Saturday, September 12, 2009
Life as a Family of Five
So we've had our exhange student for a week, and things are settling down into a routine. Sheila has turned out to be a fantastic fit for our family so far, and B is already talking about how to get her to come back next year! Sheila had hoped to be placed in a home with snow (be careful what you wish for), and with small children (again, be careful what you wish for). The girls adore her, and she is learning to say "no" so that her free time isn't monopolized by Barbies and Candyland. B has been trying (unsuccessfully) to learn a few Danish words. I've had fun laughing at his attempts, and wisely declining to join in the effort. I think it's impossible for an American to pronounce anything Danish-sounding. Anyhow, we feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be Sheila's family for the school year, and are looking forward to soccer games, choir concerts (not to mention the required choir volunteering in which we will certainly be the youngest as it is impossible for us to have a 17 year old daughter), cheerleading, track, teaching her to bake Christmas cookies, celebrating holidays with a mix of Danish and American traditions, and whatever else Sheila decides to take on this year. We've already conquered the State Fair and the first week of school, and can't wait to see what the next months hold for us as a temporary family of five!