Tuesday, December 18, 2007

long way from Shawnee

We were honored that Ryan's parents were willing to come all the way to Saipan to visit. They had been planning to travel in celebration of their 40th wedding anniversary, but the Pacific was not on their short list for destinations. So it was a sacrifice for them.
It was so nice to see them, and it of course was great for the kids to spend time with Nana and Papa. They adapted to the time change with ease, and didn't seem to mind the cramped quarters of our condo. They enjoyed island living and learning more about Saipan's history.

a swing with a view

I had plenty of qualified help in building the swingset. Nicholas and I pretended we were on the chain gang as we swung the pickaxes that we borrowed from Bert and Mario.
Bert fabricated (by welding) brackets to fix the horizontal beam to the wall of our condo, and he used a hammer drill to sink the anchors.
Not pictured is the adult-only swing, a one-person hammock that Kim's mom sent us, which hangs from the other side of the "A" frame. Every time I try to sit in it, one of the kids is already there.

Halloween in Saipan