a really great book that explains cleft to kids so I brought that as well as a few show-and-tells including one of Lucy's ear tubes and a palate expander. She also wanted to show everyone her baby pictures so they could see what she looked like before her surgery and why she now has a scar. She was thrilled to be able to show everyone and the class was incredibly receptive to her, asking questions and being impressed with how brave she must have been to have all the surgeries. We touched briefly on adoption since it was obvious from the photos that she didn't live with us and again, the kids were incredible. All in all it was a great experience, especially for Lucy.
Earlier in the month we all participated in the Homecoming Parade. The Chinese Immersion students made a float and passed out fortune cookies. It started to rain right as we finally got going but it didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits.
"Blessings in a Backpack". It is certainly humbling to see just how many children are in need of this program.
Closer to home, I've volunteered to be the lead for our neighborhood's annual Chili Cook-Off which is this Saturday. It is putting to good use my years of Project Management and it looks to be a fun time as neighbors compete for the title of Best Chili.
When that job is finished I'll be starting a 2 year stint volunteering for our neighborhood Youth Committee. They were the group responsible for all the fun activities you saw this summer like Storytime, the Back to School Bash, and Movie Night. The next event is Halloween which kicks off with a pizza party at the soccer field followed by trick or treating. Guess who already have their outfits?
her surgeon confirmed in May so we scheduled the surgery. Now it looks like it actually is her tooth so he cancelled the surgery for now.
"A Man Called Ove" which I would never have picked up on my own but I ended up really enjoying it. Turns out it is in limited release in the more independent movie theatres as well. Our next book is "Circling the Sun" which I've yet to start.
We had weekend visitors from Houston for Columbus Day weekend. Paivi and her family came in Friday and flew home on Monday. I'll save those pictures for another post!