A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
24 August 2012
We have now made it through our 2nd Friday Sabbath here in Amman. Amazingly, we left church without callings! I doubt it’ll happen again, but, well, I suppose it’s sort of nice not to have any serious responsibility outside of figuring out our homeschooling schedule! Although, we did leave the church in sort of a hurry. It appears that the cute little lady in charge of the primary passed out treats. It was some sort of chocolate and happened to have nuts in it—Claire had a semi-severe allergic reaction, and I didn’t have any Benadryl with me, so we had to walk home really fast. Poor little dear. By the time we got home and got her some meds, her eyes were almost swollen shut. Doh. She’s ok, though. I think she was more freaked out about the swollen eyes, which made her scream and cry a lot, which didn’t help the swelling go down! I don’t blame her—when I saw it I sort of freaked out, too (in my mind, of course…after Andrew’s accident, I’ve learned how to control my freaked-outedness in front of my kiddos who are experiencing trauma. Screaming about it doesn’t actually help very much…), so I gave her a double dose of Benadryl and sat and read stories to her for awhile. She looks much better now. I’ll probably give her another dose before bed just to be safe. Luckily, if things would have gotten out of hand, the big medical center of Amman is super close to our house, so I honestly wasn’t overly worried. It’s nice to have peace of mind about things like that. Silly nuts.
So, we had quite the week this week! It was Eid, so we ended up with a 5 day weekend! Saturday, Devin was gone ALL day. He left in the morning to help someone move, got back late afternoon, and then someone took him to go do grocery shopping and he came home in time to put the kids to bed! L It was a LOOOONG day. Sunday, though, we went swimming for the day with some friends and met all sorts of people at the pool! It was great! I met some of the other homeschooling moms that we’ll be doing co-op with, and that was nice. Monday, we enjoyed a quiet morning, then went with a friend over to the Children’s Museum.
I thought it was rather nice! We ended up getting a year pass there and so we’ll be back!
Tuesday, we walked to a mall that’s not far from our house. It has all sorts of very familiar stores—like Bath and Body Works (woohoo! I bought a 220V Wallflower with a few refills, and now my house smells like a rose garden! I have to admit, I’ve ALWAYS wanted a 220V wallflower. Now I can order refills through the internet OR I can just run down to the mall down the street! Woohoo! After our mall adventure, we took a taxi home—and it cost a whole 50 cents to get home! Hmmm…maybe I won’t need the van after all! Ha! The taxi guys don’t really speak very good English, but I should be learning A’arabi anyway. I need to call around and find a tutor tomorrow.
Wednesday was our ‘official’ first day of school:
Even Peter wanted to join in and have his 'first day of school' photo!! Lovely pictures! We had a great day doing all sorts of games and fun things. I know we’ve done lots of fun school activities already this summer while doing our Nature Unit and our America unit in D.C., but now it’s time to make more of a routine out of it and get things going. It should be fun! We have a little schedule (that I’m SURE will change) and all sorts of outside activities and outings that will be very interesting!
Thursday we had only half a day of school (which ended up being REALLY fun as we did history—we’re studying the Ancients this year and I’m so very excited! We learned about Archeology and the kids just loved it!) as we had a playdate planned for the afternoon. I dropped the 4 kids off at a friends’ house and her housekeeper (who, incidentally is also MY housekeeper) watched my 4 and my friends’ 4 kids! Then, the two of us went out and about. She gave me a GREAT driving tour of the city! I feel like I’ll get this eventually… My favorite place we went to, though, was the National Conservatory of Music! I signed Josh and Claire up for piano lessons!!!! I’m SO excited for them to have lessons! So, they have piano lessons, they’ll be doing Tae Kwon Do/Ballet/Gymnastics one day a week with the co-op, there is a group that gets together once a week in the afternoon to play soccer and stuff, and there’s the co-op lesson/group time… Plus I plan to do outings to other places for fun and go to the children’s museum library on a fairly regular basis… No social time? Huh? I don’t know what people are talking about.
Who Am I?
As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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