Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Pics

So I thought I would post a couple random pictures from Christmas. I will have to get pictures from others of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. So until then here are a couple pictures of the season. Below is a nativity scene that my dear friend Emily put in my fish tank. For a couple years she has wanted to put one of my many nativity scenes in the tank and this year I said okay, but the ones I could think about putting in the tank all floated. So she made her own...
One fun activity of Christmas is making sugar cookie Christmas trees. The girls made a tree to take home and one to give to someone else. It was fun to see them decorate them and then to watch them give them to someone else. (Around the table...Rachel in red, Emily, Cara, and Katie)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Last Couple Weeks

Well, this is an exciting evening at my house. Emily and Carmen come over with their laptops and the three of us sit watching a movie or TV show while catching up on emails, Facebook, or other computer tasks. We all love the wireless!
The Sunday after Thanksgiving I had a decorating party. Dave and Mary, friends from Dallas, OR, were here as well as Emily and Carmen. Emily has decorated with me for 3 years now. Here she is next to one of my favorite nativity sets. She thinks they look cold since they are blue, so she has placed them on a white "snow" cloth and the packing pieces are snowballs. I have to admit that the packing pieces somehow disappeared.
Here are Carmen and Mary decorating the tree. Having Carmen help this year was a great addition. Her height comes in handy when stringing lights, hanging pictures, wrapping garland, and so much more.
Dave accomplished a task that has not happened at my house before. I brought outside lights over with me in 2002 or 2004 and they have never been up. The lights hadn't even been used since Christmas of 1999 back at Camp Tapawingo. Anyway, Dave strung them up outside and they worked!
Then this past weekend was our Christmas Festival. It is our day to shop. Basically it is a bazaar held in our gym, but we like to think of it as the mall. Emily, Carmen and I were decked out with our Christmas bilas (decoration) and shopped all evening, but took a break to get dinner from the junior class. Very similar to a food court.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Rachel's Birthday

The very loud, silly kindergartners. Happy Birthday, Rachel!
Pin the tail on the pony.
Kristen organized a scavenger hunt.
Rachel and me with her pony pillow.
Kristen had planned a craft for the girls and they all had a good time decorating with foam shapes.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Nothin' Like a Group Picture

This is our Numonohi Christian Academy Elementary Division photo. Those are a lot of kids to get organized and make smile - at the beginning of their recess, but it was fun.


Rarely do I get to carve pumpkins anymore. Something about growing up and not having kids, but this year neither of those things hindered my friend Joanie and me from getting into the spirit of thing.
Don't be scared, those are PNG pumpkins. They aren't orange on the outside, but they smell like pumpkins, taste like pumpkins and act like pumpkins - especially when being carved.
On Halloween night I made sugar cookies with some friends. Here are Cara and Katie frosting cookies.
Nathan and Andrew frosting cookies.
And Andrew, Carmen, Cara and Katie all frosting cookies. Kyle and Michael joined in on the cookie making, but alluded pictures, somehow.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Madang 2009

Another Madang trip. I just love it there - sun, ocean, pool, food and great friends! This year Emily, (Me), Carmen, and Hannah all took off for Madang. We stayed at my favorite place - Jais Aben and had a couple days of relaxing. One day our friends the Claasens picked us up and took us to another resort called Malolo. We had fun on the black sand beach, swimming in the amazingly warm water and hanging out with friends.
On our way back we ended up with both driver-side tires blown. God's hand of protection and Nate's skillful driving - lead us to the side of the road instead of flipping over the bridge we had clipped.
Thankfully our friends were just behind us in a truck and we got to ride to the NTM base in the back of the truck, instead of waiting on the side of the road.
Another highlight for us was cockroach killing. This happened in the evenings while we watched a movie or played cards. Carmen has a great squeal and Emily and Hannah are quite lively as they go on their hunting expeditions.
Emily and Hannah showing off the weapons of chioce.
Our final and strangest event of Madang was the tsunami warning that was issued for all of PNG. There had been a large earthquake on Vanuatu so official warning went out. The resort where we were staying began their precautions. The warning was officially called off, but lots of planning had already been put into place. It was an experience to remember.

