#87 - second week of habitat for humanity

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Tay & her little cousin
our second week was very similar to our first week.  although, we didn't do as much moving around to different houses.  i was on house #1 all week and i was SOOO happy.  this is where the two adorable girls, tay & tu were....i also just loved all the families that were around this house, i really liked the other workers on this site (there was one guy who we kept trying to raise his hands in the air & say "whoot whoot" when we said "can i get a "whoot whoot"....anyway, after awhile...when i was "poon fairy", which meant bringing the poon to everyone that was spackling when they needed it....i would just shout "whoot whoot" & he would know i was asking if he needed any more poon.  it was very funny - it almost became his name), and i loved our team.
the kids at house #1
  so the week was actually a lot of fun....it was hard because my arm muscles were definitely tired from all the shoveling, carrying & mixing of poon....but when you are working side by side with the families, you just keep going.  it felt really good to actually see & get to know the people who were going to benefit from all of our hard work.

some more things i want to write about from the second week:
running in the morning - running with the vietnamese lady, doing bootcamp
passover - skyping with friends in u.s., actually building with bricks & mortar on passover, definitely feeling an appreciation for freedom this year
school trip - amazing to see all the kids & how happy they were to see us, games we played with them
closing ceremonies - the unbelievable gratitude, warmth, & tears.  i was BAWLING after the closing ceremonies.  for awhile. whenever i thought about it.  i actually still get teary eyed when i think about it.  i took a video of han from house #2....i will hopefully get it up here one of these days.


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Tay & her little cousin
Tay & her little cousin
the kids at house #1
the kids at house #1
tay & tu with the lollipops mary g…
tay & tu with the lollipops mary …
having fun with the camera
having fun with the camera
can i get a whoot whoot?
can i get a "whoot whoot"?
okay, okay, okay....stop, stop, st…
okay, okay, okay....stop, stop, s…
i just love these people
i just love these people
the woman in red & i bonded when i…
the woman in red & i bonded when …
tu with one of our stickers on her…
tu with one of our stickers on he…
the kids playing a cool stone game
the kids playing a cool stone game
mary & greg cleaning the tiles
mary & greg cleaning the tiles
the cement making process
the cement making process
check out that awesome new wall
check out that awesome new wall
awww - tay. :)
awww - tay. :)
more of the stone game
more of the stone game
the fun tile cleaning process
the fun tile cleaning process
having fun scraping tiles
having fun scraping tiles
badmiton during lunch!
badmiton during lunch!
more badmiton
more badmiton
even the older lady joined in teh …
even the older lady joined in teh…
ah!  the lunch house lady.  we lov…
ah! the lunch house lady. we lo…
setting up the scaffolding
setting up the scaffolding
tu was literally picking out the g…
tu was literally picking out the …
gorgeous wall
gorgeous wall
tiles
tiles
more of house #1
more of house #1
group at house #1
group at house #1
mary & the kids
mary & the kids
craig showing the kids math book …
craig showing the kid's math book…
doing math problems with the kids.…
doing math problems with the kids…
having so much fun reading & doing…
having so much fun reading & doin…
greg lifting a cement bag.  woo ho…
greg lifting a cement bag. woo h…
stacks of cement!!!
stacks of cement!!!
i tried to carry that bag....but i…
i tried to carry that bag....but …
brillo and XIN CHOW!!!!!!!
brillo and XIN CHOW!!!!!!!
gorgeous spackle - or what we like…
gorgeous spackle - or what we lik…
check out that floor papa leo stam…
check out that floor papa leo sta…
bart always managed to wear almost…
bart always managed to wear almos…
Ha!  no, im not laughing at her -…
Ha! no, i'm not laughing at her …
the neighbors - tus family.  :)
the neighbors - tu's family. :)
more fun with the camera
more fun with the camera
more fun with the camera
more fun with the camera
yay habitat for humanity!
yay habitat for humanity!
she was the STRONGEST woman out th…
she was the STRONGEST woman out t…
more cleaning of tiles
more cleaning of tiles
early morning bootcamp that i join…
early morning bootcamp that i joi…
early morning bootcamp that i join…
early morning bootcamp that i joi…
one of our lunches.  it looks like…
one of our lunches. it looks lik…
picture of ahn.  just loved the do…
picture of ahn. just loved the d…
the men playing their checkers-lik…
the men playing their checkers-li…
there she is again - strongest wom…
there she is again - strongest wo…
Thuyen & me on his motorbike.
Thuyen & me on his motorbike.
ICE CREAM!!!!  :)
ICE CREAM!!!! :)
Me & XIN CHOWWWWWW (whenever we sa…
Me & XIN CHOWWWWWW (whenever we s…
where we were every morning at 7:3…
where we were every morning at 7:…
YUMMY dinner
YUMMY dinner
melinda & wendy
melinda & wendy
me & a friend i made at the karaok…
me & a friend i made at the karao…
our new friends singing a song at …
our new friends singing a song at…
len & our friend.  :)
len & our friend. :)
me & the waiter at the karaoke bar…
me & the waiter at the karaoke ba…
me & bart hanging out during one o…
me & bart hanging out during one …
more badmitton
more badmitton
more badmitton
more badmitton
oooohhhh - ahhhhh.  check out that…
oooohhhh - ahhhhh. check out tha…
this is where i would pass the poo…
this is where i would pass the po…
siftin sand
siftin sand
tay again.  can you tell i just lo…
tay again. can you tell i just l…
craig, making a sand angel
craig, making a sand angel
me & tay & tu.  :)
me & tay & tu. :)
thats an R of wasabi in my soy …
that's an "R" of wasabi in my soy…
more crab!!!
more crab!!!
the aftermath from our crab meal!
the aftermath from our crab meal!
hows my hair?
how's my hair?
best pool team ever!!!!  (okay, ma…
best pool team ever!!!! (okay, m…
attempted pool jumping shot
attempted pool jumping shot
not sure what this is about - but …
not sure what this is about - but…
the last pile of poon created!!!!
the last pile of poon created!!!!
closing ceremony at house #2
closing ceremony at house #2
i gave my gloves to our lunch lady
i gave my gloves to our lunch lady
closing ceremony at our house.  :(
closing ceremony at our house. :(
craig & the father of the house we…
craig & the father of the house w…
last lunch at house #1 all togethe…
last lunch at house #1 all togeth…
mot, hai, ba - yo!
mot, hai, ba - yo!
this woman made me cry. shes the …
this woman made me cry. she's the…
brick factory
brick factory
those are tons of bricks drying in…
those are tons of bricks drying i…
the brick factory
the brick factory
playing games with kids at a school
playing games with kids at a school
he wanted to demonstrate his readi…
he wanted to demonstrate his read…
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