Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Source


Uploading in the U.S.A. is an absolute dream. There were weeks at a time that I couldn't even get logged into our blog and then when I could, it would take a Rip Van Winkle to get anything to upload. Some frustrations/aspirations in life...are worth eliminating or at the very least putting on hold. So blogging gave way to living and playing on the island. And I'm glad for that.

So now I think I might just post our year last year for a whole 'nother year. After all, Eric will be glad to point out that we have about 15,000 or so photos. Really? I think he must be including his photos that he took of mosquitos landing on different colored pieces of fabric. Truly. It must include the thousands of those as well. Or not? No matter.

Volcano filtered water, anyone? Tasty.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Our Kentucky Home


All right boys. We will now sing hymns in English, French, Tahitian...and Bluegrass drawl. Look sharp.

"What? You don't want to wear flip flops and shorts to church anymore? Why not?"
"Dylan? Yes?"
"You love Tahiti. Me too. You like THAT house. You like PK 18 (beach). Of course."
"When will we go back?"
"That's a tough one. That's a tough one."
"Yep. Let's send Tati Annie, Tati Marie, Tatita and Tati Fifi and all our friends lots and lots of kisses."
"It's all right. Let's dry those tears. I'm sure they're thinking of you too."

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Papeete Ukeleles


It's a good day when you make this discovery on the corner of town where you happen to be. And you happen to be there because while you were waiting at the bus stop, a woman stopped and offerd a ride to you and your toddler which you accepted surprised but glad. So instead of cramming into the faded, worn bus full of people, you get to talk to a Tahitian dance teacher and exchange stories in French about your children. And so when you get to town, this is where you say good-bye to your stranger good samaritan now friend. The chorus of voices and the strumming of ukeleles makes you stop and for many long moments, you know that all you need to do is just stand there and enjoy. Such happy sounds in a happy world.

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Monday, January 25, 2010


When I say something like, “It’s totally crazy that our water comes into the house through an above ground hose that looks pretty much like a basic garden hose,” Eric will say, “Well you should see the system in Ecuador!”

When I say, “Wow. That bus I rode the other day. It was pretty trashed, noisy and dirty.”
“You should see the busses in Ecuador!”

“It sure would be nice to have a car here.”
“Well. You wouldn’t have one of those in Ecuador. Hardly anyone has a car.”

“There really are people living in those shanties under the coconut trees. Can you believe it?”
“You kidding me? The housing is great here compared to Ecuador.”

“It’s just awful that petty theft is such a problem.”
“Well, at least they’re not coming at you with a machete. Like in......(you guessed it) Ecuador.”

“It is so hot here? We are all drenched in sweat! An air conditioner would be nice.”
“I don’t think I even sweat this much in Ecuador.”

And so I am pretty convinced. I am glad we are living in Tahiti NOT Ecuador. Even with all the sweating.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Sunday Afternoons


Were meant for nice walks. Peaceful thoughts.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010



Dad by day. Super hero by night. Weapon of choice? Football, of course.

Question: What does Dad-Eric like to eat?

Dylan (2.5): “I don’t know.”
Isaac (almost 4): “Cake. Pink. No. What if he had chocolate?”
Benjamin (almost 6): “Peanuts.”

Question: What’s Dad’s favorite drink?

Benjamin: “Can. The Cherry one.”
Isaac: “Juice.”

Question: What does Daddy do at work?

Dylan: “I don’t know.”
Isaac: “Check ‘s moskitos.”
Benjamin: “Study mosquitoes. Work with a microscope and pipettes. And then he catches more mosquitoes.”

Question: What is Daddy’s favorite thing to do?

Dylan: “Don’t know.”
Isaac: “Go to work.”
Benjamin: “Watching BYU win.”

Question: Where’s Dad’s favorite place to go?”

Benjamin: “The beach of course!”
Isaac: “I cahn’t r’member.”

Question: What do you like to do with Dad-Eric?

Dylan: “How about. Make a mess. Clean up BIG mess.”
Isaac: “Play trains.”
Benjamin: “Play football with Daddy.” (Which he did yesterday. When discovered sitting on the sideline, Benjamin was then asked why he wasn’t playing. “I’m the coach!” Apparently, Dad really needs one.)

Question: What is Dad good at?

Benjamin: “Catching the ball. But not catching Frisbees. Last week at the beach, he kept missing the Frisbee. But I caught it every time.
Isaac: “Throwing the football in the clouds.”

Question: What should we get Dad for his birthday?

Benjamin: “We should get Daddy one of those movies. With a super hero in it. A DVD. Wouldn’t that be fun?”


Happy Birthday.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

In the Leafy Treetops


"Moooooooooooom, where are you? Come and see me!"

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Ward Choir


I'm still struggling to communicate in French, but I'm getting pretty good at singing in French.

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