It’s time! Today we decorated our Christmas tree. Thanks to Mom and Dad, we are now the owners of a beautiful Bethlehem pre-lighted tree. Also thanks to them, there are wrapped presents to put under it. And it’s only December 14th! We are finally on our way to becoming one of those “on-time” families. Which I guess is a good thing because the kids are starting to notice. But it was funny, because Eli and Jake thought that since we were decorating the tree and having a special dinner, today was actually Christmas. They kept wanting to know when we were going to open presents :).
Jake tied himself to the sleigh with a garland, pretending to be a reindeer.
This morning we woke up excited to start readying our house for Christmas. The boys said they were glad to be staying home “with just our family and no play dates.” We went for a morning run/ride in the neighborhood, some of us dodging puddles from last night’s thunderstorms while others rode right through them. You can guess who. When we got back, we checked our garden for green beans and the status of our mango tree. Still green!
I went in to work for a quick second to check on my malaria patient, and bought a few kilos of mangos on the side of the road. They are so good this time of year! My patient was doing great, so I was free to enjoy the beauty of the mangos. Here is my sink full of them:
I came home to find my boys hard at work.
Omelettes and beignets! Yum! The boys are learning french in school, and liked having “french doughnuts.”
We were especially glad that Eli’s front tooth finally fell out yesterday.
Seriously really glad, because it was getting totally gross. It was turning brown and hanging out, and he refused to close his mouth which meant that most of everything he ate would fall back out and end up all over his face. I know he was miserable, but it was making us all miserable! So what are you supposed to do? Keep waiting? We decided that a week of waiting was long enough. So we just held him and took it out! “I wish I was a fish and didn’t have teeth,” he said through his tears.
It was traumatic for about 3 minutes, but then when it was over he just sat there and started laughing. That Eli.
Although the heat and sunny weather doesn’t make it feel very much like Christmas, we are trying to also appreciate the unique and wonderful things about Africa. We went swimming today and ate bowls full of mangos, and were glad when the rainclouds started to roll in, to get us more in the mood for our dinner of steak soup and hot cocoa. Mike grew up always having steak soup on Christmas Eve, and so we are trying to keep the tradition alive even though it’s not Christmas Eve. Thanks Mimi!!
We were also very appreciative of our guards this afternoon. We heard Ms. Hilda shouting from the courtyard and came out to find they had just killed a snake!
Ms Hilda was standing FAR away. The guards said it was poisonous. Hello, Africa! Thank you, Amos and Benson!!
As far as our life goes, we are slowly getting settled, although our house is still under construction and there are workers cutting tiles and installing bathtubs, and I don’t totally understand why there are 10 workers here every day and it has taken three weeks to simply take out old tiles and put in new ones. We’re trying to stay patient. Our living room is also full of packing boxes, and as much as I’m actively denying the idea of my little boys one day growing up, I’m thinking one of the faint silver linings may be that we won’t have to keep a living room full of boxes anymore. I’m just tired of looking at them!
But I’m not tired of this. I will never get tired of looking at this.