We're Jason, Beth, Lee Anna, Sawyer, and Sarah Claire, a family of five living, learning, and laughing lots in Northern Africa.
We hope you can learn a little (and maybe laugh a little too) as you read about our latest adventures.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Say Cheese!

And here are the long-awaited grandkid photos from Grandpa's visit last month. He took many more, but these are some of our favorites. You can tell from the ratio of Sawyer to Lee Anna pictures which child sat still long enough to have his picture taken, and which one didn't!The above and below shots when we took Grandpa for a sunset dinner on the river. We bought sandwiches and took them with us to eat on the boat. The boats are small, flat sailboats with bench seating and a table in the middle. It costs about $4 to take one out for an hour! As you can see, Sawyer only made it through part of the trip before he crashed.

We just thought this face was funny!

And here are two shots (above and below) of the Davis kids looking older than they really are. The one of Lee Anna looks like it should be followed by her bio in some professional publication!

Today we are joined by Miss Lee Anna Davis, a native of Cleburne, Texas who has lived almost half of her life in Northern Africa. She speaks English and Arabic equally well, specializing in juvenile phrases such as "Gimme," "That's mine," and "I don't want to!" She is currently conducting an in-depth study of the children's movie The Little Mermaid, requiring her to watch it at least once daily, sometimes more. Some of her previous research projects include "How many different pairs of shoes can I wear in one afternoon?," "How many liters of bath water can I pour on Sawyer's head before he screams?" and "How long will it take Mom to put my hair in pigtails if I never stop moving?"

And here is Mom's favorite shot. What a precious baby! How in the world can he be 1o months old already?

Monday, March 05, 2007

A Grandpa's-Eye View

We mentioned in an earlier post that we didn't get many pictures of Grandpa (Jason's dad) while he was here visiting a few weeks ago. Well, that's because the camera was always in his hands! He took lots and lots of pictures while he was here -- and a few of them were even of something besides the grandkids. Here are some of our favorite "around the town" photos. (Don't worry, grandmas, we'll post the grandkid pictures, too!) Downtown traffic. Looks like fun, huh?
For those of you who were worried that Barbie and Mickey might not have made it over here.

Here's Jason getting his shoes shined and Sawyer hoping the guy will hurry up before Daddy drops him!

Here's a shot from one of our favorite places to overlook the city. From this spot you can look in any direction and see nothing but buildings. Granted, you can't see as far as you could without the lovely cloud of ever-present smog, but it's still impressive.

And last, here's a boy just trying to sell some bread. It's super cheap, less than 10 cents per piece. Any takers?

Friday, March 02, 2007

There's No Stopping Me Now!

A post from Sawyer
Hi Everyone! I would like to announce to all of you that I am now officially a toddler! I was tired of letting Lee Anna do all the walking and running around our house, so I've decided to join her. I surprised my mom and dad one morning this week by just walking across the room. Mom stood me up, let me go and said, "Walk to Daddy!" but she didn't really think I would do it. Well, I showed her! I walked right to Daddy and then kept on walking all over the room. I'm still working on my balance a little bit. Fortunately, when a kid my size falls down, he doesn't fall very far. So I just pull right back up and try again.
I especially like walking toward fun objects like balloons. I mean, how could you resist walking toward something that bright yellow and fun?
Here I am in mid-step. Check out that excellent footwork! Daddy says anybody who can stand up and walk should be able to water ski. Look for me on the River this summer!