Monday, March 30, 2009

The Little Red Hen

Last week my students were part of a musical called "The Little Red Hen."  They performed in the library with the first and second grade classes.  It was really cute.  They all got a little stagefright at the last minute and didn't sing as loud as they had practiced, but nonetheless, it was adorable.  My primary students were just part of the chorus.

The main parts were played by second graders.

Hopefully now that the musical is over I can get those songs out of my head.  

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

I think I just got a proposal

Whitney and I decided to go to the local kebap stand for lunch today.  While preparing our food, the guy asked where we were from.  A couple of minutes and other topics later he asked if I was Latina.  Since it's not often that anyone recognizes my heritage nonetheless a man halfway across the world from Latin America, we were quite impressed.  I had to explain that my mom is of German descent as a reason for my low tolerance of spice.  To which we think he responded with sometime along the lines of, "Your mom is German, your dad is Latino, you live in Austria, marry me and we'll will be a crossculture team!"

Not only did someone accurately assess my ethnicity, but he also proposed!  What a day!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Make up your mind!

One day rain.

The next day wind.

And hail.

And snow.

Apparently Vienna is not willing to give up winter.

Monday, March 23, 2009


For some reason tacos came up as a topic of coversation in my class last week.  Most of my kids had never heard of them (poor kids!) except for Eli.  She loves to talk about anything from America so she proceeded to tell us about tacos.

"They have a round thing.  Like a pancake."

"What do you put on them?"

"Um.  I forget the word.  Carne?"

"What else?"

"Salad...We went to Taco Bell and got them!"

Apparently she's missing out too!

Saturday, March 21, 2009


So if you're the type that doesn't like to laugh when people fall, don't watch these videos.  They're from my kids ice skating.  It was fun to watch them learn.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Spirit Week

Crazy Hair Day

That only lasted about half an hour.  I couldn't bear it any longer and resorted to the tamer 2 pony tails.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Book Costume Contest

Last Wednesday was our Book Costume Contest.  The students were to dress up as a character in a book.  My kids were so cute.

One of my boys even made his own costume.

Another won honorable mention for his basketball uniform.

One of my girls was Heidi.

Even the teachers dressed up.  You'll recognize The Cat in the Hat and Amelia Bedelia.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Skull Shower

Yesterday after our trip to the Naschmarkt we were walking towards Karlskirche and we saw a huge skull in the middle of a small grassy patch.  Upon investigation we found it to be merely a public sculpture.  Even odder than a skull in the middle of a city is the fact that there is a shower coming out the side of it.  

Here is Whitney demonstrating what a shower in the middle of Vienna from a skull would look like:

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Little Bits of Spring

Today at the Naschmarkt Sara turned me towards a display of brightly colored scarves and stated that surely all those beautiful colors made me think of spring.  To which I replied that they merely made me think of color, but what did make me think of spring was the sun.  

I think every day this past week has had a little bit of sun sandwiched in between moments of grey, rain, hail and wind.  But those brief moments give just a glimpse of the beauty and rest spring will be from the dismal colors of winter.  Bring on the sun!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Cell Model

Earlier this week our Biology teacher donated this huge model of a plant cell to our class.  Since I don't know much about plant biology when Mr. Pitotti poked his head in our room, I asked him to explain it to my kids.  I don't think they got much out of his explanation, but they at least heard some important vocabulary.

Saturday, March 7, 2009


One of best things about my building is that it's right on top of a grocery store.  So if you feel like making muffins and you realize you don't have yogurt you can put on your shoes and jacket and take the elevator to the ground floor.  Ten steps in the rain and you're inside the store buying yogurt.  You're back inside your apartment so quickly that you don't even have to turn off your background music.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Over and Beyond

Each week in Primary we focus on one letter and I ask the students to bring items from home that start with that sound.  Today my RJ came in costume.  Can you guess what letter we're studying this week?

He didn't cooperate with a pose, but he gave me a mean face.  He's dressed to show karate.  

Monday, March 2, 2009

Cooking skills

I was kidding around with one of my girls saying that she could come to my house and be my little girl.  She was all for that until I told her she'd have to cook for me.  Of course she doesn't know how to cook.  

But one of my boys shouted, "I can cook!"  

When I asked what he can cook he responded, " I can cook rice.  And I cook cornflakes and McDonald's."  

"Really?  McDonald's?"