Donkey in the Front Yard

15 01 2007

We held Owen’s birthday party this morning, complete with ballons, streamers, presents, cake and – yes – a donkey!

Since Owen has been on a horse kick lately (that’s what he wanted for his birthday), we decided to make horses the theme of the party. Owen wore his cowboy gear and Tracey made a great horse-shaped cake for dessert. We really wanted to have horse rides for the kids, but horses aren’t very common over here so we got a donkey instead.

Like Owen, all of the kids got sit on the donkey and pose for a picture. However, that was only after Bryan tamed the wild beast!

In reality though, all he was interested in was eating our grass. We had hoped to give rides around the yard, but the donkey – true to character – was stubborn and wouldn’t budge and inch.

In the end, it was a win-win situation. Everyone had fun at Owen’s ‘horse’ birthday party and the donkey got a tasty snack!

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Guess Who Turns 3 Today

12 01 2007


Hint: He’s the ‘baby’ but don’t call him that!.

Happy Birthday Owen! You are growing into a ‘big boy’.

May this year be full of love, fun, growing and learning for you. (No serious injuries resulting from the way you run, jump, tumble, roll, slide and fall your way through life would be nice too!)

We love you and are so proud of you.

Love, Dad





Climbing Day

9 01 2007

Yesterday, Isaac, Graham and I took a hike in the Kabiye mountains. They boys had been excited about going since we had decided make the outing a few days ago. We didn’t hike to far, nor climb too high, but we did have a lot of fun together. Here are a few pictures…

This is the rock formation we climbed on and around. Isaac kept wanting to go higher and higher, but a wiser head prevaiedl and he had to settle for middle ground. Graham is peeking out from the opening just below Isaac.

At first, Graham wasn’t too sure about how the day was going go. He had all kinds of concerns. But, to his credit, he soldiered on and it wasn’t too long before he found his courage and climbing legs. I am very proud of him!

I had forgotten how fearless of a climber Isaac can be (a trait I’d like to encourage, and curb all at the same time). He was eager to explore and found many new paths, nooks and crannies. He found this opening in the rock and climbed right in. What cool kid!