Archive For July, 2009

7/27/2009: Thirteen Years of Wedded Bliss

By | July 29, 2009

Today is April and my thirteenth wedding anniversary! Wow, I can’t believe it’s been thirteen years already (actually 16.5 in all). Crazy. For this occasion, we went to Montecasino to eat at Coco Bongo Latin restaurant. We went to the casino because they have a “Bambino” area that will watch kids for three hours for […]

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7/25/2009: Potjiekos!

By | July 29, 2009

Today we got up early so that we could rush through the Irene Market to pick up a few last things – only one more market until we leave, wow! The kids, as always, rode a camel. We got home in enough time to welcome Craig, his wife Monica, and their two children Cameron and […]

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7/24/2009: Store Names

By | July 29, 2009

I had to go up to Vodacom today to work on some new, exciting, cutting-edge project, so there isn’t much to update. However, whilst sitting in traffic (for two hours, from Midrand to Menlo Park, about 20km), I snapped this pic of Shoosh store. I have no idea what they sell, but it reminded me […]

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7/23/2009: Beef Olives??

By | July 29, 2009

We were shopping at Pick ‘n Pay at the Doringkloof mall today and came across some interesting items – beef olives. Seems most colonial countries have them, but we’d never heard of such things. It is basically a thin steak pounded down even thinner with a stuffing of rice, bread, more meat, and spices. It […]

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7/22/2009: Phillemon Drives

By | July 29, 2009

Africa gives one many opportunities to do works of mercy, and it occurred to us back around Lent that we had two people that actually live and work under our roof that could use our help, so we have tried to find opportunities to help them since they won’t actually ask for it unless it’s […]

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7/21/2009: Four Weeks Left!

By | July 29, 2009

We are really on the downhill slope now! Mike comes into town on August 5th, so being four weeks away is actually not accurate. When folks are visiting us time seems to fly even more. So, that said, we have limited time to sample more South African wine! We’ve actually had this one before, but […]

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7/20/2009: One of the Last Mexican Nights!

By | July 29, 2009

The kids like to come show April or I whenever Sarah does something real cute. She wants her picture taken, so here she is with her ultra-hip pink sunglasses! We only have about four weeks left here in South Africa, and next Monday is our 13th anniversary, so April won’t be cooking Mexican food. Therefore, […]

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7/19/2009: Plumb Wore Out!

By | July 20, 2009

Kids can sleep in the most interesting positions! When I laid John in bed he immediately shifted his head over to lay on Mary’s buttocks. HA!

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7/18/2009: Craig’s Birthday Party

By | July 20, 2009

One of my colleagues from Vodacom invited us over for a birthday party today, so we spent pretty much all day out there. They were nice enough to provide beverages for us – including, you guessed it, Dr. Pepper!!! They found it at a Spar grocery store in the area – seems it was imported […]

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7/18/2009: Craig’s Birthday Party

By | July 20, 2009

One of my colleagues from Vodacom invited us over for a birthday party today, so we spent pretty much all day out there. They were nice enough to provide beverages for us – including, you guessed it, Dr. Pepper!!! They found it at a Spar grocery store in the area – seems it was imported […]

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7/17/2009: Fruits of the Garden

By | July 20, 2009

It’s been a busy week, so we decided to hang out and relax today. The kids and I watched a movie on the laptop… …then they went out and picked a bushel of carrots! Oy!

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7/16/2009: Mary’s Birthday

By | July 20, 2009

We started Mary’s birthday out with her requested breakfast – pancakes with vanilla custard, toffee custard, marshmellows, syrup, and chocolate syrup. Yes they are nasty. She opened her gifts there at the table before we drove to Menlyn Park Mall Galaxy Arcade. All the pictures are over at Facebook! Go there now! At dinner we […]

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7/15/2009: Power Returns!

By | July 20, 2009

April and I were awakened early, early this morning with the outside lights coming on. Power has returned! We got up and drove to the Bird Gardens at Montecasino – there are way too many pics, so head over to my Facebook page where I’ve uploaded them all. After we returned home, I opened a […]

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7/14/2009: Waking Daddy Up

By | July 20, 2009

This is how the kids wake daddy up after he’s been up talking until 1 a.m. This doesn’t even have John in the picture yet – he likes to come tickle feet and put his extremely cold feet (remember – no heat, we still had no power) all over me.

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7/13/2009: Black Out, Mexican Night, and New Friend

By | July 20, 2009

Our power went out today around 3:30 p.m., so I had to reserve the power on my phone and only took one photo. We managed to get no pics with the other camera either, as all the batteries were dead and we had no way to charge them. It seems a substation went down and […]

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7/12/2009: Mass and Menlyn

By | July 20, 2009

Following schedule, we hit up Menlyn Park Mall after mass today to see into what kind of trouble we could get. Wandering around, we came across Dee Dee (?) from Ben 10. Seems Cartoon Network was on site giving out pens and doing appearances. Nifty – the kids really liked it. We then went to […]

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7/11/2009: Regularly Scheduled Camel Rides

By | July 20, 2009

It’s Saturday, so we once again hit the Irene Market. Hey, have to keep the kids on a schedule, right? They got to ride the camels again. Sarah loves to help set the table, but she’s confused as to what exactly we need. In this case, she decided to bring a huge cookie tub to […]

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7/10/2009: Mary’s School Work

By | July 20, 2009

Just a quick example of Mary’s school work. She’s working on math, spelling, and reading. Hey, she’s five years old now, it’s about time she got a job!

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7/9/2009: More Food and Drink Photos

By | July 20, 2009

So it seems all we do here is eat omelettes and drink wine, I know. I’m done with the stuff I came here to do, so we don’t really do anything other than what our regular schedule entails. At least I update the blog! Anyway, the kids watch a lot of cartoons since they have […]

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7/8/2009: Haircut Time!

By | July 20, 2009

All the kids were really needing haircuts (Mary, for example, had to lift her head up to look straight at you since her bangs were completely in her eyes), so April bit the bullet, got out the paper scissors and the baby comb, and gave them all haircuts. John actually sat still and I didn’t […]

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