Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Eve recap

On Christmas eve, my hubby and I drove up to a nice and quiet river lodge in Jinja, Uganda called The Haven River Lodge. Jinja is 80 km from our home and also happens to be where the source of the River Nile is. My parents had been there earlier in the year and said it was a lovely getaway so we decided to spend Christmas there.It took us an hour and a half to get there - I slept almost the whole way (I'm not very good at doing road trips :-(). Once we got there we fell in love with the scenery! The Haven is right on the banks of the River Nile and you can see about three rapids. It was a calming sight!
This was the view of the Nile from the restaurant - lovely isn't it?
In our room, the bed faced a large window that over looked the Nile!!!!!!!

The view of the Nile from our bedroom window!!!! My husband would sit on the bed and simply stare at the water - it was that awesome!
More shots of the room... the rooms were really basic but still comfortable. The ambiance was relaxing.
The bed

The bathroom

The Haven is rather strict on privacy so there is a walkway behind the rooms so that you don't walk past another rooms window and invade their privacy.
The walkway

The path to our room
Once we got settled in we went to get some lunch. The food was so delicious!!!!!!

Once lunch was over we took a little nap and then went for a walk and took some photos just for fun :-)

After we had our supper we got a little show from the village children who were trying to raise some money for some of their friends to be able to go to school the next term. There was this one little girl who really got our attention. She must have been about three or four but she danced with all her might. She hardly ever sang along but she was a pretty good dancer. she would lose her concentration sometimes but once she remembered what she was supposed to be doing she would take a look at what the other girls were doing and join in again. So cute!
She's the little girl in red shorts

Doing her thing!!!! So cute!

Christmas eve was relaxing, refreshing and entertaining. It was nice to get away from the city and enjoy some time alone as a couple :-)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The eve of Christmas eve recap...

Hi everyone! I feel bad that I was not able to wish you all a merry Christmas but it's the thought that counts right? The internet was really crappy since we were way out of town but I hope you all had a lovely Christmas with your families and you're looking forward to the new year.

On the 23rd we had a full house. My family came over to visit so that they could spend some time with us before we went away for Christmas. My brothers were with us the whole day and my parents joined us in the afternoon. My sister-in-law surprised us too and came to visit with her two kids. Yes, we had a very full house!!!! But it was fun. Take a look at some photos...

Benjy, smile for the camera :)

Food!!! I made chapati (I will post that recipe once I have the correct measurements), rice, minced beef stew and some strange concoction of pasta, minced beef and mozarella cheese - yummy!

Matthew and my sister-in-law

My nephew munching away

My niece

I made brownies for some afternoon tea. I found the recipe here and since I'm not much of a baker I was really hoping it was easy and it was!!!!!!! They turned out great!

My brother, Paul helped me out a little

The brownies ready to go in the oven


Daddy!!!! And Matthew

The brownies baking...

All done...


Two of my favourite guys!!!!!

Brownies and vanilla ice cream


'Come on Matthew - SMILE!'

L-R - Hubby, me, Paul, Matthew, Nendel (a friend of the family), Mummy and Benjy

Another photo with Daddy :)
 Christmas weekend recap coming soon!!!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Weekend recap

I'm well aware that the weekend is long gone but I've been having trouble with my internet and I just had to do a recap of the weekend! I had a lot of fun :-)

My hubby's co-worker got married on Saturday and it was a fantastic wedding! Made us want to get married all over again! The decor was stunning - a winter wonderland theme in Uganda!!!!! hahahahaha! Funny right? Well the bride and groom have both lived abroad for a while so I guess that sort of explains it. The bride looked stunning, the groom looked smitten, the cake was delicious, the speeches were lovely and the reception hall was breathtaking! Here are some photos...

The fabulous reception area

The entourage table - gorgeous!!!!!!


Entry way

Don't you just love how she makes that gown work? She looked so elegant!

The cake - chocolate and vanilla yum!!!

The first dance

I just had to take a photo in this dress :-)

My TDH farmer :-) Love ya honey!!

The next day we went to church and then I made fabulous chicken for lunch but forgot to take photos :-( So I will give you the recipe the next time I make it and take photos - deal?
After lunch we went to see my nephews and niece- I had missed them like crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My little baby is all grown up and I was amazed at how much he has changed!!! Here are some photos of my babies...

Baby Jojo is so big now

This is Jojo looking at photos of himself on the computer heehee - the kids these days!

Nathan trying to befriend a little boy who had come to visit

L-R Emilio, Nathan and Jemimah - don't they look adorable?
Tomorrow, my brothers and parents are coming over to spend the day with us and I'm excited to have them here with us before my hubby and I run away to our lovely resort. Yay!!!!!!!!! Not yet sure what I'm going to cook though :-(
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