Tuesday, September 30, 2008
This is Rhett......it was late on a Friday night and well really there is no way to justify this it was just freakin hilarious!
This is Alexandra, she is a girl in the hospital and so fun to play with.
Thank you Kaufland and for all of you who gave money for diapers, this is only half of how many I bought!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Not used to the flash on the camera...
Third times the charm, right?!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
On another note, a lot of good things have happened over the past couple of days. Two kids that i work with, Ghiorcel and Valentina, made huge progress (well it may not seem huge to you but to me it is). They are both non verbal and through a Romanian children's song (In Padurea Cu Alune) Rhett and I were able to get Ghiorcel to hum along and whenever it came to the chorus he would actually sing it; given the chorus is just pu pu pu pu over and over but we will take whatever we can get. We discovered that he really loves this song. Just hearing other words and noises come out of his mouth that was not screaming was so nice. And today I tried the same thing with Valentina and again she would try to sing the chorus with me. Oh, and I also was trying to teach her some animals so I was showing her a card of a fish (peste in romanian) and would move my hands like a fish as I said it and after a couple of tries she would move her hands in the same motion, point at the picture and try to say the word but all she could get out was the "p" sound, but still that is a huge deal.
Again I am not sure how many of you actually understand how big of a deal this is but it is and it was something that I needed to see to know that my work will pay off for this kids and hopefully help them progress a lot more on their vocabulary.
On a fun note last night I went to FHE and we played one of those get to know you games with everyone there, and it was the one where you write down a question and then we go around the room and everyone answers the question. Well, someone asked the question have you ever been skinny dipping. I was thinking well that is lame I am sure like everyone in this room has come to find out that skinny dipping is not as common as I thought. Out of about 20 people only 4 of us had been skinny dipping so thanks to my family, extended as well, for your examples and for all those fun memories.
Speaking of which I would like to share one of my mom's experiences with skinny dipping and then you will see where I get it form. When I was younger, I think 11 or 12, we went to Lake Powell with the Haynie's for a family reunion, and this is where I was first introduced to skinny dipping, as one night I heard a lot of laughter and for those of you who know my mom she has a very distinguishable laugh, so I woke up and went outside to find my mom and my aunts doing, what I thought, just swimming....come to find out that they were swimming with nothing on! Now mom at first I was shocked, but then as time went on I just became proud. So, Mom here is just one dedication to you of many to come and thanks for introducing me to this awesome activity:) haha oh and Happy BIRTHDAY!!!!
Friday, September 19, 2008
I am just so happy right now!
This is Andrea, she beat me like 50 times in tic-tac-toe and 3 times in war....but we have a good time trying to talk to each other in Romanian.
Our night our for Katie's Birthday!!! Yay for chinese that really doesn't taste like chinese!
Most of the group, we are missing one michelle and can barely see alicia!
Cute! Chelsea, Michelle M. and Alicia!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
After Shot!! 8 Minute Abs....I have to work it off somehow!
Also, I have a request...we need more diapers for the babies in the hospital. We have enough to last us a couple more weeks but if anyone would like to make some kind of donation let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and that would just be great. We would really appreciate it or else we have to pay for them all ourselves and they are pretty expensive. Thanks!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
As for the working part out here I am so exhausted after a long day that it is almost hard to just think. Just for an update I am not working in the actual orphanage anymore, I am working in the apartments; which are a part of the orphanage but they do not have as many kids and it is a program in hopes to help the children to turn out more emotionally and physically normal. It is really cool that they do this, they have 3 apartments and Rhett and I work at one in Dancu on MWF Mornings and the orphanage on TTH. Then in the afternoons we switch off from working at the hospital and working at the other apartments which are in Dacia. Anyways, I do not know if any of that really makes sense but pretty much I am just all over the place and have a lot to do. The kids I will mostly be working with, for now anyway are Ghiorcel, Claudia, Mihaela and Maria. In a week or so I will have more kids but for now 4 is just fine.
It was an interesting morning because as Rhett and I headed over to the apartments we were thinking that we were going to have it easier then everyone else since we had fewer kids to work with, less noise and it would be in a small apartment, but oh boy were we wrong. It was one of the hardest days of my life. We literally could not let our eyes off of them or ever sit down or else one would make a run for the door, another would be trying to climb out of the window sill while one was crying and breaking things. If I had not already decided to live the law of chastity I think that this morning would have done it. Anyway, then I went home for a quick bite to eat before heading over to the hospital and I had a great time there too, it is just always fun to hold babies and play games with the kids there. They are a lot nicer and easier to deal with then the kids in the orphanage.
To end the night Rhett and I made an authentic Romanian meal without even knowing it…don’t even ask. But yeah this is a way too long blog and I am sorry but if any of you made it through I hope you enjoyed it and thanks!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
So, in the orphanage there are three sections and there are 9 of us students who are working there so they put us into groups and we spent an hour in each section; by Friday we will all have our own section that will continue to work in for the rest of the semester. Today was kind of like a Costco sample of everything that is going on and of what all the kids are like. I found that every section has its pros and cons and would be fine working in any of them.
