Yesterday Sue (the American who runs the Children's home) called me in to the house. She was on the computer and said "so how much energy do you have?" I figured she wanted me to do an activity with the kids or something. However, apparently we are going to be getting 1 month old twin boys! She wanted to run it by everyone before she said yes because it's going to be a lot of work on top of all the rest of the children. I'm very excited because as I'm sure most of you know, I LOVE BABIES. Perhaps I will be teaching school to several children WHILE holding a crying baby. This should be interesting!
On to other exciting news.. I get to go to Leogane!!! The opportunity came up and I jumped on it. The couple who is adopting a girl here named Francesca are coming from the US to visit. They are coming to pick Francesca up and bring her to Leogane to spend the week. I asked if I could go with them and they worked it out for me to come. The girls don't know I'm coming so it will be a surprise. I am going to be bringing some nursing supplies to Yveline (takes care of baby Charley in exchange for nursing school) as well as some pictures for some of the kids.
I tried to upload some pictures of the house and kids but the internet just wouldn't let me. I will try again tomorrow.
For those of you who care (mom?) this is what my typical day looks like:
-I wake up at 5:45 or 6 or whenever the sun shines through our window/bars and shines in my face
-Then I shower then eat breakfast (sometimes pancakes!)
-7:15 walk the kids to school in there sweet little uniforms
-Come right back to start my day with the home schooled kids
-Their school starts with all 5 kids and they do some activities with Sue. It looks a lot like a preschool circle time. They do the days of the week, body parts, colors etc. After that, we break up into groups. I have been taking two of the kids named Peter (antsy pants) and Samantha. They have a home school program that consists of a series of booklets for 5 different subjects. Samantha and Peter are in two different levels so that adds to the difficulty. When I notice the kids struggling with certain things I stop their book work and think of some way to help them with it. Sometimes it's flash card games, sometimes is practice on a piece of paper, or sometimes I have them teach me.I'm still getting to know what each child is capable of.
-At 10 we take a snack break and they play outside for a while. I usually stay inside preparing what we'll do next.
-At 10:45 they come back in and we read a silly story to the 5 kids. Then it's back to book work. If they've finished their books we work on math or letter flash cards or vocab.
-At 12 we finish and the other kids get picked up from school.
-The rest of the day is spent rocking kids, playing silly games, reading stories and normal kid stuff.
-Dinner time is around 5:30
-Bath time (it's like a conveyer belt. All the naked kids line up and take turns getting in a big bin outside where one of the workers washes them then they come to me or whoever and get dried off and find their nightgown in a giant stack of pajamas.)
-Then it's inside to watch a kid song music video.
-7 p.m. is bedtime and that's my day.
With the twins coming, soon this timeline will last throughout the night for nighttime feedings and crying babies. Yay?
And that's that. Hope you enjoyed.