Saturday, January 16, 2010

More Pics

Well, here it is mid-January and I still don't have all the Christmas pictures posted. So .. in no particular order... (I can never figure out what order the blogspot editor is going to post these things, but if it seems like these pictures are in the wrong order, just turn you screen upside down and look at them in a mirror... once you stand on your head, everything should look just fine... )

So here they are.. with sporatic comments here and there.

Man House

on the way to the Man House.

Christmas Dinner
(on Boxing Day - Christmas Day in North America)

Turtle, Fish and Coconut Milk

Getting ready for the Christmas Pageant
I love the halo!
...and I still can't figure out how the wings were attached.

Shepherds getting ready to watch their flocks!
(while the Sheppards were getting ready to watch the show...)

The audience waited partiently...
(as long as the suckers lasted)

Sister Pikula and some of the kids
(no snow to play in)

Friday, January 8, 2010

A Yapese Christmas

You may have noticed that we haven't posted to our blog in awhile. Well, I can't blame it on "last minute Christmas shopping", or the "crush" at the mall, or the traffic, or lack of parking, or decorating the tree, or the heavy snowfall, or any of the many customary christmas activities that can add to the stress of the season. Nope... not much of any of that going on this year... this is probably the least stressful Christmas we've ever had. Island living is beginning to grow on us. All I can say is that we have so much to write about that it seems a little overwhelming trying to describe it all. It has been a very different Christmas:

Conspicuously absent this year:
a tree
wrapped presents
Christmas Cards (a few arrived in January)
Santa Claus (he's talked about, and sung about, but we didn't see him)
shopping at the mall
Boxing Day sales

Showing up this year for the first time in our lives:
Spaghetti as the traditional Christmas dinner
Year-end raffles
Boxing Day at the beach
Boxing Day dip in the Ocean (not tough in the tropics)
Christmas Bazzars held in the stores!

and showing up as usual:
Christmas Carolers (us!)
Well wishes from everyone.
Christmas Pageants and Nativity scenes by the kids... (we'll post some pictures later)
A wonderful Christmas Spirit

I will start with a few pictures. I don't have a lot of time to write comments about each of them this morning, so I will post the pictures and add comments as time and inspiration allow. Check back every day or two, and I will try to add more detail, and perhaps more pictures to this post as I am able.

Its amazing what a turtle shell will do to make you look thinner!

BTW, it tasted like chicken!

Can't imagine a more tranquil place to have Christmas dinner.

This little girl (Abby) was trying to convince me to sit down in the water.