It's been pretty quiet around here as far as news from Guinea Bissau is concerned, but our people are back in place, the road to Djati is open, and we just launched a new campaign -- so things are beginning to get rolling again.
I've got quite a bit to catch you up on as well.
Saturday we drove up to visit Shelly & Matt. They live about an hour away from us and it was gorgeous day to take a ride. We hadn't seen them since we were at the airport in December to welcome Shelly & baby Nia home from Guinea Bissau. I wanted to check in on my little niece, hang out with Nia's other 3 siblings and Shelly and I wanted to complete the final preparation for our campaign launch "Project Keep Maritza Mobile."
We arrived at their home at about noon and were met by all 4 of the children. Nia is adjusting so well to her new life and her new family. It is really pretty amazing! She was running around playing and climbing all over everything and giggling up a storm. Her 3 siblings are very protective of her as they play together. I could see them all keeping a very watchful eye out to make sure that she didn't hurt herself.
She can also say a few words now and seems to understand most of what is being said. Her young brain is soaking up everything like a sponge. She also has some new teeth coming in.
She is tall for her age and Shelly says she takes after her dad (she also mentioned her mother was very tall as well).
Might we have a model on our hands? Or maybe soccer player, as she was very interested in kicking the ball around.
Later we got down to the 'serious' business of recording the video we needed to go along with the campaign we planned to launch later that evening. Shelly and I had discussed it, well...sort of -- but, neither of us knew exactly what we wanted to do or say.
I guess we were lucky that we had Matt and Lavanson there. They were our cameramen and directors. They sat us all down on the sofa (while Nia napped) pointed the cameras at us, asked us a few leading questions and presto, we had a video! One take is all we did (so kindly keep this in mind when you see the final product)
Yikes!Then the editing began. Matt put all the music together and asked Shelly and I to decide which portions we wanted to leave in and what to cut. Shelly wanted to cut most of hers out and I wanted to cut out most of mine.
In the end we got a pretty even mix of both of us.
It turned out to be a very long day but a very fun day! I'm so happy that they live so close by. Auntie Devon will be making frequent trips to visit!
Two sisters sharing a special kiss away from the cameras
Come back tomorrow and check out the Video final cut and the campaign launch!
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