From September to February, it’s nothing but holidays. Birthday, Mid-Autumn Festival, Birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Birthday, Christmas, New Years, Birthday, Chinese New Year. . . and then sprinkle about 11 shows and umpteen practices for the Nutcracker, followed by a February show. September to February are INSANE! There isn’t a free weekend for months on end.
SLM turned 11 January 3. We were on holiday in Egypt and when we returned, so did the brutal ballet performance season.
One thing I’ve always admired about my two kiddos is their independence. Since they were wee little things, they’ve worked together and have been able to figure out just about anything. So, it came as no surprise when I was told where, when, and how the party would go down.
Today was a day that had been heavily anticipated for the past two months. FINALLY, it was birthday celebration time! This day was to be regardless of anything else on the schedule.
Maji Magic is a crazy water bound bouncing wonderous place. It’s in Karen County, named after Karen Blixen. You have to walk through a mall to the back where you are greeted with a huge man-made lake. To the left are water boats that have high powered squirt guns, to the left is the area for paddle boarding and dead center is a huge blown up obstacle course complete with a “rock wall” and super high up swing where you can catapult yourself into the water.
We got there early, before the crowds. SLM and XO showed their buddy O around as we waited for the other children. Time is a funny thing here in Kenya. It’s taken a hot moment for us to come to terms with Nairobi time-this time I was prepared. I set the time for about 20 minutes prior to when I wanted people to arrive. The final child walked up 50 minutes late. . .not bad. Into the water she went.
There’s something about kids and water that always amazes me. No matter how cold, they jump in with little hesitation. These 7 girls were on a mission and off they went. Frank and I sat on a bench and listened to the squeals of joy emanating from the water park. The girls had the entire place to themselves and they took full advantage.
By the time they swam back to shore, they were freezing and hungry. Three pizzas and four bags of chips down, they sat and chatted like little old ladies.
Our day at Maji Magic ended with a crowd of over 50 kids arriving to partake in the water sports. By this time, the girls said their goodbyes with huge hugs and lots of smiles. The ride home proved to be a little calmer. . .