Resurrected Computer

Well, after a new hard drive my computer is good as new, thankfully! So now I get to update everyone on the last few weeks with pictures. and LOTS of them. (and note...i wrote this blog a WEEK ago....and it's taken me THIS long to upload the pics)

Julio was reintegrated with his mother and brother. He was very excited. I am seeing him every 2 weeks to make sure his asthma is under control, that he’s gaining weight, to give him all his meds, and to make sure he remains healthy. Everytime he comes back he’s scared he’s going to have to stay and he gets really sad. Everytime I explain that he gets to live with his mom now and doesn’t have to stay here with us; that he’s just going to visit with me so I can make sure he’s still ok. It’s kinda hard for a 4 year old to understand though.

Joao, formerly of the BH last year, but now in Laura’s dorm has a baby cousin, Cleita, in the Bercario whom he LOVES to visit…and snuggle, and kiss.

We played with babies in tubs of cold water on the days when it was really hot.

Cleita was ummm…..suprised when i splashed her.

I never got tired of that game or her face. Wesley was the cheife and kicked back watching all the action.

Myself, Chris, and Meghann went to South Africa for a 4-day weekend as an early birthday celebration for me. We stayed at a nice bed and breakfast with amazing views and food.

Saturday we spent the day being lazy, sleeping in, hanging out by their could-eat-you-whole dog , and we ate a 7 course dinner that night. I’m still stuffed from it.

Speaking of horses, on Sunday we drove around this cute little town that has wild horses roaming freely all over the place. It kinda reminded me of those tiny towns in the south with the stores with a bunch of junk collected from garage sales that they are attempting to see to you as heirlooms. good times. Chris is petrified of the horses. One stuck his head into our car window. Chris did NOT like this very much. Meghann and i laughed at her for a very long time!

Then we hiked to that amazing escarpment i wrote about last time. We followed the yellow stone footprints.

It was a long way and very treacherous with all the rock climbing, especially with my clumsiness. We had to rest a bit. And I know how ya’ll have been waiting to see the gorgeous view.

We were too. But apparently a giant cloud had other plans. This is all we could see. Chris was annoyed. Meghann and I made the most of it……
Plus, we would have never seen this......

A giant peixe!!

Monday we headed back to Maputo, but not before getting up way before stupid o’clock in the morning WITHOUT coffee (thank you chris) and driving through Kruger to see all those animals that were on holiday. Probably cause of my birthday.

 Despite that…..I was serious about shooting some aminals.

We met an elephant that wanted to catch a ride with us. Chris said we didn’t have space.

He was awfully big, but I thought we could have made some room for him.

We happened upon to ferroucious lions that wanted to eat us for lunch.

**note by the car on the left how close we are to them. Meghann scared them off by roaring loudly back at them. They were quite terrified of her.

Of course there were hippos.

And we spotted a leopard. he was just walking 3 feet from the side of the road, out for a leisurely stroll.

Chris didn’t care about zebras and giraffes…..but they’re my favorite and apparently had all gone on holiday. So i prayed all day for one…..and finally right before we left…..

one came out of hiding and smiled for me.

All in all, we had a lot of fun and rested a bunch. Now it’s back to work and CHRISTMAS on FRIDAY!!! Woot Woot! I’m ready!

ps….for all those seriously worried….my spots are almost all gone. and i still have no clue what they were to begin with!  neither did a south african doc-in-the-box who proceeded to pull out a dermatology book and flip through it for answers.

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