Today I (Kara) finished Unit 5 of 6 in language school. For this test I had to give a 20 minute presentation and write a paper on a specific topic all in Indonesian. I gave my presentation on the cultural differences that I have observed in the playgroup that Elizabeth goes to twice a week (see a previous blogpost). I am so relieved to have it over with! Matt is almost half-way through Unit 6, so we are nearing the final stages of our language learning. As much was we feel like we can barely say what we want to in this language, when we look back, we see that we really have learned a lot! It sure is an interesting process with lots of highs and lows, and many points of frustration. But now we can laugh and talk with our friends and teachers and not have to translate every single thing they say in our head. So we must be getting somewhere!
We had so much fun with my family (mom Jenine, dad Steve, sister Brittany and her husband Gary) here and I know that this is a very delayed post about the things that we did together, but I wanted to show some of the great stuff that we did! It was really interesting to see the things that they noticed, because with how long we have been here now a lot of the differences are just “normal” to us. I could share more about this, but won’t right now – you just have to come visit us yourself!
Here we all are at a really beautiful Indonesian restaurant where you eat outside in a little hut. The food is delicious!
We also took them to a performance of traditional Indonesian music that we went to when we first got here. It is a great colorful show with lots of audience participation!
Here are Gary and Brittany learning how to play the Angklung:
And Mom dancing with one of the little girls in the show (the whole audience goes down to the floor to dance):
Gary had fun riding the motorbike with Matt:
They experienced tropical rainy season normal every-day flooding:
And we took them to a traditional market:
Elizabeth had so much fun playing with everyone! She was absolutely worn out every day, because there was always someone to run around and laugh really hard with! It was a nice rest time for me, since there were many capable hands to help watch her, but now that they’re all gone I have my hands full again. One of the privileges of being Mommy! Here is our girl getting play/love/snuggle time with her Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Brittany and Uncle Gary. She had a blast and it made my heart so full to see them all together!
Since I can never get enough pictures in here to tell the whole story, here is a slideshow of some of the many pictures that were taken during their time here. We were so blessed to have them all here at once (and to have my Mom stay even longer). Anyone is welcome anytime!