Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ethiopia (Post 3)

Wow. It has been really hard for me to find the time to sit down and write more blogs. I just am having such a hard time keeping up with everything.
Today I want to write about a couple of the places that we visited.  The first one is a little ice cream shop.  The shop is very close to the MAI building that we spent a lot of time at. They served Italian Ice.  We went there a couple of times. I loved it.  

This is a view of the door and the street from inside of the shop.  It was kept really clean. It was one of the nicest shops we saw.  I really loved it there.

If you notice, on the ceiling there were burlap sacks.

This view is from one of the swings.  Inside of the shop there were tables as well as some porch swings that you could sit on to eat.  The back of the shop was painted like Italy.

Nati, Kate, and Ronelle at the ice cream shop.

Quote of the Day -- Annalee

Annalee: Mom, what color are my eyes? Me: They are blue, sweetie. Annalee: Oh good! I'm still beautiful!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ethiopia (Post 2)

Here are a few more pictures of our trip to Africa.
We spent some time with a company called Morrell Agro Industries. I absolutely love the people!!! I really miss them too. The company has a guest house behind the office building so we got to see that and meet more people. These pictures are from that. (I wish I had gotten pictures of the other people we talked to!)

This picture is of Nati and Ronelle. Nati was our tour guide/interpreter. He was fantastic! He helped us so much. We really miss him! Ronelle is a friend from my ward that went with us on the trip.

This is Gemina and I. She is such a cute and funny girl! She takes care of the guest house. We got to spend some time with her in Shashamene and Awassa too. She is so sweet.

This is the gardner for the guest house. He was so kind and he made me laugh. In this picture he is cutting the grass with some shears. It was a big job. I asked him about a plant I saw and he told me it saw sugar cane. Then, he ran and got a knife and cut some down so we could try it.

Here is Jim eating the sugar cane. It was really good! You just chew it and get all the juice then spit it out. I really loved it!

All of us forengi got the sugar cane stuck in our teeth or couldn't tear it, but Nati was a pro at eating it.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ethiopia (Post 1)

I am FINALLY posting on our trip to Ethiopia. It was quite the adventure, and just an incredible experience. After being gone for the past two weeks, though, I have had a lot to catch up on so I haven't gotten to our blog yet. It's going to take me a few days to post all of the pictures and things that we saw, but I'll get to it all . . . eventually.

This is a picture of a wonderful fruit stand. The people were so nice! They gave us some of their homemade bread, too. It had the slightest hint of a spice in it. I could never quite figure out what spice it was, but it was really good.

Another picture of the fruit stand. Most of the fruits and vegetables we saw there were mangos, avocados (twice the size of the ones we see in America), tomatoes, oranges (most of the oranges were green, and they would eat them like that), bananas (a VERY yummy kind we'd never tasted before), papyas, and a green fruit that was kind of spiky on the outside. It was fun to shop at those little fruit stands.

There were a lot of homeless everywhere. This man was begging on the street where we were walking. The interesting thing to us was that he smiled and waved at us and wanted to hold our hands. But, when we pulled out the camera he wouldn't smile. He was very sweet, though.

It's kind of hard to see in this picture, but this is a picture of some men doing construction work. All of the supplies for cement (like the rocks and sand) were just dumped on the sidewalk. Then, they would use handmade stretcher-looking wooden box with handles to move the materials into a little cement maker. All of the buildings are made out of cement. There are buildings being built all over the city. They make them out of cement and then chisel (by hand) holes in the walls for the electrical and plumbing.

These next pictures show the scaffolding they use. Instead of steel supports they use eucalyptus branches. Apparently the eucalyptus wood is very strong, but it's still strange to see the wood holding up the cement or holding men as they work.

This is a picture on the streets of the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. The brown and cream building in the middle of the picture is a typical house. Many other houses are crudely made out of only metal siding. We weren't sure what the wood structure on the left is, but my guess is that it is a nice house. The gray gate you see on the right is very typical. There are many large gates like this, even around poorer houses. Most gates have a guard. Everything you see here is right next to a large three-story beautiful government building. It was very strange walking the streets and seeing such variety of buildings.

So, there is just a taste of our trip to Ethiopia. I will post more as soon as I get a chance.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Preparing for Our Trip

As many of you know, we are preparing for a trip to Ethiopia this coming Sunday. It is for a big project, and I have been unbelieveably busy trying to get everything in order for it, not to mention homeschool and kids and . . . everything else.

So, that is my excuse for not reading (or commenting) on anyone's blogs lately. I do miss all of you and will catch up on what everyone has been doing lately, but for now, I suppose I'm a little focused on my own little world. Very sad, I know.

I do hope that on this trip I will have time to write and post things about what we are doing. It should be an amazing experience, and I look forward to the pictures and stories I can post later. It's always great to hear from you all.

Quote of the Day -- Annalee

Today Annee asked me:
"Mom, next time you born me, could you please name me Rapunzel?"

Monday, September 19, 2011

Quote of the Day -- Annalee

Today Annalee was playing with her Barbies. She had just gotten to the part of the story where the prince marries the princess and this is how she did the wedding ceremony:
Preacher: Do you promise to marry the girl?
The Prince: I do.
Preacher: And do you promise to wash the dishes and make sure the kids stay in bed and vacuum lots?
The Princess: I do.
Preacher: Then you can be a husband and wife!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Quote of the Day -- Annalee

I know this is another quote by Annalee, but I guess she is just at that stage where she says such funny things.

Annalee: "Mom, there are two ways to get apple juice. The first is to get an elephant and put him on the apples to squish out all of the juice . . . and the second is to go to the store and buy some."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Quote of the Day -- Annalee

Annalee (pointing to the chimney): Mom, did you know that Santa Clause and Heavenly Father and Jesus live in that tunnel?

Mom: They do?

Annalee: Yup. They all live there to watch us.

Mom: How do they all fit up there?

Annalee: Hmm . . . . Well, Santa Clause goes first to squeeze and then everybody else fits just fine.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Quote of the Day -- 9 Aug 2011

I've decided that I've really got to write down the funny things my kids say better. I am going to do a simple quote of the day blog now and then to try to be able to record it better.

Today's quote is from Annalee:
(After Luke pushed her)

"Mom, Luke broke my heart . . . and he hurt my super powers!"

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Annee's Song

Annalee's favorite song at bedtime as been "Castle on a Cloud" from Les Miserables. Only, she likes some of the words changed. Each child gets one song before bed. This has been her choice for over the past year. Now, she likes to sing it by herself. It's so sweet!

(P.S. Sorry that it's turned the wrong way. I can't figure out how to rotate it!)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Jim and Celese

While we were in Colorado, my Sister-in-Law took some fantastic pictures of our family. I rarely get a picture with just Jim and I together, so I was excited to have this one. I will post more later of the kids and the family when we can get them edited. Thanks J!

Locking Our Blog

We have decided to lock our blog for safety reasons. If you would like an invitation to our blog, just e-mail me. My address is Or, feel free to call me. :) I'll be posting more soon.