Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Caption Contest

Really funny this morning.

Jordan and Missy

Simple Video Intro

I posted another option a while ago, and we have been working towards something different to start the videos, here is the next candidate.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Video blog August 2011

We shoot a lot of video that is never really put anywhere, some of it is behind the scenes stuff on projects we are working on, some daily living stuff, some travel, and other miscellaneous things about living. I have always wanted to put it togther in what I thought would be a yearly video, but I think it will be much easier to keep on top of monthly (we shall see about that!)

So for your enjoyment, GoWithTheReids video blog August 2011 edition.
(I would recommend watching it in HD)

Jordan and Missy

Monday, August 22, 2011

Weekend Happenings

Hey All,
Some pictures of our weekend!

 Started the week with marriage group on Friday night.

We listened to a sermon from a pastor in the United States, he preached in Spanish, and it was great!

Good verse.

We've had some beautiful days here in Tome, getting glimpses of summer!

A new a favorite: Coffee and pan horlandes.

 The cat enjoying the sun.

Finally finished the cycling hat I made for Jordan.

 Wool hat.

First try with hand stitching a hat, J says it's pretty warm.

Had a lunch party for 8 after church on Sunday.

 Served soup, chicken piccata, beets, and pasta.

 Later we had Once, the light dinner meal. 

Enjoyed some great conversation, and games.

Jordan spent some time with the cat, she was zonked out in his arms.

The cat, totally asleep.

We got to Skype with some family in Sweden!! We love you Rudy and Ida!

 They also sent some very cute gifts to J and I.

You guys are great.

Blessings this week!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tome in Toma

Hey Everyone,
Thought we'd share a short post on some of the political goings-on here in Chile. Currently, most of the universities and high schools in the nation are in "paro," or on strike. The students here have been fighting for about four months with many schools shutting down, or students blockading themselves inside.

While there have been student and teacher strikes in the past, this one is the longest running strike in recent years. The students are refusing to continue school until the government changes its current education policy. Basically, students around the country are calling for the government to provide free higher education. Years and years ago, there was a socialist government that offered free education to students, and many of them are calling for such reform. At this point no one really knows how much longer it's going to take for the students and government to come to an agreement - but there are similar strikes going on in Mexico (the students there have been on strike for about 9 months now) and Argentina (students there won free education from the government after striking for 18 months) - so it looks like students might have a long road ahead of them.

Crazy how much stuff is going on down here right now in politics, what with earthquake reconstruction dissension and student protests. Pray for Chile!

Jordan and Missy

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Celebrating 2 Years

So, thought we'd share some quick pictures of what our day held yesterday.

Jordan on our restaurant excursion. There are about 2.5 real sit-down restaurants in Tome, and though we've never really been to any, we thought we would try this one out that recently opened. It was a hit!

Showing off my glass of juice.

Peach juice, yum!

 Even though we were pretty full from some great salmon, we splurged for dessert too - coffee mousse - delicious!

All gone.

Took a walk in the center. See the oddity in this picture? (Hint: it's a large dog sitting atop a building...)

Finished the day with a movie and family time. Wait, what's that black thing that looks like a cat that is cuddling with the dog? Why, it's a cat! 

....More on that later 

Love, Missy

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wedding Anniversary!

Hello all,
Today is our second anniversary as a married duo, and we are so thankful for each one of you who has poured into our marriage in one way or another! It is truly amazing to think about where God has taken us and how He has grown us in just 2 years, all thanks be to Him. We'll catch you up on what our day of celebration held, but I can tell you that it did start with a batch of Jordan's delicious pancakes!

Have a very blessed day, I know we are!
Missy (and Jordan)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Starbucks Iced Via

Alright so when Starbucks first started selling those Via packets I was a little skeptical....first you must know that we aren't the biggest fans of Starbucks, but I do like a good frappuccino or other sugary drink every now and again. Jordan, on the other hand, being the type of person who only likes black coffee, is definitely not into it.

Anyway, before we left I stopped by Starbucks and they had samples of the Iced Via (the lightly sweetened one), and good gravy it was pretty good! So I bought a package of 5. Man, I should have bought like 27 packages of 5! I made one of these packets the other day, and not only did it make like a liter of creamy slightly sweetened coffee goodness, but it totally reminded me of home. (The secret is to use milk instead of water, and the higher the fat content of that milk, the more delicious it will be - clearly!)

