Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Traveling with toddlers on public transportation is quite the experience! Most of the time the kids have been really great about sitting pretty still and behaving, so it's as easy as it could be. I just still have to learn the 984759348 different bus routes or "trufie" routes...(just big vans basically.)
I'm surprised at how much I enjoy going to my language school here - it's been fun to meet people, and my teachers are just great people. It's helping a bunch, but I know that I still have a long ways to go! For the past 2 weeks I've repeatedly thought I was telling people or kids that I was going to be right back, but instead I've been telling them that I'm stirring. Awesome. :)
This week a mother and daughter from Texas are visiting to learn more about Casa de Amor - this means that we have lots of fun activities planned to show them a good time.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Cute little monkey
Monday, September 14, 2009
Yesterday was my second day here in Bolivia, and it was long but lots of fun! I had a 12 hour shift at Casa de Amor 2, which is home to 12 precious kids ages 3-12. Tia Nahara was my teammate for most of the day, and she was great to work with. When I got there in the morning I helped everyone get dressed and ready for church while she prepared lunch for when we got back.
Church was definitely an experience! First, we piled 12 kids, 2 Tias, and our driver into one car. Seatbelts are kind of a non-issue here, I think. The church that we went to today was completely in Spanish. I knew a couple of the songs that we sang in English, but I didn't follow a whole lot of the 2 hour long sermon...I will have to get better at my spanish still. I am learning a lot every day but still have work to do! In the afternoon we had lunch at the house with all of the kids and got to play for the rest of the evening. Then we had dinner, changed everyone into pj's, and called it a night. A few of the kids get to watch a movie on Sunday nights if they have behaved well during the week. :) Last night after I got back I met my roommate, Katrina. She is 17 and has volunteered here for a while now, so she's been very helpful with my 2937498 daily questions! Here are a few pictures from yesterday:
How many kids can we fit into a car?
Some of y'all know that Cheaper by the Dozen is my all-time favorite book - in the back of my mind I've always kind of thought it would be neat to have a dozen kids...let me tell you, today cured me of that real fast! These were 12 great kids, and I have a newfound respect for families with so many children...I just don't think that I could ever do it myself! I loved being at Casa de Amor 2 yesterday.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I'm living in the first of three children's homes through Casa de Amor, and they call this the Baby Home. Kids here are mostly 3 and under...there actually may be some 4 and 5 year olds who live here, but I can't tell who lives where yet! I have been introduced to so many kiddos that I can hardly keep anyone straight...especially these two:
Today the first thing that we did after getting in was have a birthday fiesta for a 1-year old. It was wild...
I am 100% positive that you will read this today - love & miss you lots! Hope you have half as much fun as the birthday boy here did!
Sorry for such a long post - I am just excited to be here. Nap time just ended so I'm off to help change babies...woo cloth diapers!
I'll end with this for the day: