sometimes life feels so normal here that i forget that our daily life is actually not "normal" for most of our friends and family. so the last few weeks i've taken my camera outside to capture our afternoons.
a few fun facts about indonesia. there are two times of the day to play outside… before 7am (which we do not usually partake in) and "sore" which is about 3-5:30pm. indonesians don't like the sun so if we're outside playing before 3:30pm many people will pass by and tell us it's hot… and i often want to sarcastically reply (oh really!? that explains the sweat dripping off my body) but i just say "yaaa bu" and politely nod my head. many people rest in the early afternoon because it's the hottest part of the day and people here wake up with the sun so they need a nap. like the construction workers we had our house this week… they were sleeping all over our house from about 1-2:30… on the tile floor fast asleep. my kids thought it was hilarious. i digress. it gets dark around 5:30pm every day of the year here (it's sad). there is a call to prayer right as the sun goes down… my kids know when they hear "the mosque" it's time to go in. everyone does. all that to say that the flow of our day is greatly influenced by the culture we live in. most days of the week i have my kids out right at 4pm to play and back in the house at the call to prayer. that's our time to play outside and i love that time of the day!
here are some of the things we do:
they playing in our "pool" in the front yard/car port. :) we don't have a yard at all… most of these photos are taken right outside our house on the street where the kids play.
they play tag with the neighbors and i chat with the ladies. another thing about life here is that there are sellers passing our house all day long making loud noises to signal that they are passing by. each seller has a distinct noise so people know what they are selling. we hear them all day long, even inside the house. my kids replicate the noises as they hear them and the sellers laugh. :)
these are becaks… they are used as transportation and can haul just about anything. literally. this guy is our neighborhood trash collector and kind of works for the leader of our area. i tried to take the kids on a ride on his becak and almost flipped the thing… so he took us on a family ride around the neighborhood. the kids loved it!
mary loves to "tend the garden" and dig. note, our "garden" is about 2 feet wide and has some plants that we didn't plant. but, we are good weeders. :)
also, everyone here sweeps the street in front of their house. every morning around 5am you can hear "swish, swish, swish"… the little twig broom cleaning our street. they usually do it again in the afternoon and luke likes to join "nenek mul", the sweet woman who lives in front of us.
umm, i love him. those buns, those squishy legs, his pigeon toed stance. and the wedgie. he is a constant source of laughter for us… whether he means to be or not.
a few days last week they wanted to play golf but after loosing too many plastic ball we have relocated golf practice to the play room. :) here is a picture of our house… all houses here are built sharing walls with their neighbors and have gates.
and a few times a week we'll go to the "court" down the street from us. it's a jacked up concrete slab with some old bars to play on but we love going there. there are always a lot of kids to play with. luke usually ends up playing soccer or basketball with some bigger boys and mary drifts off into a world of pretend...
the young boys play soccer until about 4:30pm and then older guys come and play basketball. danny and i play with them about weekly. i love playing! my kids used to hate to see me play basketball but now they are okay with it, and sometimes i even have my own cheering squad. :) notice the bikes are placed upside down to make soccer goals and most of the kids are barefoot. most likely these kids have one pair of shoes for school and a pair of flip-flops. they won't wear their school shoes outside so they either play in flip flops or barefoot. my feet hurt just watching them.
go celtics. they love to wear their jerseys together.