The Marsh Family

The Marsh Family

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Our first month in Puerto Rico

Well, yesterday marked 1 month since we arrived in Guayama. How did we celebrate you ask?

We did actually have an "interesting" night. Courtney & I were outside eating, not an unusual thing because it's cooler outside than inside. At about 7:15 Courtney asked our neighbor, Katie, if she'd help me walk the dogs when I was ready for bed. She said yes and Courtney went to bed!! He wasn't feeling too good yesterday apparently. I wonder if it was allergies. I went to bed about 9:30...I know, sad, on a Friday night?!?! Then at about 11:45 Courtney went outside with his cane (different story) to chase away a stray dog that had been barking for at least 1/2 an hour. At 5:00 I got up to get a bigger fan to put in the room to drown out the frogs that wouldn't shut up. The rest of the night was spent listening to the rain & thunder. That's probably from Tropical Storm Ernesto which is supposed to go South of us and not cause any problems. When the last Tropical Storm went through they did begin to shut our water off in case it developed into a Hurricane. We've now been in school for 3 weeks and things are getting better. Courtney is enjoying his 5th & 6th graders. He even got a typed letter from one little girl. Apparently students are not allowed to wear make up at GPS and one of his homeroom students was. She got in trouble from the Principal and then she wrote Courtney a note apologizing profusely for what she had done. She assured him she was "very, very, very, very" sorry for wearing make up and she will never touch make up again! She also offered to help him with anything he needs for causing a problem. It was sweet! Courtney didn't care she was wearing it but the Principal did. My days are getting a little better. There are still moments of "WHAT AM I DOING HERE?!?!" but for the most part it's getting better. In case you haven't heard my sister, Joy, is coming to visit next weekend!! We are so excited! We were already planning to go to Rincon next weekend because we have Monday the 4th off. We were planning on meeting some other teachers at the beach there to relax and hang out for the Holiday weekend. Now we'll pick Joy up on Saturday morning and head to Rincon from San Juan, stay Saturday night and be back in Guayama on Sunday. I need to have her back in San Juan Tuesday after school so it will be a quick visit yet much needed visit. It seems like we've been here longer than a month! It definitely seems like we've been away from family and friends longer than that. Keep checking in on us and hopefully we'll see some of you soon!!

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