Wow! Blogging and posting daily, while also doing all the normal family stuff we do regularly, and doing this training course is getting harder and harder. We had lots of fun over the weekend, but were not able to do our posts, so this one is a catchup post.
On Saturday, we had a mandatory training event where all the guys spent about 3-4 hours hanging out and talking at a venue in Charlotte. They didn’t confirm until we arrived to the venue that there would also racing involved! We got to channel our inner Ricky Bobby and burn some (go-kart) rubber. Some of the older, ahem, “kids” had lots of fun.
After we returned from north Charlotte, we went over to the home of another Wycliffe couple and had a great dinner of hamburgers and bratwurst. The kids enjoyed it and we shared birthday cake to celebrate the two recent birthdays in our family. I forgot to get any photos of the cake and candles, so you’ll have to settle for a shot of the grilled items.
And then there was Sunday–on Sunday we attended the Charlotte French Holiness Church of the Nazarene (yeah, it’s got lots of words in the name). It’s a congregation of about 20-25 adults (plus their kids) that meets in an old industrial strip center in the northern part of Charlotte. Most members are from a French-speaking African heritage (many of them from the Congo). We’ll be worshiping with them, in French, for the next month. We’ll write more about the process as we get further into our studies here, I imagine.
After church, we went out for birthday lunch, where Cyclops and I got free birthday pie. We both got chocolate pie–French Silk, if I remember correctly.
And, because we hadn’t had enough sweets yet for the day, we picked up a dragon-brownie, cookie-cake to share with our new friends. There were many interested in helping us celebrate birthdays, so we had an impromptu party at the apartment playground. Lots of sugar was consumed, and much fun was had.
Before bed, Cyclops got his birthday presents from Nonna and Grandpa, as well as his present from Mommy and Daddy. He wasn’t that impressed.
Cyclops finished out the day reading one of his Lego magazines to the brothers. It was another sweet moment in a very packed weekend.