The Kid's Christmas Party was the best ever!!!

We are just now coming up for air--the party came off perfectly! It started with some of the local kids performing traditional Ecuadorian dances--then Papa Noel appeared and greeted all the kids,  who were absolutely delighted! 

The kids then lined up to receive their gifts, while Bob took their picture with Papa Noel.  Some of these children have been coming to our party for 10 years and have received a 5"x7" picture for every year.

While the received their gifts,  we served the hot dogs, chips and coke. We gave out 350 gift bags, served 550 meals in 21/2 hours.

Here are a lot of photos of the fun time!


Roxanne is enjoying seeing the happy faces...

This is a sample of the goodies that were in the gift bags...

The older girls all got a doll with changable dresses...

Here's Roxanne posing with just a third of the gift bags in the photo!

Bob is posing in front of the ancient oven that will cook 625 hot dog buns for us to be ready on the day of the party...

Here's Agripina, and daughter Sonia, cooking the wieners so the plastic covers can be removed easily.  625 of them...whew!

Tim and Janet did great work!  Tim delivered several hundred hot dogs, and Janet took most of the preceding photos...

A few days before the party, Tim and Janet helped us fill 600 baggies with Cristmas candy and animal crackers.  It's a big job eating the broken animal crackers, but somebody has to do it!

Bill and Shawn were terrific!  Bill also delivered hundreds of hot dogs, and Shawn made sure that each plate was complete!!


Just some of the crew that helps keep the party rolling!

Robinson and Bob pause just before things really get going....


The end of a perfect day!!!

In addition to thanking all the people who made this day a huge success, we want to thank again, all the friends and relatives who have supported this party, many for years and years...we could not do this without you!

We hope that all of your wishes come true in 2018!

Thanks again,

Bob and Roxanne

Posted on Sun, December 24, 2017 at 07:28PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

The Kid's Christmas Party is only 12 days away, and we still need you!

We know that all of you are constantly being solicited for donations, especially this time of year! 

We have been hit by escalating costs on all items from toys and dolls, to hot dogs and drinks, especially Christmas candy!  When you multiply these increases by 350 kids and 250 moms...the numbers get big fast...

12 days from the big event, we are still $1250 in the red, so we are hoping that a few of you will help us reduce this deficit a bit.

If you wish to send a little help, just log on to and send it off to  We will make sure that 100 percent of the funds go directly to the kids!

Here's a shot of Roxanne as we are ordering 100 pounds of Christmas Candy and 80 pounds of animal crackers, and 600 bags of potato chips.

Roxanne is holding a 2 pound bag, and when we pick up the candy on Wednesday they will be in huge bags hold 50 times that much candy!

Here's what we end up with!


Here's a couple of shots from previous years...

Thanks in advance!

Have great holiday season and a wonderful 2018!

Bob and Roxanne and all the kids and moms...


Posted on Sun, December 10, 2017 at 09:35AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

Fifty Years and still having fun!!!

We were married on Nov 18, 1967, and never in a million years would we have thought that 50 years later, we would be living on a perfect beach on the west coast of Ecuador!  We've had a lot of great adventures in 50 years...and we feel fortunate that we are still living out our dreams...

Here's a shot of that young couple...

and one more of Roxanne...

Just a few hours before our party...we were surprised by Agripina and her family, when they made us a great looking anniversary cake...

Here's a couple of shots of us just before the party...


We put filets on the bar b que, and completed the dinner with garlic bread, huge baked potato, and a delicious shrimp filled avocado from Janet.  Dessert was courtesy of Shawn and Bill...fresh squeezed lime meringue lots of anniversary cake!  Geri and Mark brought homemade bean dip and shrimp hors d'Oeuvres.

Alex and his mom Cecilia, did a great job helping us.  Rox made the aprons and bowties...

As many in the party were quick to we are on our next 50 years!  We're looking forward to the ride!

Posted on Mon, November 20, 2017 at 02:47PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments3 Comments

The Kid's Christmas Party is just around the corner!

After putting on the huge kid's party for nine years, we were seriously considering not doing it anymore.  We thought that we were just getting too old to do it again...however, we found that the kids and moms in our town would be devastated!

So...In the last 8 days, we have made two six hour trips to Guayaquil to purchase 140 dolls, 40 stuffed, fuzzy animals, 140 trucks, 40 smaller trucks, and 40 baby toys.

We will be working on the party preparations everyday until the big event on December 22.

And...we can use all the help we can get!  We still have to buy 625 weiners and buns, 120 liters of Coke, 500 bags of potato chips, 100 pounds of Christmas candy, 80 pounds of animal crackers, 450 gift bags, and glasses, plates, napkins, condiments, and the rental of tables and stools to seat all of the happy crowd!

Your continued support of this party makes it all possible.  Every cent contributed goes directly to the kids--many, of whom, will receive nothing else for Christmas.

If you would like to help make a lot of deserving kids happier this year, please send your contribution to our PayPal account   If you mark it personal or family, there will be no fees.

To get you in the are a few fun shots...

Here are samples of what the kids are getting this year...

Here's Rox posing with the presents last year...


We thank you all in advance and wish you the best for the holiday season and the next year!

Posted on Sun, November 12, 2017 at 10:50AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

The President of Ecuador "gets it"

President Moreno of Ecuador had this to say at the UN in New York, this week:

In a short but impassioned speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, Ecuador President Lenin Moreno urged world leaders to stop spending “precious resources” on war, and to “embrace the inclusiveness” that leads to peace.

“We need to focus on the people,” the president told world leaders. “The emphasis should be on achieving peace and creating a decent life for all human beings on a sustainable planet.”

Moreno: “Focus on the human being.”

In his 15-minute address, Moreno said he supports the proposed UN global agreement on migration. “Human mobility should be encouraged, not restricted, because it enriches our lives and  destroys discrimination and xenophobia,” he said. “Closing the borders is never the solution.”

Specifically, Moreno criticized the U.S. blockade of Cuba. “It only promotes hatred and fear and with policies like it we can never achieve true freedom and democracy.”

Moreno praised international progress in rights for the disabled but said more needs to be done. “We still have outstanding debts to the one billion people with disabilities in the world. We need to work harder to include them in all the activities of our lives, and to make all physical, social and political institutions accessible to them.”

Moreno, who was paralyzed by a gunshot wound 20 years ago, served as United Nation’s Special Envoy for the Rights of the Disabled before running for president. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 for his work on behalf of the disabled during his term as vice president, from 2007 to 2011.

The president also highlighted his plan to provide comprehensive health care for the citizens of Ecuador. “My belief is that government should provide dignified care for a lifetime, from the moment of conception until God decides to close our eyes.”

Posted on Sat, September 23, 2017 at 12:21AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment
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