Monday, June 21, 2010

Attack of the ants...

So with just 8 days left at the home, Rachel and I both can’t believe how fast the time is flying. We have kept busy other than watching the kids of course. We went to the masai market again and got lots of stuff, even though I think we are going to go once more before we leave. We need things to commemorate our trip. I’m not one for ‘souvenirs’ but do like some of the stuff. I think we have finally made a decision about our plans post baby home. We are doing a safari for 3 days going to Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater. Not enough time for Serengeti but alas I know I will be back to Tanzania so it will happen. We are either having 3 or 4 nights in Zanzibar, that has yet to be determined, but we are flying from Arusha straight there and going to do at least one night in stonetown and the other nights in Paje (on the eastern coast). It will be SO sad to leave the kids but I think it will be good to go on holiday and then leave so it’s not all at once.

This past weekend we did laundry and got veggies at the market again. Ilse and I went to Arusha on Saturday and cheered on Holland in the world cup and ended up staying around all day and watching 3 soccer games. That’s a definite downside to our work schedules being opposite is that rach couldn’t come with. We did have a nice long day in Arusha on Thursday though and had the most crowded, scary dala dala ride to date. I think there were at least 25 people in it and we couldn’t see out the windows. Everything was fine though and we made it to and fro safely.

We are both working this week until Thursday, which starts Rachel’s days off. Rachel did the nursery this morning and started her night shift tonight and I started back 8-5 for 3 days. We have a pretty busy week, with more soccer to be watched! When I got downstairs this morning and it was about time for breakfast I looked in the kitchen and noticed that the house was being taken over by ants. I am not even exaggerating either. I had never seen so many ants in my entire life and they were making patterns on the tile floor with all the different directions they were going. It was scary. All the kids were going nuts over them, and wanted to step on them. One of the nannies came in there and her solution was to start lighting them on fire. That was an effective method until she would get some spray for them. The weird thing about the ants is that when they bite you it hurts worse than fire ants but it leaves no mark, and its hard to feel them on you until they bite. Needless to say it was an eventful morning and the house smelled like a mix between ant killer and smoke for a good part of the morning. I took Sele on a walk outside today and that was nice. Other than that it was a pretty standard day of playing, changing nappies (I think I have mastered the art of folding and cleaning them), feeding, and more playing. I think I will go make dinner and read some more of my book.


  1. I cannot even believe you only have 8 days left at the home! I googled images of your safari locations and they looked great! So jealous! I wish I could see some cubs!!!

  2. I've never heard of burning ants inside?? Must have worked. Plans sound awesome!! I can't believe you only have 8 days left. I picked up Georgia tonight & took her for a quick swim! She's at camp again haha.

  3. YAY for your fun safari! I agree, can't believe your time at the house is almost over! What an amazing way to be the hands and feet of Jesus! CANNOT wait to talk to you in person...I finished my book! SO GOOD! I started Someting Borrowed...I was so sad to be done with the other one! love reading these...miss you