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Monday, October 31, 2011

Oh Yes, He Did.





It's the PNG national crest. It's not quite healed up yet, still red and a little scabby. Do you have any tatoos?? What do they mean to you??





Friday, October 28, 2011

Proud Big Brothers

{Miani Zion 20 days old}

It's hard to believe our boy is 3 weeks old already. He's growing fast as you can see. We're still waiting to see if he keeps his blue eyes. All of the other children are brown-eyed like their daddy... it's a long shot with Matt's mom being the only blue eyed girl in the whole family but my side is green eyed so we're hoping for some recessive mojo... 
With just a few weeks left in Australia we are tying up loose ends and waiting on paperwork for Miani. We have his birth certificate and passport etc. now we are waiting on his PNG visa...
hurry up and wait...hurry up and wait....

XO Big Love XO



Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mama + Miani Z. = L.O.V.E.



{16 days old}










i thought i'd take advantage of this free, fast internet we have here in Cairns while i can...so i'm posting tons of baby pics! what could be better?  XOXO






Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Where have you been?

     The other day while we were walking through Sydney I was thinking about how small our world has become. I thought about how many of the worlds largest cities I had been to (only 6). This made me curious about how many you all have been to.

     So, I want to play a little game with you. Below you will find a list of the 100 largest cities by population according to 2008 figures. I want you to go through the list and count how many you have been to. I know this gets kinda funny so here are the rules. You have to have put your feet on the ground off of the Airports property. Transferring planes in an airport does not count. Once you have your number you can fill out the survey to the right and or post on this blog. I would love to hear about some whirl wind trips and some exotic cities you have been to. Also if you have a big number I would love to see your list. I am guessing some one that has been to Asia is going to hold the record here since there are so many Asian cities on the list. have fun!

matt

1. Tokyo, Japan - 32,450,000
2. Seóul, South Korea - 20,550,000
3. Mexico City, Mexico - 20,450,000
4. New York City, USA - 19,750,000
5. Mumbai, India - 19,200,000
6. Jakarta, Indonesia - 18,900,000
7. Sáo Paulo, Brazil - 18,850,000
8. Delhi, India - 18,680,000
9. Õsaka/Kobe, Japan - 17,350,000
10. Shanghai, China - 16,650,000

11. Manila, Philippines - 16,300,000
12. Los Angeles, USA - 15,250,000
13. Calcutta, India - 15,100,000
14. Moscow, Russian Fed. - 15,000,000
15. Cairo, Egypt - 14,450,000
16. Lagos, Nigeria - 13,488,000
17. Buenos Aires, Argentina - 13,170,000
18. London, United Kingdom - 12,875,000
19. Beijing, China - 12,500,000
20. Karachi, Pakistan - 11,800,000

21. Dhaka, Bangladesh - 10,979,000
22. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10,556,000
23. Tianjin, China - 10,239,000
24. Paris, France - 9,638,000
25. Istanbul, Turkey - 9,413,000
26. Lima, Peru - 7,443,000
27. Tehrãn, Iran - 7,380,000
28. Bangkok, Thailand - 7,221,000
29. Chicago, USA - 6,945,000
30. Bogotá, Colombia - 6,834,000

31. Hyderabad, India - 6,833,000
32. Chennai, India - 6,639,000
33. Essen, Germany - 6,559,000
34. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - 6,424,519
35. Hangzhou, China - 6,389,000
36. Hong Kong, China - 6,097,000
37. Lahore, Pakistan - 6,030,000
38. Shenyang, China - 5,681,000
39. Changchun, China - 5,566,000
40. Bangalore, India - 5,544,000

41. Harbin, China - 5,475,000
42. Chengdu, China - 5,293,000
43. Santiago, Chile - 5,261,000
44. Guangzhou, China - 5,162,000
45. St. Petersburg, Russian Fed. - 5,132,000
46. Kinshasa, DRC - 5,068,000
47. Baghdãd, Iraq - 4,796,000
48. Jinan, China - 4,789,000
49. Houston, USA - 4,750,000
50. Toronto, Canada - 4,657,000
51. Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) - 4,458,000
52. Alger, Algeria - 4,447,000
53. Philadelphia, USA - 4,398,000
54. Qingdao, China - 4,376,000
55. Milano, Italy - 4,251,000
56. Pusan, South Korea - 4,239,000
57. Belo Horizonte, Brazil - 4,160,000
58. Almadabad, India - 4,154,000
59. Madrid, Spain - 4,072,000
60. San Francisco, USA - 4,051,000

