On Sunday, we had beautiful weather and a great turnout for our Annual Host Family & Au Pair Pumpkin Patch Visit. Queen Anne Farm remains an authentic pumpkin patch where kids get the chance to pick their pumpkin right off the vine. There were also animals, a corn maze and a hayride.
Click on the pictures to view them full size in our Cluster Photobucket Album.
A few brave au pairs showed up for the baseball game last night. We had rain off and on all day. So, we were really lucky that we had no rain at all last night for the game. It was not the most action packed baseball game, but they can all say they have been to an American baseball game. I have the pictures to prove it. The fireworks were a nice way to end the evening. Click on any of the photos to view them full size in our Cluster Photobucket album.
We had fun at the Bowie Baysox baseball game on Sunday. For many of the au pairs, it was their first baseball game they have attended. A group of my au pairs charmed a kind usher into allowing them to move down from general admission to some really great seats.
If anyone got pictures of the post-game fireworks, please share them with me, so I can post them here. Thanks!
We had a wonderful time at the 2009 City of Bowie International Festival. We were in our usual location right on the water and despite the forecast calling for rain, it turned out to be a perfect day for an outdoor festival. This is our 4th year signing on to provide free children’s activities. The initial estimates were that we had 800-900 children participating this year!
I think the festival gets better and better every year. We were fortunate to be near enough to the stage to see and hear some of the performances. They were amazing.
This year we had au pairs participating representing, Costa Rica, China, Germany, South Africa and Thailand.
Here are some photos…
Kattia from Costa Rica & Lizzie from Germany taking a break to pose for a photo
Little from Thailand showing the children how to write their name in Thai.
Ayanda from South Africa playing a map and geography game with a child.
Kattia from Costa Rica helping the children color some mariposas (butterflies)
Kattia & Lizzie having fun with with the children.
Lily from China and Laya from Thailand
Lebo from South Africa helping the children color butterflies & Lizzie from Germany playing a map and flag game.
Here are all of my International Festival Super Stars who gave their time on a Saturday afternoon to share their culture with children and help us fulfill our motto, “We Bring the World Together.”
Ayanda from South Africa
Little from Thailand
Kattia from Costa Rica
Lily from China
Lizzie from Germany
Laya & Kate from Thailand
Lebo from South Africa
Michaela from Germany
Verona from South Africa
Here is one more photo of Little in her beautiful traditional Thai dress.
For the past several years my cluster has participated in the City of Bowie International Festival. It is a wonderful event that brings people from all over the area who want to sample a variety of cultures from around the globe. We provide free children’s activities. Last year my au pairs had over 700 children visit our booth!!!
We are hoping for a sunny day on Saturday, so we will have lots of excited children stopping by for the activities we have planned.
Depending on when you stop by, you might join us to do one of the following:
writing your name in Thai or Chinese
coloring plastic butterflies
learning the colors in various languages
making beaded bracelets
making tissue paper flowers
getting your hand painted with the flag of Germany or South Africa
Here are a couple of photos from last year’s event
International Festival 2008
International Festival 2008
The City of Bowie International Festival will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2009, 11 am-5pm at Allen Pond Park, Northview Drive, Bowie, MD 20716.
I participated in the City of Bowie Memorial Day Parade again this year. Here is a picture:
Tip for going to parades: Sit somewhere early or mid-way along the parade route. By the end, everyone runs out of candy. Each year, I buy more and I still run out before we get to the huge crowds at the end of the parade.