My Birthday

The Lord has blessed me with some amazing coworkers that are also my dear friends. I was able to celebrate with so many of them on my birthday. My friend Joanie is here in the picture with me. She made a special chocolate cheese cake for Becky and me.
Becky and I started our celebration with grilled hamburgers, many yummy salads, and kaukau chips. I didn't get good pictures of everyone present but here we have Carmen, Emily, Hannah, Carrie and Pat (Joe is next to her, but out of the picture). After our dinner we piled into Karl and Kristen's house - they sure are good sports to let all of us in. I guess we numbered 21 by then. Carrie had made some wonderful cupcakes and a beautiful cake. My dear little friends had a hard time keeping away from those lovely treats!
I am not sure a party is complete without Dana sticking his fingers up his nose. We probably wouldn't recognize him in pictures.
Becky and I had mounds of presents to open and it is always fun to open presents with a friend.
After presents we went outside with our dessert for a camp fire. Scott and his boys had been working on it, so it was going well by the time we all joined them. We had a great night to be out and the generator didn't even kick on until we were nearly done with our evening.
It was a great birthday celebration. I sure appreciate all those that helped put it together. You are so dear!

Break time fun!

One fun break time activity is our temporary hair dye. Emily and I did this last year and we loved it. It makes us feel wild and crazy, even if we aren't. The dye only last for 8 washes and we only do streaks. Anyway, this year we got a few others involved. Here I am with Becky. Since our birthday was the next day, it was a must that she join in the fun.
Here Emily and I have roped a very hesitant Carmen in for some dye. I think she had fun eventually.
And my upstair's neighbor joined in the fun too. Pat came and got one strip of orangish-red in her hair.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Birthday Fun

My friend Kristen had a birthday and so we celebrated! We had a birthday brunch at my house. As with all good ladies gatherings in PNG, we started talking about food, ventured to other topics and came back to food. Usually this includes the food items we miss most from our home countries. We had lots of fun. Hopefully Kristen did too.
Back: Me, Michelle, LeAnna, Kristen, Joanie, Meredith.
Front: Rhesa, Becky
Almost a week later my friend Neil had his birhtday and so more celebrating was needed. Everyone had a great meal at the Mandarin followed by wonderful cheesecake that Becky had made.

Back: Emily, Karl, Kristen, Carmen, Joanie, Dana, Scott, Terri. Front: Me, Becky, Neil

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Independence Day

September 16th is Papua New Guinea’s Independence Day. It is a pretty fun day around here. Our whole missionary community gathers together along with our national friends to celebrate. The morning begins with home-made doughnuts, the national anthem, and the flag raising. We have our own parade led by all the kids that want to decorate their bicycles. Each class in grades 7-12 runs booths of games and activities. The grade 11 students sell lunch and other snacks throughout the day. It is a great community day. This year I made the rounds to all the booths with my two great friends: Carmen and Emily. They are a bit more competitive and daring than I am, but I take the pictures

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Couch

Well I have a new couch. It came from America
so it was one of the longest deliveries on record,
but it got here is good condition and is just want I wanted.
It goes perfectly with my carpet and I like moving away from the all blue house I had.
So here I am with my new couch, happy as can be.
Thanks, Mom and Dad.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

May Day

This morning my class had a great time assembling and delivering May Day Baskets. There is a bit of hesitancy in sending 25 kids all over the center without supervision, but they do great each year. They were so excited to deliver 26 baskets that I didn't want to stop them for a picture before they left. So we got our class picture afterwards. Aren't they a great looking bunch?
This might be a more realistic picture of their character.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Chuck E Cheese Birthday

Pictures seemed to be uploading today so I thougth I would try to catch up on the blog. I mentioned on Facebook that we were having a Chuck E Cheese birthday party for my friend Emily. This happened on Apirl 19 to celebrate Em's Day on the 21st. Well here's the proof...
Emily and the kids that were at the party.
The pizza choices.


Emily and the Hamamas Meri!