Written by: Sarah
On August 27th we had a busy day! We celebrated Lauren's 3rd Birthday and the other girls had their first day of school!
We started off the day by getting up, having our breakfast and Bible lesson, and then heading off to school. No backpacks were needed for the short trek...30 feet across our yard to the school house. Camryn is in the first grade this year and is excited to finally be getting back to school. Jordan is starting kindergarten and she's excited to start math this year because she gets to do the same math her big sister did last year. The teacher, Mrs. Fox, is excited about spending 1 on 1 time with the girls and getting back to teaching... How long will the excitement last? Well, I'm writing this now that we've just finished our 2nd week and everyone's enjoying it, but the excitement has faded. There have been some groans and whines and complaints, but what can you do? Life isn't all fun and games and I guess it's time for the girls to learn this by enduring the rigors of a first grade and kindergarten curriculum :)
Jordan's been funny because she doesn't want mommy to be her teacher, so when I'm in the school house I'm her 'teacher' and not her 'mommy'. When we're at the lunch table she wants me to ask about her day at school and we talk about her teacher...she likes to pretend I'm not both people. She also gets a kick out of her math teacher, Mr. Demme, who teaches a lesson on dvd. We pretend to call him and tell him how Jordan did on her math lesson and he tells her how proud he is of her.
Here are some pics from the first day of school...
Jordan and Camryn ready for their first day...how long will the smiles last???
Teacher, aka, Mommy ready for the 1st day...how long will the smile last??
The school room all ready to go...We are so blessed to have this place for our school house.
Daddy tearing up as he drops the girls off
Daddy wrote this message on the board...it says 'welcome to your first day of school' in Zarma
The girls sitting at their desks
After our first day of school, we had a little birthday bash for Lauren. She loves the color pink, so we made her pink cupcakes, and a pink polka dotted crown, and she got a pink wheelbarrow from Grandma and Grandpa Pollock and a pink bicycle from mom and dad. Camryn and Jordan made her cards and gave her some new toys as well. Since Jordan received a bike for her birthday, Lauren was sure she would as well. A few days before her birthday we were in Niamey trying to find something she would like and also something that wouldn't break the bank. Jody and I spoke in code by spelling out bike. And Lauren caught on and kept repeating 'B-I-K', 'B-I'K'. She had no idea what she was spelling, but it was cute. Luckily she fell asleep in the car, so she didn't see me bring the bike to the car!
Lauren and the amazing cupcake tower (created by Daddy)
Lauren and her birthday dinner...chicken, green beans, and potatoes
Finger lickin' good!
Lauren and her new bike!