Thursday, July 24, 2008
I have no idea how it happened, but after an hour staring at html gibberish and doing the ol' "trial and error and error and error" method of code repair, I think I fixed the problem. Know what it was? Two lines of code said " _height" instead of " height". Come on! Do we have to be that picky? I guess so. Anyway, now hopefully I can show my blog off to the world and people won't be thinking, "Huh. I wonder what that photo is supposed to be?"
If you ever notice something really tweaked on my blog, will you tell me? Please? Don't know why it looked fine on my computer. Probably the same concept as a bathroom mirror that makes your make-up look great at home but when you get to town you really look like Cyndi Lauper!
Have a great day everyone!!!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
What a beautiful gift! These flowers had been gathered by someone in their group and had been on their picnic table for a few days. It was pretty special to see them on our table when we got home.
Our game night at our campsite was a ton of fun. We played in the boys' tent (because it was the biggest). What a blast! I still don't know who won...I think we all did!
Traveling to the States was pretty un-eventful...and hot.
We left home early Monday morning and drove pretty much straight through...stopping in Navajoa to see about a tetanus shot for Jessee and in Obregon to actually get one.
The van ran great until we got north of Nogales (into the land of expensive car repair). Then we began to over-heat. Could have been related to the 2 hours we sat in line at the border...who knows. Anyway, Doug took off the cap (the one you're not supposed to take off until the engine's cool!) to cool down the engine and then we added a bunch of water and headed to the bus depot to drop off our friend Stephen.
Stephen was with us for a couple of weeks in Mexico. What a great guy!!! You'll see bunches of pics with him in them as I post more about the mission teams and construction we've had at our house. We were sad to see him head back to Oregon, but hopefully we'll see him again soon. [Stay in touch, Stephen!!! ;^) ]
We stayed at a motel in Tucson our first night. It's one of our favorite stops, because they have a really great waffle maker as part of their continental breakfast. I really want one of those!!!!
Tuesday, we were on our way to Williams, Arizona. What a drive! It wasn't really that far (only about 8 hours) but Phoenix was HOT and the van continued to be persnickity. With our tires being as they are and the added weight of the trailer, we had to travel pretty slowly. But the scenery was AMAZING!!! I took a ton of photos, but I'll just include one here.
Tuesday evening we arrived in beautiful (and cool) Williams, Arizona. If you've never been there, you really need to go! When we pulled into town, Sarah said, "It reminds me of that old Route 66!" (Remember the movie "Cars"? That's because it is old Route 66 and they've done a great job of preserving the historic feel of the town.
Mom and Dad had car trouble, too, so they were delayed getting to Williams. We headed to Whitehorse Lake campground to set up our home away from home...more about camping in the next post.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Mexican marshmallows are called "bonbones" and they really taste nothing like marshmallows, but they do melt nicely!
The boys located a handful of firecrackers which they lit...while wearing sandals or barefoot, holding the box of matches in the other hand and throwing the lit firecracker into the air to explode. My mother is tsk tsking and shaking her head right now. ;^)
Here is Jessee roasting his strawberry-flavored-quasi-marshmallow over our roaring bonfire. We were all so exhausted from the events of the past week that this was about as much energy we had for wood-gathering (more about those events in later posts...I promise!!!). It was sufficient to get the job done!
Then Seth tried to mooch his 'mallow!
To no avail! Jessee was victorious and managed to eat it himself!
Finally, Sarah took the traditional "Family-minus-one Photo"...
...then we prayed together and shuffled the kiddos off to bed.
Good night and happy 4th of July everyone!!!
As I said in the "Our 4th of July" post, we were exhausted at the end of the day and barely had the energy left for hugs, kisses, prayers, drinks, toothbrushes and the rest of the nightly ritual. One part of the ritual which we opted to skip was the nightly inspection of the boys' room (usually done at the same time as prayers). Climbing the ladder to the boys' room just seemed like too much effort Friday night, so we prayed downstairs and sent them off to dreamland. That is the last time we will ever do that.
We took his stitches out yesterday. The swelling is gone, the black eye is gone, the penicillin shots are gone (for which Jess is extremely grateful!!!), the crooked grin is not gone...but he's still adorable!!! We just thank God over and over that the chair missed his eye. God always watches over fools and small children...and fools with small children, too!