Friday, February 17, 2017

Photo Friday [174]

Friday lunch picnic at Greg's school.

They both look so excited to be there....

The middle child was due for a new passport.  This was an outtake from his passport photo session.

 Who can name the book this scene was from?

 See how she's grown!  I made this dress/shirt for her over a year ago.  It fit a bit different back then:

Hebrews 4:12a in Tok Pisin, which hangs in Brian's workplace.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Photo Friday [173]

This week:

Story time with Dad.

A very Greg look. 

 And here's this one too.

 Muddy knees, running headlong into whatever the boys are up to... she is not a baby any more.  When did she get so big??

Katy sold us [a lot] of carrots this morning.

Pajamas and Crocs at the muddy market this morning.  She is very proud when she gets to carry the bag of donuts.  It's a big responsibility!

Until next week!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Photo Friday 172

Something a little different for you this week.  As I said last week, I've been working on making a video to show when we visit churches back in States later this year.  I hardly took any photos this week, but I put together just a less-than-a-minute mashup of left-over video clips from a morning around Ukarumpa, featuring the market, some people, and nice scenery:


The only other thing for you this week is this:

I spent the weekend away at a women's conference, and Greg decided to lose his first tooth on Daddy's watch!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Photo Friday [171]

From this week;

Finally got a frame done for the painting I bought in Goroka a few months ago.  I loved this print, which showcases some of the traditional dress from different areas around the country.

Animal lover.

Apparently too hungry to wait for me as I prepared dinner last night, Kate set out her own picnic.  Brown rice, two kinds of jam, and chocolate syrup.  Mmmm?

This week Brian and I started taking a furlough preparation workshop, which prompted us to start thinking about what kinds of stories  we can share with you all in a few months when we're State-side.   This morning I went out to get some footage for a video I'm working on, and this lady was walking home, bent under the burden of a full bilum of things that didn't sell at market.  She walked into my shot and paused so I could take her photo.

That's all for this week!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Photo Friday [170]

All of the clinic staff was required to take a CPR certification class.  This is "Joe Blow," my training partner.  (I work at the clinic two mornings per week as a receptionist.) 

Christmas keeps coming!  We got a late package this week, which included these build-your-own catapult kits.  It was torture for the boys to wait a whole 24 hours for the glue to dry before they could try them out! 

 Brian has been gone this week out in the Islands, doing administrative stuff.  He tacked on a few extra days to his trip so that he could help out the folks at a different mission on West New Britain who were having trouble programming their generator.  Need I mention that he got them whipped into shape (the generators, not the missionaries...) in short order?  We wouldn't expect anything less.  He should be home tomorrow, via the port city of Lae, so I'd better text him my shopping list when I'm done writing this post.

Sifting is of utmost importance when using powdered sugar here.  It's very rare to get un-clumpy powdered sugar.   And then there was that infamous incident a few years ago when a supplier in the U.S. shipped the powdered sugar next to the bar soap in the shipping container.  Soap-tasting sugar is a big bummer in your desserts.

I was sifting sugar because I tried my hand at marshmallow fondant for the first time.  Making a birthday cake for one of Caleb's classmates.  Apparently marshmallow fondant tastes better, but isn't firm enough to make a unicorn stand up. He kinda' drooped as he dried. So we've got a pudgy, lazy unicorn for the cake topper.

 This one got new pink boots in the Christmas package, mastered potty training incredibly easily this week, and insists on dressing herself.  (On the potty training experience, I know by now that it has pretty much nothing to do with the parent's competence.  I just got lucky this time.)

 I got a haircut.

 On the way home from market this morning with a chocolate-glazed prize.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Photo Friday [169]

Happy New Year!

 Ducks like puddles....

.... and so do little boys.

It's normal for a pirate to feed the ducks, right?

 Sid and Snowflake are 3-4 times as big as when we got them.  Coco (not pictured) is still the same size.  Coco has to stay in the pen, since last week she escaped the yard, was missing 24 hours, and eventually, through rather strange circumstances, was returned to us only slightly worse for wear.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Photo Friday [168]

The last Photo Friday of 2016.  It's pretty much all Christmas snapshots.  Here we go:

Brian got everyone new neck pillows, as we think about the many hours of flying coming our way in June.  And Kate got some new accessories. 

 This is as close as we got to a photo of the kids in front of the tree in their new Christmas jammies.  Notice that the only ornaments on the bottom half of the tree are the plastic candy canes?  Yeah... two-year-old in the house. I swear when I first decorate the tree it was evenly covered.  But you would be amazed how many ornaments can be re-classified as "breakable" when you have a determined toddler.

 This was Brian's project the two days before Christmas.  We set it up on Christmas Eve.  We dug an old, unused desk out of the corner of our basement, threw out the old top and re-used the drawers.  Brian fashioned a new, huge laminate top for it, and now we have an awesome Lego/game table in the basement playroom.

Stockings on Christmas morning.

Pots and pans and baby bottles.

Books, puzzles, and his very own Bible. 

 A dress-up cape and a doll stroller.

A new movie!

 Remote control trucks!

Christmas dress No. 3 - in action.  Before we went to the Christmas morning church service, Kate had to "jump-jump" a bit.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to you!