Thursday, May 22, 2008

Kruger Park with the Millers

What a great birthday! I don't want to post all the same pictures as Kim and Mike (, and I'm struggling to post more than two, so I'll do the best I can for now. Kruger was amazing...the highlight was the night drive where we saw two lions mating about 15 feet from the truck. It was amazing!!!

Olifants River

Jed at the Pinnacle

It's been really great having Kim and Mike here. The first moment we saw them it felt like no time had passed since we last saw them in July. They seem very content to sleep on our floor and see the sights and watch the Office. We're planning a three-day hike in Blyde River canyon, and trying to figure out how much fun stuff we can squeeze into the next few weeks (between work). Yesterday, they unloaded and sorted school uniforms at Masoyi Home-Based care, and today they are visiting another home-based care with a couple of my coworkers and then they're helping with the after-school program in Masoyi, which means Mike needs to brush up on his 12th grade physics real quick.

We're trying to keep them busy and keep them out of trouble! :)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Roofs, three huts, and a wedding

I've been wanting to share a few photos with you all. They might seem a little random, but they all come from the last couple of weeks...

Jed's been working hard across the road! These are three of the seven tin roofs he helped put on in the last few weeks. The buildings will soon accommodate Hands volunteers. All that carpentry experience sure is coming in handy! (I can't take credit for this photo. Our friend Jayme took it. She's a great photographer!)

I went to Blyde River Canyon again, with the girls this time. (It's about an hour-and-a-half drive.) It was a GREAT day! The photo is from the "Three Rondavels," because the hills look like rondavels--round African, thatched-roof huts. Absolutely stunning!

I went to a wedding a couple of weekends ago for my coworker Elizabeth. (She is the one sitting in the middle, with her three attendants around her.) We sat under a tent in her yard, singing, dancing, and clapping to the Ndebele and siSwati songs. When I took this photo, the bride's family was presenting gifts to the groom's family. The groom's brother is seated at the right, with a hat on and a blanket, both gifts presented to him. Other gifts given were scarves for the ladies, tubs for washing, soap, grass mats and grass brooms, and lots and lots of blankets. After gifts, we ate a delicious meal of chicken, mealie meal (pap). cabbage, and beetroot, with custard and apricots for dessert.

Tomorrow we're going fishing at a pond nearby with a bunch of our coworkers. Our friend Divine is turning 10, so we're celebrating his birthday. And we will be preparing for Kim and Mike to come on Wednesday. (Yay!) Have a great weekend!


Saturday, May 3, 2008

Looong Weekend

It's Saturday night and I have 5 men watching the Big Lebowski in my living room right now. Am I really in Africa?

We had a two-day work week last week, because of Freedom Day and Workers' Day, and we're nearing the end of our long weekend. Yesterday Jed and I hiked with our friends Marc and Joey and Jean Aimee to the top of Mount Legogote, which we see every day from home and work. It was a little crazy...took us about twice as long to get down as it took us to get up because we kept losing the trail. We met some nice cattle herders that pointed us in the right direction so that helped. But it gives an incredible view of Peebles Valley where we live...absolutely stunning. I'll try and post some pictures. Anyway, even though it took longer than we expected and Marc sprained his ankle, it was a fun day...totally worth it. (I think even Marc would agree, despite the fact that his sprained ankle has put a real kink in the hockey schedule around here.)

It's been a long time since I've posted pictures of Boo, so I've posted a few of her playing with her best buddy Jack, the neighbors' Jack Russell terrier puppy. She's growing like crazy!