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May Madness 2016

Sorry, these posts are just all about catching up, and I think, with this post, I will have accomplished my goal!

May was full of a lot of school activities, so bare with me and the random thoughts.

We started by visiting Sophie’s classroom for summative assessment presentations, for their Unit of Inquiry, How Things Work, inventions and simple machines.  She had created a page turner and something that kept the water off her book… it didn’t work, but it was fun to see her try to make something unique… not many of the inventions worked well!  They also made cars to race and Stella and Sophie and Raven made a pulley system as well.

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Violet got to have Duffy visit the house and he needed a fun afternoon at the park with all the MB friends.  We love these kids!


There was a PE assembly at the school.  The Year 1 classes danced the Whip and Nae Nae with exercise thrown in, some push ups, some jumping jacks, it was adorable, and the whole auditorium was cheering for them and singing along.  So cute!  Sophie was picked to play a volleyball related game, and I didn’t get pictures of her playing as there were a bunch of Year 5 kids playing badminton in front of me… but she was all ready to go in her pinny!

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For Mothers Day the girls with Jeff’s help made me an upside down apple cake.  It was delicious.  Love those girls and that they made me a momma… they are such a joy!

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I made Hattie a pillow, it turned out cute, and has You are my Sunshine on it, which was the song we always sang at nap time.  She sleeps with it every night, and it was such an easy project.  Sometimes I forget how easy it is to make my kids feel special… it doesn’t have to be a big thing.


We had to get all our handicrafts stamped at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage (or something like that).  They stamped every single piece of my nativity… hoping the stamps are an easy removal… crazy!


The girls celebrated Africa Day at school, and I made them all cute new tops… so fun, easy and adorable.  Hattie didn’t want to be left out!

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We continued having game night, and Hattie made herself at home at the Oudtshoorn’s drum set.  She loves it, plays it every time she sees them!


We also had Spring Fair at the school.  Lots of games, food and sun.  Always a hot day.  But the kids sure love it!

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May was a blur of activities and getting prepped for the movers.  They show up on June 6th!  Coming right up!

April 2016 Odds and Ends

A few things that are random and don’t fit with the other posts of the month.

There was a while there that our water was just disgusting… filled up the tub partway and just had to drain it, made me a little sick to my stomach.  New filters and a tank cleaning and we were back in business a week later.  TIA (This is Africa) baby!


Worked on my La Passacaglia quilt a little emote, finished another cog/rosette/piece of the puzzle.  Super happy!

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Hattie dressed up just about everyday, usually in a princess dress, but this day we got a tutu and a super hero cape… love that cutie girl!


Started selling off loads of items in the house in prep for moving… and then sent our first bag back with a friend to live in Houston… things are getting real people!

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 We had another game night with our game buddies, and I actually remembered to take a picture of the kids watching a movie.  Always fun, man we are going to miss these guys!

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Our last day of bus duty ended with Mia giving Hattie a ride around the playground, one last time!


Sophie found a recipe in the Friend Magazine and made us dessert one Sunday night, apple dumpling tarts… delicious!


Happy Birthday to Me!

For my actual birthday we got to watch Violet during her assembly, but that night we decided to go out for dinner… a lot of the husbands had come home early to watch the assembly, so we knew we could get to the restaurant as soon as it opened.  It was so nice to go out on a weekday, we never do that here, everyone wakes up so early!  It was a lot of fun… and we ate cake, so that was delicious!  (Side note about my poor cake… I was so excited, it was a delicious berry cake with a cooked buttercream frosting, but everything went wrong, the cake broke apart, the frosting didn’t stay smooth, and it just looked ridiculous, luckily it tasted really good… but I was so sad I had worked on it all day and it wasn’t working out… this might be why I shouldn’t make my own birthday cakes!)  We took over most of the inside of Fazendeiros, 10 adults and 11 kids!

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Saturday my friends threw me a brunch, and it was, also, a lot of fun, good company and delicious food!  We started at 11 and it just kept going until 4:30-5!  We chatted a lot, the kids played on the trampoline and all around, and then we found two tornado bottles from Aaron’s birthday party and the adults started racing them.  It sounds utterly ridiculous, except it was a whole lot of fun, and competitive!  Crazy, but I think it shows how much fun we have just being together and chatting and laughing for hours.  I was so glad to extend the birthday celebration to keep playing with friends.  We ended the day having dinner with President and Sister Merrill and their daughter who was in town for the week.  We had such a great week with all the people here we love.

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Field Trip for the Moms!

We had heard there were some ladies out of the city who made and sold baskets for cheap… and we were determined to find them and see what we could get before moving!  All we knew was that it was on the way to the Rio Kwanza, on the right, if you hit the bridge you went too far.  So we took off one morning with sack lunches with our fingers crossed.  We drove and didn’t pay much attention, because we figured the drivers knew what we were looking for and would let us know if they saw something that might be promising.  We made it to the bridge, asked directions and realized that we had passed the baskets by about 20 minutes!  We had been having too much fun chatting away in the back.  So we turned around and headed back the right direction.  On the way back towards home and the baskets we decided to stop at the overlook to see the cool rocks and colored sand formations.  We were so glad we stopped to look, the pictures don’t do it justice, it was so beautiful- such a different side of what we see everyday in Luanda.

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We made it to the basket ladies, and they did have a lot, though not as many big baskets as I wanted… all the ones they had were made with lids, but they were so much cheaper than anywhere else, I didn’t even negotiate… my big basket was less than 20 dollars, crazy!  I think we cleaned them out of a lot of their stock!  It was a great adventure, and we ended with a trip to the Benfica craft market afterwards, Robin had never been before.  Such a fun day with fun friends.  I will miss them!

