So now that I'm all alone and have a ton of time on my hands...it's catch-up time. Here's what the girls and I did while they were here:
Every Sunday there is this AWESOME African Market just 10 minutes up the road. We took the girls there and they were in heaven. It is so fun! The necklaces, the wood work, the rock figurines, the paintings...it's all so great.
Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela! What a great man. He was the anti-apartheid activist who spent 27 years in jail for it. He was also South Africa's first black president in 1994. He turned 91 and there was a big party at his house. We were 20 feet from him! We were so close to talking to security about letting us meet him... His house:
Monday, we went to Princess Alice adoption home and I introduced them to my favorite little baby, Precious. They loved feeding and playing with the babies:
We also went to the new Harry Potter movie and loved it. We all weren't a fan of all the things they added that weren't in the book...no need to do that. But it was fun!
Tuesday, I took the girls to the Rhino Lion Park that we love. We got to pet Eddie, the Cheetah:
Haylie isn't going to be happy that I chose this picture. But I LOVE it:
And Sarah is going to be even more mad...we all loved this picture because she looks like she's strangling the lion! It's okay Sarah, we know you're really not:
Wednesday and Thursday we spent the night in Rustenburg and went to Pilanesberg Game Reserve both days. We had the BEST luck. Ben and I haven't ever seen that many animals there:
We followed this train of elephants. There were 17 of them!
We saw 3 different prides of lions. UNREAL! Ben and I have only seen one here and we've been here like 10 times!
THE BEST EXPERIENCE EVER.
WE GOT CHARGED BY THIS GUY:
We were following him slowly on the road when all of a sudden he turned around and charged full on. I was reversing as fast as I could but he wasn't slowing down. We were all screaming and I just kept thinking, "Oh my gosh. What if he doesn't stop!"
Sarah and Bekah have the HILARIOUS video and I'll get it from them soon. It was the highlight of our trip.
This was also a highlight. There were 4 of us and 4 of them. We said this would be us someday and snapped a picture:
We went to another Lion Park Wed night to play with 2 and 3 month old lions.
The good luck ended as soon as we headed home. We popped the tire. Majorly. Didn't even see that pot hole coming. These nice guys stopped to help us and weren't shy about hitting on Sarah, Bekah, and Haylie. Don't worry, they all exchanged numbers.
Friday we went to the Apartheid Museum, which was awesome. And then we took the girl that got baptized, Princess, out shopping to get her a new church outfit since she didn't have one. It was way fun.
Saturday morning, we all went to the Johannesburg Temple. Haylie and Bekah did baptisms while Ben, Sarah and I did a session. I love the temple!
After the temple, brave Bekah went bungee jumping!! YAY! (Video coming from them soon)
You go girl!
And that's it! It was a total blast and they didn't want to leave...nor did I want them to leave. But they had the Buckingham Palace and Wicked waiting for them in London on their way home. Thank you girls SO much for coming. I loved every second. You are the best friends ever!