Thursday, May 27, 2010

Baby Frey - 35 weeks

We had an ultrasound today – but we didn’t find out the sex. Apparently the decision to let it be a surprise is pretty rare these days. A lot of folks have been shocked to find out that we don’t know and didn’t plan to find out. The ultrasound tech praised us for being “old school.” He said that the world could use a little more of that these days.

The baby was a little camera shy, with a hand in front of the face most of the time, but we got some fairly decent photos. Anyway, Baby Frey is healthy, as far as we can tell, and the family all agrees that he or she has inherited Brian’s mouth. 5 more weeks to go…

Monday, May 24, 2010

The trip home

We’re back in Oregon right now, and have recovered from jet lag enough to share a few photos of our trip.

It all started at 7am on Wednesday (PNG time) when we caught a ride to the SIL airstrip.

It was raining and foggy, and we were a little bit nervous that our flight to Port Moresby would be able to leave on time. It was scheduled to leave at 8:30, but we didn’t hit the air until 9:00. The fog would come and go, come and go, but eventually cleared enough for us to leave. Brian and I were the only passengers on the Cessna 206, so it was a bit boring sitting around and waiting for the flight.

There was an extra set of headphones, so Brian got to listen to the chatter of our two pilots. I just put on my headphones to drown out the noise and looked out at the beautiful PNG scenery during the two-hour flight.

We made it to Port Moresby on time, and then flew on to Brisbane, Australia.

We had a 24-hour layover in Brisbane, so we took the train to the downtown area, where we spent the night at a little bed and breakfast. I was really craving fish and chips for some reason, so we found a restaurant that was serving them – and look at the lovely salad that came with it! I was sooooo excited to be eating spinach – something we never see in PNG.

The next morning we hit the streets and wandered through the shopping centers downtown, enjoying all the sights and all the wonders of a first-world country - crowds, smooth asphalt, coffee shops, book stores, etc. We wandered through a supermarket and marveled at things like M&Ms varieties that we had never heard of before.

We also enjoyed holding hands – something that we can’t do in public in Papua New Guinea.

After that we wandered through the botanical gardens and along the waterfront – it was a very relaxing day. It was also nice to stretch our legs, knowing that we had many, many hours in an airplane ahead of us that evening.

In the afternoon we took the train back to the Brisbane airport, flew to Sydney, and then from Sydney to Los Angeles (12.5 hours), and finally from Los Angeles to Portland. We arrived in Portland at about 11:30pm, and then had an hour and a half drive back to Brian’s parent’s house. Needless to say, we were dead tired and had a nice long sleep.

Monday, May 3, 2010

edibles in our yard

This is a tour of the edible plants we have in our yard right now that you probably won't find at home.

My favorite, the loquat, is just starting to bear right now. Unfortunately we’ll be away most of the time that the fruit is ripe.

There are also two tamarillo (or “tree tomato”) trees.

We have our very own coffee bush (which doesn’t produce enough to bother picking it).

And lots and lots of cherry guavas. We have some regular guavas too, but no fruit on the tree right now. Local kids will sometimes knock on our door asking for permission to pick from the trees near the road.

Here is an interesting one – choko. This spiky, tasteless squash-like thing is something that we hardly ever use, but our yard meri picks it to bring home, and some friends use the leaves to feed to their guinea pig. PNGns also like to cook and eat the greens.

And we can’t forget the bananas – we have about 3 dozen banana trees, and so we usually have a steady supply. The problem is that the whole bunch tends to ripen all at the same time, and then you can’t give them away fast enough!

We have a small scrawny lemon tree hidden behind the water tank…

And a few pineapples, although they grow so slowly here in the Highlands that it will take a long time before this one bears fruit.

The finished product

Now that we have the baby’s room all put back together after finishing the painting, I thought I’d share some photos.

The quilt is courtesy of soon-to-be-great-grandma Simmons, and the glider was given to us by someone here – it needs a little TLC, but we’re very thankful for it.

The pack-n-play will go in this corner once the sea freight shipment arrives (we hope it comes before we leave!)