Thursday, 10 December 2015

1 Year Living the Island Dream

Sitting in the airport catching the last glimpse of the mountains and ocean before our journey home I have a few moments to reflect on the past year. What a year it has been!!! Celebrating with a mimosa because the students here just checked their grades and everyone passed! Kyle did amazing and I am so proud of him! I was reading through some of my first blog posts and it amazes me how much we have accomplished in a year on Nevis. 

Some fun little stats for you:
 Kyle wrote 58 exams.
 I finished 4 courses.
 I got 1 job. 
Visited over 8 different beaches.
 I have seen 10 shooting stars. 
Driven around the island over 150 times. 
We have had over 500 monkey sightings. 
300 Donkey sightings. 
800 goat sightings.
 3 fabulous rainbows. 
Countless of breathtaking sunsets. 
We haves survived 100 power outages.
Over 200 Mosquito bites between the 2 of us.
 30 days of 40 plus degrees
 1 amazing story to tell. 

This was Kyle's yay I am done exams face!
I think he was just tired...and ready to come home :) 

We have over come so much. Met some amazing people and it's unbelievable that we still have over a year left on this island. 
This week I met a travel blogger who has had some amazing experiences herself. She house sits her way through the world and has ended up on Nevis for a few months. She invited me to the house she was staying at and the view was absolutely breathtaking. Maybe Kyle and I will try it out next year :) 
If you have some time, check out her blog here:

The blogger said that Nevis has been one of her favourite places so far. If we were staying at a place like this, I would never leave Nevis!!

I also attended a couple of Christmas presentations for some schools. The one school I support, went to a church downtown and had like a 3 hour long presentation. The kids were so adorable though. Dressed in their best, singing and saying poems. These kiddos were younger so sometimes their parents had to come on stage and help out haha. However I am glad I went to support them. The school I work out, also had some fun events. They did a walk-a-thon, to try and raise money for the school. The kids walked around Nevis for over 5k! It was impressive. I ended up having to do it twice because I first had to mark the trail. I also learned that the way to fund raise is to flag people down in their cars and ask them for money. Their Christmas party was interesting. It was pretty unorganized, and it made me sad that not many parents came out to support their kids. They did have some good moments though. Most of the kids had a good time I think. It has certainly been a busy couple of weeks wrapping up with school for the semester. I had a 6 hour long staff meeting on my last day working there. That was interesting. However, hopefully it was all for good and there will be some big changes in the new year.  

I feel so blessed to have this experience and even though we have dealt with broken down cars, hurricanes and extreme heat, I really don't think I would change any of the experiences I have had thus far. Yes my job has been very stressful and overwhelming and I considered quitting this month, however I managed to take control and it looks like things will be changing in the New Year. I have learned a new form of patience and even learned a new language in a way. I hope that next year we will have even more experiences to share with everyone. 

While travelling back home, we had some time in St. Kitts and went to a knock off Starbucks called Rituals Coffee. I couldn't really tell the difference myself. My drink was delicious! Maybe because I haven't had Starbucks in so long lol. 

Some things to look forward to in the new year: we will be moving to an upstairs apartment. It is slightly bigger and hopefully less bugs. I will be travelling more to St. Kitts for my job to help with a child, and I will be spending more time working on the Special Olympics Committee. Kyle will be taking on the role of co- president of the MUA Chapter American Medical Student Association. He will be beginning Med 2 and I will be starting my 5th masters course. 
So we have a busy year ahead but we are excited. I know it will be hard to come back to the island in January, because we have both been looking forward to spending some time at home with friends and family. We do have a nice 3 week break and Kyle is excited for snow. I am not so sure. 
So as I watch our plane pull in, I raise my glass to all of you who have been supporting us throughout our journey and will continue to believe in us. Cheers to 2016!! See you on the other side!

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Hospital Trips and Car Problems

Just to warn you, the items in the title don't relate so don't worry everyone is okay!

