Monday, June 02, 2008

Rains down in Africa!

Well we did get rained on. May 20. Rianna won the free French fries!! Here we are almost two weeks later and Mikaylah still talks about the dust storm. Dust storm? Yes Dust storm. As the wind picks up speed before the rain comes down it whips up a lot of sand. Tim's Aunt Julie called it a Haboob. I don't know what the locals call it, but it was VERY sindy, sand and wind!! Then the power went out so I was bathing the kids in the dark by candle-light. When we awoke Wednesday morning Mikaylah looked like a racoon, apparently I didn't do a very good job cleaning her up because she had two circles of dirt around her eyes and her scalp was still full of sand!! Jayson didn't fare too badly since I took him in earlier, he wasn't to pleased with the wind!

THe basketball court filled up with water in a hurry and all the dorm kids and some of the off campus kids (who came over to campus to celebrate the first rain together with us) layed down in the water. Tim took a picture of them playing in the water. Our video camera bit the dust so we only have the still camera now.
Our kids love being in the dorm. Jayson is our little music lover. He loves to play the African drum, like his Papa. He also loves playing with the boys. Mikaylah loves when the kids are home from school, I am afraid as they all go home the end of this week (except for five who have later flights) she will go into withdrawal. She already knows all their names. Jayson has a different relationship with each of the boys, he has a different handshake or growl for each boy, it is funny! Our kids are getting lots of attention and they are loving it!
Now we are still waiting for the second rain... already little shoots of grass have come up. It would be welcome anytime but Thursday evening when we plan to have the graduation ceremony out of doors. The junior girls don't want rain tomorrow night either because the JSB is tomorrow night and they will be dressed to the hilt! We will try to get some photos up of their special night.

P.S. I am having trouble loading photos right now so this one of Jayson will have to suffice until further notice... sorry!


Anonymous said...

Jayson looks so much older. Wow! Cute pic. Can't wait to see more pics.

Jenn said...

I was thinking the same thing - that Jayson looks so much older than he did just 2 months ago! He's got Hair now! lots of it. What a cute smile too - He's a doll!!
I hope that second rain comes - I read back and saw the pics of the bridge too - You need to keep your camera in your car so you can catch those camels!
Thinking of you
Lots of love

Anonymous said...

Hello Phillips family! It's great to see your blog and all that you are doing in Niger. We planned to send you an invitation to our class of '88 reunion but see that you are out of the country, but would still like to invite you to go to our class blog: