Friday, September 25, 2015

Photo Friday [103]

Welcome back to another Photo Friday with the Freys.

The not-so-big happenings of this week:

Greg attended a Star Wars-themed birthday party and came home with a Jedi outfit.  This is what Jedi do apparently.

 Kate is 10 months old!

 I tried to interest her in a pretty flower to keep her from going after rocks like she usually does.  I thought I had her hooked.

 Nope.  No flower for her.

 But rocks?  That makes her happy!

Story time with Dad.

This is in the "cry room" at church on Sunday.  There isn't any formal child care during our Sunday service, so Brian and I take turns taking the little ones back here when they get to antsy.

She was actually enjoying some time in the crib, though it looks like she was a prisoner.

The boys really wanted me to give her a mohawk after her bath.

Still no rain.  Right now our rain tank is very close to empty, so we are thankful for technology that enables us to filter river water (on right), which is what we are using for showers and toilets, to clean drinkable water (on left, after filtering).

That's all for this week!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Photo Friday [102]

A very busy week here, and I only took photos of half of it.  
Good for you, or this post would never end!

Caleb had a birthday this past weekend.  Hard to believe he's three already.  

After consultation with his older brother (the birthday expert), Caleb decided that he wanted a Luigi cake.  I spent so much time on this silly cake.  I made a frosting Luigi four separate times before I finally made it work the way I wanted it to.  I made the decorations ahead of time because I knew I wouldn't have much time to decorate the cake on the day of the birthday itself.  

Opening gifts before breakfast, just like Christmas.

Kate really wanted to get her hands on that crinkly paper!

Bob the Builder Duplos from Grandma Kathy and Grandpa Dale.

Caleb's dinosaur herd grew quite a bit.  He's super happy to have a "long neck" and a "Spike" now so that they can play Land Before Time.

The other hot new toy was Filmore, a gift from his Oregon grandparents.   Caleb didn't want to share, and I found this note on the table one day.  Greg told me that he had to write a new "law" because he wanted to have a turn with Filmore.

We planned a very small party with one other family because Caleb doesn't like being the center of attention in big groups right now.  (Yeah... he was playing in the dirt before this pic was taken).

We grilled up some dinner at the new hauswin (see last week's post).

Very happy kids now that it's cake time.

Last weekend was also the annual "Family Camp" put on by the Tok Pisin church group here on center.  The weekend is full of teaching, games, fellowship and classes in different skills that people can use in the church for worship (guitar, drums, tambourine, art. choir, etc.)

Our family chose to take the art class, since we thought it was the one best suited to the kids.  The boys colored a picture and then ran outside to play with the other kids, while Brian and I helped to paint a mural.

Kate says, "You are not my mother!"

 The camp is always finished off by a trip down to the river for baptisms.  This year five young people chose to get baptized.

I love seeing the different emotions - some people whose faces are shining with joy, others who are moved to tears.

Praying over those who were baptized.

Wednesday was Papua New Guinea's Independence Day - the 40th anniversary of Independence in fact!  Would you believe that I didn't get a single photo?  There was a big celebration that took place about an hour and a half drive away, but we were all so worn out that we decided a quiet day at home was in order.

Em tasol.  Lukim yu behain!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Photo Friday [101]

We got a bit of rain!  On Tuesday night we had some showers totaling around 1/4-inch of rainfall.  Today is grey with some very light drizzle.  How happy we are to wake to damp ground in the morning!  We could still use quite a bit more rain though.

That brown background?  That's my front lawn.  I'm so used to seeing things green year-round that having a brown lawn is very strange.

For dinner Sunday night we spontaneously decided to grill out at the new hauswin that was recently built near our house.  One of the men who works in the construction department has a background in building log structures.  Pretty cool!  

As you can see there is a BBQ too.  We plan to come back this weekend to celebrate Caleb's birthday.

 I'm just guessing that they don't have these in the States.   We bought a pack to try them, but we're not huge coconut fans, so I doubt we'll get them again.  I have to say that they were better than the "blueberry ice cream" Oreo flavor.

Kate helps me sort out all the clothes in her drawer that are too small.

What do you do when your cereal is a year past it's "best by" date?  Just bake for a while in the oven and, voila!  Crispy as new!  Incidentally, though we are no strangers to past-date food here, the reason this particular box of cereal was so past date is because a shipping container full of food from the US was delayed for months due to the dock workers' strike in the States.  So all the food on that container got to our store much later than planned.  (Oh, and the crying child in the background?  That's just a bonus for you.)

Mmmm... soup for dinner and yummy stuff to go with it!


Kate cut her first tooth this week.  So far she has been the latest of all my kids to reach developmental milestones.  I am not complaining.  Greg was walking at 10 months.  There is a little girl here just one day older than Kate who is cruising already.  So to have a 9-1/2 month old who still isn't crawling and getting into everything... I'm counting my blessings!

Oh, she wasn't content to play with the lens cap - she wanted the camera!

With a little imagination, you can almost see that tooth poking out.

'Till next week!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Photo Friday [100]

Just a few for you this week:

Outside of church on Sunday.  He fell down on the gravel road and scraped his knee on the way to church.  He wanted to make sure everyone knew he wasn't happy about it, so we spent most of the service outside.

Greg has Legos on the brain, big time.  I really need to make a space in my house for Lego building, because my kitchen table is taken over almost every day.  I won't let them build on the floor since Kate manages to find everything and put it in her mouth. 

Now here is something you don't get to see every day.  One of our helicopters (the blue one) sustained a little damage while landing on a steep mountaintop out in the bush.  They were not able to fly it out, so we had to hire a commercial company with helicopters big enough to sling load it home.

Planning his next move.

 We have had workmen at our house all week replacing some rotten window frames.  Construction here is always a challenge because nothing is square.  The timber they use is not always cut to uniform widths, and of course, the old window frames weren't square to begin with.  So there is lots of on-the-fly adjustment that happens.  I'm really hoping they finish up today so I can have my house to myself again!

You never know quite what you'll find when you go to the local "department store" in Kainantu.  Apparently this plastic ware I bought is Oven-Safe!  (I don't think I'll be trying that...)