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Friday Fun-day!

Fridays always end up being filled with excitement and good news.

First and most importantly, Saurab had his operation last Sunday and he is doing splendidly! He came to the house with his grandmother today after lunch and had a nice new full cast on his arm. I took him on a quick tour of the school so he could see the progress that has been made in his absence, and then he came back to the house and we played with a balloon while his grandmother chatted with the grown-ups.

He will be back at school on Monday. I am so happy to see that he is doing well and on his way to a full recovery. I swear he’s actually grown a centimeter or two since I last saw him.

And then….

We had an art-fest at the school today – and it was insane. As much as I like to plan and organize things, today I pretty much failed. We were doing papier mache in 2 – 6th class, making paper turtles in KG and 1st, and doing thumbprint art in nursery. We ran out of newspaper, containers for glue and water, bowls, scissors, and, since this was the first time the teachers have really ever done anything like this, it was chaos. I was so busy running from room to room trying to resupply things that I didn’t take a single picture. Kelly said she got some though so I will post some of hers soon hopefully. Between the two of us we usually cover the “events” here pretty thoroughly.

5 and 6 class made pencil troughs for the desks, so that their pencils and pens don’t keep falling which causes distraction and disruption in class. 2, 3, and 4 class made bowls/containers for us to use in the classrooms (a great way to save money on supplies, recycle, and be creative right?). KG and 1st made turtles out of these cool bowls that are made out of leaves (street vendors use them to serve a hot corn mash called chaat – delicious!), and Nursery had fun dipping their fingers in paint.

Once the dust had settled, the finished products looked good, and the kids had fun, which is what counts. Hopefully the teachers learned a little about what does and does not work when you are doing art projects. And we actually ended up with extra newspaper after sending the Amazing Tope to get more in the middle of the morning.

While we tried to get the art projects started in half the classes, Christina worked with the other half on some Hindi mantras and chants she learned while she was in Pokhara last week. The kids all sounded so awesome. They also worked a little on meditation and yoga, and really took to it. She actually left the room they were in to help Kelly and I, and when she came back, everyone was still quietly meditating. The kids are so excited to learn new things and do these “out of the box” activities that we really don’t have to fight for their cooperation or good behavior. They just want to be good and have fun!

Tomorrow we will make a trip to Bul Bule to play, bath, and wash laundry. We are also doing some deep cleaning at the house. Tonight, Frank is hosting movie night for the kids. He says we’re watching Ratatouille. Sweet!

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6 responses to “Friday Fun-day!

  1. maggie July 24, 2010 at 1:45 am

    omg saurab with his missing tooth is quite possibly the cutest thing i’ve ever seen. i’m glad his surgery went well. and what a wonderful friday!!! i’m glad it was a success.

  2. nancy marshall July 24, 2010 at 2:52 am

    loved it. Imagine how much newspaper we through away here. , and how much stuff we have. Nancy

  3. Regina Marshall July 24, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Saurab,
    You are looking very handsome these days! I am so happy to hear that your operation went well and your arm is healing nicely. What a great Fun Friday all of you have had. I am so jealous… I love doing creative art!
    Regina
    aka, Lisa’s Mom

  4. Sylvia July 25, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Thank you for telling us about Saurab. I was relieved as I worried about him and thought there might be bad news. Did you manage to visit his home last week as planned?

    What is this Bul Bule? I can see from photographs all of you busy washing your clothes, but I have read in your latest blog that you will all go there this weekend to bathe? and play?

    Do you have the girl at school who, when, I think it was, Karma was picked up by Maggie from her village, gave Karma the shoes off her feet as she had none of her own to walk a very long way. I would love to know what happened to her.

    Nice photography by the way.

    Sylvia

    • lisarmarshall July 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm

      Bul Bule is a park that you pay a small fee to get into. There is a large spring-fed reservoir there which you can use to wash clothes and bathe. The surrounding area is full of trees, plants, flowers, and gazebos. There is a small Hindu temple there as well. It is about a 30 minute walk from the house and we go most Saturdays so that the kids can get out and get a good washing. It is especially important when the water supply here dwindles.

      I don’t know about the girl who helped Karma unfortunately. I can try to find out. She may live too far away to attend our school.

      Thanks for reading!

      Lisa

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