It seems like we’re finally re-adjusting to life in the States, after having spent two weeks in Nica-Nica-ragua in May. I’m not entirely sure why the re-entry transition seemed to be so tiring this time around– perhaps traveling with two small children while being pregnant with a third and chaperoning 22 college students on a service learning trip… perhaps having children that woke up around 5 AM daily in Nicaragua… perhaps thinking one day off before returning to work would be sufficient… perhaps coming home to super hot and humid weather… perhaps so many things!
Regardless, the time was good, and our kids were in their glory!
Here’s the evidence:
Seb was fascinated by these worm-like creatures that curl up into a spiral when you try to touch them.
Hard at work with the big shovel!
Nap-time: chair hammock style!
Getting an early start on political education (note: Sandino on the left; Ortega on the right… for those of you for whom that means anything!).
End of the day routine – everyone asleep on the bus!
At the top of Volcan Mombacho, with Las Isletas in the background… Maya’s first visit to a volcano!
A whole big pile of sand!
A ride on the horse-drawn cart!
Tuckered out after a long day… Baby and mommy, too!
Driving the big school bus on his 3rd birthday!
Birthday cakes – Seb’s choices from the local bakery: Clifford the Big Red Dog and the “blue dog!” :)
Our team – a fantastic group of college students from Allegheny College! They were all such a wonderful help with our kids!
Sometimes in the midst of the hot, sweaty, tired, “wish I had a decent mattress and shower” mood, it was all too simple to question whether we had made the right decision in signing up for this trip, but… in the end, we’re so glad we could participate in the experience for the college students and the people of Chacocente (where we served) and that we could give this gift to our children. We certainly hope that they will have many more opportunities to serve locally and globally on an on-going basis… and of course eat lots of gallo pinto, cuajada, tortillas, crema, etc.!