Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I have so much to be thankful for...

All of the happy people with our feast
Well this Monday was Canadian Thanksgiving and since my roommate is Canadian we hosted Thanksgiving on Sunday! It was so wonderful, everyone brought a dish or two and we had the place all clean and rearrnaged. We had ten people, six Canadians and four Americans. The food was delicious and the company was great. It really felt like Thanksgiving, however we could not get any football on t.v. but it was a great day. Then after everyone left my roommates and I cleaned up. I went to bed with a full belly, a lunch for Monday, a clean house and a big smile on my face.

My decorations of leave from the ground and a candle :)
Again photo by our personal photographer Ash

My contribution was this amazing salad with goat cheese,
apples, dried cranberries and walnuts. yum!

I have also been trying to explore Brussels more and walk around as a tourist. I discovered the EU the other day, the European Parliment and some great parks. I love just getting out and walking around here, there is always something new and amazing. The weather is already starting to get cold though so that will be difficult. I already bought a new winter coat to prepare.

As for school things are great. I am technically supposed to be co-teaching in my room so I have been trying to work my way to that with my teacher. I am making progress and started doing some of the morning meetings during the week! They have been going very well and I have lots of ideas for us. I also plan to do activities in the hall with small groups to do more activities. While I love my little two year olds I am enjoying the older grades that I work with in the afternoons as well. They are so much fun! The other day I went in during a math lesson and the kids weren't quite getting it. I was able to explain it a new way and they began to understand. I felt so helpful and really think I see myself with a little older kids in the future.

I also have been able to talk to Maddy, my neice, a lot lately which has been amazing. We talked about letters the other day becuase she is really into writing. When we were naming things that started with C she said "come to me". It was so cute but broke my heart because I cannot go to her. We had some good converstaions though and the other day she wrote me an e-mail! It was too cute, she was naming all of the things she wants to do when I visit and told me I was still her best friend. I am really starting to look forward to my next visit home. Things are great here but it will be nice to see everyone.

I will add pictures of Thanksgiving and adventures soon!


  1. my internet works again! woohoo!! happy thanksgiving!! ... are you going to convert to canadian?! It seems pretty tempting :) Can't wait to see you either.. so glad your visa was late! P.S. I was signing up for Just Christmas this week and thinking of YOU!!!! I'll make an extra craft and send it to Belgium :)

  2. You sound happy Jess! I'm so glad you're enjoying your time! Janae's roommate is Canadian too, and they celebrated Thanksgiving, except in Palestine you can only get turkey's with the the head still attached!!! I have never appreciated butcher's until hearing that story! Love you, and miss you, and can't wait to see you!