We just finished our Independence Day celebration. It included wearing flag stickers on our faces, grilling hamburgers and potatoes and roasting marshmallows. It was the best night ever, according to Jori. Tyson was also quite enthralled with the evening’s events, but he was too tired to express his joy as he was awake several times last night (at least 2 hours time total by Darin’s estimation) because of the mosquitoes in his room. As an aside, what is up with the mosquitoes this year? We arrived last June and have no recollection of mosquitoes being a problem until the end of August, early September. This winter is a different story as they are all over our house and cause 3/4ths of our family a lot of grief (I’m the lucky 1/4th that the mosquitoes don’t like!).
Jori was in rare form tonight. She told Darin and I that she wanted to serve us because there was no one else around to do things for us and it was a special day. She was doling out the praise left and right. “Daddy, you are so amazing. You can hold a cup in one hand and a hamburger in the other and not drop them!” “Mommy, this was the greatest idea to have a fun night. Thank you” “Daddy, these hamburgers are your best food on the grill. And when you make chicken.”
It really was a lovely night. We hope all of our friends in the US and our American friends all over the world had a terrific time celebrating the 4th. I will write a long update about our life here in South Africa soon!