Month: March 2009

  • 3/18/2009: Game Farm

    Today we drove out to a game farmed owned by a fellow named Werner. It was absolutely beautiful – we had a braai in the evening and went on a couple of game drives. Head over to my flickr photostream to see the pics since I only snapped a couple with my cellphone. The first

  • 3/18/2009: Game Farm

    Today we drove out to a game farmed owned by a fellow named Werner. It was absolutely beautiful – we had a braai in the evening and went on a couple of game drives. Head over to my flickr photostream to see the pics since I only snapped a couple with my cellphone. The first […]

  • 3/17/2009: Practical Outreach

    Today the group went with a pharmacist from the area that has a van loaded with medicine which he drives out to different areas to look after the people there. He diagnoses basic illnesses and gives the people medication. Since the area was dangerous because of the illnesses, we decided to only have Mark, Dave, […]

  • 3/16/2009: Mission Trip Week Begins

    Today started a very full week of visiting various mission sites to determine where we need to focus. Us Catholics have some things lined up for next week, but right now we are traveling with Gordon and Francis (the latter is a full-time missionary) and meeting people with whom they work. Our first stop today […]

  • 3/15/2009: Visitors Arrive!

    Today we tried to go to mass at a new church in Pretoria West. Being Africa, I got bad information about mass times from the internet, so we were late to the only mass (the site said they had two). Luckily we found out that the cathedral had an 11:00 a.m. mass, so we attended. […]

  • 3/14/2009: Irene Village Market

    OK I finally have some time to make comments about all these pictures! It has been a whirlwind the last couple of weeks! First, cute pics of the kids helping me make pancakes on the Saturday before our visitors showed up: Then we went to the Irene Village Market to get some foodstuffs in preparation […]

  • 3/13/2009: Friday fun

    Our typical Friday ritual has been this: I work for several hours in the morning, then we go grocery shopping. Afterward I take the family out to eat. We’ve altered the plan over the last two weeks to allow time to shop for Philemon and Lydia and to get the food back to them before […]

  • 3/12/2009: Work!

    Today I went up to Vodacom to coordinate some stuff with the Openwave and Vodacom teams. We are doing fine here in South Africa, pretty much settled in and are on schedule. Of course, all that will end on Sunday night when Mike, Lori, Mark, and David arrive. Next week will be a hectic time […]

  • 3/10/2009: Gardening

    Lately the kids have taken to the sandbox like fish to water – they stay in it for hours. Since it is getting cooler, the pool is less inviting, so they have found a substitute! The time has also come to plant the garden. Philemon emptied two of those former animal bins in the back […]

  • 3/9/2009: Perfect tortillas!

    Tonight was Mexican food night wherein April makes tortillas, beans, and rice. Everything is getting better, except John’s attitude: Here are the corn tortillas made with pap. They were actually pretty good; at least interesting! And here are the homemade, perfect tortillas!

  • 3/8/2009: "Mushroom Festival"

    Well, I think we’re going to head to St. Augustine parish in Silverton next Sunday. It’s a German-speaking parish, so I won’t have to listen to constant revisions and folks interpreting Vatican II in a “progressive” manner. Also, I heard Germans like beer and sausage, so I’m hoping that chances for parish parties will be […]

  • 3/7/2009: Saturday Shopping – ugh!

    I started out today with my hybrid pancakes – a little oil and pancake batter = YUM: We drove to Menlyn Park mall to walk around mainly and see if we felt like seeing a movie (the kids stayed up until 22h30 the night before so they were in rare form, so we didn’t). While […]

  • 3/6/2009: Lenten Sacrifice?

    Today I intended to get a couple things done – first, we needed haircuts, second, we needed food. We started the morning out by feeding our cute kids: Then we walked down to Freedom Market to a hair salon called, strangely enough, Irene Hair Boutique. Vincent was excellent whilst getting his hair trimmed; John, not […]

  • 3/5/2009: Livin’

    Today was a pretty mellow day. I worked some in the morning, then we all watched Mr. Bones (until Mary and Vincent were excused from the room for playing rather than watching). We had some excitement in the middle of the movie (unrelated to the movie, but more about that in a minute) – Vin […]

  • 3/4/2009: Still working

    I went into the office at Vodacom again today only to find that the demo has been put off until some stuff gets through customs. Hopefully this will happen soon so we can continue on our path of development; right now things are in a holding pattern because they work and we don’t want to […]

  • 3/3/2009: Work, work work

    This week we were to have a demo of our software with the CEO (Pieter) at Vodacom, so I was going into the office until Wednesday (hence the lack of updates). To keep readers satiated, I took a picture of the family having spaghetti: As far as work goes, things seem to be working as […]

  • 3/1/2009: Off Roading Sunday

    On our way to mass this morning, Gareth called me and asked if we were interested in going off roading. “Uh, heck yes” I think is a good approximation of both mine and April’s answers. So, after mass with the new priest at Maria Regina (who, by the way, thinks the new English translations for […]

  • 2/28/2009: Market, Mall, and Meat

    Today started out as most of our Saturdays have – I made pancakes. I again made my “hybrid model” (loose batter with milk and two eggs rather than water and one egg) and they were my best yet, I must say. They tasted good even with no syrup (chalk that up to the cinnamon and […]

  • 3/1/2009: Off-roading

    I had to post this video because it is so awesome, sorry for being out of order! 😀