We woke up bright and early in anticipation of party day. The boys were slower moving though, already worn down from just one day at Foyer.
Our drivers and two translators (Mike and Lewis) arrived at 9. We hired an extra translator to help out today-sooo worth it. We had 3 suitcases, two GIANT santa bags, four adults, and two kids to fit into the car. We decided we would have to make two trips to get the pizza, drinks, and other supplies in the car.
We arrived to Foyer around 9:45. We dropped off the gifts, Patrick, and Noah. Francois, Mike, Brady and I headed off to Pizza Amour where we picked up 38 pizzas. Next we went to Stop and Go to get drinks, cookies, and supplies with funds that people donated. We were back to Foyer at noon.
The second in command let us know that the on-site barber was cutting hair and when he was done we would be ready for the party. We guarded the pizza for almost an hour😀
We were moved upstairs to the second floor where there were tables and chairs for most the kids (I have no idea where it all came from).
All the kids sat down and we began passing it out. Mike, Noah, Lewis, and I were on pizza duty. Patrick was the photographer, present sorter/organizer, bouncer, etc… And Brady was a party guest…mingling with all the kids of course😀
From what we could tell, all of the kids loved it..ironically, except J. He was not having it! In fact, the whole event was not great for him. He just wants my undivided attention, and I was definitely distracted. Fortunately I found a little table for him to sit on right beside me and he was content for awhile. I did not anticipate his reaction to the party.
We were able to smoothly deliver the first round of pizza to all the kids seated, but then kids started coming to us and chaos ensued. You would not believe how fast these kids went through 38 pizzas! We set several aside for the adults at the orphanage (nannies, cooks, nurse)…but there was not one piece of pizza left.
Noah popped up from a crowd of kids at one point, drenched in sweat, and said mom, “this is completely nuts😀”.
Next we passed out the presents. J thought they were all for him.
We had organized the gifts by age/gender. So we’d call out, “boys 6-8” and those boys would line up. I’d pray every time that we had enough presents for every child in that line. Sometimes we had to improvise by giving a 9-year-old the 6/8 girl gift, but in the end everyone got a gift.
By the time pizza and presents were done it was about 3. We headed downstairs where they had music playing on the front porch. The weather has been amazing. Breezy and 80s. Most of the boys were outside playing with their new domino sets (Brady joined them and I believe they let him win). Noah was pushing little kids on the swing set. J was dancing. And Patrick was hanging with the older kids. It was definitely my favorite moment I’ve had in Haiti.
We headed back to the hotel around 4. The boys hit the pool while Pat and I sat poolside with our favorite Haitian beer.
What an amazing day and thanks to everyone who contributed to pizza, supplies, and bought the gifts for the kids!