61. Alexandria, Egypt - 3,995,000
62. Washington DC, USA - 3,927,000
63. Wuhan, China - 3,918,000
64. Dallas, USA - 3,912,000
65. Guadalajara, Mexico - 3,908,000
66. Chongging, China - 3,896,000
67. Medellin, Colombia - 3,831,000
68. Detroit, USA - 3,785,000
69. Handan, China - 3,763,000
70. Frankfurt, Germany - 3,700,000

71. Porto Alegre, Brazil - 3,699,000
72. Hanoi, Vietnam - 3,678,000
73. Sydney, Australia - 3,665,000
74. Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep. - 3,601,000
75. Singapore, Singapore - 3,587,000
76. Casablanca, Morocco - 3,535,000
77. Katowice, Poland - 3,488,000
78. Pune, India - 3,485,000
79. Bangdung, Indonesia - 3,420,000
80. Monterrey, Mexico - 3,416,000

81. Montréal, Canada - 3,401,000
82. Nagoya, Japan - 3,377,000
83. Nanjing, China - 3,375,000
84. Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire - 3,359,000
85. Xi'an, China - 3,352,000
86. Berlin, Germany - 3,337,000
87. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - 3,328,000
88. Recife, Brazil - 3,307,000
89. Dusseldorf, Germany - 3,251,000
90. Ankara, Turkey - 3,190,000

91. Melbourne, Australia - 3,188,000
92. Salvador, Brazil - 3,180,000
93. Dalian, China - 3,153,000
94. Caracas, Venezuela - 3,153,000
95. Adis Abeba, Ethiopia - 3,112,000
96. Athina, Greece - 3,103,000
97. Cape Town, South Africa - 3,092,000
98. Koln, Germany - 3.067,000
99. Maputo, Mozambique - 3,017,000
100. Napoli, Italy - 3,012,000

Friday, October 14, 2011

Our October Kids newsletter

We try to put out a newsletter every month or two. Every other one is a kids newsletter written by my daughter (with a little help from dad when needed). if you would like to recieve it via email you can send us a private message with your email address and I will add you to our mailing list.

blessings,
matt


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It Finally Happened

(taking a break from labor to have a spot of tea)

The baby is here. It is a boy. 9lb 9oz., 21.25 inches. He arrived at 6:48pm October 5, 2011. His name is Miani Zion Crosland. As you may remember Miani is the name of my best friend in PNG (see this post: I want my EMTV!!!). It is kind of a big thing in PNG to give the baby the name of someone close to you (mostly family members or friends).
( moments of after birth)
Both mom and baby are doing well. The baby’s head is very bruised but he’s ok. As you might imagine with a baby this size, he is a hungry boy. He has been eating like a champ since he came out.
(weighing in)
More to come later.
matt

Monday, October 3, 2011

GET OUT OF HERE!!!!

 

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Ok,  so that’s not really how it happened, but it could have. We went to the hospital this morning for our scheduled induction. We are pressed for time because of all the things we have to get done after the baby comes (birth certificate, passport, etc.) so we scheduled the induction.

We got there about 6:50am and they put us right into our room. We sat around for a while, filled out the meal plan for the next day or so, they brought some breakfast and we watched Myth Busters.

Then the doctor came in and said  that the hospital had been very busy the night before and all the birthing rooms were full. He said we could wait until around lunch and he would do the induction then or we could come back in the morning. We opted for the morning since a lunch induction would probably mean a birth that went well into the night. When I say we I mean Tiffany with my support. I don’t have to do any of the hard work.

So with that they gave her a day leave from the hospital. Tiff’s dad came back and picked us up and here we sit, at home again, waiting. Come on baby.

 

matt