Today was a pretty exciting day. We woke up at 5:15 to get ready for our first day of school. Matt and the boys had to make it to the bus stop by 6:15, so they left a little before 6:00. It gets light here at about 4:30-4:45 and we have been waking up at that time ever since we got here. We had everyone go to bed at 7:00 last night and they were asleep in no time at all! Matt and I went to bed at 8:00. So much earlier bedtimes than we are used to, and a way earlier start to the day for sure! I made the boys some toast and cut up mango for their breakfast. I packed them sandwiches, apples and a granola bar for lunch. Then off they went. It was really foggy this morning, which is why I think the pictures are kind of blurry.
It was pretty tough getting everyone else ready to leave. Rex didn't want to wake up, and there is a lot to do before you leave the house. Since there are so many bugs all over the place, you have to completely clean up any food from your meal. So I made the same breakfast again, packed the same lunches, washed all the dishes, cleaned the kitchen, swept under the table and in the whole kitchen. Then I hung up all the towels so that they would hopefully dry. It takes things a lot longer to dry here because it's so humid. We wanted to leave at 6:35, but we didn't leave until 7:00. School starts at 7:00.
Our house is about a mile away from the main road. We walk down a dirt road with lots of hills.
The school in about a block up the street once we get on the main road. We got there okay and got all the kids situated. The principal asked me to help out in the cafeteria. I was so happy to see my first group of kids come in.
Rex's teacher said he jumped right in and started interacting with the other kids immediately. He ate his rice and garbanzo bean stew and headed back to class.
At the end of the day, everyone reported back with good stories and happy attitudes. They we all welcomed by classmates and felt like everyone was really nice. All the kids are actually excited to do it again tomorrow!