Megan was not really into swimming.  At first she hated her PFD-life jacket is outdated-and she was afraid of the water.  She did not like all the splashing and noise.

By Wednesday though, she was doing a lot better. We found a little pool that she and Adrian could play in. She did not do much, just touch the water and walk a very little bit.  She loved the swings, which I never got a picture of 🙁 .

She enjoyed-sort of- Lazy River, as long as her face did not get wet.  But her favorite thing was just watching everyone else have fun.

Watching Patiently

One thing we did a lot of at the Kalihari was watching.  Adrian could not play in his section by himself, so he often had to watch the “big kids do big kid things”.  Most of the time he was very patient.

Some times, one of the older kids would have to wait their turn. If all the kids wanted the same ride with Daddy, one of them would have to wait, because no ride was for more than four at a time.

Just for fun, I found this old picture of the girls and Adrian watching the “big kids” from when we went to the Kalahari with cousins in 2009.  Adrian has grown up quite a bit in three years!

What Megan Learned

Sometimes, Megan grows quickly. She experiments a lot and begins to do a lot of  new things in a short amount of space.

This last week was an example.  She discovered new uses for bowls, how to get into the sugar bowl, that chocolate frosting tastes better than the cookie, green sugar crystal suckers are delicious, that sticking your tongue out for pictures causes adults to stop and say “how cute” and many other useful things.


One of Mark’s favorite “little kid” places was the waterfall.  A bucket would fill with water, the chimes would begin, and before long LOTS of water would come down. Water would come down from all around the “tree house”, but most would fall in the front.

One day, the bigger kids were all waiting for the bucket to dump.  Adrian, unaware, was playing by himself off to the side.  When the bucket dumped, he was caught under the waterfall and ran out, “quick as lightening.”


Adrian really enjoyed the (extremely wet) water tree house for the younger children. It had toys to shoot water, buckets that dumped water and slides.

He learned how to go really fast on the slides and would race whoever he could persuade to go with him.  He gave me some pointers, wiggling his little body to show me how to do it.  His lessons improved my speed, and I even beat him once or twice (out of about “50” attempts.)

He impressed the life guards that he talked to.  One of the girls, after watching him give lessons, told me that he was “a keeper”.

Adrian was just big enough to ride some of the “big kid” rides. We asked him on Thursday if he wanted to ride some of the milder ones. He was willing to do the Cheetah race and loved it.  When asked about some other rides, he said no, maybe after lunch.  After his nap, he still refused to try them.

Before leaving he started talking about riding the Victoria Falls. He really wanted to do it.  So Allan took him down twice.  He loved it!