Well it certainly has been an interesting couple of weeks here. I have been winding down with my online school stuff and getting very excited to come home! I have been spending more of my weekends relaxing on the beach too. However, a couple weeks ago, I show up to work scratching like crazy! My legs were so itchy that I didn't even get much sleep the night before. A fellow teacher walked into my office while I was furiously applying bug spray and scratching like a monkey. I had these three red bumps in a row on one of my legs, and I had a bunch more tiny dots all around my feet and ankles. I had some on my arms and a couple on my hands. Now, I normally get a ton of mosquito bites in one sitting. My workplace is just invested with them, and for some reason they love me on this island. However, these bumps to me did not look like normal mosquito bites. The teachers immediately panicked and told me I had scabies!! Since I had never heard of that, I immediately took to Google. FYI don't do an image search. Gross! I definitely didn't look like anyone in those pictures, but the bumps the people had, sort of resembled what I had except a lesser amount. What got me even more panicked was that the teacher said she heard on the radio that Scabies is going around especially in day care centers. Uhh red alert for me! I have been seeing a client at one of the day care centers on the island! She also said it's contagious, and freaked out and started following me around with a can of Lysol. She takes me to show the principal and another teacher and they were both like yep you need to go to the hospital. Great... So I didn't exactly know how to get there, so the principal and another teacher refusing to drive in my car for fear of me being contagious hopped in their own car and I followed them. It was so embarrassing, that when we got there, they wouldn't even let me in the waiting room, so I had to wait outside! Meanwhile the teachers keep giving me weird looks and telling me they are noticing more dots on my neck and arms. Fantastic. So, I finally get let in through this sneaky side door, and they stick me in a room with all this equipment and posters on how to do CPR. Umm, if you need a poster to tell you how and you are the doctor, I'm in trouble. The nurse comes in and checks my pulse, of course it's high, people are telling me I have some sort of disease!! A few minutes later a doctor comes in and looks at all my dots. He is also one of the teachers from Kyle's school. Not wearing gloves, or anything, he freely touches my little bumps, then asks if I have been to the beach lately. I said yes I went on the weekend (this was a Tuesday). He said oh those are sand fly bites. So I'm not contagious? He laughs and says nope. I said, great because those teachers out there think I have Scabies. The nurse laughs and says Scabies?!?! I haven't seen that on this island in years! Crisis averted. The doctor still gave me a prescription for some oral meds and some cream to put on these bites, and the trip to the hospital cost 40EC which is about 20 CAN. Oh and I had to go to 3 different pharmacies to get the prescriptions because none of them had this stuff. So for the whole ordeal, and stress it cost about 80EC. I was keeping Kyle updated as best as I could but he was stuck in class so he couldn't really do much except to tell me to calm down over text. 

So now for my car problems. The other night Kyle and I were driving home from yet another potluck dinner when we heard an interesting sound coming from the front of the car. Kyle was just like huh that's weird, and kept on going. It eventually went away and we thought nothing of it. The next day as I am on my way to work, I round a corner to my school and I start to hear that same noise. As I pull in the parking lot, I have to go down a slight hill, and I start to brake to park the car. I then hear a loud clunk and my foot is to the floor and I am not breaking. The tires screech, and thankfully there was a curb so the car stopped. Shaking coming out of the car, I tell my principal that I think my car just broke. I explain what happened and she was like Oh migamo! (Which means omg) She calls up a mechanic she knows and he shows up a little later. His name is Sargent and he opens up the hood and says well there is no leak anywhere but I'll come back with my boss. While he is gone, some of the kids think it's hilarious, especially since my car isn't the nicest to look at. One boy tells me to check under my car. He takes me to my car and bends down and picks up a piece of metal. That's when I notice fluid near the front right tire. This kid seemed smarter than the mechanic!! So Sargent comes back with his boss, and I show him the piece of metal. Oh you just need new break pads, no problem! So his boss jumps in the car and starts driving it... using the hand break he manages to drive it back to his shop. Surprisingly I was able to pick up the car at the end of the day, and for parts and labor it cost $250EC. Not bad considering back home, you can never have your car in the shop for just a day! Mind you, this guys' "shop" was just a shack with a bunch of old cars around it. Interesting enough, his shop was across from the Suzuki Dealership. Anyway, I drove the car home in one piece and I was able to stop! No problem ;)

I am pretty proud of myself that I was able to handle all this. Yes I did have help and made a few panicked phone calls to Kyle, but I survived and I am so thankful the car broke down as I got to school, and not down the windy roads and hills. 
Anyway, here is a picture of a cool rainbow on my way home from work today. It was a peaceful reminder to just remain calm in stressful times, and go with the flow. 

