This morning, I whipped out the new 'weather station' that I got for school--so now we have a classroom weather station! It's a barometer, hydrometer, and thermometer--and we are so excited to be able to predict the weather every day! :)
It's been raining cats and dogs all day. Wow. This is reminiscent of our time in Africa! Wow. Again. Yes, it needs to be repeated. In a country that is the 4th poorest in water in the WORLD, that was a LOT of rain. And due to the fact that it hardly ever rains here, the drainage is BAD, so when it rains, it floods like mad everywhere! We made an appointment to go to an Animal Hospital today to go see some of the animals and just getting there and around town was a supreme adventure in and of itself! Ha! The boys in the back (who are storm-aholics) kept yelling out that it was a class one hurricane and any moment there was going to be a tornado and look at the flood and the hail! A multipurpose field trip, if you ask me! The kids LOVED zooming through the huge 'puddles' and battling the winds and rains that pounded us! So fun to have some weather! (And I'm SO glad it doesn't last long
After the Animals Hospital, we went on a long explore! (Did I mention it took us an hour to get to the place in the first place because I got lost and couldn't figure out how to put the name into the GPS so I could find it? I had to call and ask for directions twice--and their directions took me about 10km off-course! Doh!! When we got near to the airport, I stopped and did some experimenting with the GPS to see if I could find it and finally found the right combination! I NEVER would have found the place without the GPS. That was money well-spent. Why can't I get that reimbursed as homeschool fieldtrip fodder? Seriously people!) We found a really cool BIG park by the Animal Hospital that is all trees and big boulders! The kids can't wait to go back when it's dry and climb all the boulders! We wanted to find a library, too. So, I put in Library on the GPS and found one semi-close to home. We followed the directions to where it was supposed to be and could not find it. We drove up and down between 1st and 2nd circle a few times, then we just parked so we could get out and walk to see if walking slowly down the road could help us find it. It was SUPER windy and really cold, but the rain was only down to a slight drizzle as we walked down the sidewalk (and sometimes the road...), but we couldn't find it!! As we were walking back to the car, the rain started to POUR again! Yikes! So the wind was blowing our hoods off and the rain was pouring down--by the time we got back to the car we were all soaked and frozen! ha! Luckily, we weren't far from home. On our way home, we FINALLY saw the library--but didn't notice it because the signs are only in Arabic. I wonder if that means that it's only an Arabic library? I still want to find out. But we didn't then, because we were soaking wet. As we drove home, we were close to 4th circle where we turn off to go home, and about 4 cars ahead of us, and HUGE tree was blown down by the wind and blocked the ENTIRE road!!!! Yikes!!! Luckily, I knew right where we were, so I made a quick U-Turn before everyone else did, too, and headed back one block to a back way that runs by the church. Whew! So, we made it home without any other incident! Hooray!
We came home to a clean house (LOVE the days Devika is there!!) and so I made dough and for Family Home Evening, we made pizzas! (I made this creamy shrimp bisque for myself--and it was divine!!) Overall, a good day for finding new things!