Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The First Day of School

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!

I Was a Lunch Lady!

We showed up for our first day of school today. After I saw that all the kids were settled in nicely, I told the principal that I was happy to help out wherever she needed me. She promptly walked me down to the comedor and set me up with this lovely hair net.

My first job was to fill a bunch of cups with this stuff. 

I later learned it was a fresco, or fruit juice, and that our kids would get a fresco along with a full meal every single day that they went to school. 

Every meal they would have at this school included some type of beans with meat, rice and a salad. 

I got a lot of strange looks from the kids that came through the lunch line. I wasn't sure if it was me or my hair net. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Our Neighborhood Park (and McDonald's)

We did a little exploring in our new town today. We stopped by the elementary school to ask if we could bring our kids there for the summer. Which they said was totally fine. Then we saw our town's park. Our kids ran straight to the playground and played for almost an hour! I think we will be spending many an hour here.

Then we went all American and took a trip to Walmart and to McDonald's. We are easing ourselves into our new culture just a little bit at a time. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Paraiso Ward

We were really excited to find our ward for the next 7 weeks. We woke up pretty early today because the sun comes up early, because of the neighbors roosters, and because we didn't sleep super awesome our first night. Hopefully that changes.  We all showered and ate a familiar breakfast of pancakes. We weren't sure when the bus would come, so we tried to get to the bus stop as early as we could, just to be safe. We made it to the church with 10 minutes to spare! I was very surprised by how big it was, and by how strong the members are there. I loved sitting and listening to all the great talks, lessons and comments. It seems like the Paraiso Ward is going to be a wonderful family for us this summer. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Tres Rios Open Market

We got to experience our first open market here in Costa Rica. In many towns, there are open markets every Saturday. It's basically a farmers market, and people from all over town come and buy their weekly produce. We bought a few things, but since we aren't in our house yet, we didn't want to get too much. We also got all the kids their own fresco - or fruit drink.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Poor Cameron

This poor guy finally fell asleep after a good, long cry. This has been a lot of change for Cameron and he couldn't handle it any longer. He misses his house, his bed, his Pokemon, his friends, and every other familiar thing. We cuddled for a little while until he fell asleep. I hope this isn't going to be too hard for him.

Leg One

We were running around all day and still left things undone when our shuttle arrived at 3:00. Sometimes I say things to the kids only halfway paying attention. And then the other half is speaking from a place that is not in reality. For example, Nina asked me yesterday if I could take her to Dairy Queen. I told her maybe we could go the next day if everyone helped me get ready.  Maybe must mean certainly, and if must mean regardless. So with only 2 1/2 hours before our ride was supposed to come, I loaded up all the kids to run some essential, and some non-essential errands. Returning library books, getting money from the bank, turning in my ballot, and Dairy Queen. By the time we got back home, we only had a half hour until go time.  We left Randell a lovely mess in the kitchen and dining room, but we got everything we needed ready for our pick up. This was awesome. Super easy, and I had time to run through all my lists and make sure I didn't forget anything. 

I finally get to use all the passports we got way back in January. I still can't believe today is here. We have been talking about and planning this trip for over a year. 

I played it safe with our pick up time. Maybe a little too safe. We got to the airport so early, but the kids came prepared. The boys had plenty of time to have a Pokemon battle. 

And we had time to find Panda Express. 

The first leg of the flight went fine. Nina took care of Rex, Howie took care of Donovan and I took care of Cameron. Once we landed, we let Nina navigate us to our gate. 

And now we get to hang out for 4 hours until our flight leaves. At 12:40 am.