Friday, December 27, 2013

Photo Fridays: Week 12

Hello friends.  I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas.  We sure did. Here we are with week 12 of our photo journal.  Enjoy!

We'll just get this one out of the way first - the obligatory photo of kiddos in front of tree on Christmas morning.  (Wearing the matching p.j.'s they got to open up on Christmas Eve.)

I made peppermint marshmallows, and they were a big hit at the Christmas Eve soup dinner that we hosted for a few friends.  New Christmas tradition? 

Brothers.  A relationship that isn't always the smoothest!

Flying with daddy

Christmas break means sun, shorts and sunscreen around here!

The scowl is Caleb's default look.  You have to earn a smile.

Happy with what he found in his stocking. 

A favorite new toy.

 ...and another favorite new toy!

 Grandma Kathy and Grandpa Dale emailed the boys a very creative story that they created with photos of Lego scenes that they built.  (Yes...they are pretty awesome grandparents).

For Christmas dinner we splurged on a ham,

and mango pie!

A first haircut!

Our big project for Christmas break - removing the old fireplace and installing a wood stove.   The first step was a messy one.  We had to disconnect the pipes that run water through the fireplace (it's a back-up to our solar hot water system).  Unfortunately, the person who designed the system opted to not put in a shut-off valve for these pipes.  So we had to drain the whole 300-liter hot water tank on our roof into buckets here in our living room.  Once it was dry, Brian climbed up in the attic and installed shut-off valves so that we don't have to deal with a well-watered living room when we install the hot water back-up in the new wood stove.

See you next week!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Photo Fridays: Week 11

I just noticed that this is our 300th post on this blog.  Cool.  And now on to our week in photos:

Sunday morning at the Pidgin language service.  (It's not normally quite this empty... I think a lot of folks were sitting in the very back).  Our Korean dentist, who was about to leave for furlough, was singing a special Christmas number.  He happens to be a very talented classical vocalist.

Greg's preschool class had a little end-of-semester party for the parents.  They sang a few songs and showed us around their classroom.

Greg and his best friend from preschool.  (Aiden's mom works in the directors' office with Brian)

After four years living here, I'm finally learning how to use local greens in ways other than how the locals eat them.  These went into a soup as a substitute for spinach.

A special Christmas party for the women of the community.

We made Grandpa Simmons' traditional Christmas toffee (although we had to use almonds instead of filberts)

Greg likes to make "funny faces" with facial features clipped from magazines.

I spent a large part of the week in rehearsals for the Christmas Eve play.  It was written and is being directed by Cathy, who you see in this photo.  She is a very brave person... I have the only adult part in a cast of 46 people ... the rest is all kids with a few teens thrown in.

 Are you still stuck for an idea for a Christmas gift?  This cassowary chick could be yours for the low price of K300 (about $120).  It will grow to be about 5-6 feet tall and perhaps 130lbs.  I was told an adult would fetch K1000 ($400)

Or, if a cassowary is out of your price range, you could buy the bird in the back for the same price as a chicken.  The locals call it a Guria (the same word used for earthquake, shake, or startle), but it's also knows as Victoria's Crowned Pigeon.  It's the largest pigeon in the world (and I've heard they are pretty tasty).

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas.  Blessings on you and yours!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Photo Fridays: Week 10

 This week we have slowly managed to get Christmas decorations up.

Greg had been begging to set up the tree, and was thrilled to help decorate.

As you can imagine, most of these ornaments have since been moved up to the top half of the tree.  So far Caleb has only managed to break one ornament.

We found this little angel in a box, unpainted.  Greg dictated the colors and I did the painting.  For those who know Greg, it will be no surprise that he wanted her to have a green dress.  The blue hair though?  I’m not sure where that came from.

Caleb about to get a dog kiss


Caleb is a climber.  I'm actually a little surprised he hasn't learned how to get out of his bed yet.

We are very happy that a new community playground is being built near the store.  These stepping stumps are one of the things that has been completed.  Brian helped put a roof on the picnic shelter last weekend.

A quiet evening, just before Greg’s bedtime.  Those snowflakes hanging above the kitchen table are the closest we will come to having a white Christmas this year.  It has been pretty hot around here lately!

This makes me happy.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Photo Fridays: Week 9

 Hello again, friendly blog reader!  May I present our week in pictures....

the boys play airplanes 

Our store's annual Christmas Sale was this past Saturday.  I think some people like to line up outside just because they are nostalgic for Black Friday sales

At the market, Greg picked out a wreath for our front door.  His criteria?  The biggest one, of course.

Greg usually doesn't like pictures, but one day we were out in the back yard and he actually had a lot of fun with a game he called "I don't want you to take pictures of me so you chase me and find me."  (He requested that we play it again the following day)



Brian accidentally poked a hole in the header tank on our roof when he was inspecting a rusty spot.  Thankfully he was able to patch it fairly well, otherwise we wouldn't have water in the house!  Still, we need to start budgeting for a replacement, because the repair won't last forever.

While Brian was fixing the water tank, I was wandering around the  yard watching the boys and looking for something to photograph.  I nearly ran into this guy's web, hanging from our tree.  (And that's not a macro shot... )


We made sausages!

Greg always races out of school full of energy when I come to pick him up.  The boy behind him is Greg's best friend, or so he tells me.

 And finally, the boys have fun with their reflections.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Photo Fridays: Week 8

Here is another week’s worth of photos for your enjoyment:

Caleb is obsessed with toothbrushes.  Brushing his teeth with his favorite person (daddy) is a highlight of his day.  And woe to the person who eventually takes the toothbrush away.  We’re talking serious heartbreak here!

The neighbor girl and her friend organized a treasure hunt for Greg.  Here he is proudly holding his treasure.

The neighbor girls love Caleb.  And this also shows Caleb’s fancy new shoes.  He’s 14 months old and wearing a size 6 shoe.  We’re having trouble stuffing his fat baby feet into shoes designed for toddlers, so most of the time he goes barefoot, like a good MK.

Our Thanksgiving tree is filling out nicely!

This is why we will be having chicken for Thanksgiving dinner tonight instead of turkey.  This turkey translates to $7.66/lb  or $92 for a 12lb bird.  (And that’s a subsidized price, we are told by the folks at the store.  It doesn’t reflect the actual cost!!!)

Greg picket out this bouquet at the market.  We can get nice fresh bouquets for about 40-80 cents.

The boys discover, to their great delight, that they are STILL wearing matching pajamas in the morning, just like when they went to bed!

I took this fun photo of Caleb this week.  Moments after this was taken, the cars were scattered in all directions, thanks to a jealous older brother.

Greg loves to play flight simulator with dad, especially when they can fly to go see Grandma and Grandpa.

And that was our week!  Thanks for visiting.