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.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Big Easy

Well, if these kids have learned one thing during our time in the states, it's how to be good travelers. We have covered some serious miles--on the road and in the air--over the last few months, and our little arabmusicians have handled it so, so well. This week, we made a quick, 36-hour trip to a place that is near and dear to Jason's heart (and stomach): New Orleans!

He was born while his dad was in school there, and although they moved away before he was old enough to remember it, he's always loved the city--and its delicious food! Please, please click on the picture above to see the sign that is still hanging on the door to the building where his parents lived when he was born. They had to keep him very quiet those first few months!
We ate plenty in our short trip--po-boys, red beans and rice, pralines.....Yum! But we went not primarily for the food, but to see several people that we love dearly. We got to catch up with friends and meet two new babies. The kids thought this toy helicopter that really flies was the coolest thing ever!
And, of course, we couldn't visit the city without walking out to see the old muddy river. Sawyer would have gladly jumped right in!

Both kids thoroughly enjoyed their beignets! Sawyer developed a creative technique for eating them that involved licking all of the powdered sugar off and then dipping the remaining beignet in more powdered sugar.

We had a great trip, and can't wait to go back in four years! Next stop: the Lone Star State!

what a difference five years can make

August 2004
Beth & Lee Anna

August 2009
Beth & Lee Anna

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Up the Mountain

Last week, Beth and I took Sarah Claire to the mountains of North Carolina for a conference with a bunch of college students. One afternoon, we decided to hike up to a lookout point. Last time I hiked up there, it didn't seem quite so far. Of course, I was 20 years younger and not carrying a 10-pound baby last time I tried this! Our legs were only sore for three or four days, but the view from the top was breathtaking. I told Beth that the weather up there was a lot like the winter time at our home in the desert--except that the air is a lot cleaner, and it smells good.