Thursday, 28 July 2011

George turns 2!

George's second birthday was not so different from any other day.  Brent and the girls waited as long as possible to leave for work and school but George slept in...

 He played play-dough...his cheese smile cracks me up...

He played water table and ate snack and lunch outside...

He blew out his candles - two year-olds know how to do so without coaching...

 Then ate his "muffs"...

It was a happy day...

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Monday, 18 July 2011

School Terms

School is finally out for the summer! 

Here is a sample of the different US vs UK terminology:

Substitute teacher = Supply teacher
Let out for the summer = Break up for the summer
Math = Maths
Pick up from school = Collect from school
Free dress day = Mufti day
Spelling = Spellings
Closed for the summer = Shut for the summer

My favorite is break up for the summer.  

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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Good fences...make good neighbors

I am stealing this title from my friend over at 'Cross the Pond.  She recently posted a comical summary of her old and new neighbors.  I guess mine could be considered comical.  Being from the South I find it shockingly rude and thoughtless.  

I will start at February 2009.  We had just moved in and were figuring out how things work.  We placed several boxes out to be recycled.  Unknown to us the recycle people will not take the styrofoam which packaged the television.  Apparently they tossed it into the neighbor's front garden.  The neighbor promptly knocked on our door and asked Brent to kindly remove the styrofoam and dispose of it properly.  I kid you not.  

Fast forward to present time.  The following email was forwarded to me today from my landlord:

Subject:  rampant strangling ivy! From no 7

I  hope you and your family are well? We have another charming American family at no. 8.  

I am writing to ask whether you could very kindly instruct your gardeners to remove the ivy from your walnut tree. You kindly did that once before. They did an effective job, but it is clambering up high again and it would be a good time to check its growth.  

Best wishes


Seriously?!?  I oversee and pay the costs of caring for the garden.  I could have saved a small fortune if the landlord covered this cost.  A truckload of illegal immigrants is substantially cheaper in the US apparently.  I see the woman on a frequent basis and her husband has my email address.  The rampant ivy looks exactly the same as it has at this point in the last two summers.  In both autumns the gardeners cut it back when they winterize. The tree and ivy are technically at no 9.  The growth of the ivy does not impact her or her garden in any way.  

This coming from a person who until very recently had a garden which was a complete eyesore.  And is now better only because they paved over the "grass".  I "kindly" suggest her time would be better spent keeping her cat in her garden and out of my flower beds and garden table where my family eats.    

Hope is not lost.  We are moving house in September.  May the new neighbors be an improvement over this one!
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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Come on over...

Wreath either awesome or gaudy...

Flags and more flags...

George helped...


Fried Chicken
Potato Salad
Texas Caviar Salad
Mixed Berry Salad
Fresh Veg Tray
Sliced White Bread
Coke & Dr Pepper

The menu had a southern flare.  Frying 80 pieces of chicken is not difficult - just time consuming - about 4 hours.  My not so secret recipe - egg, flour and season salt.  

Dessert Table

Lola's Cupcakes had perfect 4th of July boxes in red velvet and vanilla big and minis.  Ice cream in red wrappers.  3 kilos of red, white and blue jelly beans to eat and take home in stripey bags.  The three empty bowls were full  (and refilled) of jelly beans - George's dinner was jelly beans. 

George's birthday party was incorporated into the party...

The 4th it was work and school as usual.  But I am happy we could celebrate with our American friends in London!

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