What do you wanna know?


I’m coming up on my one-year “blogiversary” next week and I’ve been thinking about what kinds of stories I want to tell on this blog, and wondering what kind of stories you want to read about. So please drop a quick note in the comments below and tell me what are you interested in reading more about from our life here in Tanzania (or life raising twins or life as a multicultural family or life as safari company owners or whatever else you’re curious about).

I’m challenging myself to write more regularly here so if you’ve got a burning question you’d like answered, now’s your chance to ask it!

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Packing For Safari


If you’re planning a safari to Tanzania, I don’t recommend having Max and Elly help you pack.

I made the mistake of telling them on Tuesday that we were going on a family safari on Friday. They’ve been preparing every since.  Continue reading

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Green Smoothie Goodness


File this one under “Why Haven’t I Tried This Before?!?”.

In an effort to expand Max and Elly’s food preferences beyond white bread I picked up some Swiss Chard this weekend at the farmer’s market and bananas, mango and pineapple at the produce stand. I wanted to see how they would like a green smoothie. They love fruit of all kinds but vegetables are a harder sell with them, as is probably pretty typical of most 3-year-olds.

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Max and Elly Turn 3!


Max and Elly are three! Their birthday was a couple of weeks ago, but I guess I’m still recovering from my blogging marathon month in June when I was doing the #clickaday photography challenge.

When Mom and Carla came to visit in May they brought oodles of toys and presents for Max and Elly’s birthday so we started the day off right away with a gift bag for each of them filled with goodies from back home. Just to name a few:

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#clickaday Day 30: I Did It!


Day 30: I did it! I successfully met the #clickaday photography challenge and picked up my camera every day for the month of June. You’d think Max and Kakasii would be more excited to be my final photo in the challenge. They are watching a rebroadcast of a World Cup match–apparently knowing the outcome in advance sucks much of the excitement out of watching the game.

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Our #clickaday Weekend: Days 27, 28 and 29

#clickaday27I’m on the home stretch with my #clickaday photography challenge!

Day 27: Max and Elly don’t particularly like getting their hair washed, but in an odd turn of events on Friday, they both decided it would be fun to dip their entire heads into one of our water buckets outside. Elly came into the house and upstairs, leaving a trail of water all the way, to show me that she had “washed her hair” all by herself. Continue reading

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#clickaday Days 21 through 26: Where Did This Week Go?!


I’ve had my head down deep in a couple of projects this week and feel like this afternoon was my first chance to stop and look up. And here it is Thursday already! I was wrapping up a freelance writing project for Gather, a fabulous magazine published by Women of the ELCA. Watch for my article in the November issue.

I also finished copy editing our new Tanzania Choice Safaris website. The designer and I have been working on it for quite a while and I’m really pleased with how it’s coming together. I’ll be starting a blog for the site soon and look forward to expanding the scope of my writing.

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#clickaday Days 19 and 20: Max’s New Bag and Elly’s Toast Face


Yesterday I only snapped a few photos with my point-and-shoot camera as we were getting ready to run errands in the morning; my DSLR never left the desk. So this isn’t all that thrilling for my #clickaday photo but it does show Max’s new bag that he got when we went to the Arusha Summer Fair last weekend. Continue reading

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#clickaday Day 18: Hot Dog Surprise

#clickaday18-7Wednesday lunch on our weekly menu is usually leftovers. But this week our fridge was oddly bare so I had to do some fast thinking for what Max and Elly could eat for lunch. In addition, they had cut their nap short, so lunch prep needed to be participatory.

So I reached deep into the recesses of my mind to recall a Pinterest post I had once seen involving hot dogs and spaghetti, both of which we had stocked in our kitchen. Enter: hot dog surprise (although here we actually refer to beef franks as sausages and eat them for breakfast).

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#clickaday Days 16 and 17: Trucks, Gravel and Photo Fun


I shared yesterday that we spent much of our weekend at the Arusha Summer Fair. Although Max and Elly had scored cool new bags when they were with me on Saturday, Kakasii could not resist getting them something when we were there on Sunday so we came home with two of these toy trucks cleverly made from bottle caps. Elly’s truck is made from Coca-Cola caps; Max’s is made from Tusker Beer caps.

On Monday we went to play at the Family & Friends Restaurant’s playground and Max had great fun running his truck through mud puddles and loading up the gravel from the parking lot.

And, just when I thought I might not come up with a shot for today’s #clickaday, Max, Elly and Anita all came through with great poses for me. I’ve been wanting to experiment with that haze effect that’s so popular in portrait photography now and Anita gladly served as my model. (Anita is our live-in nanny who helps me with Max and Elly.)




While we were taking Anita’s pictures, Elly helped out by holding her sunglasses. (Stay tuned for a future post–hopefully soon–about Elly finally giving up her pacifier!)


Our favorite story these days is The Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett. In it the Tickle Monster takes a break from tickling to make silly faces. This is Max’s version. (By the way, this is a great book. Super fun to read and act out with all the tickling.)


So, what I thought was going to be my first #clickaday without any clicks, I ended up with five to share!

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