There was also a full moon this week, maybe that explains all the craziness around here!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Searching for a Caribbean Christmas

Hey Everyone,

I am so sorry it has been a while since I have written. I have been hearing from some friends and family that I am a bit behind on my updates!! Things have been super busy over here. I am still writing, just not for my blog. I have been writing school papers! This class has been a lot more work. It is still easy, it's just tedious, each week there is a new paper, and then by the time I think about writing my blog, I'm 2 or 3 episodes behind on tv shows, or I find myself by the beach taking sunset pics. Yup, rough life, I know.

Some interesting events have happened here in the last month. Yet another parade. Haha! This one was for the primary schools to celebrate reading! An organization called OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation designed a Rainforest of Reading Festival. They came to the island and distributed books to all the schools. The challenge was to read 12 books in a month. However, being island time, the program started late and our school managed to get through 4 books. Then each school was assigned a book and in the parade you got to dress up as the characters. It was fun! Even though none of our kids wanted to participate. I was actually surprised they included special education. Usually they forget about our school, and then wonder why we don't show up for stuff!

In other news, I have somehow found myself on the Special Olympics Committee for Nevis! What?!??! I am not quite sure how that happened, it was like a snowball effect, and the next thing you know I have been appointed secretary! For it being an island, and how most things are not done like North America, when it comes to Special Olympics, it is pretty professional. Now, I have never been to a board meeting before but it was so formal, I felt so grown up! Say "I", "call to order" and all these terms I have never heard of. To the point where I was googling how to take minutes at a board meeting! So many rules!!! Anyway, this new project sounds far... although after the first 2.5 hour long meeting, I was kinda thinking what the heck did I get myself into?!?! I'll definitely have to keep you updated on how this plays out.

So, Christmas is coming! I have started hearing music on the radio, and the school next to us sings Christmas songs in the morning now! It's so cute! However, there are no decorations anywhere :( I was under the impression that the Caribbean goes hard core for the holidays. I mean schools are out on December 4th! We get an entire month off! I asked some of the teachers why this is the case, and they told me they used to go all out, but due to financial reasons people can't afford to put up lights and fancy decorations. Plus the schools do get out so early, many of them don't see the point. This makes me so sad. I love walking around and seeing all the different decorations, it just makes me smile so much. It really makes me appreciate what I have back home. That Kyle and I are able to put up a tree. I know it's not all about the decorations, trust me. I don't want to start that debate... #redcup  #whocares :P It just gets me in the mood and spirit! I mean come on, with everything that has happened over the last few days, don't you think we should be able to do something positive??!! Maybe I am being naive, but people grieve in all sorts of ways, and if I am going to be excited about the fact of seeing Christmas lights, instead of watching CNN spill their speculations over and over again, then why not? My wish this season, is that even if you can't afford a tree or lights, that you can still find happiness in whatever way you can. Whether it's singing out loud for all to hear, or just simply saying Merry Christmas to someone. There is so much negativity around this season and it saddens me that we have lost sight about what this season is truly all about. Especially living here, and seeing the poverty and the issues the children have to deal with here, and then I see people up in arms about a red cup, or media not showing all the bad in the world. Our first question should be, why isn't the media showing the good in the world?

Anyway, Kyle is doing well with his classes. He had another exam last week and did amazing! (Even after pulling an all -nighter). We both cannot wait to come home though! Kyle needs a break from his classes for sure, there has been a lot of politics lately, and it sounds like it is just getting annoying. Only a few more weeks left though!

We have also started to play volleyball twice a week. A Mexican restaurant called Dos Gringos added a nice beach volleyball court, and was looking for people to play! Through my connections at school, word got out and so Kyle and I have gathered a few people and we have been able to get a few good games going. It has been awesome, Kyle is able to get out of the house for a bit and get some great exercise too!

The weather has also started to cool off, finally! We have had some pretty intense rain storms. It makes for really bad mosquitoes, but at least I am not sweating as much! The tourists are starting to arrive again. The restaurants have opened back up, and there is more traffic on the roads. It then makes for the locals to think I am a tourist, which I don't like because they treat them differently. However, I did meet a family from Scotland the other day. They were here to watch the Nevis Triathlon. 

That's pretty much it for us. I'll post some pics of random things that have been happening around here. Oh yes, one important thing I forgot to mention was that Kyle has been making me watch all the Star Wars movies in order to prepare for the new one in December. He even went to great lengths to set up our inflatable couch again, so I would be comfortable enough to watch... we are now on Episode III. I am still unsure of the whole thing, but he says I need to give it a chance, so that's how I spend my Friday nights now.

