Good friends, good times



Our favorite local staff had a great party for John and me on Tuesday night – it was so fun to spend an evening with them. They are mostly the folks who worked in the NIV section with us when we first arrived in Juarez in March 2008. They made espresso martinis (yum), cooked up a great dinner, and had a pinata – it was so much fun! Click to see more photos of the party.

On Christmas Eve, we had an open house here after the Consulate closed at noon. We did this last year, too, and really enjoyed it.  About 20-25 people dropped by throughout the afternoon.  It was pleasant to visit, listen to Christmas music and just relax. John made balloon animals for the kids, which were a big hit.

Monday night was our last book club. For November and December, we watch movies. This month was a good movie about illegal immigration called “Sin Nombre” (Without a Name). Teresa and Michael hosted at their house.

Last Sunday, John smoked several chickens that we delivered to friends, including Ryan and Lara – we got to see their new baby Sophie – what a cutie!

On Christmas and the day after, the real work began – we went into high gear to get ready for the movers on Monday. What a lot of work! The house is now upside down, shipments separated, etc. When we just couldn’t work anymore, we sat down on Christmas afternoon for our annual mimosas and watched “Fringe” as a reward for our hard work. Last night, we watched “Julia and Julie.”

John and Martha


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