Sunday, February 17, 2013

Quiet Time

The past week was a busy one.  Last weekend we had a couple girls staying with us for the ISAC Chorus and Band.  They arrived on Wednesday the 6th and departed the 10th.  The girls along with Rebecca and Katherine were gone for 3 solid days with rehearsals and activities, like a trip to Rainbow Street, a dinner out in Madaba, and plenty of free time for games and interaction with their counterparts.  Our girls attend the American School of Kuwait and were easy as could be.  Saturday afternoon was the concert, and you can watch the videos on line.

At the same time, our neighbors arrived.  Our home is part of a duplex and the other house has been vacant since before Thanksgiving.  We are neighborless no more.  The new folks have 3 little girls, all younger than Jonathon, so Rebecca is excited about the opportunity to babysit.  I volunteered to be their social sponsor, so have spent more time in grocery stores this past week than I had in the 4 weeks prior.  We've loaned them movies and blankets, taken the girls for a movie night and an afternoon at the stables to give their folks a break. I brought her to a Girl's Night and a planning meeting for the upcoming ACS Cultural Celebration, and shuttled the littles to swim practice with Rebecca. Being a social sponsor is really tons of fun, and a touch tiring.  But I also remember what it was like our first couple weeks here, and my tiredness is nothing to theirs with jetlag and all the discombobulation of settling in to a new country. So really for me it's all just fun.

We're making our way through a kid 4 day weekend, while Ian had 3 days, before starting the new school week.  Rebecca has a tough week ahead, all of a single day of school before she heads off to Oman for the Chorus Festival.  She'll have a blast, just like last weekend.

Speaking of the ACS Cultural Celebration, I'm helping out with the U.S. table (obviously).  With only a little cash thrown into it, I think we'll have a decent table of information and goodies, as well as our silent auction basket.  It'll be a fun day.  Looking forward to it.

But for right now: Nothing.  Just a little quiet time finishing up some items for the auction basket. Easy and mindless and just right.  

Looking forward to not getting up tomorrow morning.

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