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New * Yawk * Citeee

I’m going to the Big Apple later this week with my daughter.  She is so excited.  And so am I.  I have been before, but I think I am excited because my daughter is so happy that I am going too.  Her school choir is going to sing at the Cathedral of St. John The Divine – that’s the main reason for the trip.  We are also going to squeeze in two broadway shows, Mary Poppins and the Phantom of the Opera, (window) shop on 5th Ave., tour Radio City Music Hall, and visit the Top of the Rock. 

The first time I visited NYC was about 20 years ago with my parents and sisters.  We saw Cats.  And we got to peruse the fake Rolex’s and see Central Park and the Rockettes.  It will be neat to see how my daughter likes it.  She’s been around the world, so seeing new places is fun to her but nothing new.  I had hardly been out of the South at age 14, so I marvel at all the world has to offer with each new place we go.  It’s amazing how much different the world looks as an adult as compared to when I was younger.  I wonder what my children’s perspectives of the world will be when they are adults. 

Well, I have some packing to do.  Look out NYC – here we come (just a little warning :)).

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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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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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