Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Field trip

When you live in a place as cool as Zambia, your field trips get to be to places like safari and one of the seven wonders of the world, Victoria Falls :). Thanks to the freshman class at OC, who did fundraisers all year to send money for something special for our kids and aunties, we were able to take all of our Haven 2 babies and aunties on this unforgettable day. It took a lot of planning and help, but it all went off without a single hitch. Every auntie and OC student had one baby for the whole day. The only job was to make sure our charges didn't get hurt by wild animals or fall into the Falls, and we accomplished that goal!

As soon as we arrived in Livingstone, got a quick snack, and took lots of little ones to the bathroom, it was time for our safari. It was neat for so many reasons, but especially because neither the aunties nor the babies had seen wild animals in person before. My tears started about a minute in when we spotted the first baboon up in a tree. They were SO excited, pointing and shouting and making monkey noises, and all those hours of language class and teaching about animals and their noises were worth it. It was just so cool.

Looking at a giraffe
Walking out to see the rhinos
Checking out the rhino (P.S. Have you ever seen such a large baby chitenged? Me neither, but we weren't chancing them going rogue on us!)
Abbie and me on the drive
Checking out the elephants (and checking out the pictures she was taking on her phone)
Rhino love
We had all ordered our lunch ahead of time, so we drove straight from the safari to lunch at ZigZags. They have a great little play place and bunnies and guinea pigs, so it was perfect for us. Lunch was great, on time, and fueled us for an afternoon of seeing the falls!
This time of year, you can't really "see" the falls. It's just one huge mist cloud because they are so full. We knew going into it that we would be soaked to the bone by the end, so we had changes of clothes ready for everyone.
First glimpse
From the top of the Zambezi
An attempt at a group shot 
The babies' reactions were all different, but the only one who couldn't make it all the way across was Reuben, which was surprising. For the most part, all the others just squealed with delight and shock.

After the falls, we all changed clothes and got the babies clean and ready for a sleepy trip home. Here are all of our sweet field trip goers!
Sesa boy
Ella (with her snacks ready!)
James (I seriously considered not taking him because he's such a loose cannon, and I could just picture the worst, but he did great!)
Joel saying "cheese"
Vigi (stealing drinks...)
It was just such a perfect day. The babies still ask me all the time when we're going to Libingi again to see water, rainbows, and animals :)/ We're so grateful for all the love from our friend at Oklahoma Christian!

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