Thursday, February 11, 2016

"Papa Ghanoush's" Visit - Jan/Feb 2016

Blogging very tardily about a very awesome visit!

Philip's dad was with us from January 28th to February 2nd and we had an amazing time with him!

He flew in on Thursday afternoon and the kids and I picked him up (minus his bag, which he and Philip had to go retrieve later) =0/   That evening we all went to the Stephens for dinner and a party to celebrate Tam's birthday.   Dawnita outdid herself on dinner and they planned some really fun "minute to win it" type games.    We competed in families, against the Pennys, and the neighbors, the Cox family.   It was a hoot!

One of the games was to pick a person from your team and shove as many pieces of uncooked spaghetti into their hair in the time allowed.   We chose Caleb and it was the perfect choice!   He looked hilarious...and we won!

160 pieces of spaghetti!

We were blessed with some incredibly warm weather (high 60's) while dad was here, and on Friday we had lunch on base with Philip outside at a park.   The kids ran wild and Philip and his dad got in a good chat.   
 I LOVE this picture of all of them!

I was especially blessed during dad's visit by not having to cook much at all.   He bought a lot of lunches and dinners for us and it was amazing!

Friday night, we ordered in Mediterranean food from Cafe Maurice.    Meat kabobs, falafel, grape leaves, baklava, grape leaves, meat pies, hummus, baba ghanoush (an eggplant hummus-like dip that I convinced dad he should try).    He really liked it and decided it was a really fun word to try and the next day jokingly told the kids they should call him "Baba Ghanoush", but I said, "No, it should be "PAPA Ghanoush!"   And it stuck... it was so funny for the rest of his time here. =)

In between all the dining out - the kids (mainly Keenan) kept Dad busy with almost non stop game playing (Monopoly, Yahtzee, memory, Triominoes, Ticket to Ride, Seven Wonders, Pandemic) and wrestling.    He did manage some down time, book reading, and naps, but was Such a trooper with the games!  I told the kids that, even though they only see their Papa twice a year, I was pretty sure he plays more games with them during those two times than most grandpas play with their grandkids in a year!   =)

 Gifts from Papa!    Dad doled out some silver dollars/half dollars and some cash and gift cards for the kid's birthdays and Christmas.   So spoiled!

 I got these shirts for Dad and Philip for Christmas - I love how they look in them!
(They are also wearing matching Rift Valley Academy hats)

On Saturday, a couple of Dad's friends (from Kenya!) drove in from other parts of Kansas to have lunch with us!
Dr. Jaster, (in the back) was living in Kijabe when we were there and we had dinner at his house with he and his wife (she is now in heaven).   He lives near Salina, KS, near his kids and grandkids.   In front, on the right is "Mama Carol" (Jane), and she used to be Dad's backdoor neighbor!     The others are Joseph and Joy.   Joseph is the brother of Pastor Simon of the Mission Church in Kijabe, Kenya.   Simon's wife Margaret, is Mama Carol's sister!   The three of them live in Fort Scott, KS.   It was such an honor to spend time with all of them!

On Sunday, they had donuts for breakfast from our favorite place, and Philip and I joined efforts and did a pork roast on the grill for lunch with roasted sweet potatoes.   It turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.   Moriah was sick for that entire day, so she and I stayed home that evening, but everyone else went to AWANA/ house church.

Sunday afternoon game of Memory

On Monday, Dad took all three kids to Spangles for lunch I got to go have lunch with Philip in his office!   So fun!  That night we had an amazing dinner in Old Town at River City Brewing Company.  The kids were still enjoying mac and cheese and pizza from that at lunch the next day and they and Philip shared some of Dad's leftover ribs for dinner after he left!   So much good food.

On Tuesday morning, after the kids all got up early and made thank you cards for Papa, it was time to pack up and head to the airport... =0/

One last picture before he left

We all enjoyed having Papa here SO much!   Thanks so much for coming all the way to Wichita again!  We love you!


Mom W. said...

Baba surely would have worked too!! So fun seeing the Kenyans. A Papa that plays games has got to be the best kind ever!!!

The spaghetti in the hair is hilarious!!! =)

Mark and Rebekah said...

Oh my word. The spaghetti game was hilarious! And you definitely had the best hair to work with! I loved it!

That's so special that you to spend time with Dan. He's an awesome Grandpa and I love that he makes the most of the time he does have with them :)