We pulled into Johannesburg Sunday night. Mr. DJ and Ms. Tricia Morrison drove us in :) It was a fun trip... but I'll write more about the trip in another post ;) ... Anywho, we were greeted by Mom, Dad, Ian and Uncle Don!! :D It was SO great to see Mom and Dad again. WONDERFUL to see Ian alive and well! And really cool to see Uncle Don in Africa :D (Uncle Don is Dad's older brother). Anyways, the Jouberts, Uncle John and Aunt Elaine, opened up their house for us to stay in. They had a meal ready for us and we sat around and fellowshipped together :)
Then Dad and Uncle Don left the table and came back with....
Damarise's camera!!! Oh she was thrilled *to say the least!* She was ecstatic with joy! :D It was really neat to hear how her camera made it all the way to Africa. Long story short, Dad and Mom (and some other Aunts and Uncles) had bought Damarise the camera for Christmas, graduation and her birthday, but we couldn't get it out here. When Uncle Don found out he would come out he said he would try to bring it out here, but this was Sunday night and he was leaving Monday (or something like that... not sure of the days, but he only had one day til he left) And her camera was in Arkansas, and our uncle lives in Missouri. Sooo, Mr. Ellenbarger drove her camera all the way up to Uncle Don!!! A 5 hour drive! WOAH! Just so that Damarise could get her camera! :D Aww... she is SO thankful!
Then Uncle Don gave me... a video camera! :D :D It's sooo cool! Some of the family on Dad's side bought it for me for graduation :D wow!! Thank you everyone!!!
The next morning... February 2nd, a Monday, was Uncle Don's birthday! Happy Birthday!... He cooked himself some eggs for breakfast :P
Hehehe... Dad was supposed to pretend to show Uncle Don how to cook in this picture... until Uncle Don bent down a lil.... ewww.. hahaha
Ohh the Jouberts had a real piano in their house! I haven't played a real piano since... before we left the States 3 years ago, so getting to play classical music on a real piano was... wonderful!! I loved the sound and flow of it :)
Andrew on the other hand loooved the Joubert's grass :) In Nampula, people only have crabgrass... so Andrew was loving the real grass... and spent a lot of time rolling in it :P
Ooo we also went swimming in the Joubert's pool. It was a tad bit on the cold side, but still it felt refreshing!
Oh yes, I was filming Andrew's movie. Last year he told us that he needed to make a movie of himself to give to us when we go to college that way we won't forget him :) Aww... So, here I am filming Andrew doing random things and talking about himself so that we won't forget him ;)
A cold... and cute Andrew :D
That night the Russell's had us over to eat dinner with them. They are a really sweet couple! And were really helpful to Mom and Dad while they were down in South Africa. The Morrisons were also there, so it was nice to see them again :D
The next morning Aunt Elaine took Uncle Don, Damarise and I to a class that she teaches at school. She wanted us to talk to the kids about the USA. :) It was fun! Haha... she also made Damarise and I sing a song in Portuguese... umm.. haha... but it was fun :)
Ohhh yes! Aunt Elaine had some wigs from when her mom and sisters used to wear them. Haha... so we tried them on! :D We had a blast!
Then we went over to the Joubert's daughter's house. Aunt Sharon's house. Her and her husband have two kids and a huge house :D We had a lovely time over at their place! Thank you!!
Wednesday! We went out to Pilanesburg for Uncle Don's birthday! :D
Ian! Again, well and healthy! And a bright smile to match it! Again, only the awesome healing power of God could have healed him!!
So the whole time we were in Pilanesburg we did not see one elephant! Which was totally unusual compared to last time we were there. But the Park Ranger said that all the elephants had fled north and there were no roads up there so we couldn't see them :( But... we did see a baby elephant carcass. Ew.
Uncle Don out with the warthogs! AH!!! That was scary! We were trying to get out of one of the places we could go into but right outside of the gate there were warthogs surrounding our car. So Uncle Don went out, snapped a few pictures of them, and then stomped his foot and away they all ran!
Oh yah Uncle Don also taught us how to play Spades :D FUN!
The Spade players. Uncle Don and Ian versus Damarise and me. hehe... Damarise and I lost. :P... but not that round. :D
Going on the slip n' slide!
Saturday night we dropped of Uncle Don at the airport :( Thank you SOOO much Uncle Don for coming out!!! We had a blast with you!!
And that's the end of the first week. It was a fun week! And great to be reunited with Mom, Dad and Ian again! :D