Saturday, June 27, 2009

House party!

Yesterday we went to Kitale Family/Lighthouse because they had a Family Sports day. Geoffrey asked us to go and represent some of the Oasis kids' families.
I had no idea what to expect and I was kind of hoping we could just support from the cheering section, but I should have known that wasn't going to be a possibility.
It was Cassie, me, and 3 of our Rwandan roommates that ended up going and we ended up having a really great time.

A view of the field

Our Rwandan roommate Hannah

The bottle race, which Cassie and I came in dead last...Whatever, Kenyan women carry huge bundles on their heads all the time, totally unfair advantage.

They also had this awesome game for the nursery kids where they blindfolded them and then threw candy and them and had them crawl on the ground to find it...hilarious!

I think my favorite was when they had a balloon blowing race and the objective was to blow up the balloon until it burst, problem was none of their balloons were popping so the kids were more likely to passout.

Hannah and her home made binoculars...

We also played futbol, female teachers vs. female parents, and the game ended with us winning and me getting a broken least we won!

Hannah and Janet liked the music


Last night we went to the Girls House to have dinner. 6 of us from the house went over and hung out and had dinner for a few hours.
As usual it was so much fun

I love Arsenal!

Cassie giving a piggyback ride

Oh Rael

Mama Rebekah

It started to rain

The girls loved Cassie

This might be my favorite picture...

There were quite a bit of people in that house

Friday, June 26, 2009

Swimming Swimming!

Wednesday we went to the Kitale Club with the kids that live at Freda's. I was so excited to take them swimming for the first time in 4 months.

Before we left we stopped by to see Cassie's new BFF, Coche Fantastico :)

I liked him until he ate my skirt...friends don't eat each others skirts...

Time for swimming!
Cassie loved Dottie

The kids loved Cassie, she was like their personal jungle gym


This kid is too dang cute

Minutes later, Elia walked to the side of the pool, dropped his pants and peed in the pool, in front of the staff...who says people from Kipsongo don't have manners?

Relaxing a little


My other little man


Swimming was so fun, I can't wait until the next time, and I think Cassie enjoyed it for her first swim.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Monday, Im a little behind...

Monday we went to Oasis in the morning and then Sister Freda's Hospital in the afternoon.
Martin from house 2 needed to go too, so after being at Oasis for a bit we headed out to Freda's.

But not before we observed Joseph's newest idea...gymnastics...I think it'll be great for the kids. They'll be able to get bunch of energy out and learn some discipline at the same time.

The Oasis kids love Cassie

Onto Freda's...
Freda has about 4 or 5 giant pigs that I wanted Cassie and Martin to see

The pigs would grunt and scare the crap out of her...Martin and I laughed at her.

Cassie went "Ahhhhh, puppies!" when she saw these guys. She's a sucker for animals.

Richard took us on a walk of their farm. They grow everything from coffee, pineapple, bananas, tomatoes, napier grass, and corn to name a few.

Since Martin wasn't feeling too well he took it easy and played with the cat. It had an evil twin that kept trying to scratch the crap out of everyone. I stayed away from both of them just to be safe...


Cassie finally got to meet the little guy that I want to smuggle home...Elia

High five-a!

Next blog, swimming pool and the biggest bug I have EVER our house!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Some Things Don't Change

Sunday was a really full day, so much so that we were too tired to stay up and blog about it, so in a nutshell...
We went to Oasis church in the morning. It was my first time getting to see the house kids since I arrived so I couldn't wait to see all of them. I dont know if they knew I was back in Kitale yet or if i was going to be at church because they looked so surprised. It had already started when everyone got there so we had to save the catching up for afterward.

Stone and Moses

Evans and Pato

It was surreal to be talking to the boys again, but I could tell they had changed, positively, since the last time I had seen them. Some, like Bram and Evans, spoke better English, others it was their personality.

After church we went to the Kitale prison. I have been to the womens prison many times, but never to the mens. Pastor Steve is in the middle of partnering with the prison to help build them a clean water source.
We spent some time with the male prisoners first and then headed over the womens section, but not before Cassie made some little friends.

The cute prison kids...

After the prison we went over to house 2 to have dinner with them and house 1. This is one of those cases where I dont mind saying
Some things never change, they still love to dance and run around and have fun. Which we were happy to take part in. There are a lot of things I miss about living here, but that had to be on the top of the list.
They definitely still love to dance...

One thing I really loved was that they seemed so much closer as a group. It made me so happy to see how they loved and took care of each other so well. And they were so great being friendly and respectful of Cassie and trying to make her feel welcome.

Stone took over the camera for a while and this is what I found...

Cassie helped serve dinner

Can't wait for the next time!