Querétaro Daily: Jump for Joy

There has been a lot to celebrate recently at Erik Erikson and we could not be more excited! 😀

We have not only been celebrating major accomplishments, but also recognizing important people in our lives, and rejoicing in the gift of each day. It has been a wonderful time at school and I’d like to share some of those moments with you. 🙂

First of all, a big congratulations are in order for the Erik Erikson choir. They won their competition this week singing the Mexican National Anthem against numerous schools in this district. We could not be more proud!

They will now move on to the second round of competition next week, competing against twenty different schools in the area. Wish them luck! 😀

In addition to that major accomplishment, I mentioned we’ve also been recognizing important people in our lives, first and foremost being the children. 🙂

Children’s Day

Last Thursday was Children’s Day in Mexico and Erikson went all out for the celebration with a pirate themed party. 😀
We had ping pong, air hockey, fusbol, karaoke and plenty of carnival games for the kids.
IMG_1654IMG_1643IMG_1659Of course, what festival would be complete without fried food on a stick. 😛 The kids loved it!
IMG_1646IMG_1651 IMG_1650Personally, I’ve been LOVING Pinterest lately and organized an adorable craft project for the kids during the party. We made pirate hats, pirate patches and big mustaches to help them embrace their inner pirate. 😉 Arrgh!IMG_1655 IMG_1658 IMG_165611209592_10206517325675221_2581937644513186502_nTheir hats were sensational and of course their teachers had fun getting dressing up too!
11173384_10206429089829661_4230309774007338880_nWhat a great day and a wonderful way to recognize and celebrate the children.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a huge celebration in Mexico and the kids have been preparing gifts for their moms for the last month!

They have been working with our wonderful and talented art teacher Julie to create molds and craft a special soap to give their mom. 🙂

They began with a clay design of their shape, which was then laid into a mold to create an impression.
IMG_1584IMG_1586 IMG_1579 IMG_1581 IMG_1585After the molds were made, the kids created the soap using melted gelatin cubes, food coloring and lemon scent that was poured into their impression.
IMG_1820 IMG_1815IMG_1803 IMG_1804IMG_1805When they finally dried, the soaps looked incredible, smelled amazing, and will be such a personal gift for their moms.

The gifts were placed inside hand-painted wooden boxes with girly cosmetics and handmade cards. Just precious!
IMG_1814IMG_1821IMG_1808IMG_1807IMG_1809The moms will be shadowing in the classroom next week, and will receive their gift at that time.

Additionally, the school prepared a performance for all the moms this Friday right before Mother’s Day weekend. After a formal invitation, the moms arrived on Friday afternoon to be greeted with a beautiful serenade and flower. 🙂
IMG_1823 IMG_1824 IMG_1826 IMG_1822The song is called “Las Mañanitas.” Here is the original song by Vincente Fernandez, and then a clip of the kids singing. Enjoy! 🙂

Next week the celebrating will continue with Teacher’s Day. I’m pretty excited to see what the school has planned for all us. I’ll be sure to share the excitement with you!

Until then, Happy Mother’s Day to all those incredible women in our lives.

I will really be missing my mom tomorrow, not unlike any other day. At least we will be able to video chat thanks to the internet. 🙂

If you’re lucky enough to be by your mom tomorrow, make sure to give them some extra love and affection.

“A Mom’s Hug Lasts Long After She Lets Go.” – Author Unknown

Love you, Mom. ❤11202597_10104235994080787_4203796560654515810_n

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