One week back in Papua New Guinea already. Here is a glimpse of what we've been up to:
The boys are back to getting very dirty. Wednesday morning I took all three kids and we walked Greg to preschool. Everyone kept commenting on how bright and shiny Caleb's new Crocs were. (Clean new shoes are one of the quickest ways to spot someone who has recently returned to PNG from overseas.) On the way back home, Caleb was jumping over puddles. He jumped over one puddle but landed in about six inches of mud on the other side, sinking up to his ankles and then sitting down in the mud in surprise. So these new shoes are well on their way to being permanently dirty now!
Caleb agreed to being photographed before I washed him off in the bathtub.
We arrived back to realize that our mobility was pretty restricted. Our truck's safety inspection and registration had expired. The truck needs repairs before it can go very far away from home, and both of our PNG drivers licenses had expired.
Brian and I took Kate one morning and drove into town to visit the PNG equivalent of the DMV to get new licenses.
Here is the office. You do all of your business with someone behind that little window.
As happens quite often, the office was out of the film that they need to actually print the new license. However, we were still able to pay our fee and get a receipt stapled to the old drivers license. This is valid indefinitely until we can manage to make it back to the office at some point in the future when they do have film. I know people who have driven with just a receipt for a year or more!
We have started to re-stock the pantry with essentials. We were given a large quantity of strawberries this week, so I made a small batch of strawberry jam.
Kate has suddenly gained the ability to hold her head up quite well this week while doing "tummy time."
She has even started to "wrestle" a bit with her brothers. Poor girl... she's going to have to grow up pretty tough I think...
And one last shot for the grandparents. You can't take too many photos of babies, because they change so quickly!