Feeding the Giraffes

Because we live overseas, people often think that we travel a lot.  And, while, yes, we have spent a lot of time in a country other than our passport country, we actually don’t get around that much.  We’re homebodies, Nathan and I.

BUT, we decided that for vacation this year, we would venture outside of Indonesia and see another part of this Asian world that we live in.  So, just a few weeks ago we travelled to Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Thailand is the 4th country that Elias has visited, quickly followed up by his 5th, Singapore.  (We don’t count airport layovers…that would be cheating.)  The others he has been to are the U.S., Indonesia and Mexico.  Not too shabby for a two-year-old.  Especially considering that his mama has been to only 9 countries (add in Wales, England, Germany and Canada for me) in her 34 years of life.

Anywhoozzles…in Chiang Mai we went to a Night Safari, although we went during the day for the sake of Elias’ bedtime.  His favorite part by far was feeding the giraffes.  For about $1, we could buy a basket of vegetables to pass out to the eagerly waiting giraffes.

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Feeding Giraffes

Feeding Giraffes

We came back to this part of the zoo 3 times, he loved it so much.

More on Chiang Mai another day!

Two and a Half

My baby is two and a half years old today!  How did he get so big so quickly?

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Everyone once and awhile it washes over me all over again how blessed I am to be this boys mama.  Out of all the kids in all the world…God put us together.  Adoption is awesome :)

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He is silly and sweet.  And adventurous while cautious.  He talks a mile a minute and likes to tell stories.  Recently, he likes to hold my face in his hands and says, “You’re a cute baby, mama!”  He notices things, like when I am wearing new earrings, or when I have an new “owie.”  He’s a heartbreaker.

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When Nathan comes home after a day of flying, he likes to run into his arms and knock him over.  He loves to give “all the kisses” and squeezes so tight when he gives hugs.  I hope he never grows out of that…but I know he probably will.

Sweet Elias Tate…I love you.

Nabire Preschool

You know what I love about September?  Back to school sales.  Pumpkin everything.  Crisp Fall air.  Changing leaves.

BUT, we don’t have any of that here.  September rolls on like every other month.  The weather doesn’t change.  There is no “Back to School” aisle in the store.  There definitely aren’t Pumpkin Spice Lattes and changing leaves.

There was a time that I dreaded this time of year in Papua…because I desperately missed Fall.  But somehow, I have nearly forgotten that there are parts of the world that are turning toward cool right now.  I haven’t even bought a pumpkin yet (I’m pretty sure I bought a pumpkin on Aug 31 last year, just to be ready to say “Hello September!”  I guess I’m adjusting to this tropical living thing.  It’s about time really, we’ve lived here for 6 years now.

Anyway, what I really intended to write about on this post is Preschool!  Since Ethan (our 5 year old neighbor) is now fully into Kindergarten, his younger brother and sister come and hang out with Elias and me every morning while Ethan is homeschooled.  It’s not really Preschool per-say…but let’s just say that it is.  Elias loves to “do school”, so I’m trying to  keep that enthusiasm going for the day that he really does have to “do school” for realsies.

Last week in Preschool, after reading “Going on a Bear Hunt,” we made binoculars out of toilet paper rolls and went on a bear hunt around base.  We found a lot of pretty flowers, tiny ants, and some frogs, but no bears.


Goodbye airplane!

Our hunt was momentarily put on pause while we waved goodbye to the daddies who were headed out on their second flight of the day.


The best discovery of our bear hunt was this fantastic pile of old fuel drums.  The kids quickly tossed aside their “noculars” and spent a good 30 minutes climbing all over these things.

Three Monkeys on the drums

Who needs a playground when you can get tetnus from rusty fuel drums instead…just kidding…I hope.

Elias on the drums

Yep, they got filthy dirty, but they had fun.  And Elias has asked to go back to play on the fuel drums every day since!

Stuff I’m Reading

Nathan and I both have Kindle eReaders and we use them daily.  We actually only started out with one Kindle and then it quickly became apparent that for the sake of our marriage we needed two. : )

Since our initial purchase of Kindles about 5 years ago, we have gone through several kindle because they have either been broken or stolen.  But, Kindles are something we replace quickly though because WE LOVE TO READ and it is the quickest and easiest way for us to get English books over here!

Now, when I first got my Kindle, I was super stingy about spending money on Kindle books, so I would often read books off of Amazon’s free book list.  But let’s face it, the books on the free list are not great works of literature and I slowly started to feel like my brain was melting.

In an effort to prevent more brain melt, we added kindle books to our monthly budget.  Here’s what I’ve read this year so far (I average about two books a month):

Peace Child by Don Richardson
Lords of the Earth by Don Richardson
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Night by Elie Wiesel
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther by Ginger Grant
The Color of Secrets by Lindsay Jayne Ashford
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
I Dared to Call Him Father by Bilquis Sheikh
The Grip of Lions and Veils by Audra Grace Shelby
Room by Emma Donoghue
Wild:From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

I used to be a fiction-only reader, but I have recently tried reading more non-fiction and I’ve found myself really enjoying it :)

What are you all reading?  What should I add to my book wish list??