Thursday, May 19, 2016

These Two Are Amazing, Part 2

Last Fall, we reminisced about how great Rebekah and Reed were together.

As Reed is now almost 2,

With a LOUD, fiery personality,

Rebekah has learned how to pick at him in just the "right" way to bring on his screams.

But those moments when they're playing together,


Relaxing together,


Joking together,


Obeying together,


Or disobeying together,


Make those loud moments worth it.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Staying In Touch With Our Roots

When we were poor Seminary Students and Kristie was working a late shift at the Psychiatric Hospital, James would sometimes pick her up with the excited news that "The light is on!" at Krispy Kreme Donuts. Two free, hot donuts were pretty much the best we could ask for.

So when the Krispy Kreme opened in Delhi a few years ago, we knew our sentimentality would most likely draw us there every time we passed through town. 

And so goes one of our family traditions:

Eat American Food Whenever Available


We wear the hats and make faces at one another,


Pretend we're waiters at this fine establishment,


And eat...


And eat donuts.

We're pretty sure we'll sweat it off in the summertime heat.

We're not as excited about all the American chains that come to Delhi. Rebekah has a hate-hate relationship with BK, mainly due to her loyalty to McDonalds.


If you have to travel, you might as well enjoy the American junk food along the way.


Friday, May 13, 2016

First Grade, Complete


As we currently sit 1,500 miles from our classroom because of Mom & Dad's work assignment, 


REBEKAH HAS FINISHED FIRST GRADE!!!


So over the last 12 months, 2 hemispheres, 4 countries, 20 states, several planes, and several trains...


Our Traveling Homeschool has lugged dozens of books, 

And many suitcases full of science projects and maps, 

In order to reach yesterday's accomplishment. 


So even if Reed thought we were having the cake for his birthday celebration,

Everyone out of diapers realizes it was all about Rebekah's (and Teacher Mom's) hard work.


No let up, though...

Second Grade starts in two weeks.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

South Asia Driving

Many have asked us if the driving here "Is just crazy or what?!"

And actually, there is some order to the disorder. Do we ever get nervous when we're headed down the wrong way of a divided highway, with huge trucks coming our way? 



Maybe a little. 


Probably no more nervous than the motorcyclist is when he's in the wrong lane due to a traffic jam in his lane.


The most frustrating part, though, is just the sitting. This motorcyclist was in a line of trucks and buses and tractors over 20 miles long we saw last week. Thankfully it wasn't in our direction. 

What is the most frustrating part is the traffic jams created by who-knows what! 

Sometimes a political protest. Sometimes a broken down vehicle.


Sometimes a trucker who blocks a driveway because he misjudged how much driveway there was (or, to be fair, the driveway might have collapsed under his truck).


Most of the time, though, it's just bridges that are too small filled with vehicles that are too big...


With nobody wanting to take their turn. 



In those cases, hopefully you have a good book-on-tape to listen to. It might be a few hours.