Although Erica and I are working from home this week, we are enjoying some great time in the evenings with our children and friends. We have enjoyed learning new games and playing old ones (Our kids are even learning to play Tiddly Winks for the first time). Nothing says reliving our childhood though, like going to the Muppet Show. We had a fun family date to the movies this week to see the latest Muppet movie. If you haven't seen it, it is a fantastic walk through memory lane for anyone who grew up watching Kermit and the variety show cast of Muppets and special guests each week. Although our children haven't grown up with the Muppets, or Sesame Street, the colourful characters are infectiously loveable.
Ava and TK ready for the Muppets
Visiting with our friend Kami
It has also been a great week of catching up with friends. Over the coming weekend, we will be meeting the Morgan family, our new team-mates who are arriving on New Year's Day from Canada. Please keep Wayne, Maureen and the children in your prayers as they prepare for the big journey ahead!
We had a wonderful day at home yesterday with our children and a few friends. Although we miss the fun of a snowy white Canadian Christmas, it was great to be able to visit with our families through the magic of Skype -- it was the best connection we'e ever had!! We didn't get to chat with everyone, but we were thinking of you all -- Merry Christmas!!!!!!
The girls up early to see what Santa left
under the Christmas tree
Mommy gave us all new pyjamas
Ava in her new dress
Tristan snuggling with his Christmas stash of gifts
The cool early morning soon melted away as the sun shone brightly and we enjoyed a beautiful Kenyan summer day... December begins our summer here south of the equator
Daddy and our little elves
Mommy and Ava
Emma ready for our Christmas Day party
Ava, Kerry and Joanne at the Christmas feast!
Ava loved her little kitchen she made PlayDoh cookies
and "ironed" her clothes all day -- she is a busy little bee
Wacky Stacky with our friends Amy, Hans, Mel and Kerry
It is Christmas Eve here in Nairobi, and the kids are already tucked in. Our three dogs are keeping watch for Santa as we head to bed as well. It was a great day of preparing for Christmas. We even braved the crowds at Village Market for lunch, on the way home we were met by this chameleon as he tip toed across our gate. Emma, our lizard hunter, scooped him up and made sure that his passage across our yard didn't meet any trouble from Henry, Reese or Hermione.
Emma with her new friend
Emma lighting the Advent candles for our
family Christmas Eve Service
After our Christmas Eve service, we followed our tradition of cuddling together in the living room and watching It's a Wonderful Life with Chinese take-out. Ava was beside herself with excitement for Christmas morning. The one present we all open on Christmas Eve is always new pyjamas, which is fun, but Ava has her sights on the packages under the tree.
For all our family and friends in Canada and around the world, we hope that you are enjoying a blessed Christmas Eve. May the Lord fill your Christmas with joy and laughter!
This week we had the joy of sharing some Christmas cheer with children living in Haruma slum, near our home. We brought three baskets of sun dresses and bags of candy to the kids. They were thrilled as the entire community gathered at the local school.
Haruma Slum, Nairobi
Tristan walking to New Dawn School
with a group of neighbourhood kids
The "Smile Dresses" were a gift from women living in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Joyce Rhead, from First Baptist Church, Charlottetown, organized the sewing of hundreds of dresses that the church is distributing to children in Kenya and Latin America.
Everyone was so excited to receive a new Christmas sun dress
Little ones lining up for their smile dress
Erica helping the little girls find the perfect fitting dress
Afterwards the kids lined up for some sweet treats