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Published: April 28th 2010
Murrays report of Myanmar is to follow, it just seems easier to write about holidays, visitors and birthdays at the moment 😊
My mum, dad and brother came to visit for a month. We have had a lovely time, took Dad on his first African safari to Lake Nakuru and Tsavo West National parks, and managed to see 4 of the big 5 animals: Lion, Black Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo, but didn’t see the elusive Leopard. Then we spent an amazing week relaxing and swimming at a beach house in Kilifi at the northern coast of Mombassa.
We celebrated our April girls birthdays. Hayley turned 1yr, and Charlotte 3yrs.
Hayley had a teddy bears picnic with her friends from a small playgroup of her aged friends. Unfortunately the rain and power cut meant we had a picnic indoors in the dark lounge, but it wouldn’t be Kenya without it, right? Hayley managed to show off her new found legs and did some walking to inspire her friends, they were not that impressed, but their mums were 😊 She has started to “talk” more and one of her favourites is “here”. “Here” Charlotte have my toy, Charlotte reaches for
it, Hayley withdraws it just as Charlotte is about to take it. Hayley thinks this is hilarious, and throws her head back and laughs, this can go on for 10 minutes or so. She is very cheeky. She also somehow manages to squeeze in between Mum & Charlottes hugs and then gives her sister a silly smirk as if to say “honestly Charlotte, you should know better”. We are enjoying her more and more.
Charlotte has been preparing for her birthday for months, first its Florahs, then its Dylans, then its Lilas, etc, etc. So you can imagine her surprise when she woke and I told her it was her birthday. Pure delight. She wanted to go straight down stairs and get presents like Hayley did the day before. Watching her really delight in all her presents was nice. Wearing her new heels, while riding her new bike and clinging to her Barbie. She then discovered a bouncy castle in the garden, which was very exciting and had her glued to the window pleading to be let outside to play on it. Then her friends came over for afternoon tea and butterfly cake. The weather wasn’t great, but the
one downpour ending in the kids having a good boogie in the lounge, so not too bad. And the one power cut deflating the bouncy castle was right at the end too. All in all it was a great day. Charlotte is quite the character and it looks like that won’t change. Well known for her golden curly locks and fun loving attitude, we are really looking forward to her next year. (A real mummy comment, but she is now fully potty trained, & even dry at nights, something we are VERY happy about.)
I think its pretty obvious we are extremely proud of our little girls, & are daily reminded that we are very blessed!
My family head back home to NZ this week. Murray is not travelling next month, but will do a couple of conferences in Kenya.
Love to all,
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