Monday, January 16, 2017

Not much happening!

Teams are gone, school has started, and it has been POURING!! That sums up our life lately!

I love to travel, but I know even more than those big trips, my kids will have sweet memories of all of our family game nights! In the last week alone, we've played Monopoly Deal, Exploding Kittens, Risk, Settlers of Catan, Blackjack, and Battle of the Sexes!

Of course, we're also getting football practice in whenever we can! (and it's not raining!!)

Check out that new watering station at Kids Club - no more drinking cups needed!

Sometimes you just want to go to the bathroom in peace... #itdidnthappen

I made homemade bagels...and ate 4..

Caedmon has Science with Grandpa 3 days a week - learning about velocity!

Saturday morning hanging out on the porch of Happy Hollow!

Kelitah went to the doc in Choma last week - she's a beauty!

Did I mention it's been raining?!

Monday, January 9, 2017

First Day of School 2017!

The first day of school is upon us! Someone recently commented that it seems our school years in Zambia go by really fast! That is because we do year-round schooling, with breaks in April, August, and December. Some moms like me like to take pics of the first day of school in January, May, and September! But today is our ACTUAL first day of the 2017 school year! I was certainly ready for the routine and schedule of a new school year!

Off we go!

My babies are getting big!

Caedmon started 7th grade today!

Cambree started 6th grade!

And Cason started 3rd grade!

Me and my muscle man!

Mom & Dad were ready! (Don't you just wanna break out in Edelweiss looking at Dad?!) Dad is teaching 6th and 7th grade Bible and Science. Mom is teaching 2nd, 4th, and 6th grade Language Arts!

OK, so here's some random pictures from the last week. As we drove out of New Day, we saw Georgina (who is in her 90s) working in her field...there are no words!

Last week, we worked hard cleaning out school classrooms and closets - Jacey volunteered for the job of pulling things out of the closet - watch our for spiders!

This is Maluba - we have sponsored her since 7th grade and she started college this week to get her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Medicine - SOOOO proud of this girl!

Look what Blu's mom found - a throwback of Caedmon & Uncle Mulenga!

A random group photo from New Year's!

Our anniversary was last weekend and we got to go to Livingstone and spend a night and eat some amazing food - love Indian food!

Cambree is always willing to cook - she created her own meal when I had a really busy day and it was amazing!

Ground beef over rice with stir fried peppers!

Nurse Carol is here - first job: cleaning the girls' infected ears!

Time for some haircuts around the Tidwell house!

You just never know what Papa Ron is going to show up wearing!! ;)

Monday, January 2, 2017

It's 2017!

I'm so excited it's a new year! This year, we hope to get at least 10 more kids at New Day, a new housemother, start a new school year, it's our furlough year, Caedmon will start Junior High football and Cambree will be a Junior High cheerleader, and we have four...yes FOUR!...vacations planned. It's gonna be a great year! ;)
After serving 324 kids at Kids Club on Saturday, we headed to the garage for our New Year's Eve party! It was planned in large part by the Celebration team, and we all had a blast!

Some of the littles fell asleep early, but they all woke up for the fireworks!

The Adult Freeze Dance!

Axer and Baby Luyando

We rigged up some glow sticks to do our own ball drop!

Bean Bag Toss!

And of course some two-stepping! #texasforever

Cason and Muchoni relaxing!

Cason made it until 11:45pm!!!

Emma dancing!

Diana bought some great fireworks, and most of the kids LOVED them! (Except for Terry...he did NOT like them!)

Our staffers had a hard time making it until midnight!

Jacey and Stanley

A line dance the team taught the kids!

Mom & Dad only made it until 9:30!

Sam and others on the team designed the 2017 mural!

Some of the older girls

Us! :)

Emma took a nap during the middle of the party but woke up for the end!

Glow Tic-Tac-Toe!

After awhile, we brought the trampoline over and the housemothers had a great time!

The guys hanging out away from all the chaos!

The limbo game is always my favorite part!

Mulenga is amazing, but he was dethroned!

Mama Zelly was hilarious!

Caedmon & Kefbert tied for the kids' competition!

Emma and Justin were hilarious and would walk under sticking their bellies out!

Kefbert was like a pretzel!

Sisi was pretty flexible too for being the tallest!

It was a great party! Here is a little more of what the team has been up to!

Uncle Blu & Stanley

Cambree & Raston

They built some gorgeous bookshelves for the school!

A great picture of our twins!

Running to do a craft!

Playground time!

Tie dye shirts!

My Caedmon :)