We're Jason, Beth, Lee Anna, Sawyer, and Sarah Claire, a family of five living, learning, and laughing lots in Northern Africa.
We hope you can learn a little (and maybe laugh a little too) as you read about our latest adventures.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

She's a Natural!
Lee Anna participated in her first school program today. Tuesday was Mother's Day, so that was the theme of the program. She and her classmates, who are all under the age of 2, stood on the stage for about 20 minutes while their teachers sang songs about how much they love their mothers. None of the kids sang one word, but of course we parents videoed the whole thing and took 43 pictures to make sure we didn't miss anything cute! We were proud of Lee Anna because she stayed on stage the whole time, didn't cry, and even clapped her hands a few times. The balloons you see some kids holding came off of the ceiling. They were part of the Mother's Day decorations, but some of the kids were upset, so the teachers started pulling them off the ceiling to pacify the crying children. For the record, Lee Anna was not crying; she just wanted a balloon when she saw that other kids were holding balloons. The songs that they sang were all in English. Most had familiar tunes with new lyrics about mothers. Our favorite was one that went to the tune of the Chicken Dance. The part I remember said, "Give a very big hug and a very big kiss to Mommy Dear (clap, clap, clap, clap)." Jason thought it would have been much better if they could have gotten the kids to actually do the chicken dance. Maybe in a year or two . . .

You might also notice the children's clothing. It would be easy to think from all the sweaters and long pants that we're still having cold weather, but don't be fooled. The high today was 94! If Lee Anna were dressed like them, she would be dripping with sweat. We're afraid it's going to be a long summer for our little hot-natured Texan. Luckily, she's got a few years before she has to worry about keeping her arms and legs covered. Until then, we'll do our part to keep the sunscreen companies in business. Posted by Picasa


  1. A star is born! Beth and Jason, we love the posts! We Think about you daily, and find all your adventures so interesting! I wish we were all going to Mexico. Guess that is a little far for y'all to come, but I can wish!

  2. Perhaps Jason can teach them the chicken dance. Oh, by the way, America's Funniest Home Video will pay big money for a video of that, so send the video tape to me.