Happy Birthday To Us

As if last year's surprise party wasn't enough, our host family decided to throw us a special bash, Guatemalan-style.  We had just come back from a trip to the high mountains of Guatemala with a youth group from Houston.  There, Scott spent his birthday (June 8th) hauling big bags of mulch up a 60-degree incline to help out with a reforestation project.  Gabby's birthday came three days later in Antigua, where the atmosphere was a bit more relaxed.  In the middle of all of this, our host brother Edwin turned 21!

When we finally got to Cantel on the 12th, we crashed.  The next morning, we woke up early to accompany our younger brothers to the annual carnival for the town.  There, we played some really old, broken video games and some rip-off carney games.  The boys walked away from the rip off games having "won" a couple of squirt guns.  It was a good time.

We got back to the house at about 1:00 to find all of the rest of the volunteers waiting for us.  In addition, Joe and Selena made the trip, and a handful of Guatemalans who were happy to celebrate with us.  They grilled meat for us (knowing how much Scott loves grilling), and bought a tres leches cake.  It was much more than we even expected, and we were thankful for the special day.  Thanks Gang!

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