Friday, February 27, 2015

Photo Friday [73]

SPOILER ALERT!  Ukarumpa friends, if you haven't seen the High School play yet, I have a few photos of it in this post.  You may want to wait and be surprised by the dragon... it was pretty impressive.

Ok... here is a bit about our week:

 This is Brian and Greg watching the Super Bowl.  Yeah... we're a little behind here. It usually takes a while for us to get major sporting events recorded and sent here, where they are then shared around.  The nice thing was is that we really didn't have a clue who won, as the Super Bowl was the weekend we had just gotten to Ukarumpa and didn't have our internet set up yet.  Greg was really into it, and at every commercial break he would ask, "Did the blue team win???"  (Yes, we're West Coast)


Caleb still wants to stick pretty close to mom all the time, even though we've been back in PNG for a month.  He flipped out when I suggested he go to Daycare one morning, but then I let Greg work on him.  Greg expounded on the all the delights of Daycare and convinced him to go (if Greg went with him).  As you can see, he was a little unsure when I left him.

 
 Turns out he did have a good time.  I hope he remembers that next time I need him to go!

Brian did a day trip to Lae for work.  Lae-in-a-day is always exhausting: six hours round trip of very alert driving, plus driving around running errands in the coastal heat in a vehicle without air conditioning.

Of course, I sent him with a shopping list!

He brought back applesauce - a special treat for the boys.


Among other things, he brought back ten kilos of cheese!  Buying cheese in bulk, as we can do in Lae, is significantly cheaper than buying smaller amounts here.  I divided it up into smaller portions and froze it.  It should last us months!


Kate discovered her toes this week.


All  week long Greg was looking forward to his "Mommy-Greg date."   We went to see the High School play - A Play About a Dragon.


 The dragon costume, paired with lights and great sound effects, was very impressive.  I think they toned it down a little for the matinee performance that we attended, so that it wouldn't scare all the little kids.


 The dragon was slain, of course.

Until next Friday.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Photo Friday [72]

This week Greg found a pretty cool prize in our flower bed - a US $1 coin.  No idea how it got there.

 Of course he had to take a photo to send to Grandpa Dale, who taught him all about treasure hunting.  They went metal detecting in the park and panned for gold while we were living with my parents.


 The kids are always happy when Teya comes to our house.  She usually comes with some sort of snack for them - a cucumber, strawberries, or a few bananas.



 Kate is often surprisingly tolerant of her brothers, even when Caleb decides that she is a "horsey."



 Greg is really enjoying being back in Ukarumpa with his friends.


Little Kate is three months old today!



Friday, February 13, 2015

Photo Friday [71]

Two weeks back in Ukarumpa now, and we are mostly back to our normal routine.

It's rainy season, so everywhere you look, things are very green (or muddy... that seems to be the other predominant color).  Well... not that PNG is ever very brown, even during "dry" season.

One day I promised the boys we could have lunch out on the porch, which they looked forward to all morning.  Of course, by the time lunchtime rolled around, it was pouring rain.


 We went ahead with our plans, but the rain pounding on the metal roof of our porch was so loud we could hardly talk to each other.  Greg was pretty disappointed.




 The boys are very eager for Kate to enjoy all the fun baby toys and books that we have.  They don't like the fact that she's too little for a lot of it.  Greg likes to "read" to her.




Kate lets us know that she is done with tummy time.




I am loving the familiar view from our front porch.


 

My wall is once again filling up with preschool artwork.



Pretty girl - twelve weeks old.



 Kisses from Ruby

 

The first bunch of bananas from our backyard is almost ripe.


Until next week, and Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Photo Friday [70]

One week back in Papua New Guinea already.  Here is a glimpse of what we've been up to:


 The boys are back to getting very dirty.  Wednesday morning I took all three kids and we walked Greg to preschool.  Everyone kept commenting on how bright and shiny Caleb's new Crocs were.  (Clean new shoes are one of the quickest ways to spot someone who has recently returned to PNG from overseas.)  On the way back home, Caleb was jumping over puddles.  He jumped over one puddle but landed in about six inches of mud on the other side, sinking up to his ankles and then sitting down in the mud in surprise.  So these new shoes are well on their way to being permanently dirty now!

 Caleb agreed to being photographed before I washed him off in the bathtub.



