Friday, April 30, 2010
Ok, back to my mouse saga. As soon as I closed up shop last night...finished my blog post telling you my mouse woes, would you believe that little booger came right out in the middle of the office floor. He scurried right up to the sticky pad I have set out, and rather than running along the wall and getting stuck on it, he ran around it and came out towards me! I was so mad at that thing. So, I'm sitting here watching for it...he runs back under the bookshelf and then I see him try to scurry under the desk...Where My Feet Are! I kept stomping my foot and it would run away, and in about 20 seconds it would come back. I scared it off about 4 times and it was so persistent! The 5th time I grabbed a can of bug spray and fumigated it back. He never came out that way again. I'm not convinced that hurt him though. I think he is still hanging around. I put peanut butter on the sticky pad and hope that will trick him into stepping on it. We will see. It is kind of a fun game for me now. As long as he isn't tearing my kitchen apart he isn't bothering me too much. If he leaves the office I won't be happy... Ben was talking about how funny it would be to just sit there with a shop vac. We could totally suck it right up! He is so bold and comes so close I'm sure we could do it!
Be sure to head over to my digi blog tomorrow if you are interested in digi stuff. ScrapMatters is hosting a blog train and I'm a part of it...The train is huge and everyone has a little freebie to give away. We are also sharing a "moment that matters" in our lives, so I plan to ride on the train and read everyone's special moments. Visit anytime after 9 a.m. est tomorrow!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
So...here I am. Monday, April 26 and I have a lot to catch up. Here are some pictures that will update you on this past week.This one is of Kate on April 19th. I didn't blog that day but I did get my picture. We went to the Needham's house for dinner that evening. They had a batch of fairly new kittens that are super cute. The kids had a blast playing outside until after dark with all their animals and best of all their swingset.
On Saturday (the 24th), Ben got back from his trip to the Southwest province of Cameroon. He called me from Foumban and said he'd be flying over our house in about 25 min. So, I set a timer and we all went outside and waited. I thought I had an idea of which direction he'd come from, but I was wrong. We heard him in plenty of time though. I snapped a picture of him:
And he snapped a picture of us :D Here is a view of our house from the airHere we are zoomed in a bit more. You can click on the picture to view it a little bigger.On Sunday (the 25th), Kate found this pretty little butterfly on the porch. The kids love bugs. I'm always afraid their love of nature will get them into some sort of trouble. Last week, Kate thought she was being funny and stuck a leaf to her sister's head (Faith Ann). Later that night I noticed a funny mark where that leaf had been. The next morning it was all red and bubbly like a sunburn. I put neosporin on it and it is now in the process of peeling off. Odd...
Today (th 26th) was family day and we stayed home and had a picnic on our front porch.We need to repair our screen. The kids didn't really appreciate the wasps flying in and out, but at the same time it is a great place to trap flies for a while to feed the chameleon. We brought him out so he could feast with us too. :D
So, now I'm caught up and hope I can stay that way provided the power, internet and computer comply. :D
Friday, April 23, 2010
Ben is out surveying two of Cameroon's 10 provinces. He flew in Tom Needam's 4 seater airplane (I think it has 4 seats...I have managed to avoid flying in it thus far) and they went to Bertoua and Ngounderie. He has called me each night and we also track his flights using a "spot" gps thing that Tom turns on while flying. So, tomorrow morning he leaves pretty early to head home and fill us all in about his trip. The kids miss him and look forward to him coming home!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
You take a banana and cut the peel at the top so that you can peel it back, and then close it back up when your dessert is made. You cut a deep slit in the banana lengthwise and stuff it full of marshmallows and chocolate chips. Then, you wrap it in foil and bake it so all that gooeyness is inside the banana. Definitely not appealing to me. The only way I like a banana is if it is nice and firm, just after ripening...with maybe even a little bit of green still on it. Too ripe and I won't eat it. The cooked, hot, mushy banana kinda grossed me out, but the kids loved it. Top it off with fresh watermelon and it was a meal fit for a King as far as they were concerned. Now, the watermelon was yummy tonight! I've not been impressed with the watermelons here in Cameroon, but this one was a winner! It was so, so sweet. MmmmMmmm! The kids ate a ton and we still have half a melon left to enjoy tomorrow!
