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We Make Turning 40 Fun!

I know I'm a little behind on posting, but I have an excuse, which I'll tell you about soon.  But first, you can't live in Paraguay and not have a party spirit!  Here's our celebration for Norberto's 40th birthday last week.  We made his favorite food, which is gnocchi's (noquis in Spanish) for lunch.  It's an Italian potato pasta, and while it's a little laborious, it's so worth the effort. 

Here Timmy's using the special wooden gnocchi maker, but you can get the same look using a fork.

We planned a backyard BBQ with friends, but since the forecast called for freezing weather and storms, we had our little shindig at the local restaurant.  Since it was so stormy, we had the whole place to ourselves!

 We had some games, led by Norberto's brother Marcos, followed by some entertainment.
 The Kurrle Quartet made their appearance with some great songs, including one humorous song dedicated especially to Norberto.
 This is one of the games we played.  It's a potato peeling contest with men who are over forty!  We joked about what you need and what you lack when you reach 40.  We also did a questionnaire to see who knows Norberto best.  What do you think his favorite snack is?:

a.  chipas
b.  potato chips
c.  Nestle's crunch bar
d.  popcorn                       (see answer below)
Yes, I dusted off the ol' trumpet and we did a medley.  I only did it because Norb begged, asked me nicely and I love my husband VERY much.  Musical talent is strong on the Kurrle side of the family, ahem, not mine.

See what I mean; here's a really superb duo, Nila and Priscila (Norberto's beautiful sisters).  They did an upbeat song in Portuguese.  Like I said, mucho talento.
Not only were we among great friends, the whole family was present from all over Paraguay!  We are so thankful that we could be together for this fun fiesta and celebrate God's goodness to Norberto over the past four decades.  Here's looking toward the next forty!

P.S.  The answer is C.  Norberto LOVES Nestle's crunch bars!


  1. haha, i guessed correctly. it's the beams who like the salty, the kurrles like the sweets.

  2. happy birthday! We LOVE celebrating birthdays. could you again send me a link to your other blog. when our computer crashed, it messed that up. We like the Argentina side of the falls better.

  3. Wow, what a wonderful celebration for a great guy! Veo que lo pasaron muy lindo! And I'm super impressed that you make ñoquis by hand, Julie. SUPER impressed. Did I mention that I miss ñoquis???


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