Happy Mother’s Day!

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We are sending you hugs and a few of these!!

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We miss you!!  Over here in Zambia, we are a long way from city skylines and flutes of champagne.  Fortunately, there are other options.

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Lawn Bowling anyone?

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To celebrate Mother’s Day, we dressed up in our whites to spend the afternoon at the Lusaka Lawn Bowling Club.  Good thing we’d bought white shirts recently for the boys because that was the dress code.  Who said Colonialism is dead?

Jason, giving Eli and Gabriel a lesson on how to roll their wood (the balls are called “woods”):

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Mike, coaching Naia and Jake:

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Some shots from across the field:

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Keeping score:

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Counting our woods.  Don’t knock over the drinks, boys!

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Taking a break.  One of our favorite Zambian refreshments is sparkling juice in a can, called Appletiser.   The Lawn Bowling Club sells Grapetiser, and little bags of spanish peanuts.  “Can you take the skin off, Mommy?  I can’t eat the skin!”

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What a lovely day!  Having our own mothers here is the only way it could have been better!  Mike and the boys made me blueberry scones for breakfast, and then later we went out to dinner at an Italian place called Portico.  We like it there because it’s outside, with a play area for kids, and they actually make real pizza from a wood-fired oven.  The mozarella is real, there are little jars of olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the tables, and as the sun goes down they light candles.  Jake and Eli ran around the Polo field (what country are we in again?), while Mike and I were able to just sit.  Sipping wine, talking to each other, eating our appetizers without being rushed, and dreaming about the future.  I don’t think this day could have been any more perfect.  Thank you, my boys!  I love you!!

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