Sunday, January 10, 2010

Meet My Parents





















For 10 days beginning on Christmas we had the JOY of hosting my parents (known to everyone else as Paul and Nanci). Since they've spent 20 + years in Cameroon, they're fluent both in French and in the peculiarities of living in a developing country. They also couldn't seem to get enough of washing our dishes and helping to prepare meals which, let's be honest, made them the perfect guests.

On the itinerary:
  • eating (in addition to emptying her kitchen cupboards into her suitcase, Mom brought us a full Christmas dinner!); we managed to eat our way from Port to Jacmel and the Artibonite and back
  • hiking with friends from Kenscoff to Furcy (for lunch here in keeping with our strict eating regime) and back
  • exploring Jacmel, lounging (and eating) on the beach in Ti Mouillage (Mom's suitcase was accidently left behind in Port-Au-Prince so it's a good thing that she looks better in my clothes than I do)
  • a night at the lodge in Seguin (thwarted because the road above Peridot turned out to be impassable)
  • extensive touring of Port-Au-Prince
  • RAM on New Years Eve (thwarted because the lead singer ate rotten fish). I must say I was impressed that my parents were up for a show that doesn't even get started until 11:00 PM. Unfortunately, the massive quantities of coffee consumed prior to 11 PM kept Mom and me up until 3:00 in spite of there having been no show.
  • cuddles with Luna (she slept with them every night and threw a massive temper tantrum when they left. They disturbingly refer to her as their "grandkit")
  • building of a 2nd cargo bike (Ben and Dad)
  • swimming in the waterfall in Saut d'Eau
  • shopping for a piece of Haitian art for the 'rents dining room. This was also accidently left behind in Port-Au-Prince, so our next visitors may find themselves carrying 4 10x35" panels of cut-out steel back to the States...

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great time! I need to get to Saut D'au sometime - let me know when you're up for another trip...and good luck sending those panels back ;)
-Troy

星期五 said...

thanks you share..................................................

nerkert said...

You make it sound as though we were the ones who made the visit so special!

Lexi said...

YOU WERE!

Anonymous said...

That's a great picture of your parents :) Your dad looks like he's been learning how to style hair from Ben, I like it. Glad you guys had such a good time. Love, MED

caleb said...

whats going on?

Anonymous said...

wow Lexi ~ Have enjoyed your blogs! Especially good to see picture of your parents. Your dad was my next door neighbor when we were kids. Your Aunt Carol and I were best buddies when we were little. Praying for you all and your mom's healing arm. God's blessings and protection to you and Ben. Carol Youngman

laura said...

I love this picture of your parents! They are clearly enjoying life and you! :-)

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