Playdates, Language Learning, and Bloody Butcher Hands

It's been a little while since I last updated. It's mostly due to the fact that at least one of our family members has been sick for the past two or three weeks. Mix that in with some wild school schedules and you have a recipe for no time to sit down and write. As we approach our two month anniversary of arriving in Croatia (Feb 17) here are some of the things that have taken place over the past few weeks.

Playdates

You might have seen the Instagram posts from a week ago, but both Eli and Eden had friends over to hang out in our apartment. First Eden had her friend over and they painted, practiced a Croatian song that they had to sing in front of the class, and drew butterflies on each others hands. It was fun to watch. The next day Eli had a friend over and it was completely centered around video games. The great part is that both Eli and Eden have been invited over to other Croatian kids' homes this week. Our hearts are overjoyed that they are finding Croatian friends and they are excited to go to school. We met the mom of Eli's friend and she told us that her son had said at the beginning of the year that he hoped a new student would come and that he could be friends with him. This is wild because we were praying for the future friends of our kids while we were still in the States. 

Eden and her friend walking home

Eden and her friend walking home

Eli and his buddy playing video games. 

Eli and his buddy playing video games. 

Language Learning

I have been doing a lot of trying to figure out the language over the last month. Everything from google translate to listening to CDs to learning the alphabet but this week I have officially started language classes with a guy named Andrei. He comes over to the house and teaches Hrvatski. I introduced him to Intelligentsia coffee and now I think I'm his favorite student. It's going to be a long road ahead but I am excited to begin. I will also be starting a university class in March to further help my Croatian learning. 

Ja ucim Hrvatski! (I am learning Croatian!)

Ja ucim Hrvatski! (I am learning Croatian!)

Bloody Butcher Hands

The other day Amber had the great idea of doing a good ol' midwest pot roast for dinner. I was pumped until she said I had to figure out the meat. Until this point we have only had the confidence to buy what we know. Trying to explain what pot roast is to a guy who doesn't speak english isn't easy. Thank the Lord for google because I did a quick search while the butcher was chopping up some meat and found a picture of a cow and what cut of meat I needed. He quickly grabbed my phone out of my hands, with his bloody butcher hands, looked at the picture and said, "Yes, I know this!" Next he grab a massive piece of beef and began chopping it with this razor sharp butcher knife. Next thing I know I'm walking away with over 5 pounds of beef and trying to clean off my phone. The great part is Amber's pot roast was incredible. Well worth all the effort.