more pictures of pure cuteness…

I know you would rather look than listen so here you go:


Before the meltdown….ice cream cones at Unicentro Mall


After, or should I say during, the meltdown…

The 30 second version: Juan P. decided to have one of his epic tantrums at the mall last week (the day we went to Bienstar to start our court process). Basically, after 30 minutes of hitting, kicking, pinching, biting, oh yeah, and screaming, he decided to spit on daddy when I was in the bathroom with the girls. So Adam took his shirt off to wipe the spit away. Then he refused to put his shirt back on. We said, “that’s it,” and marched him out of the mall over Adam’s shoulders shirtless!!! I LOVE IT. Of course, everyone was staring at us, which I didn’t mind. But when we got outside he continued to refuse. So grandma and I took the other three kids to buy some new coloring books. Juan P. still screamed and screamed and screamed for another 1/2 hour–but he was not going to win. Adam finally took him behind the mall so people at the entrance wouldn’t be bothered. Well, when we got back to daddy there was a crowd gathered around including THREE security officers. Apparently, the security guard actually asked Juan if he knew who “this man” was and if he wanted the police to come and get him. Luckily Juan P. said, “no.” That’s reassuring. After the other kids saw what was going on they started yelling at Juan P. for not listening to mommy and daddy and for being such a baby. At that point the security guard ‘got it.’ Anyway, we’re glad we had the custody papers in tow from our morning appointment. He didn’t take a report, but he was about to. It’s a good thing I showed up with three other brown babies when I did. Can you imagine?


We used our “Go Fish” and “Old Maid” cards to play a matching game. The two younger ones were entertained for a couple of hours with it.


We’re very grateful for the king-sized bed….morning cartoons and movies are always a hit.


Juan P. earned his park privileges back the other day, but as you can see, the kite is as big as he is (we laughed for hours about it)


La Fuentes…who knew that fountains outside of a bank would cause such a stir. Juan P. was literally scared until Adam and I started walking around the edges. And the funny thing is that it was Daniel’s idea–and he was the only one that didn’t get to go. I suppose mouthing off to his mother won’t get him very far in this family! 🙂


Abuelito Arrives!!! We promised the kids that we would take them back to Jeno’s Pizza when grandpa got here—so where do you think they reminded us we needed to go to dinner the first night? No matter the language, kids never forget. 🙂 Jeno’s is like Chucky Cheese except that the slides and games are free…and for those coming to Bogota it is cheaper than Archie’s (although Archie’s has the benefit of letting the kids make their own pizzas) Anyway, we could spend, and have spent, three hours there because there is so much to do. Plus, it’s practically next door to our complex. We’ll have to again when the “aunties” come.



  1. What an adorable family you have! Those kids are so cute! I have to laugh thinking about Adam trying to explain to three security officers what was going on. I would imagine you and the other children were a VERY welcome sight to him! I can’t wait to hear more. Let’s hope Juan P. figures it all out soon. Who knows what other adventures may be in store if he doesn’t!?

  2. I love it!!!! I am not going to be the only one with an unruly child! I can imagine Adam was so relieved to see you guys show up. Ha, I can’t stop laughing. I am sure that it was not funny at the time. (I can relate to that)Carter has started asking for things and then saying, “I’ll be good!”
    I love the pictures of the kids on the slide, how fun!
    Miss you guys!

  3. Sounds like everyone is adapting well. We have been enjoying all the pictures. Your children are very cute. The tamtrum with Juan P was all to familiar for us with “our” Juan Pablo when we were there. Jeno’s was great. We went there at least twice a week. Like you said you can easily spend a few hours there. We were just a short walk from there at Betty’s place. We have officially been home for one month now. Seeing all your pictures and stories reminds us of our time there. If you get a chance “Panaca” was great for the kids. It’s a farm with a petting zoo and shows. Our kids loved it. It’s about an hour from where you are. We have pictures on our blog We stayed at the Zeutana as well with NO HOT WATER!!! Enjoy your precious time with your children. God bless. Steve and Wendy

  4. Good job on the discipline, you guys! That is no easy task, for sure. I am very much enjoying all the pictures and your thoughts. What a huge thing you guys are experiencing right now. You are in my thoughts and prayers, BTW… As much as you love what you are doing right now, I know there must be a lot of emotions running wild through it all. Thank you again for the pictures- it is so neat to be updated about how you are doing in Columbia. You were brought up in our “good news” segment this afternoon in RS. Everyone was happy to hear that you finally had your hands on those kids and that everyone is safe.

  5. How fun I am so glad that the kids are so willing to be close and cuddly with the family. I can’t wait to see them and get all the kisses I have been waiting for. What a story about Adam and the guards I love it, yet potentially scary.

  6. Oh, Rach! I have never seen a more beautiful family. I almost cry everytime I look at the pictures! Not sure if this helps, but I had a similar experience with Thomas. We were in Wal-Mart and he started yelling that I was not his Mommy and go away!!! I was so mad! He thought he was being funny, because we play scooby-doo and monsters. He was trying to say for me not to be mommy right now and that I was Bigfoot! At least I did not have to worry that we did not look like eachother. Hang in their guys! As I am sure you know, that it doesn’t matter all the bad stuff that happens, when they give you a hug, a smile. It just all seems to wash away. I like to think that is how our Heavenly Father feels about us. Love you guys!!! Can not wait for all of you to come home!!!!

  7. I am amazed that it only takes you and Adam a few hours – or less – to put difficult things into perspective and learn from them. I think you’re children will soon pick up on your examples. There could not be any better examples anywhere on earth!

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