A dozen au pairs from our cluster volunteered at Holy Trinity Church in Bowie on Sunday. The church was hosting a week of the Warm Nights Homeless Shelter Program. Our au pairs donated food and prepared bag lunches for the guests. We also led a few games of bingo, for an after dinner activity.
We had more donations than we needed for the number of guests. The bags of extra fresh fruit, bread, cookies, water bottles , peanut butter and jelly were donated to the Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry. So, it turned out to be a double service project.
Here are a few pictures of the lunch making assembly line…
On Friday, December 16, our cluster went to the Verizon Center for a Holiday Party followed by a Washington Wizards basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Unfortunately, the Wizards lost by 40 points! We still had a great time and it was the first NBA game most of the au pairs had ever attended. Come to think of it, it was my first NBA game too!
Here are a few pictures from our November Coffee Meeting. Click on the pictures to view them larger.
On Sunday, 11/6 we had a great cluster meeting at The Castle Laser Tag in Bowie, MD. It was the first time most of the au pairs had played laser tag. Before the laser tag, there were a few very competitive games of air hockey too. My au pairs surprised me with some cupcakes and a card to celebrate my birthday, which was two days earlier.
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.
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We had a great turnout for the September Coffee Meeting.
On Saturday, September 17 we had an au pair soccer match on the National Mall in DC. Our team represented Maryland and we played against a team of au pairs from Virginia. We cheered for our team and they played hard. I think we represented Maryland au pairs very well, even though we did not win. Lots of people stopped, watched and took pictures. After the soccer match, we toured the U.S. Capitol.
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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.
On Sunday, along with two neighboring clusters, we tried out Monster Mini Golf in Jessup, MD. Here are a few pictures courtesy of Tina & Teresa.
Teresa & Tatar - Winners of Lowest & Highest Scores