Thursday, May 29, 2008

It's almost over...

I don't think I have time to blog anymore. With only a few more weeks left of school and a ten day trip around Taiwan followed by a ten day trip to Thailand, we've got a lot to do to get ready before going home. We're busy planning a week of Olympic events for the kids during the last week of school, filling out progress reports, and practicing songs for the kids to perform for parents at graduation.

Anyway, I don't know if I'll be blogging very much after this but here's a random collection of what I've been up to over the past few weeks. Sometimes people walk around barefoot here. Sometimes we see construction guys working in their bare feet. I was trying to get this barefoot construction guy's picture without him knowing.... oops- he caught me...




We love going to the morning market. There are vendors on the street with tubs of fish and eels swimming around and all kinds of weird meats hanging out in the open for sale. I love how there's a lady hacking up a fish and right next to her are booths selling jewelry and clothes.

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We went to see some wild monkeys at a monkey preserve...


Then two weeks ago, we went to a rock concert to see a Taiwanese band called Mayday.
Before the concert, Jessica and I went to a hair salon because for about $7 you can get an amazing 20 minute shoulder and head massage and your hair shampooed and styled. I'm addicted...
Here we are sporting our Taiwanese hair styles before the concert.

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Green guy...

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Here's the whole gang in the lounge, watching a movie...You can see the popcorn Destiny dumped on the floor... everybody was ticked but she made brownies to make up for it.

We're actually watching National Treasure II right now as I'm writing...







So anyway, I may or may not be blogging for awhile... you can check out the other teacher's (my peeps) blogs but they probably don't have time to blog either...

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Kindergarten Activity

Saturday our school put on an activity for all the kindergartners and their parents. We rode bikes, played games, and ate food.


It's rare that all 13 of us are together in the same place at the same time so I love that we have this picture.




















This is Gloria, Owen, and Sami. Gloria is one of our awesome school secretaries and I get to teach both Owen and his older sister Sami.


















The secretaries taught the kids this dance to perform for their parents.
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The secretaries also did this clothespin activity with the kids.
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Sharon decided to show us how high her pain tolerance level is...she's pretty hard core.



















Steve didn't know that when you're blowing up a plastic toy, you have to pinch it to get the air inside. It's pretty funny watching the anticipation on Oscar's face while Steve is about ready to pass out, not wanting to disappoint.
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Teresa can't get enough of Mr. Joseph...
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Playin' with bubbles...




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Who knew pulling people around on palm fronds could be so fun?

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I don't know why I always have to take video while riding on moving vehicles...maybe I just can't get enough of hearing my mom telling me to be careful. But this makes me laugh and apparently Steve and Joseph were discussing behind us how funny it would be if I wrecked and landed in the water-filled field to the right. Nice...


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I forgot to mention that last week Elder Scott came and spoke to our stake and we sang in Chinese with the stake choir. It was great to hear him speak and even though I know I butchered the Chinese, it was fun trying to learn the words.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Peter Pan Field Trip

This week in kindergarten, the school took all the kindergartners to see a performance of Peter Pan at a nearby community theater. To get ready, we made pirate eye patches in art.

These are our mean pirate faces.

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Here's a little snippet from the show...it was all in Chinese but fun to watch.
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Steve's goal is to have 2,000 hits on his blog before we leave Taiwan so here's a link to his blog with more about our Peter Pan week. He and I share the morning kindergarten art class and had fun making pirate paraphernalia all week...except for my attempt at making Captain Hook's hooks out of play dough...that was kind of a disaster...fortunately, there are no pictures to prove it.