Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cason's Party and Other Excitement!

Tomorrow is Cason's birthday, but today we had his birthday party! Here's a look at his past five birthday parties!

1st - Curious George party - Bangs, Texas

2nd - Construction party - Choma, Zambia

3rd - Truck party - Brownwood, Texas

4th - Batman party - New Day, Zambia

5th - Power Rangers party - Brownwood, Texas

6th - Power Rangers party...again... - New Day, Zambia

He forgot about blowing the candles out and just sat there for a minute until we all finally yelled, "Blow!!"

A jumbo Spiderman coloring book from Papa Wes & Mama Lala!

That's a lot of Power Rangers..

He also loved his new puzzle..and made a LOT of silly faces throughout the party!

My little angels ;)

How old are you now? 6!!

A GREAT day for water pouring!!

Teacher Hildah wanted to play in the mud, but Cason wasn't interested!!

He dressed himself for church this morning :)

Every day, he comes home from school and strips down and does his homework in his undies!

I pulled his front tooth this morning!!

Cason & Mama Joyce

Cambree's yield from her garden!

Carolyn & Debbie hanging out in the New Day kitchen last week during Family Dinner night

Niki frying up some bacon!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Getting busy!!

I haven't blogged much lately - we are in our last full week of school for the year!! School lets out next Wednesday (why YES we do close school for an American holiday like Thanksgiving!!), so everyone is in the test-taking, grade-recording, classroom-cleaning mode! I am super proud that I have taught my children 4th grade Language Arts, 4th grade Math, and 3rd grade Language Arts for a complete year, and everyone survived!! Along with school closing, we have a lot of fun activities coming up at New Day:

Movie Night tonight! (Our last in a series of 3 monthly movie nights)

Thanksgiving Feast (New Day Staff will attend with us to get a taste of traditional American Thanksgiving foods!)

Sunday Night Football Fellowship

Formal Staff Christmas Party

Trip to Lusaka for Christmas Shopping

Kids Christmas VBS/Christmas activities

Kids Club Christmas Project!!

6 birthdays in December, plus one wedding!!

Getting staff house finished and the staff moved in

Completion of the "library project" (leveling ALL of the books for Guided Reading)

Christmas Party with New Day Kids

New Year's Eve Bash!

I'm sure your holiday season will be as busy as ours - you will just do it in the cold, while we do it in 90 degree weather :)
And, before all of that, we are gearing up to celebrate this little guy's 6th birthday this weekend!

Friday, November 14, 2014

It's Friday Night!

While we're not enjoying 32 degrees and Friday Night Football Playoffs, we did enjoy a 90 degree evening outside eating supper on the porch and having a family night!

First, Cambree got to open her present from Paw & B-Maw that came in the mail today - an awesome book all about Cambree, with a Scripture prayer just for her! She loved it!

It's mango season!!!

Pizza (that Daddy made!) on the porch!

This girl loves mangoes!

Sweet Case

A garden update!

Most of our days end like this - Daddy on the trampoline for lots of fun!

We ended our evening with a game of Sorry (Cambree won!) and an episode of Saved by the Bell! Hope your Friday night is as awesome as ours! :)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thursday Playtime!

Every Thursday, I have a different group of the New Day kids over for some playtime at our house in the afternoons. Today was the "Little Girls" turn, so I just had to take a few pics of their cute faces!!! :)

Glory - an ipad and bubble gum - fun times!

Lulu had a blast! She can't say her "s" sound, but instead says "sh." "Cambree, I like your dolliesh." :)

I told her to smile and she gave me this little wave :)

Malilwe...what can I say??? :)

Cason and Christina spent the whole time on the trampoline playing with our pet snake. (Just kidding, it's a water hose, but it does kinda look like a snake, doesn't it??)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy 8th Birthday Cambree!!

Our sweet Cambree Rain is 8 years old today! It's hard to believe 8 years has passed since she surprised us in the wee hours of the morning...3 weeks ahead of schedule! She is a tender-hearted, compassionate, girly-girl who loves everyone she meets. She spends ALL of her free time reading, knitting, and crocheting. She is a blessing to our family and we love watching her grow up! :)

A preview of her Frozen cake!

Mama Dee's special birthday card that she does every year for the kids!

Gorgeous!! I think I get more excited than the kids do to open them!!

Caedmon & Cason got her a cheer outfit for her bear/doll - she put it on Winnie the Pooh of course!

The doll clothes from Mama Dee & Grandpa were a HUGE hit!!

She jumped down to the floor to organize them all!

Blu had the idea to remove her door and put these doorway beads in the doorway - she LOVED them!!

She loved this "teacher board" and bubble gum from her Kimbrough cousins!

She said her favorite gift was this knitting set from me & Blu :)

We got her the classic Pippi Longstocking book and Mama Dee & Grandpa got her the movie! Great memories from my childhood - passing them on down!! :)

After watching some of the Zambian President's burial on TV, and after Cambree's request of breakfast burritos for lunch, it was time for her party at New Day!

Frozen has made its way to Zambia...

She loved the d├ęcor!

She loved this purse from Papa Wes & Mama Lala!

Then she found this wallet inside and was SO excited!

Her best friend Laurie got her these church shoes - she loved them! These two are so cute!!

Time for the water pouring... :) It was a brutally HOT day, so it was perfect for lots of water!

After the party, the kids all watched Frozen in the dining hall, and we are ending our night with Family Dinner Night in the dining hall - it was a fun and full day of celebrating our Cambree Rain! :)