Is that Santa Claus?? *****

The company had their annual Christmas party out at Camp Kilgrumen the week before Christmas.  It was hot.  Very hot.  We were early, of course.  (My husband is always early).  The party started late.  (The Argentines are always late).  Therefore, we were out in the heat for at least 6 hours.  Way…too…long for my party doing capabilities. 

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BUT…I survived. AND…the the girls met Papa Noel.   It was so funny - not quite the Santa Claus we were expecting.  After meeting him, AnnMarie was seriously concerned that the REAL Santa Claus wouldn’t visit little girls like her in Argentina.  I assured her that Papa Noel was only one of Santa’s hired helpers for parties such as these.  Carlie was a little on the scared side, so unfortunately, we didn’t get any pictures of her with the said Santa figure.

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But one thing I can’t argue with - Argentines definitely know how to do desserts.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Favorite Kind of News

Three days ago, this little piece of heaven joined the Wolfley family.

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WELCOME to our new nephew Christian Gene Wolfley!!  Congratulations Clint, Katie, & Max.  He is so adorable, & we wish we could be there to see him in person.

Seeing his pictures made us even more excited for the upcoming birth of OUR new baby.  Yep, that’s right.  Baby #3 is on the way!! (I’m 3 months along now).  We are ALL so excited & can hardly wait to find out what we’re having next month. 

Lots of love, Sharee & Family

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cordoba

Last week we took a 4 day trip to the province of Cordoba.  Here’s your little geography lesson for the day…

There are 23 provinces (similar to states) in Argentina.  Venado Tuerto (the town where we live) is in the province of Santa Fe which is right next to the province of Cordoba.

Santa Fe is in the Northeast part of the country.  My older brother served a mission in Resistencia (which is in the province of Chaco) about 10 years ago.  I hope to visit there someday while we are here.

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Notice the little province Tierra del Fuego (The Land of Fire) at the very bottom of Argentina??  It’s close to Antarctica.  Wouldn’t that be cool to see??  We hear it’s amazing.

Anyway, we stayed in Villa General Belgrano which was a tourist town full of fun shops & restaurants.  Our hotel was down a really rough dirt road which was funny.  We had a great time swimming in the pool there.

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Here’s a funny law office I saw.  Once a client, there’s no escaping – just look at that fence.

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The next day we drove about 30 minutes to La Cumbresita.  It was amazing.  La Cumbresita is a little German town way up in the mountains located ‘right in the middle of a natural reserve.’  We had to park about a mile away & hike into it.  Like I said, it was amazing! 

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We heard that if we walked far enough past the town & through the mountains, we’d find The Eagle’s Nest, a high adventure park, so we kept walking…

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and walking…

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…until we scraped two knees & found this little shack in the middle of nowhere

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We laughed when we figured out that the adventure park consisted of all sorts of crazy fun activities that our little family was way too young for (hang gliding, four wheeling, & repelling).  I tried to get Jared to do the repelling, but he resisted.  He said it would’ve been boring without someone to do it with.  So…we walked back…

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and drove back to our hotel.

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It was exhausting, but incredible.  Needless to say, we all slept really good that night.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dancing in Argentina

Flamenco Musica had their end of year dance recital last Tuesday night.  AnnMarie was able to participate, & it turned out great.  As usual, it started very late at night (9:30 PM), but it was worth every yawn.

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The courtyard outside the recital hall is made for romance.

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I interpreted “Please bring a treat” as bringing cookies.  Apparently, it meant to bring dinner, a tablecloth, plates, silverware, napkins, beverages, & cups.  I guess I’ll know better for next time.  (We just play the dumb foreigner card in those type of situations.)  

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This is my good friend Rosario & her husband.  She is so so good to me.  Their daughter, Dolores, is one of AnnMarie’s best friends.

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The Flamenco Musica Chiquitas…

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Phew! We made it.

(I too felt a huge sense of accomplishment when she finished this recital.  You should have seen me trying to teach her those moves.  It’s hard work moving hips & wearing high heels, man alive.) 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Our Missionary Friends

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I am grateful this time of year for the many missionaries surrounding us.  We love to visit Elder & Sister Flinder in Kilgrumen (about 40 miles away).  The girls call Sister Flinder “Grandma Ann.” 

Yes, Thanksgiving has come & gone, but I love the spirit of gratitude it evokes leading up to Christmas.  We held a Thanksgiving feast in our apartment with the sister missionaries & a family from our branch.   It was a lot of work, but I am so glad we celebrated Thanksgiving.  I was so tempted not to (gasp), but it was well well worth it.  The gravy was interesting, the whip cream…even more so, but the company made our apartment home…and the mashed potatoes & pumpkin pie turned out awesome!

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For some reason, just before we were about to serve the meal, I felt like I was a little girl again…at my Grandma’s house…waiting for the feast to start.  It was delightful & reminiscent. 

  So like the Grinch who stole Christmas, I too couldn’t stop Thanksgiving from coming - it came.  “Somehow or another, it came just the same.”

Thursday, November 24, 2011

My Monkey Princess

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AnnMarie was a sweet little monkey princess for her end of school year program.  It was adorable.  The auditorium was packed.  She was the only monkey in her group wearing pants!  Oh well.  (I must’ve misunderstood the pattern.)  No, I didn’t make her costume - I wish!  I was so happy to find Dora - the seamstress who made her costume for me.   

AnnMarie was really getting into her dance.  I was a proud mama for sure.  I tried to video a little, but I was pretty far back.  (The change in lighting caused some blur, but it’s still cute, nonetheless.)

AnnMarie’s End of School Year Program 2011

AND…a Happy Happy Thanksgiving to you.