A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
Today was one of THOSE days. We started early and just kept going. We had snacks to make, backpacks to pack and clothes to find before leaving for co-op at 9:15am. Then the little kids had classes and I taught my recorder class. That ends at 11:30, so I gathered up the littles and ran home so we could eat some lunch. I left Andrew and Claire in the capable hands of Devika, and took Peter to a playdate and Josh to HIS co-op classes. After I dropped them off, I rushed home so I could talk to Devin, then my friend came to drop off her girls to play with Claire for the afternoon, and we ended up chatting about Very Important Things until it was time to go get Josh and Peter. So I got Josh, then we picked up the mail from the embassy, and headed over to get Peter from his playdate. On the way home, we tried to find a movie from the 'Jordanian Red Box', but they didn't have what we wanted. :( So we went home and I dropped off Peter. Then Josh and I went up to the circle to get some treats for the kiddos and a birthday present for one of the primary kids who just had a birthday. I got home and we ate a quick 'linner'--it was really our dinner even though it was at 4:30--then the kids packed up their swim stuff and we rushed over to the embassy for the Polar Bear Plunge...
Wait! What's the Polar Bear Plunge, you ask? Well, I'll tell you. Every year, just before they open the embassy pool for summer use, they open it up really early when it's still sort of cold and offer free ice cream (or beer) to anyone willing to jump in the freezing cold waters. Unluckily for the embassy people in charge, it was a GORGEOUS day and the water was WARM!!! HA! They lost out on a lot of ice cream and beer!
So, the kids and I ran over to dip in the pool. But here's the funny part: I told the kids we could only stay for one hour-from 5-6pm. The 'plunge' was officially supposed to happen at 5. The newsletter said it was from 5-9. I suppose I just assumed that it would be open from 5-9. Nope. It was open for about 20 minutes. They blew the whistle and made everyone get out. My kids thought it was break time so they sat shivering in their towels waiting to get back into the warm water. Finally Claire asked the lifeguard and he told her that, no, the pool is now closed again for another week! Ha! Oh well. At least they got their ice cream and I got them home with plenty of time for me to get ready for my NEXT appointment of the day!
Yes, there's more to this day. After we got home, I got dressed in my Sunday best and went over to the new Charities Center for the church for the leadership meeting. I was there as the organist. You know, one of the benefits of being (usually) the only music person around, is that no matter whether I'm in leadership or not, I still get to go to ALL the meetings...he he he... Just kidding. Anyway, it was a little 'fireside/tour' of the new Center for all of us without big crowds of people and little kids. It was very nice! SO Excited to meet there tomorrow!!
I got home around 8:30pm and the kids had just finished their movie (I let them stay up! Wow! I'm such a nice mom!) and were getting into bed (thanks to Devika). I got all the kids in bed and now it's late... I should practice the piano. I should go over something for lessons or something. I REALLY should just go to bed right now. I'm tired enough.
Nah. I'm going to watch cupcake wars and then go to bed. It was a BUSY day. I need to unwind with something mindless. Tomorrow is Jordan's time change. Not looking forward to that one. The spring forward time change always makes me SO tired...
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