Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A different kind of June

Last year, we were knee deep in farewells, goodbyes, tears, and some very sad days.  This year, we do have wonderful friends who are leaving, I'm thinking of one family specifically who is moving across the world next door to Jerusalem, and another family we'll probably see on our winter trip, and a few others who a disappearing over time this summer, but overall... well, we're feeling like our time in Amman is near its completion.  We have another year, but it will be our year of lasts and tying up loose ends and looking forward to our next adventure.

Looking over the Hail-and-Farewell-End-of-School-Ice-Cream-Social-AECSA-BBQ-Buffet tonight that still had loads of empty tables at 6:30 p.m. I just felt nostalgic for those nights where there weren't enough chairs to gather around the long row of tables, and there were a dozen kids roaming about that belonged to all of us.

You know who you are, we miss you.

Sunday, May 31, 2015


Last year's awards ceremony was a lot of "This is the group that got Honor Roll," "This is the art teacher's class pet," and "This is the kid who really liked his tech class."

Today's program was changed to recognize the kids who highlight the various parts of the school's Mission Statement as well as the school's student profile.

Mission Statement: "ACS inspires individuals to become self-motivated learners and active citizens who demonstrate respect, act with integrity, and seek intellectual growth in a culture of high expectations."

Student Profile: It highlights Global Awareness, Critical Thinking, Communication, and others.

Becca's three awards from today, Highest Honor Roll, Self-Motivated Learner, and Research and Information Literacy Award.  The most interesting of the three is the last, an honor that recognizes her grasp of technology in both her tech classes and how she uses technology along with other techniques to dig in and find the real answer to questions.

Funny bit, the Research and Information Literacy Award has her name as Rerbecca.

Funnier story, when the HS principal called the Honor Roll kids she completely left out the junior class.  You can bet that at the end of the ceremony Becca blew past us and went right to the stage, along with a dozen other juniors.

Friday, May 29, 2015

This, that, and the other things.

 So far the season is 4 wins for Buffalo's and 3 wins for Champions.  Today's game was the worst for our team.  We lost 15-1 and were mercied out in the 5th inning.  The last 3 games the other team was mercied out.
On their way to Vietnam.
The kids are back from Vietnam and had an AMAZING time.  They said they had a great group of kids who were all positive and fun, and did some wonderful adventures including a 2-day hike in Sapa and a boat ride in Ha Long Bay.  They stayed in longhouses, walked through fields of butterflies, jumped fully-dressed into streams, took overnight trains, and ate loads of awesome foods.

8th grade Integrated Project
The Integrated Project was a task that took all week and involved science, math, and geography.  Their task was to make a travel plan with 8 stops, incorporating both of their home countries, with activities in each stop.  They tried to convince visitors to invest some of their "Scorpion Bucks" in hopes of earning the most and having their trip ideas go towards next year's Week Without Walls planning.  Jonathon's plans involved climbing K2.

Annual Sports Banquet
Becca was part of the first official swim team this year and they traveled to Doha, Qatar in the fall.

Spanish in the World Language Showcase
Nicholas spent a week memorizing a poem for the World Languages day.

Spanish in the World Languages Showcase 2
Jonathon was part of a Spanish skit.

Becca went to prom.
She bought her dress before we even PCSed to Amman and she looked quite regal.

The prom group.

Too bad it's fuzzy, but it still looks nice.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Childrens Be All Travelin' and Stuff

A hint of Jonathon's Adventure Jordan:

A hint of Rebecca and Nicholas Team Viet Nam:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Katie Rocks.

We got a very fun surprise in the mail this week.

Snacks for Ian.

And an awesome bag for me!
Totally unexpected and totally cool.  Thank you Katie!!  We love our Bangladeshi Paleo surprise.