Friday, November 16, 2018

Photo Friday: "Halloween", Carnival and the Beach

Hmm... this post is going to seem like all we do is have fun around here. 
We do still work.  I promise.

Halloween is not a holiday here, but the kids still got to dress up.  Our last-minute costumes (like, literally, less than an hour before we had to leave the house!) were a ballerina, some kind of warrior dog, and a pirate.

Several families and individuals volunteered to put on a trunk-or-treat type event with games and candies for the kids.

An Ukarumpa tradition which happens every year around the end of October is Carnival, which is part fundraiser for the High School and part raising funds for a charity.  Kids really look forward to this every year.

bouncy castle!

Mini golf


And rides.

This guy always goes a little above and beyond in his bidding at the charity auction.  This year we came away with a huge bag of laundry soap, a bunch of coffee, and some gift certificates to a home goods store.  We were outbid on the new wheelbarrow, which I'm still a bit sad about.

Not only did he paint Kate's nails (and do a pretty good job of it!), but he also allowed me to escape to the beach for a few days this week with some girlfriends, even though he had a very busy week of meetings and work.

 One of my friends was celebrating a milestone birthday, and so five of us ladies went down to a beach resort near Madang for two nights.  (One that happens to offer a missionary discount, which helps!)

 I'm always an early riser, but I was thankful I didn't miss this sunrise!

The snorkeling is pretty good here.

The past few weeks have held a lot of fun, but now we're back to work with a vengeance.  Brian and some other CAM guys are working weekends to help replace some cross arms on power poles, and I've got some photo and video work waiting for me this weekend. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Photo Friday: October Highlights

How can it be the end of October already?!!

This was our month of ducklings.  We ended up with just six out of twelve eggs hatching.

The first week or so, when they were adorable fuzz balls, the kids had a lot of fun playing with them.

 Now at just over three weeks old, they're already getting pretty big.  They are also a lot messier, and I am having to clean their pen every day, so I'm looking forward to moving them on to new homes soon.  The plan was to wait until they were about a month old and we could make a good guess as to the sex.  We wanted to keep one female.  The other five will to move along elsewhere.  (Duckling anyone?  They'll be the perfect size for Christmas dinner come December!)

Another big event this month was Sports Day at the kids' school.  My boys are really into running, so they were really looking forward to it.

I have no idea where their athleticism came from, but they both did well.  We also had our share of ... ahem ... learning opportunities.  You know, how to lose well, etc...  Still working on that.

 One of Brian's co-workers left this lovely decoration for Brian in his office before he left on furlough.  Kate was delighted, of course.

This week we roasted marshmallows indoors.  The store had marshmallows in stock, but it had been rainy in the evenings, so...

Speaking of rain, I'm really excited about this:

Cement culverts were put in the drainage ditch that runs along the uphill side of our yard.  During heavy rains, that ditch would often overflow and the water would run straight across the yard to our basement.  I can hardly wait for a downpour now to see how well the new culverts do at diverting the water away from my house!

 Just playing games on dad's Kindle.

And last but not least, some dance moves from the Sprinklesaurus:

Monday, October 1, 2018

September: Birthday, heights and no ducklings... yet

Here's some September photos for your viewing pleasure:

Still no ducklings.  By my calculations, they should have hatched four days ago, but I guess I was wrong.  I suppose that "35 days" is when they're in an incubator with perfectly regulated temperature and humidity. I really wanted to show you a pic of a day-old duckling, because, I mean, what's cuter than that?  But as of my writing this, four of the eggs have only just pipped (the first hole through the shell) this morning.  It could be another 24-48 hours.


We scheduled a trip to the dentist over the school break.

We have a new six-year-old in the house!  
Caleb had a Lego Ninjago-themed birthday party.

The balloon swords at Greg's party were a hit, so we carried that over to Caleb's party as well.

I was happy that Caleb decided last minute to do the green ninja and not the red one, because red frosting doesn't taste as good.

...and what good is a Lego birthday without some new Lego to play with?


Brian and I attended the wedding of two PNG colleagues.

 The new cherry picker that Brian ordered for his department finally arrived, so one weekend Brian took the kids down to try it out.  It goes a lot higher than the old one!

A view from up in the cherry picker.  You can't see our house from here, but if you follow that road up the hill until it turns to the right, you'll find our house.  This is Brian's daily commute up and down the hill.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Photo Friday: August

Sorry.  After a few years of faithfully posting on the blog every week, I've really let it slide lately.  I'm realizing that using my camera for work now means I am much less apt to pick it up when I'm not working.  But here is what I've got for this past month:

Last Monday was a holiday (National Repentance Day), and since we didn't have school or work, we took the kids on a little "field trip" to see the milking of the cows.

Thanks to one of Brian's new co-workers, who brought milking equipment (plus the knowledge and experience) with him from the Netherlands, we have fresh milk available for the first time in years!

If you're thinking "these are not dairy cows," then you're right.  Most of the cows here are beef cattle.  Work is being done to bring some better dairy stock into the herd, but for now, these will do.

BTW, I don't think I've ever seen a Holstein here in PNG...

Fresh milk is a nice treat when you're used to long-life boxed milk or powdered milk - even if you have to pasteurize it yourself.

We had a visit from a representative of the U.S. Embassy, so we took the opportunity to have Greg sighted for a passport renewal.  Outtakes from the passport photos:

 And I don't think we're in dry season any more...


 The weather can still be chilly, but we've been seeing more and heavier rain, so the warm days of rainy season are on their way.

One of our ducks is sitting on thirteen eggs.  Expected to hatch the last week of September!!  The chickens are all laying now too, and so we've got a good supply of fresh eggs.