I haven't been able to keep up with journaling daily, but I don't want to forget how we spent our time here in [EEC]. This post will document a semi-typical day for us using pictures and brief descriptions. These pictures have not been edited (except one). Heck, most aren't even in focus...
A day in the life!
I wake up to hear the thud, thud, thud of Nasko's feet on the bare wood floor.
Louis and I are greeted by Nasko saying, "Good morning! How you sleep?" [That's how they ask in Krio - in Sierra Leone, Africa]
Chance and E wake up. [They are sleeping in their own room. E doesn't want to sleep alone and I can't sleep through E's snoring.]
The boys all meet in the living room to look out the window.
I remember that it is our first social worker visit today, and I begin cleaning like a mad woman.
Chance and Nasko pull up our YouTube Worship Music playlist. It helps keep everyone's spirits lifted while we are here (and totally out of routine).
Louis opts for some early morning Sesame Street.
I start making a laundry pile for our itty bitty washer.
Chance tells me to open the window because there is a beautiful breeze today. He is right!
Chance joins me in cleaning, but as he bends down to clean under the couch, he's all-of-a-sudden got a passenger!
I gathered all our water bottles to wash them out. They've been a lifesaver here as it is sometimes difficult to find "still" water at restaurants. [People here prefer sparkling water. Bleh.]
Nasko asks for chocolate cereal. He already had a donut. [Only healthy foods on this trip, obviously.]
After getting the apartment completely clean, I decided it was time for a shower. Well, because, this.
I attempted to take a shower alone, but someone kept whining outside the door. So, instead, I took a shower with this view.
I attempt to take a selfie demonstrating that I look much better than I did before a shower.
I realize I am horrible at taking selfies.
I brush my teeth with this view.
Chance finished some work and started a movie on Netflix. He only gets four minutes into the movie.
Nasko attempts to master an airport game.
I tell Louis to go pick out a book while Taty showers. This is the face he makes.
We read "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands."
We read "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom."
Nasko moves closer to listen, but pretends he isn't.
E joins us for "Up, Up, Down."
E would rather go outside, so he gets his shoes.
We read "Llama, Llama Red Pajama."
We start getting ready to go outside. Nasko asks to bring his toy goat. He wants to put his leash on it. Together, Taty and I make the collar small enough for the goat.
I nurse Louis.
We make the long descent down.
Chance runs down the steps while holding E. E thinks it is hilarious.
Chance gets the double stroller from the basement storage room and we put the littles in it.
We are walking and looking for a gluten-free bakery that is supposed located just two blocks from our apartment.
We find it!
Mama buys tons of pastries and gluten free pizza for lunch.
E begins throwing a fit as we unload back at the apartment. We're not sure why, but it has to be bad - he refuses to eat anything.
I sing "Oh How I Love Jesus" to him while looking out the window, and he finally calms down.
Everyone eats leftovers for lunch.
Except Mama who bought pizza.
The social worker and translator arrive. I don't get to finish my pizza.
We discuss how E is doing, any concerns we have, and strategies for getting him to wear his brace and glasses.
Chance reads "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" to the littles while I try to answer questions.
I finally return to my pizza.
We put the boys down for naps, and I nurse Louis.
After EVERYONE wakes from naps and has a snack, we head back outside. We are exploring with the general goal of finding a fresh food market that the translator told us about. [Spoiler alert, we never make it that far!]
We are still walking and not halfway there yet, I'm sure. I'm walking off these three pieces of pizza I ate for lunch.
We stop in at our favorite park. There is a flea market of sorts that is taking place there this week.
We follow our ears to a stage with a sign reading "World Choir Competition." We listen to a couple of the choirs perform.
As we continue walking, we happen upon a choir from Atlanta, GA. They were very talented! Nasko attempts to chase an injured pigeon the entire time we are watching this group.
Back out on the street, I spot Freedom Monument for the first time.
We enter into a part of the Old Town that we had not been to before. We had apparently only been on the outskirts and had missed the main touristy part.
By this time we are hungry for anything, and decide to eat at Rockabilly's.
Nasko tries calamari and doesn't care too much for it until I show him a picture of squid on my iPhone, and he eats a bunch of it.
My pork kabob arrives.
Chance torments everyone at the table with his crawfish. I wonder why I have agreed to living with all boys.
Nasko is startled, but intrigued, by a local street performer.
We give Nasko and the little boys the "go ahead" to chase some pigeons. This is Nasko's favorite pastime here.
Nasko can't seem to calm down, even after a bathroom break, so we hire a bicycle taxi to take us back to our apartment. This turns out to be the best decision we made all day.
We drive back by Freedom Monument.
We return up the five flights of stairs to our apartment.
After this, we hurry to do medicine, diaper changes, and bedtimes. While working on this post, Chance and I witness a bar fight outside our apartment and watch the police arrive and chase suspects.
This, my friends, has been a day in the life. [Is it any wonder I am exhausted?!]