They've done it! The kiddos have successfully "graduated" from their "respective" school "divisions" and will be "moving up" to "the" next available "school" at the International School of Panama!
But first we had some happenings.
In May, The Eldest spent four days playing "Snorty" (his euphonium) with other middle school band and choir whiz kids from around Latin America in the AMIS Honor Band. The hard work the students put in culminated in a fantastic concert, and has inspired The Big O to audition next year!
For our final three day weekend of the year (thank you, election day holiday!), we took a long-overdue trip to our local mountain town, El Valle. We tried out a new-to-us
A few minutes of triumphant posing on the top of the (fairly small) mountain, then it was time to get filthy.
Although we've been to El Valle several times, this was our first visit to the mud baths. While it was fun to smear gloopy goo on our faces and watch the camo-like drying effects, the hot spring itself was not a particularly peaceful or relaxing experience. Live and learn!
Next we rushed back to the big city so the twins could present their 5th grade capstone project on the United Nations sustainable development goals. The Little Lady chose SDG 17 (partnerships for the other goals) and used Haiti's debt crisis as a case study to argue for debt relief for developing nations. It was an ambitious and abstract issue, but as she says, nothing can be accomplished without good systems and partnerships!
The Big O chose SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) and tried to convince me to replace my wasteful windows with argon-filled double-glazed windows. I retorted that we're currently renting and the house we own back in Sacramento already has double-glazed windows (and blown-in wall insulation to boot). He was unimpressed.
But finally, after a year of hard work, it was time. Time to perform for the graduation shindig!
And of course we've already started our summer of shenanigans. I hope to post on the first phase of those shortly...