Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Large Icicle...

An extremely large icicle hangs from a gutter - and creates an interesting shadow. Just another part of winter in Indiana.

View towards the barn.
Crazy shadow formed by this large icicle.
 Icicles and frozen water clinging to a plant.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Birds in the Snow...

A few photos of some common Indiana birds enjoying the colder weather. :)

Dark-eyed junco.
A closer view of the same bird.
Downy woodpecker.
Northern cardinal.
 Blue jay on the ground.
And sitting in the tree above. :)

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Snow Day...

The first measurable winter snow fell here on the 5th of January. It snowed throughout the day and we ended up getting a little more than an inch of snow. We were able to take Riaan out to have a ride in his little sled, and he loved it!

 A light layer of snow on the cars.
 Candace pulling Riaan in his sled.
 Rusty's face - and this was after he had shaken off most of the snow.
 Hay bale in a wintry scene.
 The banks of the pond covered in snow.
Frozen scene the next day.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Terre Haute Children's Museum...

We went to the Terre Haute Children's Museum in the last week of December. Candace's parents and nieces and nephews came with too, and we had a fun day at this exciting museum. The children's museum focuses on science experiments and displays, as well as plenty of activities and games to keep little ones (and adults) happy. Riaan also enjoyed the visit - especially the water zone! We highly recommend the Terre Haute Children's Museum! :)

 Tyrannosaurus Rex replica skeleton in festive gear.
 There was a huge tree house.
 View looking down at other activities.
 Lighting up lights by pedalling a bike.
 Measuring how much electricity is in the human body.
Farming display.
Combine harvester.
 Riaan and I in the water area.
 He loved it!
 Candace and Riaan looking at a whirlpool.
 A giant bubble surrounds a person when you pull the rope inside.
 Reading the weather report.
 Top level of the museum.
Other interesting activities.

Friday, 6 January 2017

From Recipient to Donor...

Candace had the rare privilege of going from blood transfusion recipient to blood donor last week. The American Red Cross were holding a blood drive nearby and it was extra-special for Candace to be able to give something back after having received so much from so many different people back in December 2015. :)

 Signs outside the blood clinic.
 Candace donating blood.
In her new Red Cross shirt after the blood drive.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Christmas Dinner...

We celebrated our own little Christmas dinner on the 26th of December, since Candace was working on Christmas Day. We started the day by opening presents and having (fruit) mince pies with brandy butter at tea-time. We then had a lovely roast chicken and vegetables in the early evening. I even made my mom's stuffing recipe from South Africa. :) It is a great new tradition we're starting together. 

 Rusty getting a new chew toy for Christmas. :)
 Opening presents.
 Showing off his two bottom teeth!
 Brandy butter and mince pies.
 Mince pies, yum!
 Making stuffing.
 The roast in the oven.
 First time I've ever cooked a whole chicken. It turned out really well!
The table set and ready... And Riaan waiting for his food! :)

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Christmas Eve...

Candace, Riaan and I joined Candace's family for a Christmas eve breakfast followed by opening stockings together. It was lovely to celebrate and read the Nativity story together. Here are a few photos from our morning with family.

 Table set for Christmas eve breakfast.
 Stocking filled with goodies.
 Aunt Hannah with Riaan.
 Candace with Blakeley and Jakobi.
 Riaan loved his drum set.
 Dancing to the drum beats!
 Family time in the lounge.
 Layne with Riaan.
Cousins together.