Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Nile Stress Therapy

Howard has been visiting for the past week and we have had a blast! We ended our crazy race day and "mix-up" meeting day at the nursing home with a ride on the Nile. It was a beautiful evening with a beautiful sunset that relaxed all of us from the stresses of the day.

A Little Cultural/Language Mix-up

I had an appointment to see an orphanage after our 5K race on Saturday. I thought we would be done in plenty of time for me to go to a friend's house and change into "appointment clothes."(Egyptians dress up WAY more than we are accustomed to.) We got done much later than I had expected so I had to change in the back seat of another friend's car while Egyptian traffic wizzed by!:)

We arrived at the "orphanage" just in time, only to find out that it was a nursing home. The nursing home is for 16 elderly men that people found homeless on the streets. The people there were so sweet but it was NOT what we were expecting! I had been telling the kids all day that we were going to an orphanage and they were so excited. Needless to say, they were a little confused. We ended up staying for several hours to visit. I guess the most interesting part of the whole day was visiting with 2 Spanish speaking women that help with the nursing home. I didn't understand one word from them so an Egyptian man translated into Arabic for me! I have never been so relieved to hear Arabic!! Whoo! Hoo!!

Race in the Desert!

Meredith's school hosted a 5K and 2K race in the desert this past Saturday. Meredith ran the 5K and Matt, Madison and Matthew Ray ran the 2K while I cheered them all on! I would have run but I had a meeting right afterward and didn't have time to go home and shower first. (I will post that story is VERY interesting!)
Anyway, we all had a great time. Meredith came in first in her division!!! Yeah, Meredith!!! Matt went with Madison and Matthew Ray. You can see in the slide show below that Matthew Ray lost his shoe within the first 10 steps so he was behind the whole time. Madison did a fabulous job! She didn't slow down (well, except when she chit-chatted a little with one of her friends along the way)! She did manage to finish the race strong! (see her video below) Finally, Matt and Matthew Ray made it to the finish line with Matthew Ray hitting his forehead the whole time. I asked him why he did that and he said, "It all made me so nervous!" He is too sweet! Howard went with us and was so sweet to take all of these pics for us! Thanks Howard!!