Sunday, January 23, 2011
Birthday weekend and a trip to Bandia Park.
Note about the rhino:
As you may have noticed from the video, a rhinoceros lumbered within a few feet of our jeep on this trip, causing Rich and Dylan to shift back from the edge of the vehicle in terror. (Actually, Dylan was cool as a cucumber... it was Rich who was scared).
After we zoomed off, Rich asked the guide whether the rhinos in Bandia are nice, or aggressive. And that's when we heard a story that you'll never find in the Bandia promotional pamphlets.
That rhino, it seems, had earned a reputation for being a grump in late 2010 after bluff-charging a group of tourists who had been allowed to get down from the jeep to take photos. While several in the group scampered back to the jeep quickly, the ones closest to the rhino were told by the guide to stand still. The rhino charged forward like an angry freight train, only to stop a few feet short of them. The rhino then stepped forward gently and nudged his horn into a lady's sweater, seemingly contemplating finishing her off.
"They stood like that for 30 seconds," the guide said, before chuckling in a rather distastful manner. "Then he turned around and wandered off into the bush. We don't let people get out of the jeep any more."
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
A year in review…
- Rang in the New Year lying flat at Maine Med for 12 more days. (90 in total)
- Became a Mom.
- Laird Robert and Dylan Gundars arrived at 2:46 and 2:47 am on January 13th.
- My rock stars came home from the hospital after just 2 weeks in the NICU.
- Moved to Africa when Laird and Dylan were 8 weeks old.
- Became homeowners and landlords living in another continent.
And all in 11 months they:
Rolled over. Sat up. And stood up. Co-slept with one another until 6 months old. Grew 4 teeth each. Started crawling. Went from nursing, to bottle, to sippy cups. Rice cereal to…almost eating everything we are. Learned to say Mama, Dadda, Bye Bye (and Gbagbo). Had over 15 slumber parties without Mommy and Daddy with loving Grandparents. Got 3 new cousins. Made 5 cross-Atlantic flights between Africa and the States.
Laird and Dylan, this is such a wonderful life with you…. Everyday you both amaze me.
2010 thank you for all you brought us. Thank you for everything you taught us, the strength you gave us, and most of all, thank you for all the love that forever will surround us.