My picture for the day...Drew putting together his "bone guy." He got this as a gift from Mimi. He loves science and loves this bone guy too. He thinks it is pretty cool learning about all the different bones in our body. Yesterday I bought a digital element pack by Jacque Larson over at Lillypad (a digital store) and it is all about bones. The designer hand drew all the different skeleton parts and used them to teach her daughter. I thought it would be great to use them to scrap a page for Drew with his bone guy, and also to make up a little learning tool...print the different pieces and let him put the guy together on paper. We will see if I ever get to that :)
Friday, April 16, 2010
Another relief is that Kate is completely better. I'm so glad. I hate it when my kids are sick!
Tonight our power was out for quite a while as a heavy, heavy rainstorm moved in. It was WONDERFUL!! Have I mentioned how much I love rainy season? :D Well, Ben went to bed b/c he was tired, and I did dishes by candlelight. Right as I finished, the power came back on, so I figured I better come in here and do my blog post...even though it is midnight now...or my Mom will be mad at me. (luv ya Mom!) Just kidding...she won't really be mad, but she really looks forward to my daily posts so she can keep up with the kids. I'm sure my mother-in-law is the same way. She probably doesn't get details from Ben about the kids like she does from me. Men are just that way. Short, sweet, and to the point. I like to elaborate...I'm very verbose.
Ok...so now I'm going to shut up as it is super late here now...and I'm tired. Goodnight!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Today was catch up day in school with all the kids really. I'm trying to push them to have everything done. Emma did some extra math lessons, Drew went through a few pages of his division lessons, and Kate did yesterdays and todays phonics/handwriting/reading lesson. We are in the home stretch...and I can't wait.
Our water finally quit today. (boooo!) I guess maybe they figured out that our line was getting everything and nobody else had any?? I really don't know, but it is SO frustrating. I can't even begin to describe how frustrating!! I won't get my shower tonight :( and...I thought about doing a load of laundry this morning (while we still had water) and never did end up doing it. I could kick myself! Thankfully the rains are here and within a month or so everyone should have running water all the time.
Well, Ben is calling the family for devotions! I got my post done early tonight!! I'm so proud of myself :)
Kate's fever was back up today...101. So, I made her stay in bed. I think she was feeling better yesterday and just overdid it. With her immune system down, she might just be fighting something else off. Who knows. She didn't complain too much when I banned her to the bedroom and made her watch movies.
Tonight is date night...and I'm making fajitas! We are out of Mozzarella, (happens often here...one time we were without it for a few months!) so I decided to do something Mexican. I'll let you know how it turns out!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
During Kate's lesson today, her teacher had a "family time" activity. She discussed camping and a fun meal that her family makes while camping...Hobo dinner. Kate was all excited and came telling me about her teachers great meal idea. I told her to bring her school disk in the kitchen and we watched it together and that is what we had for dinner tonight! It was SO yummy too! I just chopped up potatoes, carrots and onions, and piled them on top of a double layer of aluminum foil, sprinkled some lipton onion soup mix, and put a hamburger patty on top. It was a little time consuming as I made six of those packets, but well worth it. They cooked in the oven for 30 min. and all the veggies were tender, and the meat was done. The kids LOVED them and ate every last bite! Definitely something I'll do again in the future. Here is Kate eating her hobo dinner:
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Our evening was nice as a family. We watched the old Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory...such an odd movie. I made popcorn and lemon bars. Often when I work in the kitchen the kids love to hang out in there with me. Sometimes we listen to music, or books on tape. Tonight Drew was reading for everyone. I love this pic that Ben got of all of them huddled around a book.Well, tomorrow is back to the grind of school. We have 11 lessons left and then we are done...YAY!!! I'm SO excited!! And of course the kids are too. And since there is school tomorrow...I better head to bed! G'night!! Oh.....one more thing, I keep forgetting to tell you all to head over to my digi scrapping blog. I know some of my readers have gone over there and a couple have asked questions that I've recently answered. Today I worked on a tutorial, "How to create your first digital scrapbook page." If you are interested in that, head on over and check it out...you will find a link on the sidebar off to the right. Ok...now really...goodnight! :)
Saturday, April 10, 2010
No picture for Thursday...the first day I forgot so far this year. Not too bad really...
