Monthly Archives: August 2009

Annelise’s Turn

My cute little dog!

My cute little dog!

We went to Tante Lientjie’s farm last weekend. We had quite an experience getting there. We took Buddy but he’s not potty trained yet. So he went poo in dad’s fancy car. Dad was really mad at me.  We decided to show Miss Bonnie around the farm. We had to take Buddy with us. We were so worried about Buddy falling off the back that daddy pushed him off when we stopped.  We needed to make Miss Susan a bed frame so we got mom’s best friend in the world to make us two bed frames then with the left over wood we made a play house with dad’s help. We are going to the farm this weekend.  Our cousin Andre broke his arm on the trampolene.  We’ve had a break from WAP.  It’s bein boring going to school. They have been writing exams. I got to sit the whole day and do nothing.  AWANA is a lot of fun but the verses are much harder.  Chapman thinks it is so fun to go over news papers each day and try to find miss Susan a car. Chapman has also made a stink putty it smells yuck.  Jock has been very annoying today by barking at every bird.  The boys think it is great fun to chase Buddy around the house with scooters. Audrey thinks it is so much fun to get all her stuffed animals on her bed and sleep like that.  Audrey is so funny.  Jock has jumped on our beds one time so now every night I have to put a chair in front of our door.

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Mom and Erika Visit Namibia–Part 2, the coast

The Namibian coast is on the Atlantic Ocean and is very cold!  Namibia is known to have some of the best fishing waters in the world and I guess cold= lots of fish.  It is not a place you would want to swim, even in summer, but the marine life is beautiful.  We stayed at a beautiful house owned by one of our friends–a Tuscan villa with lots of room. 

The house in Longstraand

The house in Longstraand

The house we stayed in is located in Longstraand which is the little beach town that became famous when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had there baby, Shiloh, there.  Most Namibians don’t even know who they are so I guess it was a good place to come and have a baby if you want some privacy!

We spent many hours walking the beach looking for different colored sea anemones.  The kids loved to poke them in their middles so they would close up.  There are mussels and lots of shells everywhere and Annelise and Audrey came home with quite a collection.  One morning on our way back to the house we saw a huge school of dolphins and a seal.  It is neat to see God’s amazing creatures in their native habitat. 

Swakopmund is a Little German town just 10 minutes from where we stayed.  It is probably the most beautiful (in architecture) of all the places you can visit in Namibia.  We spent alot of time searching for the perfect African gifts for all of mom and Erika’s friends and family.

Open air market in Swakopmund

Open air market in Swakopmund

Shopping Break!

Shopping Break!

Example of the architecture of Swakopmund

Example of the architecture of Swakopmund

One day we decided to climb one of the world’s tallest sand dunes, Dune 7.  Sand boarding is big in this part of Namibia so we took some boards with us.  We had gone before but the kids had never gone very far because the dunes weren’t steep enough and they don’t weigh enough to get started and keep momentum.  Audrey literally ran up Dune 7 and waited patiently at the top.  Paul, Annelise and Chapman were the next group to make it up.  Erika and I lagged way behind.  At one point I really thought I was going to have a heart attack.  I was wearing jeans which was not the best choice for climbing in sand and it was already midday when we started so it was HOT!  When we were about halfway up, I see Paul put Annelise on a sand board and off she goes, or I should say, FLIES.  Because of our previous experience with sand boarding Paul told Annelise that she probably wouldn’t make it to the bottom.  Well, she flew to the bottom and ran smack into a concrete picnic table and bench.  I am screaming to her to jump off but of course she can’t hear me.  Then we are yelling at Gran Jan but she thinks we want her to take a picture of us.  I see Annelise hit the concrete bench and then go limp.  A man walks over and picks her up and carries her to my mom.  Paul and I start racing down the dune thinking we are sure to have and ER trip in our near future.  The Lord protected her because nothing was broken but her knees were really skinned up and she hit her mouth but all teeth stayed intact.  We were so grateful for the Lord’s protection because we would later find out that people have been clocked at speeds of 30 mph down the dune!  So we were very dumb to let her do it in the first place!

Dune 7

Dune 7

Everyone starts up, Charlie turns back--TOO HOT!

