When my husband and I got married, we went to South Africa for our honeymoon. It might sound exotic and romantic, but it was with 13 of our friends to volunteer at an orphanage.
Many nights were spent shivering on an air mattress (it was during their winter) and traveling into rural areas to serve food and lead children’s programs. Not a typical honeymoon, but we wouldn’t trade that experience in for any resort or beach destination (although that sounds good just about now).
my hubby and little Siyabonga (his name means ‘thank you’)
a sausage tree!
Me and my lil’ bud, Surprise.
It was the perfect way for us to start our journey together; we fell in love with the children and the people we met (they were some of the the happiest, kindest people we’ve come across), and in turn, we realized how thankful we were to be working hand-in-hand for the same amazing cause. We definitely married our best friends. :)
Our last couple of days were spent on a safari, where we slept in tents pitched in Kruger National Park (a natural park that’s pretty much the size of Israel). Not only that, but smack dab in the middle of hyena territory. Another romantic notch on the honeymoon belt.
While on the safari, we saw so many amazing animals in their natural habitat. We were desperately trying to catch a glimpse of a lion, but instead saw an abundance of impalas, rhinos, zebras, giraffes and elephants (everything but the cats).
Well, this brings me to my next project (after that detour through Africa. haha)
One of my favourite animals we saw was the elephant. Maybe the cute brush-like tail just got me… or the leathery grey of their skin… or it was the ‘hey, I’m crossing in front of your car, and I don’t care how long this takes’ attitude. Either way, they were awesome.
I wanted to bring some of these bad guys into our house and saw some of these ideas floating around blogland, and decided to create my own.
I picked up two of these little guys for $1.50 from Michaels (the ‘Farm Animal’ tag scares me… do people have elephants on farms? Maybe they do and I’m the crazy one…)
I gave them two good coats of gold spray paint…
and we now have a chic little reminder of our honeymoon.
it’s definitely not the same as the real deal, but any bit of Africa is welcome in our home! :)
whew! This was time well-spent reminiscing and nostalgically spray-painting these plastic creatures! Hope you have a fantastic Friday!