Category Archives: Life in the US

British Children Learning to Read and Write in the US.

  I knew my youngest children would learn to read and write in the US and as a result I would have to accept that they would spell differently and use American phrases and grammar.  There are some unexpected differences however that I … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Fish

‘ Let’s just go camping for our Summer holiday this year’ Hold on a moment, did those words really come from my mouth?  Until my mid twenties I recoiled in horror at the thought of camping. After I left girl guide camp … Continue reading

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America’s Most Playful Family?

  We have recently received some very exciting news.  Our family have been selected from over 700 applicants as one of 50 semi-finalists in America’s Most Playful Family Contest. To enter we were asked to answer a number of questions … Continue reading

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Snow Day

What a treat to have a snow day on the last day of term before Christmas. On a snow day we receive an automated message from our school district. Initially the message said all schools would open 2 hours late … Continue reading

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Mount Ranier National Park and The Santa Express

I love the Winter holidays here.  There are long bank holidays on festivals we either don’t celebrate or have a quiet time at home because there are no family visits to pack in.  This gives us a lot of time … Continue reading

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Dear Santa – A Letter from a British Expat

Dear Santa I don’t usually ask for much, there isn’t a lot that I need or want so my list is very small. I’ve just used my last drop of blackcurrant squash.  While you are delivering presents to my lovely … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving – A Festival to Say Thank You for Turkeys?

As an outsider ‘Thanksgiving’ is a bit of a mystery.  My basic understanding is that is a time to say thank you, get together with family and eat a big turkey meal and is associated with harvest festival. However, as … Continue reading

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