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I’m not really sure why these are the only pics Adam put in the gallery, but you get the idea. Adam and Grandpa Penning took the three oldest to our friend Ceci’s to go swimming a couple of days ago. Yes, it’s too cold to swim outdoors right now, and yes they did anyway. We’ve had unusual non-stop rain for this time of year the past week or so. It’s gray, cold, and rainy right now, in fact. Luckily, the complex’s pool is heated! There are actually a couple of different kinds of pools, and a sauna room. Both my dad and Adam had a good time playing with the kids.

Ezzy is our go-getter. She’ll try anything once, and she is good at almost everything she tries. She was the only one that would swim to the bottom of the pool and touch it with her daddy. The other two apparently got braver and braver as the afternoon went on, but were still a bit chicken. They did put their faces under though, and weren’t scared. That’s half the battle. Swim lessons are at the top of our activity list upon our return to Las Vegas. So is soccer team sign-ups and school. I think Daniela won’t want to play soccer, but I bet I can get her to do some type of dance or gymnastics class. Oh yeah, and they are all going to take piano. I know I need to ease them into everything, but they also need activity. Ezzy and Daniel are so full of energy, and they need a way to expend it.

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On a side note, Mario–our English tutor– commented today on Juan Pablo. Mario said, “he is a different person.” I asked what he meant, and he said he is much calmer nowadays…more mellow. I told him we are slowly easing and growing into a family. He smiled, and said, “could you tell me your secret because I have a five month old who needs a lot of help.” That totally made my day. (Maybe I’m starting to do something right.) Mario has been working with the kids since before we arrived in Bogota so I value his observations on the children’s moods and behaviors.

Today, three of the four children earned an outing to pick out a soccer ball. They are so excited to go with daddy after siesta. Of course, they’ll have to play in the rain, but it wouldn’t really be soccer without a little weather to challenge them, right?

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