Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
And here is a video of Jeremiah learning to roll "dice." When Daniel and I were playing Yahtzee, Jeremiah was intrigued with the dice, so I found a large plastic cup and put some plastic letters inside.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Dinner at the beach
(bread from the yummy bakery, given to him by the owner's wife)
Our little balcony
Jeremiah loves playing with the squeaky toy we bought previously for Chiste;
Chiste is afraid of it
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I'd like to pass this award on to some of my blogging friends:
Joanna at Sunflowers in my Kitchen -a blog about cooking, especially using seasonal produce
Ashley at Two Kitties and a Puppy- a blog for animal lovers
Beth at The Natural Mommy- a blog on raising children naturally, cloth diapers and all!
Jes at Beauty from Chaos- a blog written by another real life mommy
These blogs are written by wonderful women that I respect, who strive to serve Christ in their daily walk.
I know I didn't follow the min. 7 rule, but, though there are so many wonderful blogs I run into, time is so precious, so I usually focus my blog reading time on the above blogs (or their main blog sites).
Rules for Passing on this award:
When you receive the prize you must write a post showing it, together with the name of who has given it to you, and link them back.Choose a minimum of 7 blogs (or even more) that you find brilliant in their content or design.Show their names and links and leave them a comment informing they were prized with ‘Brilliant Weblog’. Show a picture of those who awarded you and those you give the prize (optional).
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
For dinner we decided to splurge. After stopping by the grocery store, we showered, changed, and had dinner at a Sushi place along the beach. We managed to find a two person dinner for about $25 and had an appetizer of steamed soy beans. The dinner included soup and a few different kinds of sushi rolls. It was wonderful, fun, and different. We very much felt like we had a break from the everyday! As a result, we didn't go out to eat for breakfast or lunch the next day, but bought food from a local supermarket.
Sunday morning was rainy. we decided to go down to the pool anyway. By the time we walked down, the sun had come out. We had brought Jeremiah's pool floatie, and he had a great time as we pulled him around the pool. We took him back up for a nap as we packed up. After another hard rain shower, we finally got back out to the beach, rented some beach chairs and an umbrella, and had another relaxing afternoon (besides one more brief, but hard, rainshower in which the umbrella proved ineffective).
After a fun time of playing with Jeremiah, we loaded up the car and headed back to Jarabacoa. We took a brief stop to eat some Dominican food and arrived home in time to give Jeremiah a good bath (he was a very sandy boy!) and put him to bed on time.
Overall, it was a very rejuvinating and relaxing time emotinally and spiritually. God certainly blessed our trip and we are thankful for the much-needed break! (Pictures and video to come).
As far as the storm goes, a "low pressure point" has been hanging out over our island and is "moving" very slowly (if you can call it moving). It looks like it will bring lots of rain. Tomorrow is a Dominican holiday, and we are having a JCS staff get-together, rain or shine.
So, that's our news for now. Thank you to all who have been praying for us!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
It looks similar, and fits the description (emerging after rain, eating ants and termite (we have plenty of those for them to eat!)). So, they aren't dangerous, and are probably helpful if they eat ants, but I don't exactly want them in Jeremiah's room.
Anyway, that's all our exciting news for now. :)
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday afternoon: after a day of grocery shopping, I'm at home with Jeremiah, lying on the floor (I was tired) as he was playing. Suddenly, he does his stomach-stretch cry-thing, and then throws up all over me. A lot. I run to the shower, since my shirt has a puddle of throw-up, rinse off, and come back to my crying baby. I clean him up, calm him, nurse him, and put him down for a nap. He seems to fall asleep and then... he throws up again. I pick him up, he continues throwing up, and go to the telephone to call Daniel.
But of course, I remember that the telephone company has cut our phone and internet (because we didn't pay our bill from last month. Except that we did. And Daniel kept taking the receipt back to show them. And they kept "forgetting." So then he had to pay money for them to reconnect. Or else we could have driven down to La Vega to argue it, which would cost more money. So he paid and they said they would connect it in 4 hours. It had already been 4 hours!
So then I pick up the cell phone. And it tells me I have no more minutes. Thankfully, Daniel was planning on calling me soon, and he does. He calls the doctor and tells her we're coming. I drive over to the clinic, where Jeremiah throws up a few more times, and Daniel meets me there. Doctor agrees we should have tests done, so we plan to get a stool test the next day.
Because Jeremiah is sick, we miss Bible Study (which was finally going to start up after the summer). We also miss the JCS Saturday beach trip we've been planning for a month (it kept being delayed due to the storms.
So, Saturday comes, we get tests done, the phone and internet finally get re-connected (after we've spent lots of money using our cell phone). It's a beautiful day, and I keep trying not to think about the fact that we should have been at the beach. I regret not getting to go, but I don't regret putting Jeremiah's health above the beach. The test results come back: he has pinworms. We get medicine for it. Ok, but that doesn't account for the stomach pain and the throwing up. Maybe it's just a passing bug?
So, all this to say, I decided we needed a break. So, we booked a hotel room for next Saturday night and are going to stay the weekend at the beach! A real (two-day) vacation!
Yesterday and today have been full of a very crabby baby (who could blame him? a cold, tummy troubles, pin worms, recent vaccine, and teething!). Oh, and did I mention that they cut our phone again today? At least I still have internet... for now...
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
So, Thursday night we had to be creative. I was making pasta with veggies. So, we cooked the pasta and broccoli over the grill; grilled some eggplant and peppers, and made a cream-tomato sauce in the rice pot. It turned out very yummy. :) Last night we made hamburgers.
And now Ike is on it's way. The Bahamas, which were hit again and again by Hannah, look like they will be the main target for Ike. Right now, it is cloudy and comfortably cool, but nice outside. The birds are chirping and one wouldn't suspect that a huge hurricane was sitting on our North-East coast, heading WSW:
So, depending on how it continues, we may lose power for a while. Which means we may not be able to blog. Or the storm could head up north and not affect us. Meanwhile, we'll try to find propane, and if we can't, buy lots of charcoal and hope we can grill. And hope the power doesn't go out, leavning us without a crock-pot or rice cooker!
And now, for Jeremiah's adventures:
Jeremiah is walking on his own now:
Jeremiah's favorite book is Animal Kisses. Somehow he got the idea that he should kiss each animal. Not sure where he learned that, but it sure is cute!
And pictures of the boy:
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Here's what the storm looked like today. If you look in the middle of the storm, you can see our island, Hispanola. Haiti is on the left, the D.R. is on the right. There's a section of the D.R. where it's green, and the storm is all around it. That's where we live. Today was hot, humid, and sunny, while the rest of the island was being drenched. Now the storm is supposed to head NW which means we're being hit with rain again.
And more to come:
Here's a map of the Atlantic. Hannah's off to the left, Ike is in the middle, and Josephine is on the right. So, if it hasn't rained enough, more may come. But, at least I haven't had to water my plants in a long time.
Monday, September 01, 2008
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