Skinny Brown and purple Awesome warm super soft scarf Get your Aggie gear here! This one is my favorite! I also have one that is solid white/cream but just like this one. For those of you who received our newsletter you know that we are working on fundraising this month and next. We want to give our new donors something in return. Actually we want to give new donors to our roommates fund something in return. Jamie and I have recently taken up loom knitting and have made awesome hats and scarves. If you are able to donate $75 you will receive a handmade hat and if you are able to donate $100 you will receive a handmade scarf. I am going to post the pictures of what we have made so far, but keep checking back. We are making more as time allows.
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Our neighborhood made it into thepaper again! This time it was an article about the softball league we created! The softball games have been so much fun! We started off with three teams but last night we added a fourth team, the green team! Ben found a group of kids ages 12-16 that were interested in playing so we created the fourth team! The majority of the kids on this team while being very atheltic, had not played softball or baseball before. Even though we lost last night the team did an awesome job! Everyone was encouraging and cheering their teammates on! We also had an awesome fan section! There were moms, dads, wives, siblings, and friends who came out to cheer for their team! There are awesome things happening in Hillside, I am excited to be a part of it! I have a ton pictures! I will post some when I have a chance.
Lately we have had an enormous amount of spinach and other leafy greens from the garden. Right now we even have strawberries! We recently acquired a blender and Margareta made a spinach and Swiss chard drink. I was a little hesitant to try the pea green drink, but it actually was awesome! It did smell a bit like weeds, but it tasted great! I been making myself spinach smoothies lately. Spinach, banana, and strawberry is my current favorite! I don't think we would ever use up all the spinach if we didn't make smoothies! Having a abundance of leafy greens isn't so bad after all! I'm not saying I am ready to become a gardener myself, I don't exactly have a green thumb, (but the smoothies do give me green lips!) Maybe one day though!
Our after school program has been going a little bit better. The last couple times we have had about 10 - 12 kids show up which is huge number for our small space. Because CRCT was this week and last week they didn't have any homework, plus I knew they were probably sick of worksheet after worksheet. I used last week to try to do some gardening and planting with the group. It was fun, but boy are they a handful and oh so easily distracted! Even though it can be frustrating at times I think what we are doing is good. The kids have an opportunity to interact with children of various cultures, languages, and ages. Today we are going to have a party to celebrate Dia del Nino, the Day of the Child which is a Mexican holiday. The holiday is actually tomorrow. Yesterday Gabi, Norma, and I made a pinata! I hope this will be a good opportunity for the kids to learn to accept and appreciate what friends from other places can bring to their own lives. In light of whats going on in Arizona this is fitting. I hope that we can teach this generation of children how to love their neighbors, whether they live in the house or the country next door.
Gardening can be dangerous. I have been trying to do some gardening with the neighborhood kids after school. Yesterday after watering the plants on the way to turn the hose off I had an unfortunate encounter with the fence. I walked right into the steel door of the fence and somehow gashed my forehead. Almost instantly my hands were covered in blood, right in front of all the kids. After I clean myself up had actually looked at the cut I saw it wasn't really that bad, but man on man it hurt like you know what. Today I wore a big band-aid on my head and and looked really cool. I had to keep telling the story of my clumsiness over and over. I kinda have a feeling my head is gonna turn purple and bruise. I just hope I don't have a huge scar. This wasn't really the tattoo I hoped to get this year!
Even though gardening can be dangerous, it can also be delicious. We planted strawberries several months ago and they are now ready to eat. MMMMM good!
After 2 1/2 years of marital bliss, Ben and I decided it was time for a change. And not just any change, a BIG change. We moved our belongings to my parents basement, quit our jobs, put Rico in a foster home, sold a car, joined Mission Year, moved to Georgia, moved in with 2 couples, become professional unapid volunteers, and are trying to raise $24,000 to keep it up!!!!