We arrived back to realize that our mobility was pretty restricted.  Our truck's safety inspection and registration had expired.  The truck needs repairs before it can go very far away from home, and both of our PNG drivers licenses had expired.

Brian and I took Kate one morning and drove into town to visit the PNG equivalent of the DMV to get new licenses.

Here is the office.  You do all of your business with someone behind that little window.



As happens quite often, the office was out of the film that they need to actually print the new license.  However, we were still able to pay our fee and get a receipt stapled to the old drivers license.  This is valid indefinitely until we can manage to make it back to the office at some point in the future when they do have film.  I know people who have driven with just a receipt for a year or more!



We have started to re-stock the pantry with essentials.  We were given a large quantity of strawberries this week, so I made a small batch of strawberry jam.




Kate has suddenly gained the ability to hold her head up quite well this week while doing "tummy time."



The boys can't resist joining her on the floor, which means I always need to be watchful close by.


She has even started to "wrestle" a bit with her brothers.  Poor girl... she's going to have to grow up pretty tough I think...


And one last shot for the grandparents.  You can't take too many photos of babies, because they change so quickly!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Photo Friday [69]

We made it!

It feels so good to be back in our own house in Papua New Guinea. It would feel better if we were totally unpacked and there was no cleaning to do, but still, it feels pretty good.

Here is a recap of our week with a few photos of our travels.  (Not many, because I didn't have enough spare hands to get out the camera very often.)

As we finished up our packing, Greg took a camera and went around my parents' house.  He said he wanted to take lots of pictures so he could "remember this place."  Here are just a few that he took:




My dad set up the slide projector one evening and we made shadow puppets on the wall.


 We also looked through some old slides.  That cute baby is me, and my mom is the beautiful lady holding me, standing next to my dad's sisters.


 We killed a little time at the park on our last day in Colorado.


 Tuesday at the airport in Denver, ready to start the long trip.


 We had a five-hour layover in Los Angeles.  The boys plowed through the snacks we brought along.


 The international terminal at LAX now has a great play area for kids.  With a wall.  So they are contained!!!  Hooray for LAX!



 After our first three flights (Denver to Los Angeles to Fiji to Brisbane, Australia), we spent the night in Brisbane.  We all were in bed by 5:00pm!


 In Brisbane waiting to board our flight to Papua New Guinea.

And now we're home.  We're being fed by friends and neighbors this weekend, as the store is closed until Monday and we won't be able to shop until then.  We have been working on unpacking our suitcases and things that we had stored away.  The boys are excited to be home!


Our yard is shockingly green and lush after coming from a Colorado winter.  It's a bit overgrown, and I'll have to talk with our yard meri this week about fixing that!  Our bougainvillea, which we pruned so drastically a few months ago, is blooming quite nicely now.

You could pray for us as we adjust to the time zone, and also for our health.  We all have varying degrees of cold symptoms, including little Kate, despite my valiant efforts to sanitize hands and airplane tray tables during our travels.  That makes the adjustment just that much harder.

Well, we are off to dinner now, and will probably have another early night tonight.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Photo Friday [68]

Hello, intrepid blog reader.  This will be our last Photo Friday posted from the US for a while.  Next Friday we will be arriving back home in Ukarumpa, if all goes as planned.

This past week we finished out a fun visit with Brian's brother and family in Missouri.


My boys always like to share rides on these kinds of toys.  Their cousin took a while to warm up to the idea of someone hitching a ride with him though.  


 We had a mix of cold and warm weather.  Here's Greg braving the chill to enjoy all the fun cars outside.


 Caleb helps out.


Kate doesn't like the cold!


Happy grandparents with their four grandkids!

Before heading to the airport in Kansas City, we stopped at Union Station, a huge and beautiful building.  Makes me wonder what it would have been like to catch a train here back when its main function was being a train station.


They had a cool model train display, which the boys loved, of course.  (We've seen a LOT of model trains on this stay in the States!)


 Random shot of me so that folks can't say I'm never in front of the camera.  (Try to ignore the fact that I'm holding a dirty diaper on my way to the garbage can...)


 And Kate is two months old this week!  That was quick!

Until next Friday... or Saturday.. or...well, whenever I'm over jet lag and have an internet connection on the other side I guess!