Showing posts from August, 2007

Dani's visit

This week, the boys' cousin Danielle LaBrie came to stay with us. It's been so fun having her around, we're thinking of "accidentally" forgetting to take her to the airport tomorrow. Dani will start her senior year at Arcadia High School down in Arcadia, California (near Pasadena) when she gets back.
She is so great with the boys, they have loved every second of her stay with us. We tried our best to find some possible long-term love interests from Oregon to lay the groundwork for our long-range plan of getting the LaBrie's to move to Oregon. So far, Dani's sister Erinne married Travis, a Klamath Falls guy, and we've heard that her oldest sister Traci is now "talking with" one of Travis' good friends from Klamath Falls.
For her 17th birthday (July 11th), Dani chose as her birthday gift from her parents to fly up to visit us - and we felt honored. We told her that we look forward to the tradition continuing next year in Kampala!


After a 98-degree day, the thunderclouds started moving in later in the day. When we drove up to our house after Brodie's soccer practice, we saw this in the sky beyond our house. By the time I got the camera, the clouds had formed this spotlight. I'm a lousy photographer who dislikes taking pictures, but this looked really cool. I think God's a pretty good artist.

- 1 tooth, + 1 cat!

Brodie lost his 2nd tooth last night, so another payday from the tooth fairy this morning! Also, we've added another cat! ...sort of. We rescued a cat from our neighborhood who is obviously not being fed. 3 weeks ago, I walked across the street to pet her since she looked so much like Lucy, our dear cat who died last summer. Once I started petting her, I realized she was BONE skinny (her furry coat hid it well). So I went inside to get food, but when I returned, one of the boys came tearing out of the house yelling "WAIT for me dad!". Well, that was enough to scare me, let alone a little skittish cat, so she was gone. Despite repeated trips around the neighborhood over the last 3 weeks, no trace of the cat.Then Thursday after work, I glanced out the window and saw her in the same spot. So I got some food and 20 minutes later, we had her 'in custody'. So we gave her food and a litter box, put her in a dog kennel (thanks to the Carroways), gave her a flea bath and …

Camping at Burney Falls

We just returned from a week of camping with Alisha's folks at MacArthur-Burney Falls State Park (head to Mt. Shasta on I-5, then go 60 miles southeast). It was a great week and very fun - hiking, biking, swimming, boating (Alisha's dad has a motored canoe), reading, eating, napping, and having a great time. We even drove to a nearby cave that the boys loved.
We were totally out of cell phone range, and had no computer, so we truly got away. We returned to 8 cell phone messages, 18 home phone messages, 65 emails (not including spam) and a stack of mail. It's nice to be missed. :)
We're both working our way through the list of books eMi is having us read and thoroughly enjoying them. It is fun to learn more about what we're getting into. I can see that living there is going to be challenging in ways that I hadn't thought of. I had been expecting the typical 'doing without' kinds of things, but the more I learn, I think the cultural differences will be far …

Brodie's Piano Recital

(I know, 3 posts in 1 day - but I was behind. Also, you may notice that I posted these 3 in reverse order - oops.)
Brodie had his first piano recital on July 30th. He played Old Macdonald and Ode to joy, and his piano teacher Mrs. Cloward accompanied him. Brodie loves practicing the piano and is picking it up really quickly. They say music is very similar to math, logically, so it seems to be right up his alley. We'll definitely have to find a way to keep him in piano in Africa. We know his school has one (Heritage International School in Kampala).

Graysen's Bday #3

Graysen turned 3 on August 9th, but his birthday lasted over a week! Last weekend we celebrated with the Berry family and Grandma & Grandpa, then on his birthday we had a little family party and our neighbors Kathy & "Mr. Charles" stopped by, since "Mr. Charles" is on par with Santa Claus in Graysen's mind. Then on Friday, our friends the Sampsons came over for another little party. The pictures are of Graysen and his family party, Alisha and Emilie Sampson, and Matt Sampson and the 6 boys - our 3 with their 3 (Andrew, Brennan & Parker).

Smith River/Crescent City

We took a trip to Crescent City on Saturday to hang out at the River, beach and for my soccer game. We had a great day - except for the soccer game, which we lost 5-2 because we only had 10 players, and then 9 after a red card. ARRG!
We spent the morning at Jedadiah Smith State Park in the redwoods along the Smith River. I always thought it was a great place, but had only really driven by on the way to the coast. But I think it's one of the most beautiful places I've been. The weather is often cloudy and cool, but the river water isn't so cold since just a few miles up river, it flows through 80 and 90 degree weather. I love the redwoods, and I love the river, which winds through a rocky canyon before yielding to some calmer pools in the park that are great for swimming. It's about 15 minutes Northeast of Crescent City, 5 miles up Hwy 199 from Hwy 101.
Anyway, we had great day and someday we'd love to camp there.
After the game, we drove to the South end of town to le…

Brodie looses his first tooth!

After a two-week battle, Brodie (with his Mom's help) finally yanked out his first tooth tonight! He was not so happy about the small amount of blood to follow, but he was very excited about the pending visit from the tooth-fairy. We asked him how much he thought she would bring, he thought about it briefly and said, "Well, I don't have a $50 dollar bill." Ever the opportunist.

Wkend at Grammy & Papa's

Last weekend, we made it over to Klamath Falls to visit with Grammy & Papa, and also Papa's Cousin Glenn & Deanna Crawford visiting from Arkansas. Since it was the only weekend in all of July & August where Grammy & Papa would be home , we decided we'd better make it over to swim in the pool at least once.
We had a great time and spent a lot of it in the pool. The boys loved Grammy's slide and we all ate like Kings (& Queen). 3 days later, Grammy & Papa were back on the road RV'ing to Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado until mid-September.
It was a fun treat to spend time with Glenn and Deanna. He really reminded me a lot of my Grandpa Crawford who died over a decade ago.
On the Africa front, we have begun to hear back from a few people who have received our letter and DVD, and we are already blown away by the generosity of our friends and family. It's very sobering to realize that people will be funding everything we do over there - …