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Visitor from France, 37 days in America

Second day in America and we put our French boy right to work…. well kind of. He thought the riding lawn mower looked like fun, so we let him drive it around and cut the grass. He did a good job and seemed to enjoy it.Visitors from France, 37 days in AmericaWe spent the rest of the day out in Middleton with my family. He spend the afternoon jumping on the trampoline, playing soccer (or football as he calls it) and riding 4 wheelers.  We also had a BBQ where he tasted his first deer steak and had 4 hot dogs.  He is skinny as they come, but can really put the food down.pringles lips

That night he was suppose to float the river with our church youth group but a storm rolled in and they had to cancel.

Visitor from France,  37 days in America

 He is much like his brothers and thinks our american cheese taste like, “nothing”. Makes me laugh 😉

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Welcome to America, travel, France

If you have followed our blog for awhile you might remember that we have had our distant cousins (10th cousins) from France come to stay with us for a few weeks in the summer. I have LOVED having these boys stay in our home and love them as if they were our own kids! This year we are happy to welcome the 3rd brother into our home.

Welcome to America, travel, FranceThe kids worked hard on their signs to welcome him to America. His flight was delayed about 25 minutes so the kids were about ready to go nuts waiting for him to arrive. But he finally walked thru the gates and they were beyond excited! And a little shocked at how tall he was.Welcome to America, travel, FranceWhen we saw him 2 years ago he was the same height as me, about 5″5 but he has grown by leaps and bounds and is well over 6 feet now. But still has the same adorable smile and charming personality! Welcome to America, travel, France

We took him out to dinner at Applebee’s since it was kids night, and kids eat for only $1.99 each.  He ordered a steak with baked potatoes and steamed veggies. He sure enjoyed his company at dinner and laughed a lot. The kids must have said his name 100 times and he joked that he was going to have nightmares tonight of the kids saying his name over and over. Welcome to America, travel, France

We try and say his name in “french” but we tend to say it with a very heavy American accent. He told us when we say his name it reminds him of a ball bouncing up and down…. lol. Maybe by day 37 we can pronounce it better, but I would not bet money on it. :)Welcome to America, travel, FranceHe brought gifts, which the kids were very excited about. But first he told us the people at the airport placed a “nice note” in his luggage telling him they went thru is baggages and messed it all up.   It was from the TSA, but the way he said it made us all laugh.Welcome to America, travel, FranceI LOVE this french mustard but we can not find it here in the states so I was very happy to have him bring me some. They use it to make salad dressing and it is so yummy! He also brought me a beautiful glass jar filled with French treats. The hard handies taste much like menthol cough drops which the kids were confused by… but the caramels were delicious. Welcome to America, travel, FranceThe kids all got foam airplanes and animals. We also got two new aprons for the kitchen! I love these gifts, but most excited to have Antoine in our home and spend the next few weeks with him.Welcome to America, travel, France

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Blue car sick bags, great to have for road trips and in 1st aid kits

No one wants to think about having to clean up after someone has gotten car sick in your vehicle.  It is awful! Not one of the pleasures of travel. So this summer, do yourself a favor and grab some of these. They have saved us multiple times from a messy situation! It is so nice to just be able to pull over and throw the mess away instead of cleaning it out of clothing, car seats and having to ride with the smell. They are also great at home when someone is sick. No more rinsing out bowls or worrying that they won’t get to the bathroom on time. Package comes with 24 and includes shipping.

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Johann leaving

42 days has flown by… Johann made our house a happier, brighter place.  I have to admit we are all pretty sad to let him go. Part of me wanted to hide his passport so he would have to stay forever.  I hope he knows how much we love him, and what a joy he was to have in our home.  Next summer his younger brother will come to spend the summer with us, I am sure we will love him too.  But a little part of my heart now lives in France, cant wait to we see him again!

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Johann family photoOur final weekend with Johann he went on an overnight camp out with the scouts from our church.  They slept in tents, ate food over the fire, acted like boys and played on the water.  The kids and I all watched the clock and eagerly awaited his return.  Funny how in just 6 weeks he has become a family member.  One of my favorite movies is The Blind Side, a story of a family that took in a teen boy and soon loved him like their own son.    That is totally how we feel, our house if going to feel pretty empty without him and his adorable personality.

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johann football

Johann wanted to watch an american football game. So  Granny and Papa him to the BSU scrimmage on the blue field.  Matt had to work that night, and I was not up to taking 5 kids plus a new baby to a football game.  I know the blue field is not the standard football field, but that is how we do it here in Boise Idaho…lol.

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