Tuesday, August 7, 2012

"Under African Skies" (Our Version of an African Safari)

I've been a spotty blogger for two weeks now.  Maybe I'm preparing myself for what's to come.  In about a week, my life will be busier than ever (more on that later).  And if it weren't for this blog serving as my family scrapbook, I would go on a blogging hiatus until mid-December.  Because that's the next time I'll be coming up for air. I'm tired just thinking about it.

On a brighter note, we just wrapped up an awesome week at the beach with family. Of course there are plenty of pics to share. I hope to get those posted this week.

I still have several posts old posts that need to go up.  Just random stuff that need to go in this little scrapbook of mine.  And I want to post one of those today.

M recently received a pretty cool gift from a cousin.  Remember M went to Raleigh a couple of months ago to visit a great-great aunt?  Well, that aunt and her husband have traveled the world.  They raised a daughter, Cousin C, who obviously grew up traveling the world and still does today. Africa has been one of C's destinations for the past few years, and earlier this year she sent me the link to a photo book of her last safari.

Beautiful, beautiful pictures. When I noticed all the educational captions that went right along with them, all I could think of was how this book would be a priceless addition to M's book collection.  So I asked if she had a smaller/kid version.

And a couple of months ago, we received just that.  M has plenty of books with animals, but they're all store-bought.  None are as special as this book.  All of the pics were taken by Cousin C and her husband O, and I find that very special.  And since they live in Switzerland and M has only met C once or twice, I am so grateful for this part of her life that she has shared with my kid.

Best African safari book ever! 

My picture of the book could do it no justice, so here are some screenshots from C's original photo book.  (Check out the full version of her book, Under African SkiesHERE!)

The version she sent M focuses on the "Big Five" game, which are the most difficult (and most dangerous) African animals to hunt on foot:  the rhino, African elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, and leopard.  The thought of being on a safari so close to these animals in their natural habitats sort of freaks me out, but I'm sure it's an experience like no other.  And I'm thrilled that C has shared this with my baby.

(Okay, and me.  Africa is one of my dream destinations, so I kinda go through these pics and pretend I'm there!)

Is this not the coolest?  So, so special!

Anyhoo, I hope everyone's having a great week!  It's my last week of non-mandatory work, yet I've been kinda working to prepare for the whirlwind of a life that will start next week. 

I'll probably post again tomorrow after I send my sweet girl off for yet another camping/beach trip (this time, without Mama or Daddy).  I'm gonna miss my Babycakes, but it will give me time to get my house in order (literally and figuratively) so that we can have a smooth start to the school year.

Happy Tuesday!

~ G

1 comment:

  1. The pictures are gorgeous...here's to hoping you make yours dreams come true soon:-)


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