Yesterday, however, was a super fun day for us! In the morning, the kids and I went to visit a 'library'. This cute little girl decided that since there are no libraries in Jordan, she was going to start her own! So, we went over to be her patrons. It was so great! Andrew walked in and said, 'This is even better than I imagined!' I think he made her whole week! :) The kids checked out books and read them on the couches. Then the family we were visiting brought out snacks, so we chatted, and started coming up with ideas about how we should open an Abdoun branch of her library--including a database for all the books, library cards, and even interlibrary loans! Josh and Claire had their wheels turning, and between them and their new friend, Raya, I think they've got a super project idea in the making! :) They're really pumped about this, and I think it's an awesome thing for them to do.
After the library, I dropped the kids off at friends' houses for play time while all the moms went to our new best friend: The Plant Guy. There's this LONG lane of nurseries right along the road to Jerash, and a bunch of us have gone over there ever Thursday morning for the past 3 weeks to pick up plants for our yards and houses. This guy loves us. This time, I only bought one indoor plant, but I also found a tortoise to live in our yard! Ha! Our house is turning into a menagerie, according to Devin, but I think it's just super awesome! We have baby water turtles, birds, and now, a tortoise. Honestly, this is what I envisioned with homeschooling--I want the kids to have the 'pet' experience, without having to have cats and dogs, since Devin and Josh are allergic. These 'alternative' pets are fantastic, as their upkeep is minimal, and the kids are doing it all themselves! :) Hooray! Josh takes care of the birds, Andrew takes care of the turtles, and the tortoise (whose name is M'shell--'michelle'--by the way) takes care of herself and just wanders around the yard. The kids are loving having all the pets to look at and play with. Me too! It's fun!
After our pet shopping...I mean plant shopping...we came home for dinner and put the kids to bed...sort of. Josh babysat while Devin and I went to an Iftar dinner! It was so lovely! I ate WAY too much food! :) They are such a wonderful family--and even made special dishes just for me because they found out that I can't eat grains. It was very thoughtful. We had a lovely time chatting and laughing and stayed WAY too late.
When we were driving home, the road to our house was blocked off. Doh. Yesterday, the results of the major high school exams came out, so apparently there was a celebration going on near our house in the Abdoun circle area. We were 20 feet from our road, and they would NOT let us in. I keep going over this scenario in my mind, wondering if I would have called the Marines in to get us through, if they would have relented. It was SO frustrating to be SOOOOO close to home and not be able to get through! We had to take this seriously long circuitous route to our house that took an extra 20-30 minutes and we were both fuming. Not a good way to end an awesome day. However, we made it home none the worse for wear, really. And I think that after last night's intense celebrations, the city is going to be VERY quiet this morning!