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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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7/7/2009: Coooold

By | July 9, 2009

We are freezing. This house was built to stay cool in the summer, so it is consistently several degrees cooler than it is outside. Although the sun is shining, the house does not warm up. To stay warm, we have space heaters spread around the house, we keep all the exterior and interior doors closed, […]

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7/6/2009: Mexican Monday

By | July 9, 2009

April informed me that she calls Mondays “Mexican Mondays” – for some reason, I thought she made Mexican food on Tuesdays. In any case, here she is making tortillas, beans, and rice in her Bafana Bafana (nickname for South Africa soccer/football team) sweatshirt she picked up at Pick N’ Pay. Another gift from Texas chili […]

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7/5/2009: Centurion Redeux

By | July 9, 2009

We had put off grocery shopping since I had been at Vodacom at the end part of the week, and we didn’t want to go shopping at the Checkers Hyper at Menly Park Mall on a Saturday (for the reason why, see a previous post – it is absolutely nuts, maddening, and crazy). Therefore, we […]

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7/4/2009: Is There A July 4th In South Africa?

By | July 9, 2009

Happy Independence Day everyone! We keep our freedom fighters, past and present, in our hearts, minds, and prayers today (especially my cousin in Iraq). To answer everyone’s burning question – yes, there is a July 4th in South Africa! 😉 However, since no one celebrates it as a special day, we did some celebrating of […]

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7/2/2009 and 7/3/2009: Vodacom

By | July 9, 2009

I was up at Vodacom all day both of these days installing some test equipment that the guys in Texas sent to me. Unfortunately for you, dear reader, said equipment is top secret at the moment so I will not be posting the plethora of photos I snapped. Suffice it to say that everything works […]

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7/1/2009: Shopping

By | July 9, 2009

We went to Centurion mall today to get a few things – I knew I would be heading up to Vodacom on Thursday and Friday, so we needed to get our weekly shopping done a little early. The first order of business was to let April go do a couple errands around the mall while […]

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6/30/2009: Downhill Coast

By | July 9, 2009

Not much happening lately – today we are exactly seven weeks away from leaving South Africa for Deutschland. My company is working on revitalising a product we haven’t sold in several years, so I’ve been focused on doing that mainly. In the meantime, about the only things about which I have to speak are drinking […]

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6/29/2009: Cute Little Sarah

By | July 8, 2009

Sarah has recently taken to walking around our (cold) house with her hands in her pockets, so I thought I would share the cuteness with everyone:

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6/28/2009: Knights of De Gama Chicken Braai

By | June 29, 2009

Being a Knight of Columbus, I have been involved here with our brother organization, the Knights of De Gama (a Portuguese explorer who went around the horn of Africa). Their annual fundraiser is a chicken braai, wherein we serve around 1200 plates of half chickens, potato salad, and green salad. I was on braaing duty […]

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6/27/2009: Texas Chili Day!

By | June 29, 2009

I had invited several colleagues from Vodacom over for some real Texas Chili, and today was the day! I needed to start cooking around 11:30, so I forewent the pancakes and served the kids doughnuts instead. At the grocery store on Friday John approached me and said, “daddy, can we get doughnuts? I know that […]

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6/26/2009: Family Fun Night

By | June 29, 2009

It’s Friday, and we were going to be doing a lot of prep work for Saturday, when several colleagues of mine from Vodacom were coming over for some real Texas chili, so I decided to get pizza ingredients at the grocery store and let the kids make their own. I had prepared for the next […]

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6/25/2009: Daddy Day Care Redeux

By | June 29, 2009

April was heading to Rayton and Mamelodi today to again help Francis with the bead classes/workshop/etc., so I was going to have the kids by myself all day long (again). We needed to leave the house at around 7:15 a.m., so I rousted the kids from bed and stuck them in the car. It was […]

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6/24/2009: Work

By | June 29, 2009

I was heading up to Vodacom today to have some meetings and whatnot, so I started the morning off right by making – you guessed it – an omelette! Meetings were OK, so I stayed at Vodacom for lunch. Here is what the canteen was offering on this particular day. It was: Ox Tripe served […]

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6/23/2009: Daddy Day Care

By | June 29, 2009

Today April was heading to Mamelodi with Francis to help with the bead work classes, so I made myself an omelette (like always). Cheesy! I was watching the kids all day, so I took Mary to her dance class as well, and then got books at the Irene Library. It was a fun day!

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