And the rain it raineth every day! -Twelfth Night
Well, it was a rather damp half term, but a good time was had by all, and no one was too seriously injured, so all in all, this first half term was a success. Yesterday Beth and I offered roller skating in the hall as an activity for the juniors (because a lot of the fun extra activities at half term are seniors only). This turned into a little bigger of a deal than we had anticipated. Getting that many small children into roller skates, into the hall, getting knee pads on the 1st and 2nd graders, and then helping kids pick themselves up off the floor for an hour was rather very loud, and rather stressful. However, the kids on the whole had a great attitude about falling on the cement floor, and seemed to enjoy themselves very much. My arms and shoulders are a bit sore from being hung on and suddenly grabbed, but I’m glad we did it.
Lunch was at the river again, and then Beth and I walked up to get changed and relax a little before swimming at 2. I took the silver and gold seals (the two highest levels in swimming lessons) tubing down the Sakeji river—what an adventure! Margie Young went with us, and we had a lot of fun. I fell off my tube twice—once when I was smacked into a tree, and once when I got stuck on a rapid. The bottom of the river is VERY rocky and I wished I had water shoes! I arrived at the end in one piece though bellow the swimming pool, and hope the river is high enough to do that again next half term! It started raining when we were almost all the way down though, so the kids had to shelter in the changing huts for a little. The rain let up though, and Beth Vickie and I continued our supervision until 4. After supper half term is officially over, but we finished watching Up! that evening. The kids enjoyed the movie, and the staff got a kick out of the keen observations on human nature and kids. I told the kids I should get one of those talking collars for Ceili!
School is back to normal today with us staring the Aztecs in social studies, watching part of “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” with the 5th graders, and math and computers later this afternoon. I didn’t get near as much marking done during half term as I had planned, but I have time today and I think I needed the break. Thanks for all your prayers and letters/e-mails—they mean the world!