Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Monumental Moments

Good afternoon my dears,

Lately, we've had a lot of what I like to call monumental moments, moments that are meaningful and worth remembering and celebrating.

Moved into our Farmhouse 

We received the keys to our farmhouse on March 22nd, the day this picture was taken. In the weeks after, the trees surrounding the house started to bloom and now we're shaded from the midday sunshine under a canopy of leaves. The views out of every window, has to be one of my favorite things about moving further out into the countryside. So peaceful. 

40th Anniversary of Joining the Rhodesian Air Force

This year would've been the 40th anniversary of my dad joining the Rhodesian Air Force. He served from 1978-1982 and it shaped his future decades-long career in avionics. In 1989, when I was aged three, my Dad co-founded Inter Avionics where he worked for almost twenty-five years, until passing away aged fifty-four in 2013.

Pictured. Far left, on bended knee. 

Also pictured is my Uncle Buffy, who along with my Aunt Diana, recently attended a 40th reunion in South Africa. While there they got together with family and longtime family friends. My Aunt Diana kindly sent me this picture, of the Chomse family whom I've known my whole life.

Left to right: Unknown, unknown, Isa, Alf (who was my dad's business partner at Inter Avionics, Serena, Miskar (my dad's godson), Alf's mom. 

13th Anniversary in the United States

On May 5th, we celebrated my 13th year in the United States. As of last year, I've now lived in the United States longer than I lived in South Africa (8 years) or England (11 years). 

What monumental moment have you recently celebrated?

Have a blessed week,
Kiki Nakita

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Kelsie's 3rd Birthday at Lake Tillery and a Housewarming Luncheon

Good afternoon my dears.

We recently celebrated the 3rd birthday of our dog, Kelsie Merrily.

Aka; Kells, Belle, Ballerina.

We adopted Kelsie in August, 2015 when she was five months old, from the high kill shelter in Elizabethtown, NC. She was due to be euthanized the following day, but instead, she got to come live with and make memories with us. 

So in keeping with last years tradition, which you can read about here, we decided to take Kelsie on a day trip, firstly to the car wash, then to Lake Tillery for a picnic and hike. 

We picnicked by this beach cove, with soft sand and waves as the boats and jet skies drove by. 

The area overlooked forest on one side...

...and the lake on the other side. 

After the picnic we hiked up the hill. 

Where as you climb you can see glimpses of the lake through the dappling trees. 

When we see glimpses of this bridge, then we know we're almost finished, and have more than met our 10,000 steps for the day.

The following day we hosted a luncheon for some friends. 

I grouped together the savory bites along with the bigger plates. 

Cheddar and heirloom tomato sandwiches. 

Mexican corn potato salad

Southwestern salad 

And I grouped together the sweet bites with the small plates and silverware. The green platter was for sugar cookies that were still in the oven. 

Strawberry scones served with rhubarb raspberry preserves. I had to take the dome off as it was steaming up. 

The housewarming gift we received from our realtor-turned-friend, her husband, her daughter, and new baby son. 

You can also watch the video of our weekend here too if you'd like. 

Enjoy the rest of your week,

Kiki Nakita

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