*This post was from August 30th. I accidentally deleted it while multi-tasking on the internet. Now it's back up! xo Maggie
I woke up at 6:30 this morning in my room at Kopila after the best ever welcome home yesterday. I read in bed with a few of the little ones. I made a cup of coffee in the french press with starbucks :) that my sweet cousin julia left for me and ate breakfast with my Uncle Ed. We talked a lot about the high school and the new land. Our 9th graders just completed a big surveying project last week and they were reviewing it first period with my uncle in math class. They are helping us with their design ideas. The more minds the better.
Namraj had off from school and the two of us played with legos and unpacked my suitcases. We sat on the floor and made a car and a house and a helicopter. The kids had a half day and we hung out in my room for the afternoon. The kids and I read books and played while I sat on my bed with Sagar and watched the video of our peterpan school play that I missed while I was gone. I greeted and talked to lots of our women as they headed to and from their classes up in our new Kopila Women's Center.
This evening we took the pups for a nice long walk. They are not so much pups anymore. They are monsters and really not so behaved. They were walking us. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that one of our new arriving fellows has some experience with dog training. That would be lucky. It's still raining... monsoon is on it's way out but it's still pretty hot and steamy here. There are mosquitos but everything is lush green and alive. The garden looks awesome and we finally have some grass growing in the side yard. Amrika showed me this afternoon with lots of pride.
Nena (wellness fellow yogi extraordinaire and all around supermama to the kids ) has been holding down the fort and doing an amazing job. Nena is the person you want around your kids absorbing up her goodness yogi mama vibes. The kids are the healthiest I've seen them in a while. Some of the boys voices lowered a few octaves and when they said "hi mom" it totally threw me off. The girls are growing up too, really blossoming. It's easier to notice the little subtle changes after being away for 2 months. I loved laying in bed and catching up with them tonight. They have so many questions and are fascinated with everything. And they have pretty darn good taste in music. All the kids watched "GOAL" for Friday night movie. They absolutely loved it. I caught them when the movie ended and they were all stomping down the stairs (all 30 something of them) laughing and smiling and cheering together and saying it was the best movie they'd ever seen. Nena and I looked at the dvd case and realized it was rated PG-13. #AfterTheFact. No wonder why they liked it so much. Last one down the stairs came Padam carrying Shivoo on his back and I realized how much I had missed it here, this sweet beautiful family of ours.
Today was a great day. I'm excited to settle in a little more this weekend.