Sunday, October 23 – Coke time! Once again we were enjoying a cherry Coke out on the porch on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Dan wanted to take a picture of me with my cherry Coke, but right when he was taking it, Claire came over to steal a sip of my Coke (even though she had her own!) and Leo was trying to get some lovin’s from me! I was laughing so hard!
Monday, October 24 – One thing we like to do around here is make “countdown chains.” For anything we are looking forward to, we make a paper chain with the number of links equaling the number of days left until the event, and then each day the kids take off a link until we reach the big day! Today we made a chain counting down the days until Natalies birthday. I also made a sign saying “Countdown to Natalie’s 6th Birthday” and Natalie got to color it and hang it up next to the chain. 🙂
Tuesday, October 25 – Time for a motorcycle ride! The girls LOVE riding the motorcycle with Dan. Usually he takes them one at a time for a ride around the base, and they love it!
Wednesday, October 26 – The expat women here in Wamena have a Bible Study group that meets once a week. This semester we are studying the book “Having a Mary Spirit.” It has been a good study and also a good chance to get together with other English-speaking ladies. Although for most of them, their first language is either Dutch or German!
Thursday, October 27 – Was just heating up dinner in the microwave when the power went off. I am so thankful to have a gas stove so that we can still have a hot dinner!
Friday, October 28 – Today was the “Fall Festival” at the small international school here in Wamena. Our kids don’t attend the school yet but they were invited to participate in the Fall Festival. Here Natalie and some of her friends are having a sack race! (I hope to post more pictures of the event, but can’t promise when that will be… I’ve been working on this post for the last few days and only just now am able to finish and post it!
Saturday, October 29 – I recently ordered a couple pieces of wood furniture to put in the girls’ playroom to organize things a bit better. One was the big wooden shelf for all their toys. The other is the play refrigerator for their little kitchen. I ordered it unfinished and the girls had fun painting it with Daddy. Now it is all done and they sure are having fun with it in their playroom!
Sunday, October 30 – Popcorn balls for Dan! Even though there isn’t really much to do to celebrate Halloween around here, Dan had just one request – that I make popcorn balls for him! I guess his mom used to make these Jello popcorn balls and it is one tradition that he wants to bring back in our own family. So, just for Halloween… strawberry popcorn balls! (He wanted orange, but I didn’t think I had any orange Jello… although I found some a few days later in the back of the cupboard! Oh well!)
Monday, October 31 – Poor Natalie has had a stomachache for the last few days. Overall she’s fine but every once in a while she will complain of her tummy hurting and have to lay down for a while. Poor kid!