While a big chunk of the inland population of South Africa migrated to the coast for Christmas, Will, Baby Girl and I headed in the opposite direction: The Kalahari. Something about the Kalahari just feeds my soul: The dunes; the Camel Thorn Trees; and the thick, white sand... And, of course, Grandpa and Grandma lives there!
Christmas in the Kalahari is strictly not for sissies - it was hot! Thank goodness for a swimming pool and ceiling fans.
|Hangin' around the pool with Grandma and Grandpa.|
|Lunch at the pool.|
Baby Girl and I went for an early morning run on Christmas Day - another thing about the Kalahari that's definitely not for sissies. Running on that thick sand with the stroller is tough! We huffed along for three kays and then called it a day - just enough to work off the previous night's chocolate pie ;).
|Huffing through the thick sand.|
Even Will busted out his running shoes for a change (only because the thick sand made riding his road bike impossible). I suspect his motivation for running also had something to do with the anticipation of tiramisu for Christmas lunch...
|Will working up an appetite...|
Christmas Day lunch was a spread of lamb, seafood, pork and game with veggies and salads - so good! Will's main course consisted of, ahem, tiramisu and ice cream, plus another helping of tiramisu and ice cream - nothing on earth tops his sweet tooth.
|... and then showing his tiramisu who's boss.|
Baby Girl enjoyed the trip so much - from seeing lions and game for the first time to discovering the joys of playing in the Kalahari sand. I don't think she's ever gotten as dirty before - plus she slept like a rock every afternoon and every night. Must be all the fresh farm air :) !
We're thankful to be back home safe and sound for a few more days of relaxing before 2013 starts. Wishing you a wonderful time of rest!