Sunday, November 21, 2010

Soccer Season 2010 is Over!

The girls played soccer through the Boys and Girls Club in Federal Way. They practiced twice a week and had games every Saturday. The season started at the end of September and ended yesterday. Jeremy volunteered to be an Assistant Coach and he actually enjoyed it. He did a wonderful job training the kids. The Coach and Jeremy were strict with the children but as a result they became a great team. "The Bluejays" was UNDEFEATED and won FIRST place!!! They scored 38 goals during this season :o) FIRST Place Trophy!
We had a pizza party afterwards and each child received a Medal and a Trophy.
Ariana was 22 and Naomi 4
Jeremy received a recognition for assisting and Andre a medal for helping during practices.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Naomi Loosing Her First Tooth

This afternoon after Naomi came from school she showed me her lose tooth and I saw that the new one is already there. I said "Naomi, we need to pull it off", she agreed and here we go:
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Some Museums in Guatemala

NATIONAL PALACE OF CULTURE
It was the most important building in Guatemala and was the headquarters of the President of Guatemala. The building is the origin of all the roads in the Republic, and has a spot known as Kilometro Cero (Zero Kilometer). It is actually a museum and also is use for important acts of the government.

This is the outside picture of the Palace

Guatemala City has a Central Park or Plaza and the Cathedral is located on the left side of the Palace.

The day we went to the Palace they had an exhibition of antiques and art work.

Typewriter
Radio

Stained Glass

Paintings

Detail inside the National Palace

GUATEMALA RAILWAY MUSEUM
This has an exhibit of steam engines and carriages





Of course... don't forget the souvenirs!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Antigua Guatemala

La Antigua Guatemala means the "Old Guatemala" and was the third capital of Guatemala. This is my favorite town to visit and it is located about 45 minutes from the city.This place is famous for its well-preserved Spanish influence and Baroque architecture as well as a number of spectacular ruins of colonial churches. We stayed in a hotel called "Las Farolas" for a few days. It has a beautiful garden with spectacular flowers and plants.
The temperature at night was so perfect to sit, relax and read a book.

This place was surrounded by plants and antiques.

I couldn't resist taking pictures of these beautiful exotic plants.

Look at this... it's so pretty!
This flower is called "Yellow Shrimp"

Huge leaves!While taking these pictures, someone was watering the plants by hand, with a hose :o) BTW this garden is pretty big!

This is a really cool vine. Are you able to see the lines coming from the top? Look at the bottom of the window and you will see the flowers at the end. Here is a closer look of the flower. Gorgeous, don't you think?
We took a horse carriage to the Central Park (only 3 blocks from the hotel).
Isy and my sister Vivi, my Mom and I

This is the entrance to one of the Souvenir Markets

While at the market I saw this indigenous hand weaving a textile. She explained to me that they have a story on each of them and it takes her 3 months to make one. They're sold for very little money compare to the amount of time it takes to make it.
This is one of many Catholic Churches in Antigua Guatemala. This one is use now for events. That night they had a wedding celebration and it looked like a night club.
The Central Plaza is surrounded by important buildings dating back from colonial times, this central plaza is the main hangout for locals. It’s always packed on weekends and festivals, when it is the scene for concerts and parades.

Fountain and Cathedral.
Closer look of the fountain. Don't you like it?

Cathedral
A couple of jewelry vendors at the Central Park.Hanging out at the Central Park.I guess she didn't want her picture taken!

This group of indigenous were playing "Marimba" and some other instruments while the little boy was dancing.


Streets of Antigua Guatemala
Isy being attacked by an angel!If you would like to hear how "Marimba" sounds like, click on the video bellow.
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