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End of year (and end of an era) party

Our time in Jakarta is drawing to a close, and what better way to celebrate than with a 70’s party?! The drinks flowed, the disco hustled, and – of course – the clothes got swapped.

Linsea and the Lizard

Linsea caught a lizard in the yard today, so we put it in a bottle for her to “play” with but not injure. She had quite a lot of fun!

Looks like they're best buds!

BAHS reunion in Jakarta

A group of ’87 BAHS graduates got together in Jakarta yesterday to share memories, stories, and plans for the future. We’ve not seen each other in nearly 30 years (!!), and have been talking about doing this for quite some time, so it was wonderful to finally make this happen. It is a great reminder that, wherever we may be in the world, the Crusader spirit lives on!

 

Susan’s 50th birthday!

Had our Puncak cabin crew over to help break in the new Groovy Gecko bar, say goodbyes for the four of us leaving, and not-really-celebrate Susan’s birthday.

Thanks to Alea for all the help with organization and taking great pictures – we have such great friends and such super kids!

 

Fourplay party!

Great Fourplay party this afternoon, with super food and drink, slippery floors, and even the muff bag! Our group has had a few members move on over the years, but also gained a few babies, so all is good.

 

The new Groovy Gecko bar is here!

We’re inaugurating the new Groovy Gecko bar today – it came in time for all the end of year parties, and will travel with us to Poland this summer! We had it custom-built here in Jakarta as a memento of fun times around our outdoor bar: curved face, folding wings, glass top, and even engraved Indonesian geckos. A great gathering place, and Susan’s combination going-away and 50th birthday present!

2006 Innova V for sale

We are selling our family’s vehicle as we prepare to move from Jakarta. It is an automatic transmission, gas (not diesel), seats 5 comfortably with 2 additional “fold down” type seats in the back area, full AC, power windows/locks, radio/CD/cassette(!) player, and is black. When we bought it, there were 77,000km on it; the mileage after our 4 years is now 92,000km, as we live fairly near school and haven’t used it for much more than going back and forth and shopping.

Asking price is $11,000 $10,000!! Pictures and info below:

Exterior and trunk views

Exterior and trunk views

Interior views, including opometer

Interior views, including opometer

Last Diving off Gili Trawangan

Our final spring break in Indonesia, and we went to one of our favorite places for a week of diving and relaxation.

Snoozing on 12/13/14

Breck’s catnap today with Linsea and Dori…

Breck's Catnap

Thanksgiving 2014

We are missing mom, as she’s back in the US for the month, but are grateful to friends here for hosting yet another spectacular Thanksgiving dinner. Dave and the kids were all excited to get dressed up for the occasion!

Thanksgiving 2014

UN Day 2014

Breck and Alea are all set for their high school UN day. Breck is sporting good ole cowdude duds, while Alea’s got a USA neck kerchief, bangles from India, a Serbian hat, Indonesian skirt, and Honduran scarf/belt – all the places she’s gone to school!

Breck and Alea - UN Day @JIS 2014

Tree down in the back yard!

Alea and I got home from school – after a mongo rain, wind and lightening storm – to find that one of the biggest trees in our yard had broken! While it fell on our roof (and reached almost to the top!), there was no damage inside or outside that we could see. Wow!!

Happy holiday colors – Indonesian style!

Our back yard is currently in ‘fruit harvest’ mode, and we are treated to green mangoes and red palm fruit on a daily basis. Alea and I were treated to quite the show of birds zipping around this afternoon, feasting on the fruit flies that enjoy the treats as much as we!

Mangos and red palm fruit - looks yummy!

Happy Holiday Season!!!

Halloween is finally over – that means the Christmas tree can go up!!

Alea and Breck joyfully (?) show off their handiwork

Working with Indonesian teachers

Spent the day collaborating with local teachers, helping out with a workshop about “Applications of Mathematics in the real world.” Susan set up a whole series of activities revolving around math problem solving strategies, and I was able to lead a couple of small group sessions on gathering data and displaying/interpreting graphs.

Lots of smiles all around, and a reminder to myself that A) Susan and I are really are a pretty awesome team together and B) living around the world affords us some astoundingly unique life opportunities.

International School Partnership morning workshop

Bali for October break

(Maybe) our last time in Bali 🙁

Dive pictures coming soon – for now, how about some beautiful breakfast flowers…

Bali flowers

Oktoberfest ’14

Our party this year had a dedicated guest list – our men’s softball team. The Gurus showed up in force for Oktoberfest, celebrating the night away in fine style!

Math department dinner

Math department dinner last night – great colleagues, super food, and a late night in the pool! Thanks to all who made it (including our principal party crasher)!

 

Don't they look so serious?!

Last day of school, June 2014

And here they are: Breck and Alea finish off their freshman and junior year!

Breck and Alea bid adieu to grades 9 and 11

Marcia’s farewell

Saying goodbye is never easy, but a get-together with friends makes it that little bit easier. Marcia is off to find her way in the world, and we were glad to send her off in style!

Bye, Marcia, from all your buds at the Groovy Gecko!

End of year/Susan’s birthday

Awesome Threesomes party tonight at the The Stutz Family’s Groovy Gecko Grill – good times despite the crazy times!

The Groovy Gecko is rockin' - don't bother knockin'!

Dragonfly on flower

Had a visitor at home yesterday – thought he’d make a nice desktop wallpaper.

Dragonfly on flower

Easter @ the cabin

We hippity-hopped up to JIS’s cabin in the mountains for the 3-day weekend with a group of friends who we’ve done this with for the past 2 years. Despite some early issues (like a 3-hour traffic jam), we made it up and spent a few days eating(!), drinking, and conversing. Good times!

Volleyball Champs!

2 volleyball tournaments this weekend – 1 championship and 1 3rd place. Great job to all the JIS MS girls’ teams members!!

2014 JIS MS Girls Volleyball - Champs!

Unexpected guest

Check out who showed up for dinner at the Groovy Gecko last night? Don’t worry, no escargot was served, and the kids named him “Gustav.” New family pet, I guess.

Gustav in all his glory