Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Six time zones from Spain!

Our ship is averaging about 20 knots these days, which means it is only an eight day trip to Spain. It also means we have to set our clocks forward one hour every night. Lily is making this adjustment more easily than Abi. I am catching up on z's during naptime, so I hope not to be affected as much as everyone else! I am less than delighted about being that parent with the screaming three year old in the floor, but unfortunately I think that will be the case until we get this time change business figured out.

Yesterday we were able to watch the inaguration of Barack Obama live via satelite -- isn't it amazing what can be accomplished in the middle of the ocean? Abi sat through the entire hour long affair while she played with cars. I was glad that we all got to watch together. In the Bahamas, many people we spoke to turned the conversation to our new president. It struck me as interesting that there were people in the Bahamas planning to celebrate the innaguration of Barack as well.

Tonight is an involvement fair on the ship. There will be groups gathering to set up different activities, so I will be attending and looking for a yoga class or something. My hope is that there will be something early enough in the morning or late enough in the evening that I might be able to participate. I'm also trying to pull together a group of students to participate in a Preschool Enrichment Program (PEP). There are 5 children from 1 to 5 on the ship, and I think it would be really nice to have story times, swimming buddies, student-led activities and crafts, etc. Sometimes it is easier for someone other than a parent to direct a group of kids this age, and most of the preschoolers on board have come out of a daycare/preschool setting. I hope we can pull together a nice group of students.

Luke took some pictures of the girls on board the ship this morning. I will try to have them here for you ASAP!


Trevor and Sara said...

You're on your way to visit the land of my people!!! I can't wait to hear all about it. You all are in my thoughts LOTS. :)

Tracy said...

I was chatting with someone from Paris, France yesterday and they were excited about the historical day we were having. I think people all over the world are hopeful that our new President will really make a difference in the world.
I can't wait to see the pictures!

Kayla said...

I hope you can find a yoga class. I am starting one on Sunday evenings and am very excited.

Let me know if you need any kid group activity ideas. I do it every day! I am going to a conference in late February, so hopefully I will be full of nifty new ideas then. You know, yoga and kids go together well. Codi loves it. Turn poses into animals!