Friday, May 29, 2015

Photo Friday [86]

The weather is a changin' here in Papua New Guinea.  We've gone from very very hot weather to cold nights and wet, drizzly days.

But little boys are not made to stay indoors all day, and so we brought out the rain jackets.

 This week also brought major problems with one of the backup generators that powers our center when (not if) the national power supply goes out.  Our house was one of the lucky (?) ones to be without power from around 4pm until 9 the next morning.   Brian helped with a temporary fix that is currently keeping the lights on while they work on ordering a new crank shaft from Australia or the U.S.  Until then, we are praying that the national power stays on!

 Tonight is Banquet - probably the biggest event at the end of the school year.  It's a special dinner for the 11th and 12th graders.  The parents of the graduating class always put together a play poking fun at and celebrating their kids.  The Teen Center building is transformed and decorated with a very top secret theme.  I'm not directly involved with Banquet this year, but I have been doing my part by doing alterations for a few of the students on their dresses and pants.

Our neighbors gifted us a very large lettuce!

 Gina, despite my original misgivings, has been on an impressive egg-laying spree the past two weeks, but now she has gone broody.  Since our hens have no access to a rooster, it's an exercise in futility for her to try to hatch any eggs, and I've been trying to break her mood.  She's not a happy chicken right now.

 It's been a long time since the boys have played in their dirt spot under the front of the house, but this week the construction work has resumed.

 I found a great price on cream cheese at one of the stores in Kainantu, and so I made cream cheese Danish for our Bible study group last night.

Caleb was very excited to have a friend over to play this morning.

That's all for this week!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Photo Friday [85]

As you may remember from last week's post, last weekend was Sports Day here in Ukarumpa.  Friday afternoon there was a fair amount of rain, and so on Saturday it looked like this around the bleachers:

 The field was much the same, so many of the athletes elected to compete barefoot.

 Cooling off with an ice pop.

We waited around all day for Greg's relay race.  These two took a little nap in the shade.

Greg racing toward the finish line with his friend and teammate running alongside to encourage him.

 Yes, my son insisted on running in his Crocs.  He lost one just before the finish line.  He was the last one over the finish line in his heat, but he didn't mind.  I think he really enjoyed getting to run in front of an audience.

I woke one morning to a jaw-dropping sunrise.  Of course, in the two minutes it took me to grab my camera and step outside, it had turned into just a pretty sunrise.  Since we're so close to the equator here, the sun rises and sets pretty rapidly, which means brief sunrises and sunsets.  Really pretty ones are much rarer here than they are in the States.

Six months old!  This week she discovered consonants, so we've been hearing a lot of da-da-da and ga-ga-ga.

Until next Friday...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Photo Friday [84]

Just a few photos for you this week.  Nothing exciting on the home front, and Brian has just been booked solid with meeting after meeting this week at work, which isn't very photogenic.  But this is what my camera caught this week:



This last one is from this morning at Sports Day, the annual track and field event at the High School.  Greg could have stayed all day to watch the events.  Caleb was just there for the food, I think.  Greg is pretty sure that he's the fastest thing on two feet, and so I'm hoping to put together a team for him tomorrow, so that they can compete in the 4 x 100 community relay event, which is open to everyone.  I think he would get such a kick out of racing in front of all those cheering fans.  

'Till next week!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Photo Friday [83]

This week in the Frey household:

Popsicle face.

The boys like helping me to water the new plants/seeds in the flower bed.  As you can see by the fact that they change into swimming shorts beforehand, my helpers have no intention of staying dry in the process.

The boys are obsessed with watching dad play Mario.  They beg daily to play, and when they are denied, they stare at the case and the Greg pours over the booklet inside, dreaming of of ways to defeat various animated foes.

Baby smiles.

 Our store recently started doing a batch of rotisserie chickens one day per week - if they get enough orders - ready in the late afternoon for dinner.  When all your meals are from scratch, this is something to get excited about!

 I made an attempt to get more photos of Caleb this week.  Not so easy to do.

 The best way is to distract him with something else!

Today Greg's preschool class had "Messy Art Day," and I came to observe.

  Some of the kids really got into the body paint...

Or the shaving cream.

 My son preferred the less messy art options.  Doesn't surprise me.

That's all for this week.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Photo Friday [82]

The most exciting thing at our house this week has been chickens.

I never would have guessed how difficult it would be to acquire laying hens here.  After all, you see chickens all over the place.  After our first two attempts to acquire hens fell through, our friend who was buying them for a few different families got a lead on a local village that had black Australorp hens for sale (a dual purpose breed that is good for laying and meat).  We ordered four.  To our surprise, our friend came back with just three nondescript village chickens... which he had to pay twice the price we originally were planning to buy hens for.  Since there were three families wanting hens, we got one.  

Greg immediately named her Gina, and camped out in front of the coop, waiting for her to lay an egg.

Being a village chicken, Gina is pretty flighty, and totally ignored the commercial chicken feed we set out for her.  So we fed her kitchen scraps and let her roam around the yard to eat bugs.

Ah!  The first egg!  Greg is very into the chickens.  Caleb, I think, has an attitude more like our dog's... he thinks chasing them would be fun.

By the end of the week, however, we were able to acquire three more pullets to complete our little flock.  They are supposedly Australorp crosses, so hopefully they will be better layers than Gina (who I also suspect is not exactly a "spring chicken," as they say...).  It'll be a few months before we get any eggs from them.  Greg has named the orange one Shooting Star and the white one Snow.  I am allowed to name the black one, but I haven't chosen a name yet.  (I only get to name one, so I have to make it good!)  Any suggestions?

In other news:

 Over the weekend Brian brought us a scoop of topsoil for the flower bed.

 The man in his element.

 Kate was thrilled to try out mom's biscotti.  She is very eager to start eating grown-up food.

 Greg started drawing people!  This probably isn't as exciting for you as it is for me, but up until a few months ago, Greg hated drawing and only ever produced scribbles.  Suddenly he has decided he likes it and is producing pictures with recognizable objects.

A fine afternoon with nothing better to do, so I took some photos of Kate.  (Of course, while I was occupied in the back yard with the baby another child knocked over our water filtration system and broke two $70 filters... but at least I got some cute photos, right?)

See you next week!