Time Flies When You're Having Fun!!!

We're already getting ready for our 8th Annual Kid's Christmas Party!  Little by little, we have been buying affordable trucks and dolls--anywhere we could find them, all year long.

 We've just returned from our annual trip to Cuenca, buying more toys and dolls, 88 pounds of animal crackers and about 80 pounds of Christmas candy, and a bunch more decorations.  We wish to extend a special thanks to Rich and Nancy for putting us up, and for being such great hosts, and for being especially playful with Coquita as they performed baby sitting chores...

As most of our regular readers know, each of the 350 kids in our area, receive a doll or truck, a baggie full of animal crackers and Christmas Candy.   We also serve them and about 200 moms, hot dogs, a bag of potato chips, and Cokes.  They also get a 5 x 7 photo of them recieving their Christmas bundle from Papa Noel.  For many of these children, this is their only photo for the whole year.

Here are a couple of shots of us shopping this week...

 

 

 

 

Here is Alex carrying one of the big bags of Animal Crackers.  He has been coming to the party since he was a little boy--this year he is too old, so we will be giving him a Santa Hat, and making him into one of "Santa's Helpers".

To get you in the mood, here are some shots of last year's party...

Here's Papa Noel taking a well deserved break after personally handing out 350 gift bags to happy kids...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As all of our regular readers know, there is no way that we could do this party without the help of relatives, friends, and all of the great readers of this blog.  So...if you would like to help this year, please send what you can to our PayPal account, which is bobnrox@gmail.com


Also...every cent donated goes 100 percent to the kids...

 

Thanks to all of you for you wonderful help on previous parties, and for your support this year,


Bob & Roxanne and all the kids...

Posted on Sat, October 17, 2015 at 07:09PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

We celebrate the beginning of our Ninth Year in Ecuador!!!

The constants in our lives for the past eight years have been the beauty of the people, the scenic country, and our lifestyle living here at the beach.

The changes:  We're eight years older, as is our extended Ecuadorian family, our great little friendCoquita, and of course, the beach...

Here are a few shots to illustrate the difference...

This is our first lunch in Quito the day after we arrived in Ecuador...

Agripina and Isidro over for a few birthday goodies...

Here they are a few years later...

Our first Kid's Christmas Party featured Alfredo as Papa Noel...

We believe that we only had 47 happy kids that first time...Boy has that changed!!!

Now Papa Noel has a fancy new "Suit", and we serve more that 500 kids and their happy moms!


Alex, Agripina's grandson looked like this then...

Here he is with mom and cousin later...

And here he is this week--a growing young man!

Coquita is aging right along with the rest of us...

When she was younger...

Here she is today...

This is the group shot of all the people who did such a great job on our new roof, new floors, and repainted interior walls...

Also, they are all related, with Agripina being the Mama Bear...

And...the beach keeps on changing...here are a few shots of some projects just south of us...


Just finished...

more...


The beach itself is always beautiful and unchanged.  Private, lots of room to play, and no fog, no seaweed, no jellyfish, and no ugly driftwood stumps...just bikinis...

Here's our place..


And here we are getting ready to Party!!!

We're all looking forward to many beautiful years in Ecuador!

Posted on Fri, October 2, 2015 at 03:21PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments4 Comments | References1 Reference

Whales frolicking north and Dolphins feeding south!!!

Rox and I were enjoying our Sunday morning coffee watching the sun brighten up the waves, when we saw huge splashes directly in front of us...

We grabbed the glasses and saw Humpback whales jumping almost all the way out of the water, to fall back with terrific splashes.  As you know, counting whales is like watching submarine races, sort of difficult to see...

But...we think there were a few mamas, and several babies, all spouting and splashing...a great start to a terrific morning!

However...that's not all!  Pretty soon, we were treated to a bunch of dolphins swimming south right in front of us.  There must be lots of fish in the waters now, as there were also pelicans floating just behind the waves calmly gobbling up fish.

The clouds were right of of a renaissance painting.

Here's a shot of the beach and waves--we were too slow to catch the whales and dolphins...


Not a bad way to start a Sunday...

 

Posted on Sun, July 26, 2015 at 07:16AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments1 Comment | References13 References

El Nino gives us a great weather season...

Finally the smart guys who know this stuff have decided that El Nino will really happen this year.  It is good news for the West and the Coast of the US.  Lots more rain for a parched area...but...it will probably be too much!  Floods and landslides...so be prepared up there!

For us down here where El Nino starts, it has given us a beautiful six months of perfect weather.  Normally Jan, Feb and Mar are pretty warm, but this year these months have been perfect.  Apr, May and Jun are normally cooler, but this year they have been slightly warmer...and that's good...

Here is a shot of the Pacific right outside our front door...

It takes a while for all this good stuff to get to North America, but the experts say that it's on the way--probably in Oct and later...

Meanwhile, we are basking in perfect weather here at the Coast...take a look at a sunset or two...

 

 

So...El Nino is goooood for us, and we hope good for North America later this year...

Posted on Sat, July 11, 2015 at 08:35AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

Our House gets a new "Hat"

Because the El Nino weather phenomenon starts right at our front door, so to speak, we have been experiencing different than normal weather so far this year.  Jan and Feb, our hottest months were remarkably cooler this year.  March was the rainiest we have ever seen--normally no rain--this year 12 days of it!  April was perfect, but May, our "change" month, was just beautiful!

El Nino will hit the US hard in Sep, Oct, and Nov...so be prepared folks...

The heavy rains in March finally got us going on a plan to replace our 40 year old roof.

Since we get a continual onshore breeze, filled with salt, we opted for the same roof we had before.  40 years is a pretty good record of standing up to the ocean winds and breezes.

Here are some photos of our crew working from Bamboo scafolding to remove the old roof...it was no fun!

As you can see the old roof has taken a beating over the years.  Pedro is careful removing the nails, so the this roofing can be used by the locals for their own roofs or chicken coops, etc.

The roof is made of a composition cement and fibre mix.  It is best for standing up to salt air.

Our roof extends over the side of the building by about six feet.  This way it protects the sides of the building from extra weathering, and provides protection from rain on both sides.

In the next two photos, you see Sonia painting all the undersides of the roofing that will be showing from below.Fernando spent a week painting, also...

Here's a shot of our living room with a beautiful sky as a ceiling...

The painting never stops...here you see the crew painting 80 sheets of plywood to be used for the interior ceiling.  You also see a few of the rafters that will replace a couple of bad ones.

During the three week job, we had one night of rain...but the guys covered the job each night anyway...

A better shot of the job, the guys, and the scaffolding...

Sonia did a great job for us...she painted and painted...lots of times if was waaaay up there!

Just to give you an idea about how she earned equal pay with all the guys...

Fernando spent a lot of time installing the new roof...

Here's Alfredo, Sonia's brother, and our Maestro, painting some hard to reach places...

Pedro and Silva did a huge job of being on the roof 8 hours a day for three weeks...

Finally, Rox takes a shot of the living room, after the roof is on, the floors have been sanded, and Sonia has painted all the interior walls.

May was such a warm month, that our crew was thrilled to have an ice cold beer each night when they finished up...Here they are on the last night of the job...mucho more than one beer each...

In order to make the transition from chaotic roof job, to pretty nice looking finished living room, we called on Agripina and a crew of six to clean and dust every item in our house.  It took six people 8 hours to make the change!

You see Agripina on the left, and she is mom to Sonia next to her, and to Alfredo and Cecilia, in the center.  Leanora, also her daughter, is next to Sonia...

This group did a great job for us...and we are proud to say that they are all good friends!

 

Posted on Tue, June 2, 2015 at 08:38AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments2 Comments