A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
We had the super awesome opportunity to have Devin's sister, Kristen, come and visit us! We had so much fun having her here, and it seems rather empty now that she's gone! Since we were SOOOO busy while she was here, I never got to post anything! So I thought I would do an overview of some of the things we did because it was just too fun not to post anything!! :)
First, the day after she got here, 3 kids in our branch were baptized in the Jordan River! What a cool experience to see these lovely, wonderful children be baptized in such a special, sacred place!
The next day, being a Sunday, wasn't a very exciting day. We had a writing class then an art class. Then the boys went to a playdate, and I took the older kids and Kristen on a driving tour of the middle of Amman/downtown. It was a very silly tour, and we got a little lost, but thanks to Hal (short for Halelujah, our GPS), we made it back alright.
Monday morning, however, we packed up a picnic lunch, grabbed our swimsuits, and ran down to the Dead Sea for a morning float!
Tuesday, we had the coolest outing: We went to an Olive Wood factory and got a tour of all of their machinery and how they make all of their amazing things! The kids were fascinated, and Claire made friends with EVERYONE...they all begged me to bring her back again soon! Love that girl!! :)
On Wednesday, Devin took the day off to enjoy some activities with us! We went to Jerash and Ajloun--two of my favorite places here in jordan! We even got to try out this restaurant nearby, the Lebanese House, and it was SO GOOD! So fun to show Kristen some local food that is SUPER yummy!
Thursday we were super tired. It was a HOT LONG day there out in the desert sun! Whew!!! So we had a laidback school morning, then the big kids had drama class. We went to the embassy pool for dinner out by the pool, and some rest and relaxation. :)
Friday, we went to church and enjoyed our time there. Then we packed up the car and drove down to Petra! It was a lovely Sabbath drive and we listened to some radio dramas about the life of Jesus. We ate a packed dinner that we had brought and enjoyed our super awesome hotel room! Devin found the BEST place--it has a family room, is super cheap, is close to the entrance to Petra, the people are really friendly, and the buffet breakfast was wonderful!
Saturday morning, we ate our breakfast, packed our bags full of water, and went out to explore Petra! We got to ride horses, camels and donkeys, and see almost everything there! It was EXTREMELY hot, but the kids were super troopers. I think the camels, donkeys and horses helped a lot.
We got home Saturday night and had a BBQ at home. By Sunday morning, Kristen was SICK. Oh dear. We had our writing class, then went to art--and halfway through art class, Josh jumped up from the table, and ran to the bathroom to throw up. Oh boy. At least he made it. So, that scrapped the rest of the day. We came home, and Josh laid in his bed and did nothing. Kristen laid on the couch. The kids watched movies with her for the rest of the day. :(
Monday morning, Josh and Kristen were a little better, but Peter was down for the count. However, it was Andrew's birthday! So, he was in charge of the day. Their plan: Watch 'Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark', and play on the iPads. All day. So, that's what they did! Which is good, because Andrew wanted spaghetti with homemade sauce for lunch, and homemade pizza for dinner, and strawberry shortcake for his cake. I spent all day cooking. It was a definite change of pace! And that strawberry shortcake was scrumptious!!!
Tuesday we played games together in the morning before tennis. Everyone seemed better and over the sickness. After tennis, we went to the embassy gift shop and looked for some fun souvenirs. Then Claire, Kristen, and I went to the General Women's Broadcast to enjoy the wonderful talks! They were so great!! I can't wait to read them in print and mark them up and write down more thoughts!
After the broadcast, we came home and got ready to take Kristen up to the airport. We got her off safely, the kids were safely sleeping, and I let the kids have Wednesday and Thursday off from school because I got sick! Bleh! Today is Friday, and Andrew and Claire are sick, so we are home from church, which is why this has been posted so quickly. :/ We're enjoying some lovely church movies (Johnny Lingo, Other Side of Heaven)...and my poor littles are lying around like lumps on logs. Good times. We can't ALWAYS be healthy, right? But we're doing well.
Now, it's time to move on with normal life again. This is definitely made easier by the fact that Devin has a 5 day weekend! Woot!
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