Sunday, November 27, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
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
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
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.
Monday, September 19, 2011
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
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
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
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
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!)