She was so excited to get back to class and to see her friends and teachers. This year she is zhong ban at the preschool which is basically the middle aged group. She is on the third floor and feel like a big kid. I was a little curious how she would actually do going back. I was pleasantly surprised that the only thing different was the room. The teachers move up with their class as they get bigger, so she has the same teachers and many of the same friends.
Oh, yes. Bunny needed to have her picture made for the first day of school. Bunny even got to wear some new clothes to school :)
Jonathan made Ibu Ina's fried rise (from Indonesia). It was a big hit. The only thing ws that is made sooooo much food. This is only one of the dishes! So, it was easy to be able to share a meal with our neighbors.
I walked around the corner the other day to find Lauren aranging all the shoes...ours, Ayi's, the house shoes, guest shoes, etc. She was so proud of her artwork.
SO, this represents our cultural story for the week. We had plans to play with some friends at 10:00 on Saturday. She called at 9:50 saying that she was running late and that she would pick us up at 10:30. She also said she wanted to go swimming and then we could go eat McDonald's afterwards. So, we hurry to undress the kids, put swimsuits on, sunscreen, clothes back on, pack bags, find towels, and ready to go. So, at 10:45 she shows up with McD's, coffee/hot tea, and soft drinks, puts it all on our table and says she is going to go change. My kids were ready to walk out the door, but I'm trying to figure out if I'm supposed to eat this food or wait for her to come back...it was none of the above. She wanted us to come back and eat it after we went swimming. You can image how yummy those fries were after sitting for 3 hours :) We had fun as usual!
Jonathan decided to take a picture of all the girls. We don't typically dress up here for any reason, but we all had put on skirts/or dresses. So, Jonathan wanted a picture of his pretty girls. :)
And then we had to have a picture of the tough boys!
We had some friends over for dinner. I call them friends because they are, but we have only seen them a handful of times because they work so much. The very first night we lived here, we had gone out at night to buy some cleaning supplies, mop, etc. when we got a little turned around as to where our hotel was. I guess we looked lost...4 kids at night, LOTS of bags, and don't know the language. Anyways. This couple stopped and said they could help. They carried our bags and walked us all the way back to the hotel.It was good to see them again and this time they had their little girl, LuLu. What fun!
Today was Regan and Benjamin's first day of school. They have been a little jelous that Katherine got to start a week before them. They have counted down every day this week.
Lauren felt a little left out of the picture making, so she posed with Regan.
the chaos as we try to walk out the door in the morning... get shoes on! Who's water bottle is this? Do you have your backpack? Don't forget your helpmet? Lauren, Ayi is feeding you more breakfast...you better listen. Get your bike. No! Don't ride your bike in the house! Is everyone ready? What?! Who pushed the elevator button? We still have one missing shoe! Ok! Bye Lauren! Everybody in the elevator!