Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Hockey Nuts II

The net is finished! They can't find hockey sticks, so they've been using a cricket paddle and accessories for the goalie, and field hockey sticks for the players.

The Three Musketeers

The playing "rink" is at the farm where we live...a beautiful setting!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hockey Nuts

Well, the season may be over for the Wild, but it's just getting started at the farm! Jed and his Calgarian partners in crime, Marc and Dan, are building a hockey net with PVC pipe and pieces of a mosquito net. They're struggling to find hockey sticks, so I think they're hoping for a special delivery from Kim and Mike when they come in May. (Can you believe they're coming?! May 14th they arrive in Jo'burg, and I can hardly contain my excitement!!!) Anyway, thought you might enjoy a few pics.

I love you all and miss you SO much!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Rafting with the Youth

Hi everybody! Just a quick note about Friday...it was such a treat for me. I got to go with some of the orphaned kids from Masoyi to this place nearby called Induna Adventures. (Tourism is huge in this area, and there are lots of cool activities around. Most of the locals don't get to partake of course.) Induna learned about Masoyi Home-based Care and offered to entertain some of the orphaned kids for free.

I went white water rafting with about 25 kids, and a few other "chaperones." What a blast! First of all, I've never been rafting. It wasn't too intense, but still a rush! (Kim would have probably called it boring!) Secondly, the kids were awesome! To start, they were totally terrified, as most of them haven't spent a whole lot of time in the water, and many can't swim. Plus, we were in two-person boats, so you really had to know how to paddle. But they did it! And they were all smiles. It was great to see them so carefree, if only for a few hours. They are such great kids. I don't have pics on the river, because I couldn't bring the camera, but I took a few pictures before we left.

The kids chowing on hotdogs before we left. That's a lot of hotdogs!

My fellow "chaperones," Marc and Dan from Calgary, Canada, and Stanley from Masoyi. (Side note: Marc and Dan are Jed's best buddies here. They watch a lot of taped hockey games together. They've been getting up at 4:30 every other day to listen to the playoffs on the Internet for the past week and a half. I can't tell you I wasn't a little relieved when the Wild lost on Saturday. Calgary, however, is on their way to game 7. Woohoo?)