Monday, January 29, 2007

3 going on 13

Most of you mothers have had days when you have wanted to trade your children in for newer and more obedient models. The past few days have been that with Elijah. He is still cute as ever, even when he tries to make his grumpiest face.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Unwelcome Guest

I'm not certain what is worse, the fact that our helper saw a rat run under our refrigerator, or that fact that we can't find it now. Either way, I am avoiding the kitchen after dark. Hopefully I won't be posting a picture of our new guest in the near future.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

New Tooth

At long last, Anna banana finally got her second tooth...right in time for her 17 month birthday. She's very proud of it. She tried her best to say "cheese" for the camera.

small spaces

While finishing up my homework for language school, I heard shrieks and giggles coming from the kitchen. I felt confident that my nanny could handle what ever was happening, so I tried to concentrate and complete my work. Curiosity got the best of me though and I went in to find Elijah and Anna squeezed into our dishpan. They both love water and I suppose our nanny decided to oblige them.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Strange Utterances

Ever since moving to this Island, I have found myself saying the strangest things. Not only are we all learning a whole new language, but I am saying things to my children that I never expected to say in our lifetimes. The other day, I found myself scolding Elijah and Anna for playing at the dinner table. After repeated reprimands, I finally yelled, "Would you two be quiet and eat your tofu and rice!" I never thought this would be a dietary staple for us. Today, we asked Elijah what his favorite food was and he answered, "Rice, tofu and corn!" I also found myself explaining to Elijah what a vacuum cleaner is. We knew when we moved here that our kids would be "third culture kids" but it is always startling how that works itself out. Today, when Elijah saw a picture of a vacuum cleaning, he had no idea what it was. I think he thought it was a musical instrument. I thought his horizons needed expanding so we went to have donuts at the local mall. They have the equivalent of Krispy Kreme here. (God bless whoever invented Krispy Kreme!)

Sunday, January 21, 2007

dinner time

Tonight we had a taco dinner, compliments of my parents who mailed me an old elpaso taco kit for my birthday. Mexican food is virtually non existent here, or it is a strange rendition at best. Anna and Elijah especially enjoyed dinner. Anna was wearing white, so she got to eat in her diaper and a bib. Anna especially enjoyed herself...I think she ate her body weight worth of sour cream alone.

Saturday, January 20, 2007


The older our children get, the more their little temperments reveal themselves. Watching them play at a children's playland at the mall really brought out their differences. Elijah is three going on thirteen at the moment. He is quiet and pensive with moments of explosive laughter. Everything he does is to the extreme. Whether he is tantruming or playing, he does both with the same vigor. Anna is our little daredevil, and most of the time if we want to find her, we just look up. She loves to climb and has no natural fear of heights. I guess only time will tell how each will ultimately end up.

Thursday, January 18, 2007


Our life seems to be full of new beginnings lately. New country, new language, new food, new culture, and now, new to the world of blogging. The former has been a roller coaster ride of the highs that come with realizing dreams, and the energy draining, culture shock inspired lows. Lets hope that blogging proves to be a soul soothing, smooth ride as we attempt to connect our friends and loved ones to our life on the island.