Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
We walked out of our apartment to find four ambulances, two fire trucks, and one police car blocking the road. I'm not sure what was going on but I said a prayer for those involved. It seemed calm but odd that there were so many rescue vehicles involved. I also thought that the ambulances look interesting so here is a picture of what the ambulances looked like.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
A Map of the U-bahn routes
This is a street you can take after getting off of the U-bahn at the Aderklaaer Straβe U1 stop.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Carrie and I have siblings and here is a picture of them in their Christmas best (Indian Style!)
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
- The snow here is like a spring snow in Colorado. It is wet!! The wind doesn't help anything either. If we get enough snow I am hoping to build a snowman as this type of snow is wonderful for that.
- When you have short legs it always feels like you are running to keep up with others!
- A bandaid is often called a plaster by my kiddos.
- An eraser is often referred to as a rubber by some kids.
- When your destination is the fabric store don't get on the train that comes at 12:35. It will lead you to exactly the wrong place with not very many stops in between! Don't bother to ask the ticket taker either. He will just shake his head at you and walk away! Wait the three minutes and catch the 12:38 train! You will be happier and warmer if you do! You might even find the fabric store and get the fabric you desire!
- Dressing in layers is the key to keeping warm here!
- The sun is rising around 7 am and setting around 4 pm. It is strange to leave school when it is pitch black!
- I have wonderful friends and coworkers here. People who will support me in prayer and simply be my friend!
- My students call candy, "sweets."
- My hair does look cute short and it is easy to style! Who would have thought??!
- Mistletoe is an actual thing! It grows high in trees and it looks like huge nests or balls. I was told that it is a fungus.
- Chestnuts roasting on an open fire is a real thing here. I bet you thought they were just in a song as well!! I think they are a bit on the gross side but Carrie thinks they are good. Maybe a second try will be better. I don't know, we'll see!
- This isn't something I've learned but rather remembered . . I am loved by an almighty God who cares so much for me and who supplies for all of my needs. I hope I am making him proud!
This is just a current picture of Carrie and me just to prove that we are still alive and smiling!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
1. Today in German class (my kid's German class) they were talking about Stephansdom (a really big Gothic looking church here in Vienna). Frau Deisenberger was telling the kids (in German) that there are statues of Jesus and the 12 Disciples around the main entrance (which is interestingly enough called the Giant's door but I'll tell you that story later). One of my students gasped and said, "The 12 Disciples made the church?" We calmly explained that no the church is over 800 years old and the Disciples were not alive when the church was being built so the Disciples did not build the church!
After this was said, this same student asked if the statues were actual photographs. We said no and then another student piped up and said, "Of course they are not photos! They didn't have batteries back then so they couldn't take a picture!" I laughed pretty hard at this and then told him that he's right they could not take a picture but only because they didn't have cameras back then either! He said, "Oh" and then laughed pretty hard!
2. Sometimes I pretend that I have forgotten how to do something solely for the purpose of making my students completely explain how to do it. Today I did that with adding and subtracting four digit numbers. One of my students was explaining to me that I needed to carry the one to the tens column and I asked why I had to do this. We had been working on this one problem for a while since we all were laughing about how hard it was to completely explain (it didn't help that I was being completely silly!). Another student decided to answer this question. He said (very seriously), "Miss Brunker, you have to do it because it makes you beautiful!" He wasn't joking but he wasn't paying attention either! We laughed pretty hard and then finished the problem.
It was a fun day in third grade! You'll have to come visit us sometime and experience it for yourself! I love how much we laugh together!