Hello hello blog reading world! Long time, no see... er, write. Thankfully my blog partner-in-crime, Jackie, has been a champ and on top of the blog since we got back! (Thanks, Jack.) :) Things have been busy (to say the least) around here since the final three members of the team arrived home in Ecuador a week and a half ago. Last week we scrambled to figure out the schedule, work out the details, and advertise (and I mean AD-VER-TISE. Lots of it.) for our Celebracion Comunitaria which was held on the soccer field across from the library last Saturday. Ideally we would like to make this an annual event, and I think we would all agree that this was a great start to attaining that goal. Here's a slew of photos from the event...
Wendi helps Jackiepants (who is sporting our SWEET new shirt!) set up the MPI info table
Wendy, ever the little helper, blows up balloons (even though she can't tie them herself...)
Haley shows off one of her many talents: blowing up balloons at roughly 8,500 ft. altitude (she got skillz)
Several local organizations were asked to participate in the event. Here, Christian and Laura sell produce from their organic garden.
Selena and Priscilla show off their face paint
Bibi, Wendy and I had out the first raffle prize, a frying pan! All of the raffle proceeds went to the Ecuadorian Red Cross to support Haiti.
Erik essentially single-handedly beat all of the kids at Tug-o-War...
Several community members enjoyed the half hour sampling of a Women's Exercise class
Chet shows off the beautiful rainbow that we conveniently planned to coincide with our Community Celebration...
And, as usual, the Ecuadorian sunset failed to disappoint.
All in all, it was a fun, busy and successful weekend! And a perfect way to start the new year!
Happy (late) New Year!