On the morning of the oldest's birthday, we roped the rest of the families at the guest house into going to a local reptile village with us.
We were really glad we did! It was a fun place! We had the whole park all to ourselves, and each family got a guide to lead us through the village.
There were turtles and dragons
There were also quaint views
and hundreds of these beautiful yellow birds who made equally beautiful hanging nests
more beautiful views
a paddle boat ride
And oh, hello, there chameleon!
more chameleons (100s of them!)
and more SNAKES!
the birthday girl happily taking a picture of one of the biggest snakes of the village
beautiful views of Lake Victoria on the way home...
We went by the local foreigner's grocery and a pizza place on the way home.
Once home, everyone rested a bit while I set up the partay. : )
If I had really been on the ball, I would have thought to bring birthday stuff for the oldest when we came to Uganda. But I wasn't, so we had to make do with what we could find there. And that would be candy, candy, more candy, Oreos, Pringles and Sprite. We had been in Uganda long enough that I knew the things that would make us all feel most party-ish would be the things that reminded us most of home. I spread a scarf, found some plates and glasses in Fred's kitchen, and spread it out prettily on the table. I was able to find plastic cups and pretty napkins at the grocery.
Oh, and yes, we did try to make cupcakes before we left for the reptile village. And as soon as I put them in the oven, the power went off. There wasn't enough latent heat to cook them, so I scraped out the halfway-baked cupcakes and we had to do with just cookies.
The kids all worked hard on the sign the day before.
After all the kids ate enough sugar to kill ordinary adults, we opened presents!
I think the oldest had a great birthday.
And it doesn't hurt that we're about to throw a superb
(more to come on that--there's going to be surf board painting, lei-making, Soul Surfer watching, lots of sundae and pizza eating and spending the night!)
Happy Birthday, oldest!