Miss you guys, we hope everyone is well!!

These cows were hilarious! Crossing right in front of me on my way to work...they almost made me late :P

Our Star Wars set up!

I'll admit, I don't get much work done on days like this. 

Here are some pics of the parade. Our kids look so thrilled to be there...

But they are so cute!!

I went to another dinner to celebrate American Thanksgiving! So much food! And more turkey! Delicious!

So this is the source of the crazy frog we hear at night! He was sitting at my school and the teachers told me they jump like crazy and stick to you. He looks so harmless!

Beach Volleyball!

My birthday gift finally arrived from my mom! A month late, but it made it! I was in desperate need of hair elastics! Thanks mom!

       Just some beautiful sunsets, that remind me how blessed I am to be able to enjoy this experience. A great reminder that peace can exist... I truly believe that. 

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Island Birthday

Hey Everyone,

So this is a new one, celebrating my birthday on a beach. Being October, I usually celebrate surrounded by the fall colors and sometimes even snow. Not this year, living it up big on this sunny island! Although I was thankful for great weather, it was definitely unusual. However, I did my best to make it count here. It was tough because Kyle has exams on Monday so he really needed to study this weekend. However, we did go out to lunch with a friend of mine and her fiance to a fancier restaurant. I have only been to Golden Rock once before, for a hike, but never to eat. Kyle has been there to eat and he said the burgers are amazing, and he was right! Awesome food, decently priced-only 12 US for a burger and fries. The view was spectacular and the conversation was awesome :)

I was able to capture a hummingbird in this pic. 


This guy decided to stop by for some lunch. 

I do wish I could have been with friends and family from home, but this is my life now. Sandy beaches and palm trees, surrounded by picturesque ocean waters. After lunch, Kyle went back to the apartment to study and I went to the beach. I haven't been in awhile and it was nice and relaxing. I then went to my friends house where they made homemade pesto pasta and Kyle came by for some dessert and brought cheesecake. I must say, it was definitely not the worst birthday ever!!! I am just trying to make the best of it here and I think I am doing pretty well. Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday, I definitely felt the love on this rock!

Things are also looking up at work. Since I am no longer working one to one with the child who was causing me some problems because of the race thing, I am able to focus on a group therapy program focusing on problem solving. I may also be starting to do more work in the community actually doing therapy that I am trained in. There is a child who has Down's Syndrome and autism at a preschool and could definitely benefit from more intensive one to one therapy. She was getting speech therapy from my friend, but if things work out, we could be teaming up and providing more behavioral therapy. The principal thinks it would be a much better use of my skill set pending the proper paper work. So I am pretty pumped for that to work out!

After Kyle has exams on Monday we might go out to celebrate, there may be some cake involved, so we will see what happens tomorrow.

I have also started doing some work out sessions with a trainer. There is a local guy who comes to the Med School 3 times a week in the evenings, and he charges only 10 EC (which is about 5 Canadian). I started going with a couple of Kyle's classmates and it has been really good so far! I hope I can keep it up, I feel productive and it's motivating.

Anyway, just a quick update for now. Hope everyone is surviving the cold! I heard there was snow this weekend :)

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Caribbean Thanksgiving

Hey Everyone,

Yet another holiday has come and gone here on Nevis. My Facebook and Instagram feeds have been flooded with fall pictures, pumpkin spiced anything and turkey. On my end, I'm trying not sweat through my clothes and not think about how much I miss my family. Kyle is studying like crazy and we are just trying to make the best of it during this holiday. 
I think we managed alright though. Luckily, a lot of Kyle's friends from school are from Canada so we gathered at one of the student's houses and had an awesome Thanksgiving dinner, which did include butter chicken. That was a new one for me, but Kyle enjoyed it a lot. It was nice that we could all gather together, and there wasn't even that much med school talk! 
Tonight, I Facetimed with my family a little bit and although it was a little chaotic over there, I still got to see my nephew for a bit, who by the way is huge! Haha, and he is only a month and half old! But he is extremely adorable, and I am a very proud Auntie!

