Sunday, October 23, 2011

Early Halloween

Halloween hit a little early in this area. Friday night, the international students met and had a Halloween party, the first for most of them. Anna came to our house to dress with Mariana, Elly and I -- a bunny, Dorothy (with Toto), a friendly witch and a devilish pirate.
Every year with these students is different. You get a completely different feeling and reaction from them. Last year's students were very independent and not much into group activities. This year's students are very laid back and easy going and LOVE to get together. Every one of them dressed in costume and although they were drawn to their own nationality, they still mingled.And there was such a lot of dancing (some of us adults included). We have a large group of Brazilians (around 14 of them); and they led the dancing. But when "Great Big Sea" came on the playlist, it was Lynn and I who led the dancing: we got on that dance floor and swung those students around arm by arm until they caught on and began to do it themselves.
And do you see Charlie Chaplin in the bottom row, second from the right. That's Haoxuan (pronounced something like Zao Zan) from China. He good naturedly sang the national anthems of 5 different countries for the adults -- 5 of the 17 that he knows.

The kids also got to see the haunted house set up downstairs - a 24 hour project by one of the fathers. I'm sorry I didn't use the nightime setting on my camera because it really was a scream seeing it in the dim light.I loved this guys creativity (and twisted mind!). My Elly and her Korean friends laughed their way through. Then I took Mariana and 6 of her Brazilian girlfriends downstairs; 2 of them screamed so much and finally wouldn't go any further they were so terrified (as they also laughed)!


Too much cake and pop and cotton candy later, we came back home. What a wonderful time we had. The kids can't wait to go out trick or treating next Monday.


Sometimes, being an international mother is such great fun! EMy own flesh babies won't tolerate me when I do my "Moves like Jagger" but these international students wanted to learn from a pro! (Or perhaps they were just humoring me?)




EmptyNester said...

What an absolutely fabulous night of fun and laughter! And I'm sure they weren't just humoring you!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

It sounds like your foreign children hit the jackpot when they got you as their temporary American mother. What a great experience you are all having.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

What fun you all had! That is my kind of Halloween...It's so great that you join in and make sure they all have a great time like that! Hope your Sunday is a wonderful one!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh that looked like so much fun with all those kids - enjoy!!!


Pamela Gordon said...

It looks like you all had a blast! What a fun time for the international students.

Red said...

Very important that adults get out there and express their zeal to have fun with others. There is so much to learn from other cultures. I'm sure that they can help us age disgracefully!!!

Bonnie said...

Sounds like a lot of fun. Let me know when you debut on "Dances with the Stars"; I will watch. I am sure you would go home with the top award.


LOVE the costumes. What a wickedly wonderful Halloween party. Sounds like so much fun for you and the kids. I bet you really showed the crowd how to cut a rug. Take care.

Marie said...

Oh Sandy, you are SUCH fun! Love all that you write, even if I don't always say so! xxoo

Nezzy said...

I can see your life is enriched by havin' your 'students' in your life and take it from me...they are learnin' from the 'pro'!!!

You are the best International Mum ever! These gals are blessed to have traveled through your path.

Looked like ya'll had a blast and a half!!!

God bless and have a most extraordinary day "Dorothy!"

Rosemary said...

What fun and great laughs!

Patti said...

Hi...sounds like such a fun time - and I love that you can join in on the fun! Thanks for stopping by Pandora's Box, as for the vanilla, I used 4 oz bottles and my vanilla beans were very long, so I cut them in half and place 2 halves in each bottle. I made it a few days ago and the vodka is starting to turn a light brown already. This was my first time, so I am hoping it turns out OK!!

Melanie said...

Sounds like you had more fun than the kids! Glad you had such a good time with all of them.

Myrna Hynes said...

I'm sure your "Moves Like Jagger" were fantastic! Looks like great fun!