A man selling avocados ("Aaaaaaguacateeee!!")
A man selling long brushes for cleaning the ceiling
A pack of horses
A man selling eggs
A man collecting plastic bottles to recycle
Jehovah's witnesses (every Saturday)
Rushing water after a rain storm
The fresh produce truck with loudspeakers
Boys on bikes
Roosters and chickens
Trash truck (on a random schedule)
Cars with loud speakers
The men collecting money for security
A man trying to sell his watermelon
Church folks collecting birthdates and info for the local catholic church
The pack of loud-talking early morning walkers
A pair of armed security guards on a moto
Monday, February 20, 2017
We saw Kennedy Space Center.
Met Jack Sparrow.
Hugged a princess.
Pretended to see Europe.
Pretended to see Morocco.
Posed some more.
Read with Meme.
Got attacked by Storm Troopers.
Posed again, then found a Starbucks and ate our carrots.
Then we were Jedis . . .
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Thanks to a good friend, I have a chinola (aka passionfruit) growing out back. We developed a complex collection system with a container, a string, a stick, and three people. They are great for juice or to eat cut in half with a spoon and drizzled with honey.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
I was impressed. I actually found this pumpkin for $10, which I'm guessing is just what it would have cost in the states. I'm also very proud of how much of the insides we were able to scrape out to use for making pie or cobbler (which is why it's kind of see-through). Each kid designed a zone of the face: Micah eyes, Abigail nose, and Jesse mouth.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
When Abigail picked up a bug at the beach and petted it for two hours, I finally felt sufficient guilt to explore some sort of pet for her. Since anything that poops or has hair is out (because we don't want to deal with them and because we leave for five weeks at a time in summer), and fish are very difficult to pet, and snakes are just not overly appealing, and turtles carry salmonella . . . there wasn't a lot to go on. But I finally hit on the idea of hermit crabs. And we are all in.
We meant to pick up three on the beach but couldn't stop ourselves, so we have five.
We tried the wire cage but had multiple escapes and a few got stuck, so we're using an aquarium.
I wasn't sure if Abigail would be brave enough to hold them, but she carries them all over the house a lot of the day. She was shocked at the actual work of cleaning water bowls and changing food and whatnot (I spent a whopping six to eight hours getting everything set up in the last few days and making water drinkable and buying special salt and getting a lid made to fit the cage and cleaning and prepping TWO cages--this is a time-consuming pet so far). But it makes no noise and doesn't shed and doesn't go outside to use the bathroom, so we're doing pretty well all things considered. Her brothers like them, too.
She named them Buttercup, Johnny, Mountain-Climber, Big Guy, and Hermie. Interestingly, they've almost all changed their shells already--one did twice the first day. It makes it hard to tell them apart. Because the shells change daily for some!
I must say, in defense of the hermit crab as a pet, that they eat whatever we eat (specifically what we-my-healthy-food-family eat--the web page I saw said they eat like your mom and doctor would want you to eat); they can be held as much as you want; they are very portable (I can move their whole house and temporarily put them in a tupperware if I need to); they are free (if you live near tropical beaches); they are low maintenance (as long as you live in hot, humid climates) unless they are molting (when I think they could possibly attack each other? more on that later); and they are not big poopers. Maybe not so cute and cuddly as some pets, but we are very satisfied customers!
Monday, July 25, 2016
I thought I'd put some summer photos of the kids on my blog (a few of my readers let me know it has been too long)! Here are just a few of the highlights from our trip to the U.S.
Right before our fountain shot, which Owen says is the fountain from "Elf" (favorite Christmas movie), we had to wait in a big crowd while they filmed a fake shooting. It was a little bizarre, especially explaining what was going on to Abigail. "Well, they're making a grown-up movie and someone's going to get shot in the movie and the police are going to come, but it's all pretend, they're not really shooting anyone. . . No, there's no bullets. Yeah, not a movie we'd let you see, don't know which one. Those people are acting, they're not scared, they're all pretending."
The Lion King:
|Look! The Davis family with Simba!!|
Hope your summer is going well! We had fun and we're happy to be back home!