Happy birthday Hannah!
On June 21st Hannah turned eight! As is our family tradition, the birthday person gets to pick each meal for the whole day. Hannah chose to have sticky buns for breakfast, egg and cheese sandwiches for lunch, and pizza for dinner. Yumm! We had a little family birthday party for her that evening and she got to open presents from her grandparents in the U.S.
The next day Joy had a very fancy tea party for all of the MAF girls here, in honor of Hannah's birthday. They had a lot of fun!
Britton and his friend Carter have been trying to catch a certain Bronzeback snake for quite a while. It lives around our back yards. These snakes are super fast and can climb straight up walls and virtually "fly" through the bushes. But they're not poisonous. This week Carter finally caught the one they were after. Since he already has a bunch of animals and no room for it, he gave it to Britton. They both go berserk about animals, so as long as one of them can "house" the newest critter, they're happy. Britton kept it for a few days before they caught another, smaller Bronzeback. He then released the big one, and is keeping the smaller one in the same large cage that houses his Reticulated Python. The small one is much more ill-tempered. It bit and then chewed his hand in the fleshy area by his thumb. It was pretty nasty looking, but of course, Britton takes all the blame for it, saying that he must have made the snake feel "uncomfortable." And speaking of uncomfortable, I think it's Joy who feels the most discomfort and deserves a hero's medal. She despises snakes, but lets her boys be boys, which says a lot! Incidentally, we also have three turtles that eat live fish and various fruit and vegetables and two rabbits. We're getting quite a zoo here!
For the past month or so I've been spending much of my flight time working with our newest MAF pilot here in Tarakan, to get him ready to fly solo in this area. It's been a lot of fun! On Friday he got his Indonesian pilot's license and was able to make his first solo flights into the remote areas of Northeast Kalimantan. Way to go Tripp!
Here's a few shots of the kids from PaUpan and Binuang.
And a few shots from "my office window"...
Well, I have to go get some sleep. Gotta watch some World Cup games tonight. Overall, I have just two words: VIVA BRASIL !!!