Tuesday, August 16 – Another craft today. I found and bookmarked a great craft for salt dough beads. When it was time to make it with Natalie, the power was off (and of course I hadn’t printed it ahead of time…) so I found a recipe in one of my handy-dandy overseas recipe books (that have recipes for just about everything you’d want or need, even shampoo!) and found a salt dough recipe. It wasn’t quite the same, but we still had fun with it! I think the girls even enjoyed mixing in the food coloring and glitter. Yes, of course we had to use glitter! So here Natalie shows off her necklace made with our homemade beads.
Wednesday, August 17 – Today is Indonesian independence day. But today we weren’t celebrating Indonesia’s independence. We celebrated a couple of birthdays! We were invited to celebrate the birthdays of two children of our MAF Wamena finance lady, Linda. One of the birthdays was actually earlier this summer but Linda has been out of town taking care of some health issue, so the birthday party was combined today. Indonesian birthday parties are a bit different from American birthday parties, but the girls still had fun! In this picture are the two birthday cakes – one for a 9-year-old boy and one for a 4-year-old girl!
Thursday, August 18 – Playing outside with the girls this afternoon! It was pretty cold and windy but the girls still had fun climbing all over the play structure outside!
Friday, August 19 – I am not exactly sure what Claire was showing me on her tongue but it was such a silly picture that I just had to share it with you, too! I definitely have very silly girls!
Saturday, August 20 – Natalie has been re-introduced to the “hot and cold” game (you know, where you hide something and then the other person has to find it with you giving them clues like “you’re getting warmer/colder”) So she and Dan have been playing it a lot lately. Here she is hiding the toy airplane inside her backpack in the playroom. They have gotten pretty creative and elaborate with their hiding schemes. Not too long after this picture was taken, Dan hid a small bouncy ball inside a sock inside my pillowcase! And Natalie found it!
Sunday, August 21 – Natalie has been bugging me for a while to make a dress for her bunny. I don’t have any patterns for build-a-bear clothes, so I took the dress that she already has for her other build-a-bear animal and drew my own pattern off of it. Today she was wearing the dress I made for her, so I had the idea to just use the scraps left over from that dress to make the bunny’s dress! It turned out great, and Natalie is very happy with her bunny’s new dress!
Monday, August 22 – Our cat is an outdoor cat. Which means that any time I am outside, he is looking for attention. And literally right by my feet, whatever I am doing 🙂
Tuesday, August 23 – Claire spilled a drink and made a mess all over herself right before dinner tonight, so she got a quick before-dinner bath.
Wednesday, August 24 – The girls have been playing with the camera on my Nintendo DS quite a bit the last couple of days. I knew they were taking pictures of themselves, but I didn’t know what else they were doing with the features that come with the picture editor on the DS! When I went through the pictures, I found this funny one that Natalie made – when I asked her about it, she said, “Mommy, it makes it look like I am singing!”
Thursday, August 25 – Package time! We had a very generous supporter (thank you, Bob and Jill!!!) send us a care package with all these goodies! Treats for the girls AND treats for the parents! Candy, dried fruits, nuts, macaroni and cheese packets, taco seasoning, Parmesan cheese, CDs of sermons from their (wonderful!) church, a couple of magazines, and even a t-shirt for Dan from his favorite hole-in-the-wall burrito joint in Redlands, CA! Wow, we are so spoiled! Thank you!!! (Oh, and Mr. Pibb + Red Vines = crazy delicious… Give yourself a gold star if you know what that’s from :-))
And a quick update… No, I have had no improvement with my jaw in the past three weeks since the problems started. I talked to a doctor in Sentani a couple of days ago who suggested I take a muscle relaxer and try to manipulate my jaw on my own to get it to open. Then later that night I got a call from my dad (before I had a chance to try out her advice) and I asked him about it. He said that it probably wouldn’t be a good idea and that I might do more harm to my jaw, based on what he thinks is wrong with it after a long conversation with a specialist in Ecuador. So, it sounds like I am probably going to just wait it out a while longer and then maybe take steps to visit a doctor/surgeon in Singapore. We’ll see… Thank you for your prayers. I still hold out hope that this might go away on its own – please keep praying to that end!