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Spring Break 2016- Week 2 Mauritius: Part 2

For our last trip to Mauritius we had to get our catamaran for one last hurrah!  Always so fun, always so beautiful and just such a perfect day of playing!

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We visited Ile aux Cerfs and played in the current, snorkeled, fed the fishes, had lunch on the boat and had a great time visiting with friends and enjoying the sun and wind.

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We enjoyed our trip to Mauritius so much!  Such a great relaxing place to visit!


Spring Break 2016- Week 2: Mauritius- Part 1

After a week in Cape Town feeling relaxed and full we headed out to Mauritius to continue the trend!  We had a small issue going through immigration in Joburg from a guy who said we should have seen that they missed a second stamp in Hattie’s passport… he then tried to take all 5 passports away and we only had 20 minutes before departure… we were very unhappy and he was very indignant… he insisted that we should pay better attention to the immigration people and make sure they do their jobs properly… ugh!  We made it onto the plane and got into our fabulous business class seats and settled in for a short flight to our favorite African island!

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We arrived in Mauritius and drove to our resort with Roxanne, Mike, Molly and Joshy, which made all my kids super happy!  We were excited for a fantastic week!


 We had a great time during the week, even though Jeff didn’t feel great for a day and a half.  He didn’t eat anything and went to bed earlier.  Thank heavens Mike and Roxanne were there, the buffet is a crazy place with three kids and only you getting them food!  I am not sure I would have eaten that day if they hadn’t been there!  The girls went to Mini Club and Hattie went to Petite Club.  The big girls got to do trapeze, archery and all kinds of great things.  They had a lot of fun, and the director of Mini Club this year, Oreo, was so high energy and crazy they loved him and everything they did this year.

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This time they did several different dinner locations, one night we ate on the beach and one night next to the pool.  The night next to the pool there was a GIANT tuna hanging by the fish station… we had to get a picture before they started carving him up.


We had a lot of good pool time, the adults went kayaking one morning.  The kids had a giant bubbly slip and slide into the pool and had a great time.

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We had some good beachy time and the kids dug up some giant holes and collected every rock they found.

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We had so much fun!


Spring Break 2016- Week One: Cape Town- Paragliding!

One of the last days we were in Cape Town we took the big girls paragliding over Cape Town.  It was so much fun (besides the unorganized system and the long wait, the ride itself was so great)!  Violet was hesitant at first, but as soon as she landed she asked when her next ride was!  Both the girls had a great time and Jeff and I couldn’t do anything but love floating high above the city and the ocean!  We took off from Signal Hill and ran off towards the coast and sailed our way down to the beach.  When we were out over the city the guys let Sophie and I steer the gliders, and then over the water we got roller coaster like twists and turns.  It was such a great adventure.












Spring Break 2016: Week 1- Cape Town, Part 2

One of our days in Cape Town we decided to head back out to Aquila Game Reserve, so Hattie would get another chance to see some game animals and give the girls one last (condensed) safari experience.  We got to see a little of everything, but my favorite were the baby rhinos.  They were both less than 2 months old, and one was only a few weeks old.  They were so cute!  We also had a close call when one of the male lions tried to have a loving moment with a lioness… Sophie was taking pictures (that is where the pictures all came from) and right when I was about to make her stop watching so I didn’t have to answer any questions the lioness walked off and denied the male!  It was a good day trip and the girls had a great time seeing all the animals.

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I had to take a couple pictures standing on the beach across from our apartment, the sunset was so pretty, and the views are just fabulous in Cape Town.

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We walked around the coast for a good amount of time, and enjoyed avoiding the waves that would crash down near us!  We also stopped at a great little playground so the girls could run around like the crazy girls they are!

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We also hit up the Waterfront one last time for burgers and deliciousness!

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Man, we love this city!

Spring Break 2016: Week 1- Cape Town

We headed to Cape Town for the first week of Spring Break.  It was during this week that Jeff’s job was going to be decided upon, and we wanted to be in a location with good cell reception and reliable internet, just in case they wanted to get ahold of us… besides which, we LOVE us some Cape Town!  We, of course, ate too much, did some new things, and revisited our old favorites.

We ate delicious burgers, samosas and exploding bubble tea smoothies at the food “barn” near the Waterfront.  Always delicious!  We also saw Zootopia (AKA Zootropolis, in SA) and enjoyed the view from our apartment!

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We enjoyed a mini Easter Egg hunt and Easter “baskets” on the entry table.  I was so excited to find Cadbury Eggs… that is all I wanted for Easter!

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We headed out to Somerset West to visit the Cheetah Experience.  We got to learn about what they do to prevent hunting of cheetahs, there is this cool program where they give farmers a certain breed of dog that protects the livestock and is big enough that the cheetah won’t bother it.  We got to pet the grown cheetahs- so very cool!

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The next day we visited Bo-Kaap, the Cape Malay houses.  There are about 3 streets of colorful houses and buildings.  Very cute!

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We stopped by Camp’s Bay to let the girls play in the sand, and it was the perfect day for it, the week was cloudy and had some drizzles, but this day was sunny and perfect, the beach was PACKED!

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Our next stop was Kirstenbosch Gardens.  The girls climbed on their favorite tree, ran around the heels, and played on the big grassy knolls for the day!

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Oh, this is getting long!  To be continued…


Goodbye KC and Paul!

The night before we left for Cape Town we had a good bye party (the final goodbye party) for KC and Paul.  Roxanne hosted and it was decorated in Texas splendor for the Houston residents!  It was a great night with great people, we stayed too long and were exhausted the next morning at the airport, but it was worth it!  SO much fun!  Love these crazy people!

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