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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Day in Pictures

6:00am: I'm up and having my coffee and a bit of quiet until the crew gets up.

7:00-7:30am: Wesley is grabbing his go-to breakfast, homemade granola. After breakfast the kids are cleaning their rooms and playing Lego. Calvin colored, played with play-doh and did stickers all morning.
8:30am: I made Lalao, our househelper, a list for the market. And she quickly returned carrying the goods as per usual--on her head. I have no idea how she does this, or the masses of women who do it all of the time around the town. Amazing!

9:30am: We left the house to do some errands. We went to Shoprite, which is very near to our house. I also let Faith take pictures along the way. :)

Even in Madagascar, at Shoprite, they keep the gum and candy conveniently located at the cashier for kids to want while we are waiting in line.

Banner showing Malagasy support for the World Cup
Our next errand was to a place called Hutte Canadienne. This is a poultry/pork/egg/dairy farm. I have more recently been buying all of our milk and eggs here. Any milk you buy at the grocery store is high heat treated, or long-life milk, and we much prefer this milk! Not to mention I prefer their price, almost half.  So we do this errand on Tuesday and Friday mornings after I call ahead and make our order.

Not the fanciest of places, to be sure - but I've been happy with their products so far.

More pictures by Faith - visiting dad at work - sharing the croissants, and having a coffee. 
Fuelling the truck at the local Shell station
When we got home around 11:00, I had a craving for almond chocolate biscotti. So while the kids were busy playing, baking started.

Before lunch, the kids enjoyed playing a dice game with cards on the floor. I read a book on my e-reader after we built a fire.

1:00-3:00pm: Dad comes home for lunch, and then the kids have quiet time. I make sure and test the biscotti and drink tea. :) I also use some time to work on a cable-knit patterned scarf. The kids color Owls in the Family coloring pages while we do our read alouds. Love that book. We also finished Pedro's Journal, a really fun book from the perspective of a ship's boy on Christopher Columbus' voyage to America. The kids watch Wild Kratts on YouTube.

Calvin using the Tag Reader - such a great toy!

4:30pm: Dad is home from work - stoking the fire whilst being attacked by a little ghost (Calvin). 

5:30pm: And just in time to make dinner, the power is out.

7:00pm: Bathtime and bedtime, thankfully with electricity.

Post-Kids'-Bedtime, parents' relaxing quiet time.
8:00pm: And I'm sitting down with milk coffee ready to prepare this blog post and watch Blue Bloods with Rob.

And that's our day. A little peak into our lives. Not overly exciting, however not without small surprises. Please keep MAF Madagascar in your prayers, especially this week, as the team here faces an audit from the local aviation authority. The Program Manager, who is supposed to be on furlough in Holland right now, also had to return for a week to help with the audit. We are a 1-pilot program right now, and about 7 weeks away from welcoming our second pilot back from furlough in Switzerland.This adds busyness to the remaining staff members right now.

Until next time...


Mary July 15, 2014 at 1:20 PM  

Thanks, Karina! It's always great to read your posts and see you photos. Stan and I also watch Blue Bloods! God bless!!

Anonymous July 16, 2014 at 3:15 AM  

This is a great post! I may have to steal your idea :-) A few comments:
1. thanks again for trading car-seats with us!
2. i'm so glad to hear that your milk from Hutte Canadienne is ok. Now that E is drinking cows milk in his bottles we may have to start doing this as well. Our milk intake is ridiculous these days!
3. can i get the phone number to order from you?
4. we hardly each other/our children outdoors these days, now that we're both sitting inside huddled around our respective fireplaces. Kind of strange, therefore, to see what you're up to from the blog though we're only a few meters apart. :-)

Elsemieke Wishart July 19, 2014 at 11:43 PM  

Thanks for giving me a glimpse into your life.I like to see the photos of your everyday life. Shoprite is so familiar to me,I have lots of good memories,like the long life milk, Jungle Oats and Crunchie bars with the toffee in bits all throughout the chocolate.. do they play Shania Twain soundtrack in the store in Tana? Your family looks well and the kids are growing up!!

Elsemieke Wishart July 19, 2014 at 11:46 PM  
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The Barbers July 20, 2014 at 5:59 AM  

Hey Mieke, no Shania Twain. But they love Celine Dione!