Wednesday, September 24, 2008

More Outdoor Fun

Here we are casually crossing a pleasant stream on a bridge of our own making! I'm thankful we had such a nice camping trip early September, because we are already using the woodstove and wearing long-johns to work!! There is always a window between the weather turning cold and the city's heat being turned on. Yes, we have had our first frosts and the garden is now OUT of commission... but I guess it would be anyway because of the cows getting into it while we were gone. But is it too cold to go fishing next week...?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Great Outdoors

One of our visit highlights was camping in the Mongolian countryside... especially because we had trees! Speaking of trees, here is the infamous "dead stump" of a tree that broke Zeke's arm. Don't ask me what he was thinking! But no worries this trip, except for the lightning storm in the middle of the night... I think my sleeping bag was the only one that got wet.

Building bridges across the stream, watching the herds of horses go by, looking for caves, telling stories, a few smores and lots of coffee! Not to mention solitude... except for the 300 year-old Tibetan Buddhist temple across the valley. Not all that easy to get to (a few mts. and rivers to cross) but definitely worth the trip!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Grandparents' Visit

We have had a wonderful visit with "grandma & grandpa" over the past 2 weeks. We've had so much fun it has flown by! We started out in UB enjoying the "fancy" stores and restaurants. Here we are at an Irish Pub in Mongolia... doesn't it look like we belong?! I think we have also had Italian, American, Mongolian and tonight maybe Thai food.

Then we moved on up to Darhan and relaxed in the quiet comfort of our cozy cabin... while grandpa took care of all of the kids! Enjoy this rare footage!! Not long after that they moved into one of our CAMA apartments in town... More to come on our great visit!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Our Not-so-little Girl

First day of school for Eden... notice the frown. At least she isn't screaming! Despite the morning tears she genuinely seems to like her teacher and the other kids. Sometimes she can't decide if she likes being a "big girl" who has her own school now, or if she prefers to stay close to mommy or daddy. A lot of times she would rather stay inside and hang out with adults rather than play... lots of attention! But she also loves to listen and watch other kids. Pray for her!