Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday Madness!

Here is a little glimpse of our Monday!

Caedmon has a sprout!!

So does Cason! It is right in between his two rows - he must have dropped one! :)

Why yes, we do check the garden in our underwear...well, Cason does!

Monday afternoons we have Computer Class in our new computer lab - Cynthia learned how to play Hearts during her "game time!"

Homework time for the Tidwell family!

Nurse Mandy works with the PreK class every afternoon doing Reading

Misheck is quickly becoming one of our fastest typers! The kids do 20 minutes of Typing Instructor, and 20 minutes of games.

This is one of the two reading groups I work with every afternoon - Axer, Christina, and Mweene :)

Uncle Blu sometimes sneaks away from his work to help out with reading time!

Time to walk to afternoon class - 103 outside today..89 in our house!

Cambree likes to be the first one there!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Happy 33rd Birthday to Blu!!

33 years ago, this little cutie was born... :)

We were so excited to celebrate his birthday on this hot, dry Saturday at New Day! :)

We opened presents at our house first - an Amazon gift card from Mama Dee & Papa Ron!

Caedmon got him some Fireballs from the USA!

Caedmon fanning his mouth - they're hot!!

Caedmon also bought him a new shirt using his own money when we were in Choma last week :)

Cambree got him a chocolate bar from the USA - Blu has already hidden it!

Duck Dynasty seasons 4-5 from me!

Cason got him a movie with John Cena the wrestler in it!

I also got him the Rocky movie series!

It was then time for Blu's part down at New Day! We did it early (10:30) because of Kids Club, but it was still plenty hot! Ben & Francis made this mud model of Uncle Blu's face - so awesome!!

Runts candy from Papa Wes & Mama Lala!

Chocolate from the Cooks & Debbie!

An African shirt from Wes & Laurie!

All over Zambia, people think Blu looks like John Cena - they shout his name wherever we go! So of course, I had to throw him a John Cena party!

Time for water pouring! Blu deserved EVERY drop her got!!

Hugs from Gertrude!


And Kelitah!

After the party, Ms. Carolyn brought over a fresh from the oven cherry cobbler - yum!

We will have Kids Club this afternoon, and then we will end our day with some grilled Porterhouse steaks, broccoli salad, roasted potatoes, and a Rocky movie! Happy Birthday Blu!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Construction Update

We are currently building a staff housing complex! Each staff member that lives at New Day full-time (except the housemothers) will now have their own 2 bedroom, 1 bath small house with a sitting area and room for a small kitchen. The staff is very excited to have some privacy and to get to cook for themselves! We will be giving these staffers their Christmas bonuses in early November so that they can begin making purchases of appliances, furnishings, etc, so if you are interested in giving a gift to our Employee Christmas Bonus fund, please think about giving early this year!

A view of the staff house from the outside

From the roof looking down

We are also almost finished with our garage that can fit 4-5 vehicles inside, has a storage room, and an underground spot for someone to work on vehicles - it's pretty impressive! Our friend Royd, pictured here, was the sole builder on this project!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Family Garden!

we have decided to convert our concrete pad (that formerly housed a swimming pool) into a raised garden! Each of the kids has their own bed to grow veggies, and we had a family planting party last night!

I love the way the beds turned out! It cost us $20 to have this built.

Caedmon working hard!

He chose to plant carrots and lettuce.

Cambree working hard!

She planted green beans and tomatoes!

Cason was very into his garden! (the broom was just used to sweep dust off the bricks!)

Cason planted cabbage and onions.

Blu's "babies" - his jacaranda and flamboyant trees - needed to be pruned!

We worked from 5:30 - 6:45 when it was cool and breezy and had such a great time together! I can't wait to experience the kids' reactions as they watch their gardens grow! :) (And yes, we're Tidwells, everything is a competition...)