Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pumpkin Carving at ASU



Arizona State University's (ASU) American English & Culture Program (AECP) has an annual pumpkin carving contest for their students. The students are grouped together by their reading and writing teachers. You have 30 minutes to carve at least one pumpkin. We carved two and then decided which one we thought looked the best. My students... and just about every other student loved Eliza's costume. We all love hand-me-downs!!! Thank you Malia!

She had at least 20 students ask to take a picture of her and or with her. So funny. I had flashbacks of being in Costa Rica or Albania and children walking around in traditional clothes, BUT if you took their picture, you had to pay like $5. I was so tempted to say, Of course... that will be $5 per picture. It is never too early to start saving for college, right?

You may notice and Eliza and I are dressed in short-sleeves... that is because it is still very warm here. The picture with the waterbottle is after she has been walking around for awhile, that is why her hair is sooo sweaty from where her flower hat was.

After the party, we decided to have authentic Chinese food. It was pretty great. Everyone that walked in was either Asian or with an Asian. So, I think that means that we ate real authentic food. It was right next to an Asian market. I definitely decided not to go there. My sense of smell is a little too acute right now, and I could smell the fish from our car.