My picture from Friday represents all I was able to accomplish with the water we have had... Oh yeah!!...lots and lots of laundry! I spent most of my time doing clothes and cleaning my bedroom. I scrubbed down the windows and underneath the bed...mopped the floor...dusted and cleaned cobwebs. It took me a while, but it looks so great in there. I'm still not finished actually. I can't even begin to tell you the amount of dust on those windows. You remember that dust bowl picture I took a few weeks ago...well, just think 5 months of that. I don't even bother cleaning windows in the dry season. A total waste of time and precious water!
Today I got this cute picture of Emma She's so pretty. The kids had a lot of fun feeding rex today. He is happy and healthy now and back to his normal self. One of these days we will get a good pic of him with his tongue stretched out while getting a fly. It is pretty cool. Kate spent her day in bed...watching movies. She isn't eating much still, but I can tell she is feeling a little better today than yesterday. We will stay home from church tomorrow...but Drew suggested we have our own sunday school here. I thought that was a great idea...now I need to decide what to teach them! Have a great Sunday tomorrow as well!!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Our day went well. The kids did well in school, but are itching to be finished. Drew will finish, but will probably have a week of math after all is said and done to finish up. He is really struggling and so this week, we are taking a break from lessons and we are concentrating on his times tables. He doesn't know them, and so for one hour every day I'm going to sit and work with him one on one. We recited the times table chart at the beginning and ending of the hour. We drilled the 2's and 3's with flash cards for most of the hour and then he took a timed test. I told him when he can finally finish the timed test in under 2 minutes with a perfect score...he will get a special prize. Then this afternoon when he was finished with all of his other subjects, I made him dig out the flash cards again, and he went through the 2's and got them all right. So...I thought that was a good start. It is just memorization, and surely a week of constant repetition will totally help him. His videos drill them, but he must be sleeping through that part. I just need to focus some one on one time, so I know he is really concentrating on it.
In ladies Bible study today we started a new topic discussing cults and false religions. I know the ladies enjoyed it and I certainly need to study it myself. I need to know scripture well enough to support what I believe when I'm asked.
Another blessing tonight...water. 3 nights in a row now! I'm surprised! So, I'm off to do a load of laundry and to enjoy a shower, hopefully. We had water last night too, but once it filled our reserve tank, it died out. We still had it, but not enough to come out of the shower. So, I filled all the buckets that I could, in order to save water in case we were without it for another week. Every little bit helps!
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I got home from Susan's at about 1:30 and fed the family lunch. Ben kept sending instant messages to me over at Susan's asking if I could hear his stomach growling all the way over there. That man can't survive a day without me. At least here he can't. In the states all he has to do is call Papa Johns! But in Cameroon...the only number to call is "Chez Becca's." The rest of the day I spent folding and putting away all of the laundry that I got done...and doing dishes...and surfing the web some. My kitchen is clean (mostly) and most of my laundry is put away and I'm SO ready for bed. Our favorite church is at it again. They must be having special Easter meetings. So, we will be crankin' up the old fan again! Happy Resurrection Sunday to everyone tomorrow!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Ben brought home a watermelon last night, so since we get back from Thursday church so late, I decided that watermelon would make a great dinner. The kids ate almost the entire thing...along with some crackers. But they were satisfied and all I needed to cook was a little something for Ben and our nightwatchman, Michael. So, it gave me a bit of a break. Here is Emma enjoying her watermelon. I did notice that her hair is extra curly today. Hmmmm...humidity...maybe rain is coming? Keep praying!!