Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

This year Luka dressed up as a Lion. He was really into character scaring everyone with a big roar. Thank goodness the weather behaved and he was able to wear this "warm" costume. You see, it isn't fall in Maputo. It is actually supposed to be pretty hot these days, but I guess we just got lucky.

This year's Halloween festivities started with a Halloween Cookie Party at our house on Friday, October 30th. Luka's closest friends came over and they all made delicious cookies in the shapes of ghosts, pumpkins, witches and moons. After that fun (it lasted about 20 minutes) they all played and showed off their costumes and ran around the house eating all the candy in sight (except Luka of course, he just had cheetos).

Here you can see Luka the Lion...

Luka helped mommy make each one of his friends a personalized Trick or Treat bag...

On Halloween we went to the American compound for a Trick or Treat extravaganza. This is Luka's 2nd Halloween with us, but it was the first time he actually sort of got into the Trick or Treating. He managed to say the words, but was a little scared by the mob of older kids running from house to house as if they were grabbing the last pieces of candy left on earth. We found a group of toddlers going door to door and Luka enjoyed that a little better.

Luka doesn't eat candy (not that i don't let him, he just doesn't like it), so going Trick or Treating with the Americans was mommy's master plan to score some real candy. You see you can't buy real candy in the store here...well, at least not the ones you are used to back home. My American friends can order Halloween candy in the I knew there would be some winners. I scored Skittles, Reese's, Starburst, Sweet Tarts, Tootsie Pops, Kit Kat....I think JJ and I will have to visit the dentist next week.

For more Halloween pictures click here. I didn't have my camera this year...thanks to my friends for sharing their photos.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Opening Night

Here is a photo of Kupfula - our photography group. We opened Mocambique Ao Vivo this night. We had a great turn out. For more photos from the night click here.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Photography Exhibition This Week

My photography group Kupfula will have its 4th exhibition this week! If you are in Maputo I hope you can make it....

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Luka Visits Orphanage with Grandparents

This month Luka's grandparents came to visit from Holland. While they were in Maputo Luka took them to his orphanage and we made a special delivery. Read all about the delivery here.

Friday, October 09, 2009

The Whole Family Heads to Kruger

We just got back from a three day trip to Kruger National Park with JJ's dad and stepmom. They came to South Africa and Mozambique for a holiday. After spending a week in Cape Town with JJ they headed down our way and the whole family headed for a couple of days of safari adventure.

Truth be told....Luka wasn't allowed to go on the safari. Young kids aren't allowed to ride the open air vehicles. It is kind of dangerous for a two year old to yell, "LOOK MAMA A LION." And since Luka doesn't really know how to contain himself yet it was a good idea for him to stay at the house with Elizabeth.

It is a good thing he stayed home...we saw about 15 lions in one day...and some elephants, wild dogs, crocodiles, zebras, monkeys, a was a great viewing day. But don't feel bad for Luka he got to see his own share of animals right outside the house we rented. The house was in an area adjacent to Kruger National Park called Marloth Park and he saw elephants, implala, warthogs, zebras and baboons.

So I think everyone had a great time. You can see all the photos from our trip here.

Here is a sneak peak at some of the snapshots....this lion was right next to our "open" vehicle. I was so freaking scared.

This was the house that we stayed in...