There are a few residents here though.........!
This is how we did Halloween!
8 months ago
|These are Madagascar Orb Weavers, huge spiders who weave|
some of the biggest webs on earth. Just looking up the websites,
to find out what they were, made my skin crawl! They are not
poisonous but will bite if provoked. I will leave them to their creepy old houses.
|Natalie and two of her new friends, Jet & Maya|
|My happy place! I've been able to get a lot done on my albums. |
I am working on the last of my traditional, paper albums - pictures of
me from birth through our wedding. I have made the switch to digital
but still enjoy the paper-crafting way.
|Yes, that's bacon, and we bought it here! But - it was uncured|
and UNsalted! We actually had to put salt on it.
|Beautiful strawberries are in season|
|The kids' favorite juice. Ceres is a South African brand and |
the flavors have romantic names like "Secrets of the Valley" and
"Full Moon Harvest"
|In this jug is real, fresh milk. Aaron buys it from farmers|
who sell it along the road (or sometimes he gets it at the gas station...??)
He runs it through our circa-1950s pasturizer then puts it in here.
Our other option is icky, boxed, shelf-stable milk.
So the family appreciates Aaron's efforts.
|My little Alex is getting so big! He likes to walk the dog down to |
the playground and brings along a basketball so he can practice.
|Before picture...this is how we looked when we got him. The|
breed is supposed to have long hair, but who has time for that?
I like seeing his big eyes!
|Loved this welcome sign|
|Basking in the sun....they LOOK like they're sleeping....|
|Trying to look serious, like the Easter Island Head Guy|
|Awesome turtle hut|
|The creepiest part was when visitors started to gather on the viewing|
deck - the crocs knew it meant feeding time was near and started
swimming in closer. Guess they weren't sleeping....
|This is where the phrase "feeding frenzy" comes from. Yuck.|
|Less scary baby crocs sunning themselves|
|more little ones....almost cute....almost.|
|The farm is in this peaceful countryside|
|A fossa paces in his cage.|
|Olivia rides Mr Tortoise|
|First lemur sighting!|
|Who knew you could ride an ancient tortoise??|
|These guys were definitely shy about getting too near humans|
|Alex offering the lemur some bread - he snatched it and leaped away|
|Natalie and new-found friend Audrey|
|Swinging at our playground|
|The shockingly pink cake|
|cleaning off the candles|
|Barbie stuff .....|
|...and more Barbie stuff! Because.....|
|Dad built this totally amazing Barbie house just for his girls!!!|
|Now it's partially furnished. When we |
get our first shipment, it will be complete!
|Olivia and Mom got crafty and copied a DIY video|
to make this Barbie vending machine
|This is what it looks like to pack for 6 people to|
move overseas. Organized Chaos.
|Natalie and Olivia and our mountain of luggage|
|Waiting for our flight|
|Awesome airport view from our hotel in Paris!|
|In Paris for only a day but....Nick and I had|
to have a Croque Monsieur
|Nick demonstrates how you can charge your|
ipod in-flight (!) on this lovely new Boeing 777
Plus there was a great selection of movies and TV
shows to keep us entertained...I love when everyone
gets their own screen
|This is the playground outside our building! Aaron and Alex were|
playing soccer while Liv and Natalie made new friends