12.14.2008

Baby Showers

On November 20, the Embassy held a baby shower for myself and the 2 other ladies expecting babies in the next month.




















Lots of people contributed and we each received a diaper cake, a basket of baby essentials and a nice stash of cash.One of the games we played had all of the moms-to-be feed the dads-to-be (and one stand-in Marine) a baby bottle filled with beer. Ronnie and I came in a close second, but the Marine won! Three dyas later on the 23rd, my girlfriends here in Quito threw a shower for me at Rachel's house. It was such a nice day and we really were showered with great gifts!These are all the adorable clothes and toys we received that day:One of my friends couldn't make it to the shower because she was back in the States. We were so surprised when we received a package at the post office from her. It was actually the first gift we'd received from our registry! We were so excited to put it together.We can't wait to see Kaitlyn enjoy all of the great gifts we received! Thanks everyone!

12.07.2008

A Trip to Mindo

With just under 2 weeks left before Ronnie and I leave Quito as a childless couple, we decided to take a quick day trip to Mindo. Mindo is about 2 hours NW of Quito and is known for it's eco-adventure activities (zip lines, tubing, hiking, etc.), as well as their butterly farms. Of course with me being 31 weeks pregnant, the zip lines and tubing were out of the question. Instead, we thought we'd enjoy the road trip, check out the butterflies and have a nice lunch.

The drive was really nice. The usual windy mountain roads, but not as scary as some of the others we've been on.

This was a small part of the road that looks like it's been washed out from some rains.
Once we were in Mindo, it was clear what most people go there for...the adventures!
We found our way to one of the buttefly farms and saw some people getting ready to take off on a tubing trip.

The butterfly farm was also a hostel and had a nice restarany and colorful grounds.

This is where the butterflies turn from pupa to pretty creatures with beautiful wings.

The "owl" butterfly seems to be the most common one they had.

The butterflies only live for about 15 days. You can tell this one is on its way out.

They have fruit laying around that you can pick up to feed the butterlies.

After playing with the butterflies, we stopped in the restaurant for a bite to eat. The food was delicious!
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