Archive For February, 2009

2/27/2009: Pretty Much Healed

By | February 27, 2009

I am “four eyes” no longer! I must keep my eyes moistened with drops throughout the day but my vision is getting more and more clear. It still fluctuates a little bit, which will clear up as time goes on. As it stands right now, I have non-prescription contact “bandage” lenses in, which will come […]

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2/26/2009: Vodacom

By | February 27, 2009

Today I had April drop me off at Vodacom to attend a meeting to discuss where we are on our location software. I again neglected to take any pictures since I slept until almost 10 a.m. The doctor told me yesterday that they had to “cut deep” with the laser because my prescription is (was) […]

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2/25/2009: Ash Wednesday

By | February 27, 2009

No pictures today – my eyes still sting badly but my vision is getting more clear. I spent the day “relaxing my eyes” after we attended mass at Maria Regina at 8 a.m. I’m still taking Benadryl but not as many (two at a time instead of four).

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2/24/2009: Phat Tuesday

By | February 27, 2009

Today we decided to start a Fat Tuesday out in a proper manner, which meant having French Toast for breakfast. Nothing like syrup-laden bread fried in eggs and milk! Yum! After breakfast, we got on the road to go to my eye doctor appointment. The drive was about an hour to the eastern side of […]

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2/23/2009: Mexican Food Night Improvements

By | February 24, 2009

April has been working diligently to get the Mexican food she’s been cooking just right – tonight was no exception. The tortillas turned out pretty well – let’s say they were the #2 position. This time the shape was better but there was too much oil, so they were a little crispy. The beans were […]

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2/22/2009: Sunday Sunday Sunday

By | February 24, 2009

After mass at Maria Regina, we just went back to the house to have lunch, swim, and do quiet time with the kids – overall a relaxing day. I decided to cook the “Pork Fillet Armadillo” (a pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon strips) for supper: Remember – there was an entire section of the beauties […]

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2/21/2009: Saturday Routine

By | February 22, 2009

Today I woke up and, yes, made pancakes. However, this time I found a new flapjack recipe that makes more traditional, fluffy pancakes like my mother makes. John ate four – more than anyone else. Guess they tasted O.K.! After pancakes, I let the kids watch some Saturday morning cartoons. They arranged their seating, although […]

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2/20/2009: TGIF

By | February 22, 2009

Today was action-packed! After school and swimming (and quite a bit of work on my part), I took the kids for a walk. You’ll notice that they each have a bamboo walking stick. We were attempting to find the Irene library, again to no avail. Sarah was ready to go on a walk as well […]

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2/19/2009: Sarah

By | February 20, 2009

Sarah’s sweet personality continues to develop as we are here in South Africa. She has pretty much stopped screaming all the time (other than when she wakes up and wants out of her crib), and is turning out to be assertive, picky, sweet, and hilarious. She is 14 months old, so April decided on Sunday […]

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2/18/2009: Checkers

By | February 19, 2009

John and Pops began playing checkers sometime last year, typically using “new” rules that favor John. Well lately John has been missing the game, so April helped him and the others make a checker board and checkers. I was busy with work, so Philemon volunteered to play checkers with John. Philemon won with the real […]

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2/17/2009: Worn Out

By | February 18, 2009

Vincent has recently taken to walking around without pants or underwear on. This is purely out of laziness – when he uses the bathroom he just doesn’t want to put them back on, so we’ve been struggling with this over the last couple of weeks. After swimming and for quiet time I let the kids […]

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2/16/2009: Mexican Food and Electricity

By | February 17, 2009

April again cooked Mexican food this evening – this marks the third time she has attempted to make tortillas, and it seems that the third time was the charm! They folded, tasted, and looked like real tortillas! Add to that excellent refried beans, Spanish rice, and “rockamole” (a word John invented when he was three […]

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2/15/2009: Chic’n Lick’n and Braai

By | February 16, 2009

After mass at Maria Regina (still going there, though not sure how much longer – being unable to sing along with ordinaries because they are

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2/15/2009: Chic’n Lick’n and Braai

By | February 16, 2009

After mass at Maria Regina (still going there, though not sure how much longer – being unable to sing along with ordinaries because they have put them to music that is hard to follow and changed the word patterns is quite annoying), I was going to run by a house where I hoped to procure […]

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2/14/2009: St. Valentine’s Day (Part 2)

By | February 16, 2009

How fitting that we were blessed with the opportunity to share a little bit of Jesus on a Saint’s Day! We went with the missionary outreach group to an area called Tierpoort, to the parking lot of a shopping center at which all the surrounding farmers and workers gather. The congregation of a church from […]

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2/14/2009: St. Valentine’s Day (Part 1)

By | February 16, 2009

According to my Saturday morning ritual, I again made pancakes for the children. This time I opened a can of strawberries to put on them, and made a hybrid flapjack/pancake (thin pancake batter with milk rather than water). We then drove over to the Irene Village Market to check out the wares and let the […]

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2/13/2009: Busy Day!

By | February 14, 2009

Today was jam-packed full of activity. I took off the morning to go run errands corresponding to the missionary work we hope to do and are doing here in South Africa. I drove to Pretoria and found the Archdiocese of Pretoria Chancellery (the place where the archbishop works) and spoke with the secretary there about […]

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2/11/2009: More Pics

By | February 12, 2009

Since today was pretty routine, I’m just going to post pics I took of April and the kids eating lunch (“wunch” as Vin says it, and he uses that word for any meal, irrespective of the time). Tonight was chicken breast strips and rice! I’ve been printing out and reading the kids The Lion, The […]

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2/10/2009: Exercise

By | February 11, 2009

My exercise regimen since being here has consisted of a daily swim and walking around malls. I feel better, although I’m not sure I’ve lost any weight; as I’ve said before, the cheese here is inexpensive and excellent! I could live on cheese, crackers, and wine/beer, with some occasional salami or smoked beef thrown in […]

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2/9/2009: The Art of the Tortilla

By | February 10, 2009

I don’t know how many of y’all know this, but making tortillas is an art form. April tried, now for the second time, to make tortillas tonight. She was successful in that they taste like tortillas; however, the consistency leaves something to be desired – they are quite stiff and break when we try to […]

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