Last Thursday was the last day of teaching because the kids have 2 weeks of Spring Break. I absolutely LOVED my time with these kids and am going to miss them a ton. I couldn’t have asked for better classes for my first experience of teaching! Especially since I was teaching in my second language!
Because it was our last day teaching, we made brownies for the kids. None of the kids had ever had brownies before and I told them that it’s a really popular dessert in the states. The kept saying, “Give me the recipe! I love them!”
After the kids were done eating brownies, they got really excited and said, “WE HAVE TO SHOW YOU A DANCE.” So we said, “Okay.” Jessica and I both thought that it would be some sort of traditional Mexican dance, but we could not have been more wrong. The turned on Brittney Spears and started free-style dancing. We died laughing. So hilarious. My favorite part is that none of them understand the lyrics, but they try to sing anyway. So they sing complete gibberish and think they’re singing in English. It’s awesome.
Thursday night, the school had a camp-out. Yes, a camp-out! And all the kids brought their pajamas, sleeping bags, pillows, junk food, and their One Direction CDs. The principle of the school invited Jessica and I to go to the camp-out. We didn’t spend the night, but we hung out until about 11pm. And apparently all the kids stayed up until 2 or 3 am! And these are elementary school students! They danced all night long. They played in the field behind the school and they kept seeing “ghosts” and trying to scare each other. It was such a fun night and I am so jealous that our American schools didn’t do this! I would have absolutely LOVED it.
They set a whole bunch of tents out in the middle of the courtyard…
And all the classes performed dances and special presentations for each other.
On Friday, Jessica and I made Daniel and Mercedes and their family American food for lunch. We went over to their house around noon and made Chicken Caesar salad, garlic bread, smoothies, and cookies. They thought it was very weird, but delicious. They had never had garlic bread or smoothies. I just love this family and they have cooked SO many meals for me. So I am so glad that we got to make them some good American food.
On Saturday afternoon, we went over Don Arturo’s house for lunch. He’s the old man who fell out of the palm tree when he was 83 years old. Last week we took him to the paint store to get more white paint for his white house. And he wanted to have us over for a meal to thank us.
He made us some yummy soup and pork! He kept saying over and over, “Well, the only thing that matter is that you like the food. I am SO glad you like the food.”
On Saturday night, we were invited to a wedding celebration in Francisco Murguia. The celebration was in the middle of a dirt road in front of the bride’s Mother’s h9use. There was a live band playing on an empty semi-truck that was blocking off the road.
I know this is a TERRIBLE picture of the groom, but it’s the only picture I have of the couple.
On Sunday, we spent the morning at church. I hung out with the kids and ate a lot of tacos.
On Sunday night, we went to a street market fair where people from the State of Oaxaca were selling their crafts.
And sweets of course. :)
On Monday, we went to the orphanage and watched a movie with the kids. Then we went and picked up all the neighborhood kids, because they wanted to have another potluck.
We made tortillas de maseca.
And an awesome salsa. First we cooked the tomatoes and peppers over the fire.
Then we mashed them up in a bowl.
There I am, mashing away.
And here are all the kids, with full bellies.
Today we leaned how to make authentic Mexican flour tortillas with Colleen. It was so much fun.
Then this afternoon, we went to Hermana Yesi and Hermano Efren’s house to hang out with the kids. We ate pizza, did our nails, watched FROZEN in Spanish, and ate popcorn with Chile. And of course we found some cute puppies to play with.
It’s been an awesome week in Mexico. I’m loving every single day and I’m trying to enjoy every moment before I have to leave. I’m falling in love with the people more and more each day, so I know it’s going to be really hard to say goodbye.