As for the experiences over the last two days it was just crazy. There were so many sweet moments when a child would just see you walk in the room and their eyes would just light up as they run up to you and hug your leg like they never want to let go. Those are the moments that I know when I leave I will miss greatly. Then there are the kids who are more difficult to deal with and I have had to try to tell myself to be stern and not let them take advantage of me but we all know how big of a sucker I am and that was pretty difficult. Oh, and what, to me, is the hardest of all things to deal with is when you are playing a child and you need to leave and they start physically hurting themselves so that you won't leave them and all you can do is walk away. And the next day you see the bruises from them hitting their head on the wall or scratch marks on their face. There has got to be a better way to leave and let them know that you will be back and to have them trust you, but then again why should they trust us when they do very well know in three months we will be gone.
Sorry that was a sad moment but it is just a taste of what I have seen in only two days and what I am going to be working with for three months. On a happier note we had dance time today with the kids which were so much fun!! I had a couple of kids just attach on to me and did not want to leave my side the whole time. It was so adorable to see them dance and just get so excited...oh and these are the two kids that I will be bringing back with me:) Their names are Andre and Andrea (I know so similar and original but hey it will make it easier to not forget their names right). Anyways, they were just the sweetest kids and I can hardly wait to see them tomorrow.
We work in the hospital from 9-12 an then from 2-5 we go volunteer at the hospital. My sister was asking what exactly we do and at first I was not sure but today I went for the first time so now I know. We go to every floor in the hospital, and there are 8, and ask the nurses "Aveti copii fara Mama?" Which means are there any children without a mom, and if there are then we go and change their diapers, that we provide, and leave a couple of extras for the nurses to use, and then we bring toys so we can play with the kids, hold them, or jus talk to them. It was a really sweet experience to see these children in pretty poor conditions but know that you were bringing some light and love into their day. At first I was kind of depressed thinking about these children without Mama's but then I noticed something as I went from room to room....Every room has at least 3-4 children in it and when I would go into a room the other Mama's in the room would tell me the child’s name and would even help me. What I discovered was that women really do have a motherly and sweet nurturing spirit and so even though those children are not their responsibility the mothers in that room do care and help out with the motherless kids. It was so sweet and comforting to know that when I am not there someone else is.
Well, that is a mini novel for you! I hope you enjoy it and if you did not finish it then I am so ok with that too.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Hiking back down, so purty!
Just contemplating life, or how hungry I was?! You pick.
I was hoping to stretch out a lil and gain some height but no such luck!
King Carol's castle, his family was the first Royal family of Romania, and this picture does not do justice to how big this palace is...this is just the entrance.
Dracula's Castle!!! Spooky!
We are going in...I hope we come out alive!
Brasov is a really beautiful city and there is a lot to see, so we had a great time traveling and playing the role of tourists for a few days. We start work in the Orphanage tomorrow so I will let you know how that goes. Noapte Buna!
The first two are of the train ride to Brasov....which is like 8-9 Hours because there is no straight route to Brasov so we have to go all the way down to Bucuresti first which is not on the way. I know it sounds confusing but just look at a map and you will understand.
We are all so tired because our train left at 5;30 am...see the sun rising, and some of us just pulled an all night, not a good idea:)
Welcome to the beautiful city of Brasov!!!! I love the sign...now the question is who had it first, Hollywood or Brasov?
Cheers!! We went to a rad restaurant the first night that gave complimentary vodka, it was great!! I mean after a long day of traveling it was just what we needed.
The Festival of Gold...for all of you who grew up in the 80's I got to see the band Simply Red in concert in Brasov, Romania, how sick is that?!!!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Brasov is a very beautiful city. It is in the Mountains of Romania and is made for tourists so of course downtown is very cute and put together well. There was a festival last night in the downtown area so we sat down on the sidewalk and listened/watched the Romanian pop stars. It was pretty cool. Well, we have a lot going on over the next couple of days but I will keep you posted and put up some more pics later. Love you all so much!!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Sad day when you have to learn this lesson..
One of the gypsy villages near us
My window/balcony...the balcony is way rad, I feel like romeo should be climbing up to me or something, haha
Today was so awesome...we walked around A LOT, I bought a sweet purse for 6 bucks, we met some gypsies (and saw their village) and just cool people, I talked in Romanian as much as I could, I went to the piata and talked all in Romanian to buy fresh fruits and veggies (which are all way cheap), I rode the tram twice today and now I am getting ready to go to Outreach, which is like a type of mutual out here but for all ages just to get investigators around and such. Anyway, enjoy the pics I will put more up of our ghetto apartment later.