Tuesday, July 22, 2014

King of the Castle

Here is Ben, making himself comfortable in his brother's chair while Nate is away at preschool.  A bold move but as Patricia, our Malawian housekeeper, keeps saying, "Ben is a power boy!".  I don't know exactly what this means but I can only assume she is referring to both his brute strength and his ability to hold his own living with his wild brother.  Much like a Tony Robbins affirmation, she reminds Ben daily, "You! You are a power boy!".

Monday, July 21, 2014


In South Africa, there is a stark difference between the haves and the have nots.  This, of course, is not a problem limited to South Africa but it is very visible. Here are some pictures of an area pretty close by but also worlds away.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Talking with Nate #7

After dinner...
Nate: That was a hard dinner!
Me: A hard dinner? Or a good dinner?
Nate: A hard dinner!

Lately, Nate has been asking and answering his own line of questioning...
Nate: Do you think it's a yion (lion)? No! What is this? A gee-aaf (giraffe)? No! What is this? A tiger? YES! THAT'S RIGHT!

After learning his cousin, Zack, was at Disney World a few days ago...
Nate (randomly while sitting on my lap): Zack is going to Mousey's House!

After asking him what he did at school...
Nate: We slide down on slides on my tushy.

After asking him what he had for lunch and pretty sure this wasn't the right answer...
Nate: I had soup.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cape Town: Stellenbosch

While we were in Cape Town, we spent one of the days at Spier Wine Farm.  It's winter here now and the off season so there were not many people there on the day we went.  Some South Africans told us it was too cold out but we thought the weather was pretty perfect.  70 degrees and slightly breezy.  We picked up a few supplies (sandwiches, homemade chocolate chip cookies, tomato mozzarella salad, grapes, and a bottle of pinotage) at the winery's shop and had a picnic on the grounds.  It would not be difficult to do this every day.

Winery's shop.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Cape Town: Table Mountain

This time in Cape Town we made it to the top of Table Mountain.  One can either hike up or take a 3 minute cable car ride to the top.  We opted for the cable car.  At the top of the mountain there is a restaurant, shop, and some trails to walk around.  Fortunately on our way up, there was no line at all and we made it to the top in under 10 min.  On the way down, it had started to rain and we had to wait in line a bit for the cable car.  Nate demonstrated great patience during this part of our excursion, yelling at the people in front of us, "Out of my way!".  We told him he needs to wait his turn and to be polite.  Not sure the lesson sunk in as a few moments later he whispered to me, "I do not need to be polite".  Oh yes, yes you do.

Robben Island in the distance.

The view from the top is pretty breathtaking.

Ben, behaving like a pro.

Nate, before taking a stand against waiting in line.

Going down in the cable car.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cape Town: Camps Bay

Here are a few pictures from our first night on this trip to Cape Town.  We headed to Camps Bay for dinner and Nate and Ben loved playing on the beach.