Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bonjour,

Thumper is looking better than he was.  He seems to have more energy and is getting back to normal, even though he still doesn’t look so great.  
We had a nice day at the ocean with the Aarons and the Siekberts.  Everyone had so much fun, and it was a nice, sunny day.  Our sunscreen had not expired according to the date, but it did not work so well.  A couple of us got a pretty good sunburn.
We had told the Aarons about the French restaurant that is next to the ocean.  We went there for lunch.  Today, not only was the monkey there but also puppies.  The kids all held the puppies and then had to go wash their hands for lunch.  The monkey came down to our table.  He had been watching and saw the kids eating bananas.  He thought that there might be a banana left in the bag, but he grabbed a cookie wrapper instead since the bananas were gone.  When the monkey headed toward Mimi’s end of the table, she dove under the table.  The monkey had the audacity to go potty on Mimi’s chair.  The waiter came and cleaned the chair, but that wasn’t good enough.  Mimi had to trade chairs.  The food was delicious!  
When we got back to town, we went to a couple stores and then headed home.  The kids still had enough energy to swim.  They swam for just a little while before supper just before the sun went down.  
Just as we were finishing supper, the power went off.  It was load shedding.  Gilbert was not feeling very well; he got too hot today.  He went to bed about 7:30 with a bad headache; it didn’t take him long to go to sleep. 
The Aarons got to experience “load shedding” with us.  We fired up the generator, but the generator room is right next to the guest room.  So, they stayed inside the house until the power came back on.  By that time, all of the kids had fallen asleep.  Joe helped carry the kids out to the guest room.
The Aarons will leave in the morning.  We will be sad to see them go.  They will leave for furlough on May 14; so, we won’t see them for a year or so.
Please pray especially for Catherine Hudson and her family.    
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie