Well, it has been busy. With the start of school, we have been busy. The kids are playing soccer and cheerleading. Eila also attended the homecoming dance. We visited with family at Old Man’s Cave in Ohio, and have been returning to local favorites like cider mills.
And, the weather is getting cold. We all need extra layers.
Over the past few months, I’ve had the privilege of being able to teach computers to the 3/4 and 5/6 grades at our boys’ school. We used the curriculum from “Hour of Code” (code.org) where the kids have to solve a series of puzzles by putting “blocks” that represent computer instructions in the correct order to make shapes, instruct a farmer how to harvest crops, or even navigate around in Minecraft.
It’s a fun program and the kids seemed to enjoy it a lot. At the end of the class they were able to design a little project that they worked on over the course of a few sessions and then demonstrated their work to the other groups.
Thaddeus has once said he wanted to be a ‘tophographer’. That was many years ago, but recently he has enjoyed taking the camera around our compound, or on a walk in the neighborhood, and taking pictures.
Recently we took a walk around the neighborhood (quartier) and Thaddeus brought along the camera. Here are pictures of the walk as he saw them:
And why are there two pictures of chickens? Well, there are a lot of chickens. I mean a lot. So if there were going to be two pictures of something, it would be chickens.
With the arrival of the new R66 helicopter here in Cameroon, there have been reasons to celebrate. And over Easter weekend, there was a celebration at the aviation hangar with a BBQ, a presentation and dedication of the helicopter, and of course, helicopter rides.
Brian, Eila, Josiah, and Thaddeus went on the ride. Shannon stayed on the ground, like she prefers.
Here we are just after our ride.
The helicopter ride gave us a chance to see Yaoundé from the air. It’s a big, sprawling city. Unfortunately the air was very hazy while we were flying, so visibility was poor, but we could see much of the city right below us.
Yaoundé stretching off to the horizon.
Brian also assisted with the BBQ portion of the event, which involved an entire pig and an entire sheep. They were slowly roasted overnight underground wrapped in banana leaves and foil. Another one of the dads here orchestrated the whole pig roast. It was fun to be able to help out.