Saturday, August 22, 2009

Senior Class Sponsors

Welcome to the jungle...err...the "buy in bulk", Sam's/CostCo type store here in Vienna. Thankfully this place is only right down the street from the school because I will be spending large amounts of time here over the course of the next few months.
Mollie and I are cosponsors of the Senior class with three other teachers. One of the responsibilities of the Senior class is to run a small store at the school. The funds from this store go to the Senior class trip. Yesterday, one of the other sponsors and I went on a mission to stock the store. It took us almost two hours to buy everything and then take it into the basement at VCS to stock the store.
I think we bought too much stuff considering this is what we had left over after we stocked the store. At least we won't have to make another store run anytime soon. I'll try and get some pics of the store in action once school officially starts.

Registration Day

Yesterday all of the kids were required to come to the school to register for classes and to pick up their schedules. It was great to spend time laughing and joking with all of them as well as finding out about their summers. The morning was a crazy time with kids seeing each other for the first time since school let out and teachers frantically trying to finish up lesson plans and course outlines.

Here are a few of our "new" middle schoolers. These girls will be sixth graders and are so excited that they're no longer elementary students. Pictures like this are why I love VCS. In this pic alone you have Central America, South East Asia, and North America all represented. What an awesome opportunity to teach here!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

We made crayon discs so that Ian could grip the crayon better to color. It's fun and easy to do! Why don't you try it?

Here are the crayons we peeled the paper off of and then broke into pieces and placed in the muffin tin. You can play around and make different color combinations...whatever floats your boat!
Then place in the oven at 200 degrees for 9-11 minutes.
Don't let the crayons get to a boiling state....not good :) Just until they are melted will do.

Here they are melted and ready to cool down. Takes about an hour or less for them to get hard and ready to pop out. If they don't automatically pull away from the sides, turn over the tin and hit the back of each one to make it fall out.

And here are our lovely pieces of art. Just right for a chubby 2 yr old fingers :)
Have fun!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Home Again

Well, you know you've finally made it home after a 10 1/2 hr drive to Chicago, 8 hour flight to Stockholm, 3 hour layover and arrival in Vienna at 12:30 pm and of course when you don't have to be paranoid that your kid is ruining someone else kitchen seats. Sure go ahead and play with the flour boys..... I don't even care this time! :)

We made it to our home and we are still trying to get adjusted to the time zone here. The boys are so glad to be home. Thad couldn't wait to see all his "new" toys. They sure missed everything and everyone here.

thanks for praying for our travels

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Preacher Man

So I got to preach at my home church this Sunday. I really enjoyed it and was massively encouraged by many members of the church. Here is a link to the audio and outline.

Give it a listen and shoot me some feed back (only if it's good...don't tell me I'm going to burn or anything).

We should also be heading back to Vienna around this time next week. We'll post some updates on the summer once we get back to our home and have a bit of time to unwind.