Everyone starts up, Charlie turns back--TOO HOT!

Erika and I halfway up

Erika and I halfway up

She did it!  Erika at the top of Dune 7

She did it! Erika at the top of Dune 7

After all the sand boarding drama, Paul took us all for a milkshake to cool down and recover.  Remember, this is supposed to be WINTER but the temperature was about 90 degrees because the desert winds had been blowing. 

Flamingoes in Walvis Bay

Flamingoes in Walvis Bay

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Mom and Erika Visit Namibia–Part 1

Before we ever moved to Namibia, my mom and Erika had plans to visit us soon after we were settled.  We had been looking forward to their visit and you should have seen the excitement when they came through the doors at the airport.  The kids rushed them and gave hugs and kisses and then of course fought over who would get to sit with who in the car on the way back into Windhoek.  Fortunately, they didn’t have much jet lag since they had already spent a night in Johannesburg. 

Once we opened their suitcases it was like Christmas in July!  You should have seen all the candy, craft projects, Legos, etc.  Thanks again to everyone who sent letters and gifts!  They were a big blessing and meant a lot to us.  Erika had brought pounds of Laughy Taffy but Annelise started to hide it in her closet because she thought Erika was eating too much of it!

We took them around to the kids schools and all the major tourists attractions.  After seeing the grocery stores and the mall they don’ t feel sorry for me anymore that I live in Africa!  Namibia is much more first world than they thought it would be and they even liked most of the food.  Cokes really are better here since they use real cane sugar but Erika thinks even Diet Coke and Coke Zero taste better too.  All that to say, we drank a lot of Coke while they were here.

One thing that really impressed them was the younger kids’ school.  Audrey and Charlie go to a preprimary school twice a week that is run by a lady from our church.  I asked her if she knew who Charlotte Mason was because her school implements so many of Charlotte Mason’s ideas!   The school is named Kleinplasie which means “little farm” and there are animals everywhere–a 2 story goeat house with 3 new baby goats, 19 bunnies, ducks in a duck pond, chickens, doves and onevery shy cat.  My kids LOVE to go there and my mom and Erika call it a kids paradise. 

The Goat house

The Goat house

Audrey and Charlie's classroom

Audrey and Charlie's classroom

Thursday is art day so Ester invited Annelise to come one day to create things with the kids.  The school has its own kiln so we have many special creations on the way!  Another very fun thing about the school in addition to the petting zoo, is Baker’s Day.  The teachers all bake cookies, cupcakes, etc. and the kids are given play money and get to dress up and play “Bakeshop.”  They take turns being the baker(hat and all) or the customers!  They think it is the greatest thing!

Ester asked me to help her by taking a picture of one of the school children with a goat for an advertisement she needed to place.  I go early to the school one morning and am taking pictures of this precious little boy in the goat pen with the goat.  We really needed him to have his head as close to the goats head as possible for the photo to be what it needed to be for the ad.  The goats of course are not very cooperative and the little boy gets speared in the nose!  Talk about bloody!  He was such a good sport and fortunately his mom is a teacher at the school and had a good laugh over the whole thing!  We got the picture we needed though even though some blood was shed!

Our brave model pre-bloody nose

Our brave model pre-bloody nose

 Tomorrow: our trip to the Namibian coast!

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Alive and Kickin’

Yes, I am still here and I apapreciate all the emails reminding me about the blog!  In the last 4 weeks my mom and sister, Erika, have been here, both Paul’s sisters and his mom visited and now Susan Douglas and Bonnie Whitbeck are here to drop Susan off with us for a year or two!  We are thrilled Susan is finally here and look forward to seeing how the Lord uses her in Namibia.

In the last 4 weeks, I have been to the State hospital to have a baby (not my own) tested for HIV and then Windhoek Central Prison to have body of a deceased prisoner released (not related to me) so I have had some very blog worthy events to write about.  Hopefully I will catch up with everything in the next 2 weeks.  With all our visitors we talk late into the nights, see all the tourist attractions we can in a day and then try to fit in school, gymnastics and all the other normal life activities.  Check back soon to see all the updates!

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