The after effects of a great meal :) 

In other news, I celebrated World Teachers Day on this fine island. That was an interesting experience. All of the teachers gathered in one place and there were some presentations and then we had a school meeting. At the end of the week, some of the parents came to the school and brought us gifts which was so kind! The presentations took place at an actual theatre with AC! It was pretty fancy I thought! The only unfortunate part was that special education was unaware of the events for the day, we were left in the dark as per usual. That's a whole other issue on this island. 

The nice theatre with awesome AC! I had goosebumps by the end of the morning! 

The parents bringing the teachers some nice gifts! I got cake :)

Aside from that, the work I have been doing with one particular client has been put on the back burner temporarily due to some racial comments. I am unsure of how to discuss this because it has been something that I have been fortunate enough to have never experienced in my life thus far. Even when we first moved here, everyone has been so welcoming and we haven't had any negative experiences that have really disrupted our transition here. However, this past week I experienced something I never would have thought. Now call me naive, and I'm not blind to the fact that in our world racism is a big problem, I just never expected it from a 10 year old. I originally thought the child has not been around white people before, so this, as for most of the children here is something new to them. I have also been the one to make the child do work and not get away with escaping. But then I found out that in the child's home he has been around a lot of different white people and has had no other issues before. It's heart breaking to be surrounded by this, especially since my whole goal since starting work is that I really just want to help these kids. I love what I do, and I want to keep doing it, I just have been so overwhelmed by this issue it truly has taken me by surprise. Maybe because I grew up in such a diverse culture, that race has never been an issue for me, but I guess it is for some people.  It's an uncomfortable subject for most, but I think it does need to be addressed. The guidance counselor of the school put together a presentation for the class to address some of the issues. I thought it was well done and it opened up the conversation. I was hoping to get a lot of questions but I think the children are still processing everything. I imagine it's even more difficult for children with special needs. However, one little boy asked me if my sisters were also white. He seemed surprised when I said yes. It was kinda funny. Anyway, I have learned this week, that I am not going to give up. I want to work through this, and continue to build relationships with these kids. I am so thankful to have been able to find a job here (even though I have yet to see a pay cheque) and I will take these experiences with me for the rest of my life. 
I hope you all have something to be thankful for this year. It's definitely been a roller coaster of a so called Fall season here on Nevis. Apparently the weather is supposed to be getting cooler towards the end of the month. Kyle and I have actually had our AC on all night now when we sleep!! Shocking! Even set at 28 we still notice a huge difference. 

Anyway, we miss everyone from back home! Flights have been booked for December 9th! Less than 2 months :) Enjoy the day off tomorrow friends! 

Here are some more random pics from the past couple weeks:

I got stuck in a rain storm without my umbrella. I came out of the grocery store to this. My car is the green one across the way.

The rain calmed down as I drove to the next store, but as soon as I was about to get out, the down pour hit. So I waited.

I pulled up to a gas station and found this guy just taking a drink from a bucket.

View from my school

I went to a different beach with some friends called Paradise Beach

It's fun to see the different angles of St.Kitts

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

New Motto: Take it One Day at a Time!

Hi friends,

What a busy couple of weeks it has been! It's been awhile since I have been able to blog. When I started working, things were pretty much the same as usual. However within the last week, there has been a lot of activity. 

I apologize in advance for the next section, but I have recently come to terms with the fact that the medical system on this island truly sucks. There is a little girl who attends the school who has been very sick for the past year. She has been diagnosed with autism, and is non-verbal. However, she also has some major vomiting issues, where she can't keep any food down, or even water. She has been in and out of the hospital the last year and the doctors don't know what to do. Well, the principal and I went to visit her at her house because the mom requested we go there. When we pulled up, I had this sinking feeling in my gut, and we weren't even at the house yet. We had to walk behind another house, through some bushes and stumbled upon a large shack. Broken windows, grass and vines growing up the side of the house. I felt really disturbed by the whole thing. The mother brings the child outside, and she can't even stand up. I tried giving her some water, but she couldn't even keep that down! She was so dehydrated, I told the mother she needs to be in the hospital. 
I left that house in tears.
I have never seen anything like that in my life. I realize that there is some poverty on this island, but I felt like I had walked into a taping for a World Vision commercial. I really was not prepared for that. Even my principal who has lived here for 10 years had never seen anything like that before. That scene will live with me forever. It truly wrecked me. 

