A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
Our next adventure that has been documented by my phone was a trip to Al Fuhais to see the lights and the tree. We took some friends along with us and had a nice time!
We went to the same tree we went to last year, and it was a little more sad and dilapidated than last year. Luckily, on the way, we found another tree that was a little more spruced up and had Santa and a nativity and loud Arabic Christmas music! Culture at its best.
We then stayed up until after 10 eating and drinking hot cocoa! We had a wonderful Christmas Eve!
And here we continue the cell phone picture fun...
Devin and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary this year! Woot! So, we went down to the Dead Sea to enjoy some alone time. We enjoyed floating in the Dead Sea on the first day of winter!! Ha! It was a glorious sunshiny day, and the water wasn't even cold. We chuckled as we sat basking in the sun in the super buoyant water, knowing that it was the dead of winter. Good times. I didn't, however, bring a phone or a camera to the water. So, we only got one picture as we were leaving the hotel:
It appears it's been awhile since I last posted. I plugged my camera into the computer so I could update with some pictures and realized that all my recent pictures are on my phone! Not that that's a bad thing, per se, it just doesn't look so nice on the blog. However, since there are some fun pictures, I am going to post them!
First off, we were able to go to the embassy for a family dinner, cookie frosting, and a visit from Santa!
To be continued....
Amman is still suffering from that 'little' winter storm that we had on Saturday. Wow. There is still a good foot of snow/ice on the ground everywhere, because people don't know how to get it out of the way AND because it's not getting hot enough to really melt it all away. The sun comes out, melts a little of it until it runs down the streets like little rivers, then night comes and it freezes solid. I hate this type of weather. This morning, the embassy opened late. I was going out to drive Devin to the embassy so I could have the car so we could go to our climbing class... when we got out to the car, Andrew and Claire were slipping and sliding around on the 2-3 inches of solid ice covering everything. That car wasn't going anywhere. Poor Devin walked to work, and we canceled climbing class...so we're still at home. Well, at least we're getting some good school work done!
I'm just hoping that the snow melts soon. My printer ran out of ink, and they don't have the kind I need at the stores close to my house. :( I have to go really far in order to find what I need, and I can't get there because of all the ice. Alright, so MAYBE I could, but I'm not ready to fight all the idiot drivers here. Sorry, was that not nice? I love the Jordanian people, but even they admit that at the best of times, it's horrible to drive here. Add to that some slick ice and deep-ish snow, and it's nightmarish. I'm not going out until there's none left. That's final. I'm ready to get out and do some other fun things, but not until I feel a little safer.
Well, I remember thinking last year's 4+ inches were pretty incredible as far as snow in Jordan. So did everyone else. I thought the picture in the previous post was pretty fun. It's nothing compared to today. wow. Talk about a winter storm! Yep. We're not going anywhere today.
I have a ton more pictures to post, but it's already taken 3 HOURS to upload the few that I have on here. Not entirely sure if it's because of the internet, or if it's time to update the computers... :) so, I will post what I have and you can get an idea of what our day looks like! Funnily enough, it's STILL snowing outside! Wow. I am really loving this! The snow is about a foot deep or more on the roads, drifts are higher. It is a winter wonderland! And the best part? In just a few days, it'll all be gone and we can go back to sunshine! Ha! Best of both worlds. Jordan has it just about right!
We are SOOOO blessed to live here at this time. We are SOOOO blessed to be a part of an amazing group of homeschoolers! These ladies who have organized us into a group have not only made learning fun, given us opportunities to 'socialize' (ha ha) and given us opportunities to support each other, but they've gone above and beyond the call of duty!
This fall, the older kids were organized into a drama group to put on a real play. Last night was the performance. Now, I wasn't involved in everything they did, I only dropped Josh off for rehearsals and ran lines with him and stuff. I can't believe what these people managed to do! I was at a few rehearsals, and the difference between those rehearsals and their final performance was ASTOUNDING! Their lines flowed, their voices carried, they stayed in character, and it was beautiful! The scenery was super cool! I loved every second of it! All the kids were riveted (and it wasn't just mine--this theater was mostly full of the other homeschooled kids with their parents--there are a lot!!!) and everyone enjoyed it. I teared up often as I watched all of these kids prance around in their costumes and perform... But I just about lost it when I watched my little boy--my prince charming--act away on that stage! It still does my heart good thinking about it! I know it was a memorable experience for all of these kids, but I think it will stick in my memory forever, too.
Congratulations on the execution of your first play, Josh! May you enjoy many more! (And I'm glad you didn't 'break a leg'!)
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