10 on the 10th, Party in the USA

Some days I am SO homesick for Kenya it hurts. But, even on many of those same days, I relish the experiences we are getting to have all over again here in North Carolina. Wilmington is a pretty amazing place to live and this first world life is pretty spectacular, even if I do have to be in my car all. the. time. So here are a few of the top things we’ve been able to here that we didn’t get to do while we lived in Africa.

  1. Beach time. Of course, on a very rare occasion, we made it to the coast of Kenya to visit, but it’s certainly not a weekly, sometimes daily occurrence. And we didn’t get to have grandparents with us when we went! We definitely love being back at the beach. 
    2. Seeing our stuff.  While we did sell most of our earthly belongings to move to Kenya, there were a few precious items we kept in storage at my parents house. These two little froggy friends are one of those objects that I’d forgotten about, but they made me smile when we were reacquainted. These little guys lived for years in Nate’s grandmothers garden in Oklahoma and they so remind me of her. I am happy to see them and think of her again as I pass them in our yard.
    Natalie loves getting to play with all the toys Granny saved from generations past. She has played for days with Granny’s old Barbies (circa 1950s) and my My Little Ponies, Strawberry Shortcakes, Cabbage Patch Kids and the extensive Trolls collection. 3. Lessons with Grandaddy. While G-Dad did make it to Kenya to visit many times while we were there, it can’t compare to having him right next door again! Sutton now knows what a choke is on a mower and that the cost of fuel isn’t free. He does chores for Grandad, gets paid, then gets driven to the gas station to buy his fuel so he can keep on keepin on on his very own (bladeless) mower. Moments we’d forgotten we were missing, but are so glad to have again!Note: Sutton checking under the hood in the photo below…(only a bit of his arms are visible)
    4. Night-time dates. It is very rare to get a night-time date in Kenya. People don’t really drive at night too much, so you have to be spending the night in Nairobi to accomplish a night out. It’s not that way in America! Something about dating over a dinner out just feels more real, more date-ish. 5. Treats. Other than Sr Store donuts at RVA and rollipops at the duka, special treats weren’t readily available in Kijabe. Sonic slushes, Krispy Kreme on Eclipse day, and the multitude of fast food establishments make finding treats a little too easy in these sweet little States we live in. Just look at all those choices!! It’s overwhelming and wonderful.6. Getting to experience special occasions with family. Like this half-day of school to watch the eclipse. Doesn’t it look so exciting?!!
    7. It’s always a party at Costco. The kids were re-introduced to samples and LOVED it, of course. And since Beckett skipped being 2-4 years old in America, he still thinks riding in the “baby” seats is super fun. Win-win. And you don’t have to even know what Halloween is to appreciate the huge selection of awesome costumes that Costco carries. After learning the definition of  “6 pack” (see costume) Batman was off to save lives. 8. Coffee Shops everywhere. I love working in coffee shops when I have computer stuff that needs to be done. No laundry to fold, no toys to pick up…just apricot tea to sip, refill and enjoy. 9. “American Football.” Our kids still distinguish between football as they knew it in Kenya and American football as it’s played here. This is mostly Nate’s party, but Sutton is just a few college gamedays away from being obsessed with it too.10. Kanakuk. We were so happy to get to work and play at camp Kanakuk this year. There’s nothing like it that we’d found in Kenya, although life at RVA can seem like camp some of the time with the older kids pouring into the younger ones, ziplines and outdoor fun galore. Some of the perks of the job of being Kamp Doc, you get to ride on the golf cart and play at the docks and out on the lake. All-American summertime fun. And just for good measure, I thought I’d throw in one of the few negatives I’ve found of living in America…Avocadoes…$2.79 each!! Yikes. They start at $0.20 if you know where to look in Kenya. 🙂 However, I think the higher cost of produce equals out with the much cheaper cost of cheese and bacon in the US. 🙂