Friday, February 5, 2016

Happy Birthday to My Sweet Skye and to Darling Mary Alice!

It doesn't seem like 29 years ago that I brought home my 5th sweet little daughter from the hospital. What a joy she has been in our lives. 

Skye Lynn Cunningham Lowry 
is probably the smartest and most well read person I know. She remembers pretty much everything she reads, hears or sees. She is so knowledgeable that we refuse to play any type of music or history, geography, etc. trivia games with here unless it's 3 or 4 to 1. And then she usually beats us. 
She is married to Ryan... who is awesome and funny. She made it possible for our whole family to go to Hawaii - Since that's where she wanted to be married. We thank you for that Skye! 

And what a voice - this girl can sing and has won talent shows and been a featured performer in concerts and shows!
Skye's voice is so good she has been mistaken for Ariel or Mulan. ;-)

Skye loves to try new recipes and is a great cook, a skill she is teaching her daughters. 

She loves sports and games, and learning new things. 
And, she can do pretty much anything she sets her mind to. 

Happy, Happy Birthday my dear Skyebee! We are so blessed that God sent you to our family!
Love you!
So, on Skye's 23rd birthday she received a special announcement - this was her reaction...

The announcement was that she was going to be sharing her birthday with her new niece
Mary Alice Guffey!

What a doll little "Maggie" has been for our family.

This little sprite taught us all the "We can do Hard things"! 

Today she is 6 yrs. old and in kindergarten and making us smile every day! We love you sweet Maggie! Happy, Happy Birthday to you! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Fun on the Beach at Viña Del Mar

January 16th found us on a short road trip to Viña Del Mar. The lovely Chilean coastal town about an hours drive from Santiago.

We walked the entire length of the beach walk, about 2+ miles and found some pretty interesting things, like a wonderful sand artist plying his trade.

And a Chinese Dragon and Fu Dog parade to announce an upcoming Chinese New Year Celebration.

We also saw the armory park across the street from the Chilean Naval Academy.

Finally, we settle down at the beach to enjoy the sun and the waves. Yes, I did get in the water, but it was so cold I didn't stay for long.

I don't know if you can see it, but the sand looked like it had specs of Gold Glitter in it and my feet were sparkling as I dug my toes in the sand..

It was a beautiful day to be at the beach, yes, even with sunblock and wearing my hat for most of the day I got a little sunburned, but thoroughly enjoyed the outing.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

"Saturday in the Park" and "We just came for the Food"

So Saturday January 9th we went out for the day to explore Parque de O'Higgins. It is 
 the 2nd largest park in Santiago and where they hold the State Military Parades, Festivals, etc. 
Below is the parade grounds...

... and they have a small amusement park called Fantislandia. This is a great park for the locals to visit. Lots of families were out having picnics for the day, exercising, etc.

We walked around quite a bit of the park. I am sure it was once very beautiful but now seems a little run down.

They do have a speed skate track and I enjoyed watching the kids train. 

This young girl was all business and her coach was right on her heels pushing her all the way..

We did find a little Chinese park and had to take a photo in front of it.

We left the park through the west gate and walked up the sidewalk beside it. Soon we saw big tents and small tents dotting the landscape. Booths were being set up with items to sell and we could see dozens of people preparing food and the smell of roasting meat was in the air and a huge stage was the main attraction in the midst of it all.

We found the entrance and had to pay $1.75 to get into the event. They handed us a flyer and as we read it we realized we had just walked into "Fiesta de los Abrazos 2016" of the Communist Party of Chile. A huge 2 day event calling for the end to democracy, ending US Blockade of Cuba, ending the USA and promoting all things socialist and Communist.

Here is a tent set up by the Pablo Neruda Foundation. He was a great supporter of the Communist Party when they were in control of Chile from the 1920's to 1973. 

There was a whole lot of "Free Market" commerce going on for a true communist event. Here are the communist pins for sale. It turns my stomach to know that all leftists herald Che Guevera, the Argentine revolutionary who became the official and literal "Cuban Executioner" of anyone he or Fidel Castro deemed a traitor or enemy to their regime, as a great hero of communism. His image was quite prominent.

As well as Fidel's.

Well, after about 20 minutes of wandering around and looking at all the Chilean and Chinese souvenirs, clothes, and average Fair fare for sale, and realizing the food was not going to be ready anytime soon, we left. Stepping out and away from that propaganda was like taking a breath of fresh air.

We caught the Metro and went into the big Food Markets of Santiago Centro. The entire upstairs of this market is restaurants and we found a somewhat quiet corner to get some delicious food.

Down on the market floor they had some good Salsa music going on.

After lunch we ventured to another open market. It was quite crowded where....

It was quite crowded in this market, 

but it is where we saw ....

Some very delicious (?) looking pork...

and delectable seafood for sale.

We were amazed watching this pretty Senora take her machete and hack the ends off the corn. She was quite skilled.

We bought some fresh fruit and vegetables and headed home. 

All in all it was a delightful day!