Sunday, July 29, 2012


           JV rugby contesting a lineout

A scrum between RVA and Mongu.

A ruck is formed once the ball carrier has been tackled.

Rugby this year has been a fun and very challenging sport for me.  When I first came to RVA I didn't think that it would be very hard to train for the sport; I assumed that it was going to be like American football in that it would be intense but not too hard.  I was comepletely wrong.  Rugby is a continous game with no breaks until halftime.  It requires a huge amount of stamina, speed, and field awareness, that before the season started, I did not have.  However, once the season started, my coach made the entire team do morning runs.  Morning runs are good for fitness, but extremely annoying because you have to wake up at 5:30 am and run sprints for 45 minutes.  Racing to get a shower and make it to classes on time was hard but this exercise did make us one of the fittest teams in our league.  In the end, all the conditioning paid off and we finished 3rd in our division.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Celebrating Claudia's Birthday

This is Claudia, an adorable little girl who lives very close to Tenwek.  She is the daughter of Solomon Rop who is the physical therapist at Tenwek.  In June they invited us to her birthday celebration to introduce them to some of the ways we celebrate birthdays in America.

Levi and Caleb, who is Solomon's son.  Caleb and Levi are almost the exact same age by just a week.

Having a cake on a birthday, putting candles on it, singing Happy Birthday, blowing out candles is all new for them.  Claudia was thrilled!  She loved the rainbow chip cake!

Claudia and me (Emma).  She turned four today!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Claire's 11th Birthday!

May 25, 2012

I had an AWESOME birthday! This is me eating rasberry
buckle and drinking peach tea.(I was going to open some of my presents later)

I invited all my girl friends over for a tea party. Anna brought her american girl doll in a tea party outfit and Bella brought her stuffed animal puppy.

Emma and my mom made the tea party so special! They took the whole morning to set this up.
We had scones, sandwiches, pudding, glitter balls, and carrot sticks. Yum!

At night I celebrated my birthday with my family. I was sad that Jeremiah couldn't be there. Oh well!