Happy Birthday, Kakasii!

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In honor of Kakasii’s birthday I’m doing 5 Photo Friday one day early and including a bonus photo because these are just too good not to share. I’ve taken on an ambitious project of sorting, identifying and labeling hundreds of random photos I’ve gathered up from old photo albums and envelopes that I found scattered about our house on the shamba and our house in Arusha. These are just a few from the Kakasii: The Younger Years collection. Most of the photos have no labels to indicate who, where or when so this will be quite an undertaking to figure that out, but a fun challenge for sure.

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Mbege and the Tanzanian Version of the ‘Red Solo Cup’

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This weekend Kakasii and I attended an important event as part of the traditional marriage customs in Tanzania. We went to meet the new in-laws of Kakasii’s niece Elly (who, like our Elly, is named after Kakasii’s mother Eliasaria).

Although Elly has lived in the United States for many years, as has her new husband, the families back home are following the necessary customs. Continue reading

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5 Photo Friday: Max

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Since I premiered my new weekly series with photos of Elly, my Twin Mommy Guilt insists that this week features Max. He’s a pretty worthwhile photo subject on his own standing, though. Continue reading

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A World Without Tater Tots: My Epic Adventure Making Tater Tot Casserole Completely From Scratch

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Saturday night is American Supper Night in the Kimaro household. Most of the week we eat traditional Tanzanian food but on Saturdays I take over the kitchen and cook up something I’ve either discovered on Pinterest or something I have a craving for from my days living in the U.S.

This week I got a craving for Tater Tot Casserole when I stumbled across an interesting variation of the recipe I was used to back home.

In the U.S. Tater Tot Casserole is one of the those quick throw-together recipes you make when you’re short on time or short on energy. Not the case here. Continue reading

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5 Photo Friday

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To kick off my second year of blogging, I am starting a {hopefully} weekly series called 5 Photo Friday. Continue reading

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My First Year of Blogging: Five Favorite Posts

fivefavoritepostsHappy blogiversary to me! On this day a year ago I hit the Publish button on my first blog post. I had been thinking about starting a blog for quite a while–more than a year actually. But I struggled for a long time with my “perfectionist procrastination”–putting something off until I was able to do it perfectly. But then I stumbled across this quote: Continue reading

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Why ‘The Joy of Life is Love’?

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One of the hardest parts of getting started with my blog last year was coming up with a name. It was hard in part because I wasn’t sure what I’d end up writing about. Sure, I knew there would be a healthy amount of Max and Elly stories so I thought of naming it after them, but then I considered that I might actually want to write about other things, too.

I wanted a name that would more widely represent our life in Tanzania, so I turned to the ultimate source of Tanzanian wisdom: the khanga. Continue reading

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Our Family Safari

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I’ve mentioned before that special family outings are one of Kakasii’s and my top priorities for our children. Because the older kids are often away at school, we are intentional to spend time as an entire family when they are home with us.

Ombeni and Godson are both back living at home with us now that they have finished their university programs. So when Brenda was home on school holiday we packed up the family for a day trip to Tarangire National Park. Continue reading

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Ida’s Famous Pound Cake

idasfamouspoundcakeI’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed by life these last few days and decided I would turn to my usual pick-me-up to break out of my funk: baking. I didn’t just want to bake any old thing, though. I wanted a challenge. So I decided today was the day I would finally attempt Ida’s Famous Pound Cake. Continue reading

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Learning Swahili From Three-Year-Olds

learningswahilifrom3yearoldsIn raising Max and Elly as bilinguals we typically use the OPOL (one person, one language) family language system. That means that each person in the household speaks their native language to Max and Elly. Continue reading

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