Thursday, August 17, 2017

Little House in the Jungle, Ch.1

This is how we built our cabin at the finca, in pictures. :)

First, we picked the spot, and cleared a piece of forest...

And stacked a pile of firewood...

the serious slope made tying level strings interesting...

Ditching out the steepest of the hill.

We have a foundation!

Levi stayed with the men that were working for us for an afternoon to finish up this bracing

All done! One closed bedroom with a loft on top of it, and open living space. 
the " kitchen", aka roofed campfire area

Noah's birthday was our first chance to spend the night

My big boys getting breakfast started. :)
the birthday boy, napping with his beloved "Dr. bag" (first aid kit) he got as a gift. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

A link to the Kids' Christmas Music

I'll try to get over here soon and write about what's new, but until then, here is the kids' Christmas Music! Enjoy!

Christmas 2016 music

- Alesha<><

Monday, September 5, 2016

Little House in the Jungle

In preparation to buy the cabin that is on our jungle property, we've been spending a lot of time cleaning and clearing on that end of the property lately.  The cabin has 3 rooms; a main room and 2 bedrooms. We're excited to have a roof! Having a dry spot will make spending significant time out there a lot easier. We've picked up a lot of trash and cut a lot of weeds. (My project was mopping the floor, which besides being used as a place to work on chain saws and weed eaters, had previously been mopped with diesel. (Apparently, bugs don't like it, and it dries faster than mopping with water. However, it somehow misses the mark as a "cleaning" product, if the dirt sticks to it, and it smells worse than it did before you "cleaned"? But that's just my opinion.) Mopping, however, was not nearly as photo worthy as Taylor's project...
...He got the swing hung! 

Concerning the proper way to eat a birthday cake...

Our kids are slowly getting accustomed to the Ecuadorian way of doing birthday cake. 
Here's how it's done....

First, you get sung to and blow out candles, just like one would expect. is where it gets tricky... If you have no friends, (or siblings) you daintily lean over and get the first bite of cake. Though, on second thought, a birthday party without friends or siblings, isn't much of a party, now is it?
If you do have friends and/or siblings, you will most likely get you face pushed into the icing... 
...just to show you're loved. ;)

Happy Birthday, dear.....

...everybody? No, not quite everybody. Just to Taylor, and then to Dan, and then to Glory, 
within the space of 8 days. :)
Papa and his cookie mountain.
 Daniel's fiddle cake was fun!
 ...and following Ecuadorian tradition, he got the first bite. :) (More about this later...:)
...and two days later, Glory's turn!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

How we play "Tag"

Today, our kids were playing a version of "Tag"...we call it "Hunter-Prey".

Glory was the hunter, who carries an arrow with a padded tip to "tag" the prey. The two bigger brothers decided to scale the 8-foot wall around our house and stay out-of-reach of Glory.

So what does she do? She grabs one of the light weight bows and considers tagging them as any true bowhunter would (thanks Uncle Whit)...

...and do the boys duck, hide, or get, they jump up and down along the top of the wall like monkeys, taunting Glory to shoot at them...

...sigh... this point, being the boring father that I am, I decided to call the game on account that we had guests coming over and it was time to clean up.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Granny B's Visit

For those that didn't see it of Facebook or elsewhere, here is the video Taylor put together of his mom's visit with us! It was so nice to see have her.  click HERE for the youtube link. :)