sábado, diciembre 15, 2007

Center party

Originally uploaded by erostkowski
Every year, the Working Boys Center celebrates its anniversary on Dec. 5 .43 years and still going strong, hundreds of families turned out for the celebration. The day started with the sunrise, as the volunteers rolled out of bed to start making pancakes for the center members at 6am. Three hours later, the games started and the children got to work playing in order to earn tickets and win prizes. The festivities ended with kids climbing two tall wooded polls to reach the objects at the top included pineapples, rice, soda, and a live chicken and two bucking bulls covered in candy with fiery horns weaving through the crowd. Craziness.
We finished at the Cotocollao center with mass and lunch and moved to the downtown location for dinner, dancing, and birthday cake. It was the most fun I've had here so far and was a great opportunity to get to know some of the families a little better and spend some quality time with the kids.

Birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving

Originally uploaded by erostkowski
Spending my third year away from home and my birthday, Halloween, and Thanksgiving in as many countries (Bolivia, Chile, and Ecuador), things not being normal has become the norm.
Halloween was a lot of fun to spend with the kids at the center. In my classes, we made masks, learned Halloween words, went trick or treating around the center, painted faces and finished up with a dance party (of course). The little girls still put me to shame with their moves. You think after spending several years around latinos that I would have pick up a thing or two, but no... I'm still waiting.
We celebrated Thanksgiving the Sunday after with Madre Cindy's delicious food. Green bean casserole, stuffing, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, pecan pie, apple pie, pumpkin pie and of course, turkey.. we missed out on none of the trimmings of the typical feast.