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Flag of Costa Rica  , Heredia,
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Well I figured I should get an entry in before I head out on my 10 day vacation! Lots of things to fill you in on from the past 2 weeks. 

First off, I survived my field trip with the 5th graders. We went on our overnight outing to Tirimbina. This was a pretty big deal for all of the students. They were so excited about the trip. Tirimbina is about 3 hours from school so we all met at school bright and early on Thursday morning. As we loaded the buses there was video being taken and tears shed by parents and students. It was pretty cute to see. But as soon as the parents were out of sight, the students forgot about their worries and got pumped up for the freedom of being away from parents for the night. We made it to Tirimbina and immediately set out on adventures. My class first headed to the river. They were able to do some water testing and also collect some insects and animals from the water. They loved it! Of couse they did a little splashing around as well. During the first day we also took a hike through the rainforest with our guide stopping along the way to point out different critters and plants. We didn't get to see anything too exciting or different from what I have see on some other rainforest tours. But the kids still had fun. Later in the evening we then had a class on bats where they explained different types of bats and tried to break the stereotype that many people have towards bats. At the end of the class a scientist brought in 3 bats that had been caught that night and the students were able to look at them up close and even touch them. We finished up around 9:00 and it was off to bed. Just like at dance camp they had their doors taped shut so that we would know if they were sneaking around to other rooms. We were lucky or just too tired to be kept awake from all the fun they had. I have heard that some of them were up to the wee hours of the morning. I was asleep by 10:30! In the morning we were supposed to have an early wake up call to go bird watching but some heavy downpours kept us from that so we got an extra hour of sleep. The students all appreciated that! The second day my class went to a museum to learn about indigenous people from Costa Rica and finished off the trip with my favorite part, the chocolate lesson! We got to taste chocolate at each step of the process for making a candy bar. It was a lot of chocolate but I really enjoyed it! We had a great trip and came away with lots of memories and laughs together as a class. Though it was a lot of work we had a blast. 

Here are a couple fun stories from the trip:
- I was sitting outside the lobby in between activities and watching the students run around from room to room and to the gift shop that sold all sorts of yummy treats that we told them they aren't allowed to eat on the trip. I had to lay into a couple students as they passed about making poor decision for buying unhealthy snacks. There was a lady sitting next to me who happened to be a retired teacher from New York. She asked if we were there for the day and when I told her we were there for an overnight she just shook her head and said, "Well at least you are young. Once you get to my age you just start saying NO!" haha She did compliment my lectures to the students making poor choices! I got a good laugh out of that! 
- We had a second grade teacher along for the trip for our male chaperone. He woke up in the morning with all sorts of funny stories since he could hear very clearly all the conversations that were happening all through the night. Before he put one of the cabins to bed, he asked the boys if they needed anything and their response was, "We need some girls Mr. Perry" Needless to say, he said that wasn't happening. He was also filled in on all the latest on who likes who and similar 5th grade gossip. 

We had been staying busy at school finishing up with grades and some big projects. One of their favorites in our continuing letters to our pen pals in Milwaukee. They are 5th grade students from the school that I used to student teach at. It is fun seeing their reactions every time they get a new letter and also to see how they corresponde with each other

As we are preparing to enter into our holiday break I have been showered with gifts at school. More so than I have in the past. I have had the typical chocolates and sweets but a couple new things as well. I got a Nike tank top, earrings, bottle of wine and a nice set of lotions and bath wash. The best was probably something that I received today. I arrived at school and opened my email to find an email with the subject, "Happy Birthday" I was a little confused but opened the email to find that the mother was wishing me a happy birthday. I was then really confused until I realized the day before while my students were working on an activity where they were supposed to write a famous person who had a birthday on Dec. 12 I had jokingly said, "you can write me down!" Well I guess this one student didn't hear me say just kidding. To make matters worse about 10 minutes after reading this email and putting the pieces together, the student walks in with a gift and says, "Happy Birthday Ms. DeGreeff!" Well, I had to give the mother an explanation for the mix up and in the end she said I could keep the gift, a yummy chocolate scented candle! MMMMM

Well, as most of you know Kevin arrives tomorrow so with being so excited I haven't been sleeping too well this week. And I guess Mother Nature wanted to help me out with that so at 1:00AM this morning we had another earthquake! It is never a fun feeling to wake up to your heart racing. It usually takes a while before it can calm back down and you stand any chance of falling back asleep. Hopefully I can get a little shut eye tonight! He arrives here in 15 hours! WOOO HOOO! 

Before I sign off for the night I want to give a big THANK YOU to Mrs. Goihl's students who wrote me some wonderful letters and sent them to me. I loved reading each and every one of them! Thank you so much! 

Alright, time for some sleep! 
Hasta Luego

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