Today is Kakasii’s birthday but since we had some other plans in place, we opted for an early celebration yesterday with a family trip to Arusha National Park. It had been several months since we were last at the park and as Max and Elly’s vocabulary continues to grow, we thought it would be a good way for them to learn some new words (as well as burn off some 2-year-old energy of which they have no shortage).
Before we could set off on our safari, though, Max needed to make sure the Land Cruiser was clean and ready to go.
When we first arrived at the park entrance it was about Max and Elly’s usual snack time so we ate some graham crackers while Kakasii took care of the entry paperwork. While we were waiting, we saw this unusual sight:
Before we started our safari, Kakasii popped up the roof on the Land Cruiser for better viewing.
Just minutes after starting our game drive we found this giraffe family.
I was especially excited about our game drive today because it was the first time I had been at the park and had such wonderful views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Usually during the day the mountain is hidden in the clouds.
By this time we were getting pretty hungry so we headed for the picnic area near the edge of the park. Max helped Kakasii do some of the driving.
I was so excited to serve the special picnic lunch that I had spent most of Monday and very early Tuesday morning preparing. I was also a little nervous, though, that no one would like the food. I knew Max and Elly wouldn’t like the potato salad or cole slaw because they had already tasted and spit out both on Monday when I was making them.
Once we got home we enjoyed the birthday cake I made and Anita and I decorated. It’s the same sheet cake recipe I made for Brenda’s graduation, but this time I used almond essence instead of vanilla essence and it was so yummy.
After drinking Sprite all day and then eating cake loaded with butter cream frosting, Max and Elly were on quite the sugar high. But it was such a fun family day for us to celebrate Kakasii’s birthday.