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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