Monkey Business

A couple months ago I had lunch with my friend Kelly, a fellow American who is also married to a Tanzanian and lives here in Arusha. Kelly blogs over at Mzungu Maasai about her life in Tanzania, and I was telling her that over time it’s gotten harder to keep up with my blog because nowadays everything happening here seems so normal to me and not necessarily worthy of a blog post.

But having a monkey in your living room is probably worth a post.

I got my first glimpse of the monkey early last year when I saw a figure moving across our gate from the corner of my eye while I was sitting at my desk. I thought it was a cat at first. But when he crossed the gate again I realized it was this guy and he had been in our banana grove stealing our bananas.

Over time he started showing up again, usually in the trees of our front yard as he passed through to steal a few more bananas from our grove.

But apparently the bananas outside our house got boring and he caught a whiff of the sweet tasty bananas inside our house. So he snuck in through the window and helped himself to the bananas I had left on the kitchen counter. Then he made a fast getaway back outside to enjoy his loot.

After his heist on Friday, the kids went down to the market and bought me a new bunch of bananas. And, wouldn’t you know it, the monkey came back for those, too! And this time he just made himself at home in our living room to eat them.

We chased him out of the house, but our new puppy was not the slightest bit intimidating to the monkey.

(As a side note, our new puppy is not the slightest bit intimidating to our cat either so I’m not sure what kind of watch dog he’s going to be.)

So, for now, we keep all our windows and doors closed while we try to find a secure way to store our bananas!





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A special welcome to those who made your way here after reading my article in the April 2017 issue of Gather magazine! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Take a look around and enjoy our family adventures in Tanzania. If you’d like to subscribe and receive my posts by email, just add your email address to the right and click the Follow button. Or just say hi in the comments section below!

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Going on Safari


When you’re five years old, it’s a pretty cool thing to have a Daddy who is a safari guide. But it can be tough, too, when high season rolls around and that means Daddy is away a lot, taking visitors to the national parks.

So, as our really busy season was just about to kick-off, we decided Max and Elly could use a some intensive Daddy Time before Kakasii was away on safari so much. So we packed up and headed on safari ourselves!


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Welcoming the New Year

welcoming-the-new-yearWell, after a 6-month hiatus it’s time to get back to blogging. I’ve missed sharing our Tanzanian adventures, but life just got so full and busy it was hard to keep up with everything. So I decided to let the blog go for a while. I was also much less intentional about capturing our days in pictures, but I’ve pulled together a selection of images and video clips to share as highlights of the last few months… Continue reading

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Max and Elly Turn Five!


Well, it happened. My babies turned 5! And already Max is talking about turning 6, then 7, then 8…

We celebrated with their class at school again this year, but this being a milestone birthday they each got their own cake that they chose themselves from the bakery. No surprise, Elly chose a butterfly fairy: Continue reading

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A Kimaro Family Update


There’s a lot going on around here. A lot. I can hardly keep up with it myself! I’ll use this chance to update you with what’s going on in our world, and share the results of a recent family photo session we had done. Continue reading

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5 Photo Friday: Grandma Comes to Tanzania


Mom and my sister Carla packed up and headed home yesterday. In their two-week visit, I took 993 photos, and Carla took about 700. So it’s pretty tough to narrow those down into a 5 Photo Friday post, so I plan to do some more posts with more photos later, but for now I’ll share a few highlights from the trip. Continue reading

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5 Photo Friday: We’re Farmers!


I guess owning a coffee and banana farm on Mt. Kilimanjaro already qualifies us as farmers, but now we’re corn farmers, too!

The property that our house in Arusha sits on includes a large farm plot behind it, so Kakasii decided to make good use of it and plant corn. Continue reading

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5 Photo Friday: Parents’ Day at ELIMAA School


Last week we celebrated Parents’ Day at ELIMAA School. It was a great celebration of all that we’ve been able to accomplish over the last year or so, thanks in large part to the generous support we’ve received from so many of you!

As I explained in my ELIMAA update post, more and more children are in need of ELIMAA School. So we set our sights on expanding for the new year. With the remaining donations we received in 2015, we got very busy in December and were able to: Continue reading

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5 Photo Friday: Decorating for Christmas

5photofridaydecoratingforchristmasAs my Facebook newsfeed is full of photos of snowy scenes, it’s 89 degrees here. So I wish I could say “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” but it’s not really. At least not by this Nebraska girl’s standards, anyway.

It is beginning to look a little bit like Christmas though, thanks to Max and Elly. Continue reading

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