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Theeey’re Heeere

If you entered our house right now, you’d wonder what country you were in.  There is a non-stop mix of Swedish, French, and English in the air (and the occasional, “Oops, that’s Spanish, not French!”).  Our (adult) Swedish friends speak English.  And their oldest daughter, who is 11, has been learning English so can carry on a conversation in elementary English fairly well.  All three of their children speak French (as well as Swedish, of course).  All but our youngest son can carry on a decent conversation in French, although he speaks as if he is fluent.  He likes to French-isize English words.  It’s quite funny!  And I keep bringing Spanish words into the French conversations.  So it will be interesting to see the interactions when we go down to the farm in Florida tomorrow where no one speaks anything but (southern) English.  After translating back and forth, my head should be spinning by the end of each day!

After they arrived yesterday, we did our best to keep them awake (their time zone is 6 hours ahead).  I took them to Wal-Mart after dinner.  The kids decided they wanted to see the costumes and each found one they liked.  And I wanted to get just a few grocery items to sustain us today and of course candy for tonight’s ghouls and goblins.  Our refrigerator looks so empty everytime I open it.  But we are leaving tomorrow for a week, and I don’t want to leave anything to go bad.  Not something I want to deal with when we get back. 

I’m off to finish a Red Riding Hood costume and make sure everyone else has all their parts and pieces for tonight. 

Happy Haunting!

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Fall is in the Air

I think it’s officially fall here in Virginia.  It seems like on October 1, the temperatures dropped 15 degrees over night.  I’m not used to the cooler temperatures this soon.  I remember when we lived in Florida, it was in the 80’s until October 31, the (my) official mark of autumn there.  Last night, I actually grabbed another blanket after I got in bed.  I’m going to have to change the thermostat from a/c to heat.  I don’t love the cold – at all!  My fingers and toes can be cold even in the middle of summer.  But I do love the fact that Halloween will be here soon. 

When I started seeing Halloween items in the store in August, I didn’t like that.  And now there’s Christmas stuff out there.  I like to enjoy one holiday or season at a time, before I start seeing decorations for the next in the stores.  They started putting Halloween candy in our military grocery stores a month ago.  And it’s right at the front door when you walk in!  If I start buying that stuff now, it won’t last until Halloween!  Are they insane?  No, I guess that means more sales for them.  But I resist the temptation each week I do my shopping.  I am so proud of myself. 

But, now that it’s October, it is finally time.  I am going to pull all of my Halloween boxes down from the attic this weekend.  I love Halloween.  I love to make costumes and then help the kids dress up and put on make-up.  I love the excitement that’s in the air.  And this year, it’s on a Friday!  Oh, the parties that will abound.  We are going to be here in Virginia for Halloween night.  Our Swedish friends arrive a few days before, and we are going to show them American trick-or treating.  Two years ago, when we lived in France, we spent a two-week school break around Halloween with them in a large house in the country in southwest France in an area called Dordogne.  It was beautiful!  Since the French don’t trick-or-treat, we decided to do a scavenger hunt for the candy.  The kids all dressed up in costumes and searched the large yard with clues in English, French, or Swedish.  It was my husband’s idea so that they would have to help each other.  They had a ball.

The couple, who speak English better than some Americans do, is around my husband’s and my ages, but their oldest child is the same age as our youngest.  It has not, however, affected the great friendship that we have formed, even the children.  They share French as their spoken language, but I think there is a children’s language used there also.  They have a lot of fun together.   

The day after Halloween is when the big party takes place down on the farm in Florida (where my husband’s family lives).  I have heard about some of the Halloween parties held there when he was a child, so I am expecting big things.  We are still debating on what costumes to wear to the party.  We’ve thrown around a few more ideas, but nothing’s lighting any fires still.

For now, we’ll just put away the flip flops and shorts (boo hoo!) and start thinking about carving pumpkins and making pies (pumpkin and apple and pecan…yum yum!) and snuggling up with a blanket and a good book.

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The World of Make-Believe

My husband and I love to read and have encouraged our children to escape into the same world of the printed word as well.  Although my husband likes non-fiction more often, I usually prefer to escape from reality into another world through fiction.  Today I finished the book Standing Still recommended to me by its author Kelly Simmons.  At first I found it perplexing, but then as I got further into the story, I couldn’t put the book down.  I think I read it in less than 24 hours.  It moved back and forth from the present to different times in the past which was needed to explain the reasons the main character reacted to things the way in which she did. 

So now I am searching my bookshelf for a new read.  I have been told the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer is excellent.  My daughter has read all that are out and cannot wait to see the movie.  I thought since she read them, they are more for teen-agers.  But now my friends are telling me how good they are.  So now I am curious.  I am not into vampire stories whatsoever, but then I don’t think my daughter would have been either.  And it’s a love story; you forget there are vampires… 

With Halloween coming, maybe it is an appropriate book to take on next.  I love Halloween and making costumes for the kids each year, although there have been a couple of times that I’ve given in and gotten the store-bought ones.  We are going to a family Halloween party this year and are trying to decide what to go as.  My youngest son suggested the Flintstones, which I think would be kinda cute, but my husband and I want to be a little more unique.  My daughter piped in and said that we can all be elves – I’m not so sure about that for a family whose heights range between 5’8″ and 6’3″, plus I’m not so keen on the pointy ears.  My husband thought of Little Red Riding Hood; he could be the wolf, one son could be the woodsman, the other a squirrel (think Hoodwinked!), our daughter could be Red, and guess who gets to be Granny? – I was sort of hoping for something a little more glamorous.  So the search continues.

A bonus for Halloween this year is that our good friends from Sweden are coming for a 2-week visit around that time.  We’re excited about showing them how we celebrate.  And to show them where we are from in Florida.  My husband’s family owns a large farm (where we will stay for part of their visit) and is the perfect place for the Halloween party.  I am from the panhandle and hope to show them the beautiful sugar white beaches I grew up on.  We met them while we lived in Paris, and we got to visit their home in Sweden during one of the vacation periods.  It was so interesting to see similarities (and differences) first-hand of how we all live in the world.  Before we got to travel outside of the US, all the stories about other countries seemed magical to me, kind of make believe.  But now we’ve got real stories and memories to share with each other.

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