So after posting yesterday about parenting kicking my butt God gave me a huge reminder of just how amazing these little watoto entrusted to me are. Right on time.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
I would bet money the phrase "it must be 5pm somewhere" was first uttered by a tired Mama watching a toddler having a tantrum for the 6th time in one day. Gotta be true. Miss Evy has "arrived" so to speak in the world of hitting, repeating her favorite phrase "no," disobeying because she can, and generally creating havoc around these parts. As Jason often says "at least our kids aren't boring." True dear, so true. I'll say it again; the world of motherhood is not so much filled with warm fuzzy hugs and bedtime stories while cuddling and sharing around the table at family dinners as it is filled with tantrums, sibling beat downs, and complete weariness by all parties involved. At least in the daily grind it feels like much of my time is spent in the trenches figuring out who ate the candy without permission, where the blanket is for the 30th time that day, or cleaning up rice and beans splattered across the room. I guess I should have known that the romantic notions sold to my emotional, vulnerable, and bloated pregnant self on covers of Mother-to-be magazines in line at Babies-R-Us were bogus. Lies I tell you. Sure she looks glowing and beautiful but visit her 24 hours after birth with sagging skin and stretch marks, sore nipples, blood shot eyes, and wicked hemorrhoids. All that while chillin' in her sitz bath: not as great of a photo opp. But that is real Mama-hood.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
There is no fuel on our island. That is NOT cool. Or I guess truth be told there is a tiny little bit that makes it way to various gas stations every other day but is quickly snatched up by the lines and lines of people waiting. Jason waited for over 2 hours only to be told they had run out. The situation is getting hairy y'all!! We are home bound since both our car and J's piki piki have been empty for days. We sold our bike (not wise) so we are limited. I have taken the dala dala out on a couple of occasions but with two kids, sweltering temps, and limited time that is always an exercise in self punishment. So we are mostly hanging out at home and the power AND internet came back too! Woo hoo! We celebrate the small things folks. Like refrigeration and home made fudge pops!! Now those are awesome!
Friday, February 24, 2012
We had to take a quick trip to Dar for medical checks and to get Anni and my passports renewed. J got up early and took the puke boat and, in further demonstrating his heroic tendencies, allowed us girls to fly.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Weddings! Since Friday is the Holy Day here usually weddings are planned for that day and we have been to many a wedding people. I seriously should make an island wedding coffee table book; except for the part about needing your photographs to be actually good and the part about no one here having coffee tables. Ok, but beside that it was a good idea.