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‘Round & ‘Round

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Yes, there is a random fair ride in the middle (well, kind off of to the left side, really) of the centre. It stays until December and then leaves for the colder months before reappearing in March or April for the summer. While the mom went to go run some errands, we did the ride. Three times. I am a fantastic au pair, ok? Not just anyone would do that for a solid half hour. Not while it’s cold and raining and people repeat three times if you would like them to move the stroller for you so you can take better pictures. (That was embarrassing. They gave me a look that was all, “Oh, you poor thing. Trying so hard and still not succeeding.” It’s not my fault they don’t speak French well. …that made more sense in my head.)

I’m so far behind on editing pictures I can’t even believe it right now. Mostly because it means that I’ve had other things to do (French classes, basketball practice, tomorrow I’m going out for coffee with someone (that last some surprised you, didn’t it?)) and have fallen waaay behind on editing photos. (Secret: there are photos I haven’t even uploaded yet. GASP.) But, the family’s gone for a couple of days this weekend and while I am planning on going to Paris for a couple of days (i can just feel how excited you are for me), I’ll hopefully get it all edited so that it won’t be last minute posts. Like this one.

(Also: can we discuss that sassy, slightly judging look in the middle picture? I wish I could say I taught her that, but she learnt that all by herself. When it’s not directed at me, I feel a little proud of it.)

Things I’m Loving:

+ These tips – (You’d think I’d have packing down to a science by now. Seriously.)

+ This goal – (Even though we lost, it gave me feels.)

+ This site – (I like looking at pretty things, ok?)

+ This news – (Already have plans to share a hotel room.)

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Missing: Backyards

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Sometimes it’s really hard not to compare different things. As much as you know that you shouldn’t, or that the new ‘thing’ is good in different ways, it still can be hard to think about that when you’re thinking about things you miss.

Take backyards. I miss backyards. And streets. Where kids can bundle up and go outside and play and run around and ride bikes without any problem. Where falling down isn’t too scary because there’s grass and the worst that’ll really happen is a grass stain. But, we make do. We play in the courtyard with cars and footballs (soccer balls) when the car isn’t in the front half. We jump. We bundle up and trek to the park.

Sometimes I stop and think about what these kids’ reactions would be if they ever got to see where I live. If they got to experience what it’s like to race out after supper and ride a bike for another twenty minutes before bed time. Or to set up nets on either end of the backyard to play football (soccer) with the family. Or toss a football around and pretend (or not so pretend) tackle people. Something that I just always accepted and took as fact, they can’t fully grasp. (My French could also be failing me a bit.)

But yes: I miss backyards and streets for biking. I also miss school parking lots and school buses. But that’s a story for another time.

Things I’m Loving:

+ This article – (Hehe, this was a discussion us PhotoJs would have.)

+ This clothing line – (It looks like a favourite storybook.)

+ These pillows – (I miss goodnight kisses. I miss baby brother kisses in general.)

+ This recipe – (I loooove homemade soup. I miss homemade soup. I will make this homemade soup.)

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