I love the new school, and the kids do too. As one of the Belgian parents emphasized to me, "Belgians have a way of life. It is not too busy. It is more with the family and getting outdoors. It is a way of life to enjoy life." He couldn't have said it better really. Belgians do have a 'way of life' and it truly is built around enjoying life, family, and nature.
This week, school classes took the kids to an orchard, had them pick fruit and press apples to make juice. When I told the girls they would be visiting an orchard, they had no idea what an orchard was. They had never picked apples from a tree, let alone plums. As excited to see the them learn to snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Guam, I was thrilled to hear they would visit a farm, pick fruit and make something of their trip. Addie reported she was allowed to pet some sheep as well. For those of you who have been able to visit a petting zoo with your kids, or take a trip on any given day to the zoo, this is like opening the barn doors- we have a lot to catch up on.
We were told to send a jar with a lid into school yesterday. Addie returned home after school talking non stop about making 'Confiture de la Plumes'. Bon Appetite! We celebrated their hard work with toast this morning, topped with Addie's special jam for breakfast. It really was a delicious treat!