Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mom's Visit - May 2017 (and Happy Birthday!)

Today, on mom's birthday, I'm posting about her second visit to Wichita! =)

She flew in at 6 pm on Tuesday, May 9th.

 There she is!!

 The welcome crew

On Wednesday morning, we went to Lowe's and she helped us pick out plants for our tiny raised garden bed!

It ended up starting to rain just as we were putting the plants in the van (and rained a lot that day), so we didn't end up getting to the planting part until the evening...

In the meantime, mom read aloud to the kids (Thornton Burgess), we met Philip at his office for lunch, and went grocery shopping.

 All set!



 I don't seem to have a picture of them, but we planted cucumber plants as well.

 Planting lettuce seeds (which sprouted before she left!)

 Putting cages on the tomatoes and cucumbers

 All done - we are so excited!

On Thursday, we visited my friend, Jane and she cooked African food for us!

 I took her this rose bush for Mother's day

 The only kids home, Roger and Bahati

 Mom, Jane, Bahati and I (Jane Loved meeting my African mom and mom loved meeting her!)

Mom brought the "Priceless" movie with her and she, Philip and I watched it over the course of two evenings.  It was fantastic!

On Friday morning we went to get manicures/pedicures at Eric Fisher Academy (a cosmetology school where you can get discounted services from students).

 Moriah and I getting pedicures

 Mom getting her first pedicure!   (Unfortunately, her person hadn't honed her skills very well yet, and mom's shellac ended up coming off really soon!   Bummer)

Friday afternoon, Keenan, Moriah and I went to watch Jane's boys, Gabriel and Michael compete at a track meet.

 Gabriel running in the 4x800 meter relay.  He's So fast!   He does the 800 (half a mile) in 2 minutes flat!  
 Unfortunately, after being there for almost three hours, Michael's event still hadn't happened, and we had to leave.    We found out later he did really well though, 3200 (2 miles) meters in 10:16!

We got home to a delicious dinner made by mom and then we all watched "Hidden Figures".  Great movie!

On Saturday, we took our first trip to Tanganyika Wildlife Park, in Goddard, KS.   This was our Easter gift from Mom and Jeff and we had been soo looking forward to it!   It was fun for Mom to be able to join us!

The thing about this park that's different from normal zoos, is that they offer "animal encounters" where you can get up close to a bunch of the animals with tokens that you buy.    The kids each got to choose two encounters.

 We got to be pretty close to the giraffes even though we didn't chose this encounter

 How cute is this little boy feeding the giraffe?

My favorite thing about the park was that they had a lot of BABy animals!  

 These Cheetah cubs were Very playful!

 This sleeping baby jaguar was too cute!!

 Look at these Leopard kittens!!!

 My favorite photo of the day

 Family picture in front of a pretty pond and waterfall

 These Colobus Monkeys had the sweetest little baby!

 Don't remember this guy's name

 Keenan chose to do the Lorakeet Interaction

 He got a container of food and they landed on him

 So pretty!

 We had never seen these before, they are called Clouded Leopards and are so beautiful!


 I thought this guy was hilarious

 The baby Llamas were so cute

We got to go right in with the kangaroos and pet them!

 This one has a joey in it's pouch!   See the feet sticking out?

 Cute bunnies

 The kids all chose the Camel ride as one of their interactions

 So fun!

 The otters were adorable and quite active!

 How cute is this guy??

 This Mama duck and her babies were hanging out in a surprisingly unsheltered spot... that allowed us to get a good view!

 Feeding the Koi fish

Caleb and Moriah opted to feed Lemurs are their second interaction:

It was fun, but a little disappointing, since they weren't allowed to touch them in any way, only got 2 craisins each to feed them (which were gone in .0001 seconds)...and were weren't allowed to take pictures from inside the feeding areas (which is why these are from a distance, taken by Philip).

 They were pretty cute =)

 Mom and I

That night we went to a Mongolian Grill for dinner (the kids had never been before and loved it!)   The food was Delicious!

 My bowl

After dinner, the five of us went for a family walk while Mom hung out at the house (she had got plenty of exercise already from her morning walk and the zoo), and then Philip and Keenan watched Star Wars (Keenan's first time) while Mom and I watched a Netflix movie called "Born to Win".   It was okay =)

On Mother's Day, I made a special breakfast for mom and I:

 Pumpkin pecan breakfast custard with toasted coconut

 So fun to be with Mom on Mother's Day!!

I got beautiful cards from both my moms, Philip and each of the kids!   Philip got me some yummy Yankee candles, and I got a call from Dad D in Kenya!   

 Caleb entertained us by saying phrases from the hilarious game "Speak Out" =)

 Mother's Day photos before lunch

 Three generations

 Philip (assisted by Moriah) made a delicious shrimp boil for lunch!!

 It was a beautiful day to eat outside

After lunch we introduced Mom to "Ticket to Ride" and she did really well! =)

That evening we went to house church, and then Philip put the kids to be while Mom and I went to see the lighting of the Keeper of the Plains.   It was a gorgeous, warm evening and it was nice to hang out, just the two of us.

 Mom has now had the official "Wichita experience" =)

On Monday, we decided it would be Mom's "birthday", since she would be leaving before her actual birthday.   
 The kids and I decorated and put out gifts

 Candle in her breakfast

 Mom with her gifts (and me with my gift from her)

 Grandma with her gifts and grandkids =)

 She made me this fun apron!

We had lunch at Jason's Deli, and then stopped in at a Thai supermarket I had heard about, called, "Thai Binh", it was super interesting and had Tons of things we'd never heard of before!   Unfortunately, we were strapped for time, so didn't get to see nearly all of the store, but did leave with some fun, unique treats, including some chocolate cookies, garlic potato chips, weird fruit flavored gum, salted "horse nuts" and mom bought some raisin cookies for Dad.

Next we went to the cheap theatre to see "A Dog's Purpose", a delightfully sweet and entertaining movie that we all thoroughly enjoyed! =)

 Mom and I had these yummy salmon and veggie foil packs for dinner

We had picked out flowers the day before, and on Tuesday, mom helped us plant them in front of the house.

 We put four kinds of plants in the boxes

 Pretty window boxes

 The flower beds were actually a Ton of work, since I had never planted anything in them before now

 Impatiens on the porch

 Not a great picture, but there are pink geraniums and pink and purple petunias along the walk

The evening before she left, we played a few games of Mexican train

Wednesday morning we got up early to take her to the airport.   :(  It was incredibly sad to see her go, but we had Such a Wonderful time with her here!   Mom, thanks for taking a week to spend with us - we loved every minute of it! =)

We love you and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


Mom W. said...

What a fun week, thank you for so many memories captured in the pictures!! Love you all.

Melissa L. Penny said...

Looks like you guys had an awesome time with your sweet sweet mama

Anonymous said...

Loved seeing how your trip went - and hearing Mom's stories that went along with them too :) Sounds like an awesome time was had by ALL! So glad you were able to spend that special time together!

I had my mother helping me with flowers too, so it sounds like we had the same idea :)

That's awesome that Mom could celebrate Mother's Day and an early birthday with you!

Rebekah :)

leang heng said...

Thank you for share all nice pictures.

Hannah Vrugteveen said...

Awesome pictures!!