Above you can see Katie (L) and Stephanie (R) with me and a woman in her house in Kiota, where Katie the Peace Corps volunteer lives. The woman pictured is the mother of a good friend of Katie's, who fed us some yummy rice and squash sauce for lunch! When we asked to take her picture she said okay but first went to change clothes, but not before she told us that she had lost her second front tooth this week, and her daughter told her she was too ugly to go out in public anymore, so she couldn't see why we wanted to take a picture with her.
Here we have Katie and me very close to a beautiful giraffe. They are amazing to watch in person--so beautiful, and would you believe it, very graceful in the way they walk and run!
Laura- here are the promised pictures of the girls. Marie (2yrs) and Laurey (now 8mo). They are both growing SO fast! Laurey has started walking this week- 5 steps yesterday!! She is also teething. You can see from this picture that she smiles a lot. She's very fun to watch. Marie is also growing quickly-she is learning how to use the potty, and got there herself today! She is speaking more and more in complete sentences, and can pick up words in any language very fast.
And last but not least, my favorite:
This picture was taken almost a month ago, when Katie and Steph first got here. From left to right: First row: Stephanie, Zeinabou, Katie, Fati (Zeinabou's 11 yr old), Ramatou (my roommate), Halima(12, from the neighborhood). I think you can see Laurey's leg and part of her head,also. Second row: Hadiza (8, neighborhood friend), Haoua (Z.'s 6 yr old who Z says is "ta fille" -your (my) girl or daughter) and Faycal (Z.'s 9 yr old).
That's all from Africa today, more to come soon!