Anyway, I am hoping that when we return they will not have discontinued it. But seriously, if you ever see that stuff you should try it out!

Have a great Tuesday all, blessings to you!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Television Introduction

I have been working on several ideas, but so far this one is my favorite.

Jordan and Missy

Friday, August 5, 2011

Let's talk about bugs...

J out and about, this picture has nothing to do with the subject matter of this post

Hey All,
Thankfully we don't have a lot of bugs down here in Chile. God blessed the country when He made the Andes and the desert up north, because with the mountains desert and ocean there are very few jungle creatures in Chile. The only pests here? One spider that lives in corners (the looks of which no one really seems to know) and fleas! There is also one big red cricket thing that is kinda creepy, but thankfully that's the extent of the danger. I've only had a few instances when one of these freaked me out - and it was just the surprise factor that got me.

Anyway, a quick prayer request for your Friday evening....we've got a bug issue!! Yep, I did some research, and these little things that are eating us alive aren't in fact fleas, but midges. Well, apparently the name midges just refers to any small fly that has wings and bites. And boy do they bite.

I was at my wits end last night and this morning - sometimes it just feels like a battle I could not possibly win. I brought home fleas from a youth camp-out last summer, and while it was a pain and took a week or two to get rid of them, the fleas eventually ceased their habitation of our stuff.

This time around, it's a bit more difficult being in winter. You see, when I did some research on the fleas last summer, and doing it now on the midges, most of my options are not applicable here in Chile. I do have an insecticide...but do I really want to spray that all over the house with us and the dog? (Who, might I add, is actually way cleaner than us...the flea shampoo has apparently worked wonders, she does not have any sort of critter on her - I even did a "Pet Flea and Bug Check" to make sure!) Back to it, after shying away from all the chemicals I've found many other basic ways of getting rid of bugs. Borax is one way to get fleas outta the home - but alas they don't sell it in Chile. All the websites tell you to vacuum thoroughly....well, we don't have a vacuum, so I'm stuck sweeping the bugs around. (Not that I can see any of these bugs ha! Don't want you to get the idea our floors are covered or something.) Then everyone says to make sure to launder everything in hot water, and dry on high heat. Now, here is where I just don't even know where to begin. 1) We don't have hot water that goes to our washer 2) We don't have a dryer 3) This means I am hang drying everything I am washing in front of the fire for a day or two RIGHT BACK WHERE THE BUG PROBLEM IS! It's driving me nuts, especially because I am a clean freak. Can anyone get on board with where I am coming from?

Well, enough ranting, I'm just expounding my dilemma to all of you. So if you all could be praying that these little buggers could take off, that would be awesome. Their bites itch like crazy and they last a ridiculously long time. We are going to just bite the bullet and buy a vacuum, so that will probably help - but we also know God can do some seriously awesome things (no matter how trivial a bug infestation might be in the whole scheme of things). Have a fabulous weekend all of you and thank you for reading and praying!

Blessings, Missy
A street in Tome, again not related to the subject matter

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Market Steals!

Good morning everyone,
Just thought I would share with all of you the fabulous-ness that is the outdoor market here in Tome. Now, I know I've done other post on the market, but today I just had to give you an idea of the wonder that is the Feria.   Last week, I was all set to go to the market, and J was like - wait, you really think that they have the market in the dead of winter?? And I was like, oh...good point. Saturday market and the farmers markets for the most part shut down in winter in Portland. But, I thought I would give it a go anyway and alas, it was there! In full swing might I add. I don't know if it's the range of climates Chile has or what, but they seriously had all the fruits and veggies you could imagine at this farmers market....and nothing has a sticker that says Made in Peru or anything.

So, all that to say - here is what I bought this morning at our fair market :

- 1 kilo carrots
- 1 kilo tomatoes
- 1 kilo lemons
- 1/4 kilo olives
- 1 kilo bananas
- A bunch of beets
- Spinach
- 6 large onions
- 1 broccoli
...not to mention 20 pounds of potatoes that are in the white bag behind the bananas.

Awesome!! And, it was just under $10 dollars, a steal for sure!

Many blessings today,