Saturday, September 22, 2012

Father/Son Camping Trip

So, we finally tracked down our camera a few weeks ago and got it charged (it turns out Matthew had been taking it to school in his backpack - how it got in there is another question!).  We actually have several posts worth of pictures stored up, but I'll let Bobbie do those as they're about gatherings and friends and food, and that's her thing.

As for the men of the house, we've been up to more manly things.  Well, Matthew is excluded, because he was sick, but this week I took Steven out for an overnight camping trip while the weather was still nice.

 Above: waiting outside the kindergarten where I'd just picked up Steven for the taxi to come get us.  The story of the taxi became a saga when he didn't come get us then next morning as we'd agreed, but fortunately another car came by and agreed to haul us back into town.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.

 First we had to get out into the woods, next to the river, to set up our tent.  Steven was loving all of this, of course:

We brought delicious sausages (for me) and hot dogs (for Steven) for supper.  I like his expression below, sort of a "yes, I'll smile for the camera while I hold my hotdog stick, but I'm not sure how to do it without getting too close to the fire."

MMmmm!  Yummy.  And the view was nothing to sneeze at, either.  Mountains, river, trees just turning yellow - T-land must be one of the nicest places in the world in the fall.

After a session of throwing rocks into the river (above), always a favorite pastime, we gathered wood for the evening fire.

We had a great time.  I don't have that many pictures because mostly we were enjoying ourselves, but we played football one-on-one in the little grass field next to the campsite, and then I read "Little House on the Prarie" to him in the tent before we went to bed.  

I like the below picture (as we waited for the taxi that never came), just Steven staring off into the beauty of creation.

And that's it for this post, I guess.  As for daily life, we're back at the grind of language study and trying to get things set up for the new business we told you about a few weeks ago.  I'll let Bobbie show you all her new culinary creations and gatherings with friends and guests.  Keep an eye out for that in a week or so.  Until then, thanks for checking in and especially for thinking of us. 

Edit: Bonus cartoon that I'm adding as it made me laugh today 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Not Much to Show

This is just a very quick post to say that we don't have much to say.  And even less to show, really, since we haven't had our camera out for recent events.

Not to say that we haven't been doing things.  I took a trip a couple of days away to another city to talk to a company that we might be using as a source of equipment on our new business venture, and then came back with our friends and business partners.  We had an interesting journey with a truck breakdown and no tools to repair the radiator hose, but eventually found some help and succeeded in getting home.

Since then it's been a mixture of things, getting back into culture and language study along with progressing with the paperwork for the new business.  Oh, and night before last I went camping with some friends of a friend, which was a good time.

But we don't have pictures of any of that, so this is a short post just to say that we're still here, still alive, and we'll have to make sure we break out the camera this week to give you something interesting to look at next week.  Thanks for checking in.