Monday, January 13, 2014

We're Back


I had the scariest moment of my life this morning.

More on that later.  We’re back in Kenya!  First, thanks to my Mom, Dad and Camille’s Mom for an awesome and refreshing Christmas break.  We are very thankful, and despite the average temperature being -300 degrees, it was probably the best month of Eric’s life. 

Eric, of course, put snow in mouth.  Also, this is not Kenya.
Yum.  (still not Kenya)

It is not -300 degrees in Kenya.  We are in midsummer with clear blue skies and 85 degree weather.  

The plane ride was…well...  

Eric has been healthy all fall, but he caught a respiratory infection right before we left.  Whyyyyyyyyy?  Luckily for me, he only threw up on Camille (twice), but the poor guy was pretty miserable for the entire 27 hours of traveling.  Thank you Camille for being such an incredible mother throughout the trip! 

We were in a daze for our first 24 hours, but we had three quick reminders that we returned to Kenya.
  1. I decided to go for a short run on my first full day.  I threw on my shoes, shook off the cobwebs, and descended the road by our driveway.  I picked up the pace, veered past our neighbor’s house, smiled, relaxed and started to enjoy the striking scenery when BAM! A monkey leapt out of a trashcan wielding an egg carton.  We wrestled for a while before I caught him in a choke hold.  Or I just continued running down the street.  But it was pretty shocking.
  2. This morning, I woke up to Camille shrieking for me to come quick.  Eric has been sick, so I naturally thought something terrible had happened to him.  It was the scariest moment of my life.  I burst out of our bedroom towards Eric’s room only to see Camille darting out of the kitchen.  I ran over and found a monkey sitting on our kitchen counter eating, of course, bananas.  We sat down, had breakfast, and she told us her name was Irene and that she was new to the neighborhood.  Or I grabbed two inflatable noise sticks you see at sports games and banged them at the monkey.  She deftly crawled out of our little kitchen window.  I was impressed. 

  3.   Later that morning, I heard a knock on the door.  I opened the door, looked around, but no one was there.  Weird.  Around five minutes later, I heard a tapping on the porch window.  I looked over, and there was the monkey sitting on our window sill.  She reminded me of Chris’s evil closet monkey in Family Guy (OWS students, that show is very inappropriate).  I think we might see Irene again. 
Also, Eric was attacked by a hippo!

  

The boys at my shelter make stunning beaded animals that they sell to earn money for the upcoming year.  We bought the hippo, one of their masterpieces. 




Already better than his father.
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Short blog this week, mostly because we’ve been in Navaisha for three days and I’ve just been taking care of Eric.  Eric is better today--we even went outside to play with Irene.  Kenya life begins this week.  I’m starting school, and Camille greeted a new group of UW residents today.  

We are excited to be back.  

I still plan on blogging every Monday night.  Like always, thank you for reading!    




21 comments:

  1. once again great pictures and a wonderful job writing. Your kind words about your visit to Sheffield are very nice to read. Eric and his mom and dad are missed. Thanks for the best Christmas ever. Dad

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    1. Thanks, Dad! We had a wonderful time, and you and Mom are awesome. Thanks again.

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    1. Zhao Hui! Great to hear from you. The monkey was surprising. We actually have a video, but my internet isn't working well enough to upload it to the blog. I'll try again.

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  3. D, C, and E,

    It was great to see everyone in Sheffield and I am glad that the break was enjoyable from your end. Often traveling with a young child takes the edge off long trips, but kudos to you and Camille for finding a way of handling such challenges.

    Maybe the next time there is some food missing in our kitchen between when Liz goes to bed and when she wakes up I will try blaming the monkey who came in through the window!

    Look forward to future posts . . . and Liz and I send our thoughts of support as your adventure continues.

    Les

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    1. The monkey does offer a great excuse. That monkey ate all of the hazelnut wafers in the house last night!

      I appreciate your thoughts, Les! Look forward to hearing from you soon.

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  4. Dan!!! but didn't that happen at 1706 all of the time? miss you guys!!

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    1. BEHAN! I only remember the monkey leaving black mold in our 1706 bathroom shower. Man, that place was awesome.

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  5. I'm so glad to hear that you had a good visit home for Christmas. But very sorry to hear Eric was sick. It always seems to happen at the best possible time...

    I've been dealing with monkeys in the kitchen for a while now. Every night it's cleaned up and in the morning it looks like monkeys broke in while we were sleeping.

    Love the blog, love the pictures! Eric is so cute!

    Love, Kelly

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    1. Hahaha, you've had to worry about monkeys in the kitchen a lot more than I have. Thanks for reading and commenting, Kelly! Love to everyone.

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  6. Awesome! I'm sad to not be there with you. I think I would have had a heart attack if I saw the monkey. I freak with the spiders :) LOVE your blog!

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    1. I'm sorry we missed you, Meghan! Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  7. eric is so freaking cute! love your updates of kenya to spice up my mundane suburban life in michigan. i only wish a squirrel would break into my apartment (my doggie would love it), but i think they all froze last week!

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    1. Anne Barmettler! Remember sitting on the porch outside in the sun the day after Ruben's wedding? Good times.
      Eric really is so freaking cute. I hope you have thawed out, and thanks for following the blog! Visit DC sometime this summer :).

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  8. We miss you already and I have yet to put away Eric's pack and play. I still think of him awakening in the morning and talking to Pop's big bass on the wall. Also, what joy to get home from work and have Eric run up to me with open arms and a hug! Of course, now that you are back in Kenya, I get to freak out about monkeys in the house. I'm hoping the monkey business is moving to a different location, away from my grandson! Love to you all and look forward to hearing about life in Africa during the next several months, MOM

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    1. Mom, currently no more monkey business. We miss you too!!

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  9. I hope Eric gets better! When our family visited Costa Rica in 2008, we noticed a few sneaky monkeys climbing through a hole in the roof by the kitchen area at one of the open-air dining rooms to snatch a few pieces of fruit. We were definitely surprised!

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    1. Sasha, so you have monkey experience! Let me know if you have any advice. Best wishes to you and your family!

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  10. Wow, Mr. Gu, you are really following your own instructions about putting a hook before you introduction! I love your blog and I'm glad the monkey was eating your bananas instead of playing with Eric. We miss you in class still! There was a huge water leak in Ms. Long's room and Mr. Olsen's room, so we couldn't use the bottom floor of the Vista building before break - but the picture of you on Ms. Long's ceiling survived! Yay!

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  11. Thanks Rachel, and I'm glad you were hooked :). I'm also glad everything is ok after the water leak. There must have been significant reconfiguring around Vista. Ha, and I wondered if that picture would be discovered and survive. Now I can say I'm still watching class. Thanks for reading and commenting, Rachel, and I miss everyone as well!

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  12. Danny!
    Watch out for those monkeys - my sister and I traveled to Costa Rica last April and we got chased down the beach by those little buggers during a hike! Scariest moment of my life this far. My first international trip with little sis and she almost got eaten by a monkey... They stalked us for a while before planning the attack, too.
    Irene is very sneaky and probably has plans for you.
    Love your blog!
    Heather

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