The child made it to the hospital the next day, but I just found out she only spent 3 days there and then they sent her home. The excuse this time was that the principal didn't come to the hospital and explain what was wrong with her...ummm excuse me? I didn't realize she was also a doctor! Hello, that's why the child is there? To see the doctor!!!!!!! I could not believe my ears!!!!! They think because the child has special needs, that they cannot help her, and that this vomiting is just a symptom of her special needs! Never in my life have I heard this, or read anything about this! The child can't even keep water down!!!! 
I literally came home that day and cried my eyes out. I feel so helpless for this poor little girl. No one is fighting for her. The few that are, don't have any power. This child needs some real doctors looking after her, and figuring out what is going on. Otherwise she just keeps going through this cycle of being in and out of the hospital. Social services is involved, but they have said no one will take the child because she has special needs. That just breaks my heart even more. It disturbs me so much, to be living in this environment, when I know something needs to be done but I just don't have the means to do it. I so badly wish I could...unfortunately for this little one, I feel as though my prayers for her, just aren't enough. 

Anyway, thanks for letting me rant. It's just something I think about every single day. 

Moving on, there were a couple holidays last week on Nevis. National Heroes Day and Independence Day. I was able to go to the beach and have some relaxation time. It was awesome. For Independence Day, it seemed as though the island goes all out. Even Kyle's school library was closed. There was a big beach party at the main beach, and all the schools had their own program to celebrate. The children at my school got to wear the colors of the flag, and each class did a presentation on what all the colors mean. Last minute I found out all the teachers had to sing a song! Well that was an experience, especially since I am not a singer. The presentations were very cute though, and I learned a lot about Nevis :) 
This was the holiday, I couldn't believe how busy the beach was ;)

I Never get tired of these beach views :)

Happy 32nd Anniversary Nevis!

This was at the main beach. My local buddy told me they were setting up for a huge party last Friday night.

This is the little kids class. They taught us what the stars in the flag mean. Hope and Liberty.

This is the class that I teach. They all looked so thrilled to be up there! Haha. 
Don't worry I have permission to post these photos. 

So I had started teaching my own class at the school because we have been so short staffed. However there has been one particular child who has had such severe behaviors, the principal doesn't want him in class with other children. So now he has been assigned to me. Yay! I spent all last week with him, and I have some bruises to show for it. However, we had a break through today!!! This child had no behaviors at all today!!!! I am so thrilled! He actually listened to me, and didn't attempt to run away at all! There were a few opportunities where he could have followed the other children but he didn't! Even if for the rest of this year, his behaviors are bad, I will always remember this one day! Ha! I actually came home with a smile on my face! It was a much needed reminder of why I do what I do. I love these kids, but when I hear quotes like " teacher, you ain't gunna give me no licks, so I don't have to listen to you" "you ain't got nuttin on me teacher" "Whatcha gunna do teacher? You can't do nuttin!" (Say it in an island accent, and it will make more sense.) Also licks mean a spanking in North American terms. So when today I heard phrases like "My mom is going to be so proud of me!" That just warms my heart :) 

Today is Kyle's Birthday! To celebrate, I made him a cake, and we went to a friends house and had some of his classmates over. It was nice that we are still able to do something here. This past weekend, we met up with my friend that I work with and her fiancee at the Four Seasons Restuarant. What an amazing view!! We had never been there before. It's called Mangoes, and it was great! My friend's fiancee works for the Four Seasons, so he got a discount ;) 

Sweet views from Mangoes Restaurant. 

The cake turned out pretty well. The trick is to ice it, right before you eat it! 

Anyway, my new motto here is "take it one day at a time." At this point, with it being so hot, my job the way it is, managing my own school work, that's all I can do. I am still thankful I have a job, but I think I am allowed to vent about it every now and then. 

Hope you guys are all doing well! We miss you lots! 

Here are a few other pics from the last couple weeks. 

A real traffic jam on Nevis!!! I was almost late for work. Turns out, the Police were stopping people. Not sure what they were looking for though. 

Pretty big thunderstorm here. Crazy lightening and a ton of rain! This is the view from one of my classrooms at the school. 

Some of you may have seen this guy posted already. Kyle went to open the blinds in our bedroom and he was just chilling on the window sill. I'm actually surprised I was not more freaked out! The first thing I did was grab my camera :P Maybe because I have expected something like this to happen here. 

This huge cow was just beside the road. He has pretty big horns! It's hard to see in this picture, but it was crazy! 

That's all for now! Enjoy!