Sunday, July 10, 2011

Our Special Guest

We are so excited about our very special guest! Simel is an 11-year-old young man visiting us for 3 weeks from Senegal, West Africa. We picked him up in Boston yesterday.
1 Arrival

2 Airport

Poor guy was exhausted and slept all the way home. Then went immediately to bed. We didn't learn a whole lot about our guest last night, but today he has come out of his shell! He is here to be immersed in English, and I am so impressed with him. He has done great all day keeping up with the boys' endless chatter, and they have all played so well together.

We stuck around home most of the day so he could get acclimated to a different continent and get to know us a bit. We let the kids take our two room tent out this afternoon. It didn't take them long to construct it in our backyard.
5 Jacob & Simel

6 Michael tent

4 Simel tent

3 Jacob tent

7 girls in tent

Of course we had s'mores once the tent was all set up. Have you ever seen such giant marshmallows?
8 smore

After some playtime in the tent, the kids busied themselves for a couple of hours catching tadpoles in the water that has collected on the pool cover. And after dinner, playtime continued with a few nerf gun and light saber fights.

The night concluded with a wonderful magic show by our new guest, a show which had my boys giggling like little girls. He is a sweet, funny young man, and the kids really like him. We're looking forward to the next couple of weeks as we get to know him better!


Melissa said...

What a fun adventure for you all to be on the next 3 weeks! Looking forward to what you all will be doing! Have fun!

dclouser said...

It looks like the English immersion is already working! Love the photos.

5thsister said...

How delightful! I've been wanting to do that with children who come to our area for the summer. They come for medical treatment for aftereffects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. I think you have convinced me to definitely do this next year!

mountain mama said...

yay! how cool is that???!!!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Oh, Kathleen....LOVE it. He is such a doll and I know he's having a fantastic time with your family. We're in the process of moving now (only to Marietta) and will have a lot more bedrooms. I would so love to do this next summer!

Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

I just have one question...Has Simel adjusted to the paparazzi following him around? ;) Great photos!