While Mimi, Papa, and Aunt Stacia were here, we got to go on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation! Murchison Falls National Park was our destination for a fabulous Safari. We got stinkin' close to rinos, elephants, giraffes, hippos, lions, baboons, crocodiles, monitor lizards, Uganda kobes, haatbeasts, water buffalo, wart hogs, and a bunch of birds! Amazing!
 We also spent some quality time at Lake Victoria in Munyonyo, and hung out in Kampala (see the previous post about our time at akaHOPE school).  No one sustained any injury or sickness during the trip, which were our biggest fears!  Thank God for a wonderful visit!  I can still hardly believe they were here with us in Uganda!  Here are some photos of our time together:
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welcome sign- We were SO excited!
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Bethany loved having Mimi here!
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checking out the neighbor animals with Aunt Stacia
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Rino photobomb!
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Ziwa Rino Sanctuary- maybe not the safest place for a group picture!
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Andy and Papa are buds.
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Stacia and mini-Stacia!
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one of many sing-alongs
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sunrise on the Nile River waiting for the ferry
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No cages or fences, folks! Those beauties were right there!
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This photo is just too cute not to post! My parents on Safari, ladies and gents!
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The dark area is the shadow of our vehicle. You should have heard me when I realized Nick was hanging out the window filming! Good thing this big guy had already caught his breakfast.
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Awwww! The baboons were not shy. We even saw a couple jump into a safari van to steal some apples.
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both kiddos all tuckered out from the safari, happily resting on the Nile boat tour
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Nick and Stacia were the ones brave enough to hike all the way to the top of Murchison Falls.
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Andy continually reminds us, "That elephant was charging everyone!" This mother elephant ventured close to the ferry and a bunch of tourists got closer and closer to take photos, until she started charging and yelling. The people had gotten between her and her baby. I left the bags, grabbed the kids, and sprinted away. Mom managed to snag this photo!
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Morning coffee at Sambiya River Lodge! Notice our fabulous guide, trip organizer, and friend Edith!
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Toes! Stacia and Beth's favorite game!
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Last dinner together in Uganda! Crocodile, springbok, kudu, and ostrich were on the menu. Yum!
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Soaking up our last few hours together! (Sorry- I couldn't resist the pun. I have spent a lot of time with Mom and Dad lately.)
Jan Brandenburg
1/16/2014 12:15:55

How exciting that after several months of hard work, you got to take a fabulous vacation with your family!

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Andrea Cody Russell
1/17/2014 08:53:42

I have really enjoyed reading your blog, and LOVE seeing the pictures. Having just been on a safari vacation I really can picture your life there. How great for your kids to have this experience in their early lives. They will forever be citizens of the world, with a true global perspective. I'm sure they will always be travelers and fearless adventurers.

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Sherry Crow
1/21/2014 14:19:17

I LOVE these pics, Sarah! And I agree with Andrea, it is truly a gift to your children to be a part of another culture early in life.

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