Saturday, December 2, 2006

The Family Has Arrived!

Fernanda and the boys (Dylan - 5 and Chris -3) arrived from Brazil this morning. Mark had to leave about 2:00 a.m. to pick them up at the Atlanta airport. The flight from Brazil is always an overnight flight for them. I don't think Fernanda got more than 30 minutes' sleep. I watched the boys for the afternoon while Mark and Fernanda took a nap. Dylan speaks both English and Portuguese, but Chris only speaks Portuguese. Chris understands English, but won't speak it yet. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for him to begin speaking English. Chris talks to me all the time, but I have to get Dylan to interpret for me. :) I understand just a few basic Portuguese words, but not enough to really understand what he wants.

It is hard to believe that they are not just here for a visit this time. I know it was hard for Fernanda to leave - her home country, her brothers, and her friends.

Mark had been offered several jobs. He took the one based out of Tennessee - Kirk n Blum. They gave him quite a chunk of money for moving his family here. He will be working from home, but will probably be going to TN 2-3 times a week. He will also be traveling to Mississippi some for work that the company is doing there. The place in TN is south of Nashville, so it shouldn't be too bad of a drive. KnB said in 6-12 months they would open an office in Birmingham.

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