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Ms. Stef's House
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Yoga in the Park, Learned about Recycling, Floated the comal River with the Ducks!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hello, Everyone!

Today was a lot more relaxing than yesterday but still LOADS of fun and active!  Ms. Stef and Headband Zach sure love to exercise and stay active in this town! 

Today Ms. Stef taught me Yoga in Landa Park.  Ms. Stef actually teaches fitness classes and yoga and says that it keeps her happy, calm, and healthy.  Ms Stef loves to share yoga and healthy ways of living with other people.  I bet your teacher feels the same way about you all!  Go ahead, ask her!  I bet she loves being able to help you exercise your mind and keep it healthy and sharp! :) 

Anywho...Ms. Stef also teaches yoga to kids like you and me in New Braunfels.  In fact, that is how she met Faith...the girl in the pig tails from before.  Kids in her class and their parents said it was okay for her to share some pictures of them practicing yoga so you can learn some cool moves from them too! :)  Faith said the yoga breathing she learned in class helped her stay calm and energized while she ran the 5k.

After we practiced and played yoga games we played some more in Landa Park like yesterday.  Today we played in a different area and climbed trees.  We also played in a neat little building that looked like a fire truck.  The neatest part about this fire truck was that it was on a squishy floor.  It felt like I was running and jumping on a bed!  whee! 

I asked Ms. Stef what the floor was made of and she said that people made the floor out of recycled tires and shoes.  Instead of throwing trash away, they used those materials for something new and cool...like this squishy floor!  I asked her what I could do to recycle and she decided right then and there that we were going to float the Comal River to show me a neat way to recycle.

"Lots of things can be recycled" said Ms. Stef.  Items like newspapers, plastic bottles, cans of soda, even shoes!  I know next time I clean out my closet I'm donating my clothes and toys I don't want anymore to people who will need and appreciate those things! 

On our way to get ready for the Comal River Adventure, Ms. Stef decided to first take me to Gruene, Tx.  It is the older part of New Braunfels where some cowboys spent their time in history.  I got to see Gruene Hall, which is the oldest dance hall in Texas. Who knows...maybe your great great GREAT Grandfather met your great great GREAT grandmother there! 

I asked Ms. Stef when she started to recycle and she said she started recycling when she was nine years old.  She learned about recycling in school then and encouraged her family to recycle after she learned about how good it is for the Earth. 

After we had lunch in Gruene we met the Duck family, Mr. and Mrs. Pato, and invited them to come with us to float the Comal River.  They said they would be delighted and were extra excited because their friend, Ducky Azul (the word for Blue in Spanish), was in from Mexico City and wanted to see the Comal River Too! 

Ducky Azul and I got along right away.  We got along so well that Ducky Azul let me ride on his back while he swam the Comal River with Mr. and Mrs. Pato and the baby ducklings. 

The Comal River is the shortest flowing river in the world and it was beautiful!  I got to meet the mascot of the Comal River.  As we swam and floated with the Pato family and Ducky Azul, Ms. Stef shared with me her idea. 

"While we float the river, we are going to collect and see how much can be recycled and how much can be placed in the proper trash cans to help keep our river clean." The Pato family was so happy to hear about this, because they were tired of swimming in rivers and ponds with their ducklings and having their webbed feet get snagged by trash that can so easily be placed in proper places

To make our Comal Adventure extra fun, Ms. Stef let me use Headband Zach's Snorkel Gear to swim and look for trash below the surface of the water AND see all the neat fishies and turtles that live in the river we were cleaning!  Ms. Stef says one time they found 22 pieces of things that could be recycled in the river, but some of the items were underwater.  It was a lot of fun to make friends with the animals under water and use teamwork to help keep them happy.  You know Ms. Stef and Headband Zach love to get exercise and use teamwork when they can!

It was so fun!  We played and swam and learned about Ducky Azul's life in Mexico City and picked up lots of items that we sent to the recycling center that very day!  We had fun AND helped clean up the area for the animals to be able to have fun and live a healthy life too!  It made me feel great about myself to be able to help out a town in such a BIG way even though I may be a small person! 

All of us can help out!  Ms. Stef says that there are river and park clean ups as well as tree plantings that are organized by adults to keep it safe for us to help keep our towns clean and healthy.  Adults love to see kids help out too!  They see BIG leaders when they see small people do BIG things!  Go ahead...try and see how adults look at you when you go!  They will be proud of you even though they don't know you because you are doing something GREAT! :) I'm already proud of you because I know you will try! 

From now on, before I throw something away I will ask to see if it can be recycled and think about my new friends on the river!  Looking forward to seeing you all soon and asking you about all the GREAT things you have done for your town!

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