Showing posts from July, 2013

summer loving

I saw a "back-to-school" display at the grocery store today and almost choked.

Keep that nonsense FAR away from me please!

Selina left today to go home to NYC and, since we got home from 4 days of camping in NH yesterday, today was full of mundane things like laundry and grocery shopping. Not the most exciting of ways to spend a hot summer afternoon... but needed to be done. I had literally no fresh food in the house at all. And no one wants to walk around in dirty clothes all day. Speaking of clothes, both boys irreparably tore their swimsuits while in NH... hopefully I can find more on sale before all that "back to school" stuff takes over. -___-

Fresh Air Fund Update

Our family is hosting a child through the Fresh Air Fund for two weeks. The kids come from low-income neighborhoods in NYC, and host families in the country give them a kind of "camp" experience!
We picked Yan Lin up last Tuesday from Gouldsboro State Park. She was wearing a Dora ball cap and a sundress. I had the idea to ask her if she had a nickname on the drive home, and she informed me that her American name is Selina! 
Ever since then, for 9 days now, she has been enjoying life in the country without one bit of homesickness, undesirable behavior or problems whatsoever! Her English is improving every day (she mostly struggles with pronouns (his/her) and verb tenses (is/are, etc.) Not too shabby! She speaks only Chinese at home and her friends all speak Chinese as well so although she's been here two years, her English really only gets used with her teacher at school.
This is from our first day at the lake. She had never been swimming before and had NO sense of balan…