Look, I am almost all caught up! I would have been much more behind, but alas, I am here, in Angola, not in Victoria Falls, and so, (seeing the bright side) I can catch up on the blog.
This month was fun. We headed home halfway through the month. I had worried about Violet going back to school, because she had just been getting in a good rhythm before we left (and by good I mean, she still didn’t participate in PE, Atelier or Swimming, but had stopped crying every day at drop off). Her teacher, Ms. Georgina, also had been worried. But I was so happy to hear that she was doing even better! I was told she was more engaged in the classroom, making more friends, and exploring more of her environment (ah, the IB language). She still doesn’t participate in PE, but we got her to put her swimsuit on 1 whole time this month and she actually did a project in Atelier this week. My friend Esmaree told me yesterday that her son Henry, who is in Vi’s class, came home from school and said, “Mom, Violet did a project in art today, that’s so great!” Everyone knows what a big deal this is!
Sophie is doing well, her best buddy Toby has moved, and her friend Isadora has been on vacation the whole time we have been back, but she is doing well. She started her first after-school activity (you aren’t allowed to participate until you are a year 2). She got into Simple Arts and Crafts and has thus far made a key chain and some sand art. She has a new friend in the class, a year 4 girl named Ellen. She is really loving her baby sister and I love that she tries to help in her own way. But she does continue her stubborn streak, sometimes it is only, “Why am I always the one who has to help…” but most of the time she is super helpful with both her sisters.
We headed to the pool a couple times. The times we tried last year Hattie wasn’t loving the water. But she truly enjoyed the pool these last couple times. She was splashing and kicking. Cutie pie girl!
We had a charity Casino Night, hosted by TICA (the International Community in Angola). Included in your entry fee was 60$ of chips and 2 spins on the roulette wheel (which was only available for a chance to win prizes… no real roulette…) and appetizers and drinks. We went with a whole host of friends, it seemed more Monte Belo people were there than Imbondeiro folks (which is where the event was held). We had a good time. The dress code was 1920’s Jazz, but as I didn’t have that, and most people were dressing cocktail dress I used the opportunity to wear my new dress and shoes! Jeff wore his new suit, sans tie, and I think we made a pretty snazzy looking couple! Jeff and a friend parked out at one BlackJack table (I was there for a while… but eventually gave Jeff my chips and visited) and just tried to beat each other with absurd bets. They also inherited some chips from people not playing. At the end of the night they were making $1000 bets… which would never happen with real money, but as you were just playing for fun and title of most chips, they were desperate to get a giant pile of chips. Jeff won the most chips at the end of the night, with some add ons from John, he had over $4000 at the end of the night. Our big prize? A bottle of champagne and a pair of flutes… our friends all enjoyed the champagne later that night… we kept the glasses!
Hattie has been a busy girl learning how to sit all by herself! She is so proud of her newfound skill and shows off whenever she gets a chance!
She is pretty dang cute- and good thing we love her as she was the reason (sort of) that we didn’t make our trip to Victoria Falls. We were supposed to leave Friday for the long weekend, but HG’s visa never was returned and is still being processed. So, though we could have gotten to Victoria Falls we were unsure as to when we would have been able to reenter the country (or when HG could reenter). If we could have guaranteed that it would have been soon the girls and I would have had a fun time waiting in South Africa. But as there are people on the list who have been waiting since a month before Hattie, we couldn’t wait a whole month in a different place hanging out in limbo. Hopefully we will get to reschedule the trip and the visa will work itself out in the next couple weeks. But, you just never know!