July 24, 2014

FRIDAYS IN FRANCE: FORGET WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT FRANCE…

Posted by Lori~

Steve, Murray, and I have now been in Nice, France for three weeks!  And it has been AMAZING!

I am going to say it, I was nervous.  I had heard the stories of how French don’t like Americans because of our limited French speaking abilities.  I came here knowing maybe three words.

But I found immediately, that if you put in a little effort (attempt to speak it), they like it.  Give them a smile and they will serve you well. 

These are our French host parents and they are SUPER NICE!  
They have been helping us a lot with our "french".
Let’s put ourselves in their shoes for once.  Could you imagine if a Chinese speaking transplant started talking to you in Chinese in the US.  We would look at them, like they are CRAZY (unless you know Chinese)!  Well, the same thing goes both ways.  We are not superior and our language should not be either.
This is the Cannes Mayor being interviewed by our student journalists.  He was SUPER NICE!

...and a French Serviceman.  He was nice too!
So here’s a mini French lesson for you.  I spell it, like I say it (this is NOT PROPER FRENCH), but this lesson will get you by if you plan to visit.

BONJOUR:  HELLO
EXCUSE-EA MOI:  EXCUSE ME
PAR-DOANE:  PARDON/EXCUSE ME
JEY-VA-DRAY:  I WOULD LIKE
CAFE LATTE:  LATTE COFFEE
DAH LOW:  SOME WATER
SEE VOU PLAY:  PLEASE
AR-E-VWA:  GOODBYE
TWAW-LETTE:  TOILETTE
VER:  GLASS
UN BOTAY:  BOTTLE
PAR-LEI-VOU-ANGLAIS:  DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?
SA-VAH:  HOW ARE YOU? 
SA-VAH BIEN:  I AM GOOD
JE-MA-PAL:  I AM CALLED
JASWEES ZAMERIAN:  I AM AMERICAN

I actually have a friend that will be visiting the area very soon and I gave her this very listing.  I keep it in my cell phone notes and use it as a reference when needed.


Remember, a smile and effort goes a long way.  Don’t be afraid of travel and culture…trust me, it has been 100% worth it.  I AM LOVING IT!

Sorry, I'm behind.

Posted by Ethne~

Hey guys, sorry I'm behind on posting.  I was sick all last week, so did none of the things I had planned to blog about.  According to my doctor, I had one of those viruses that mutated its symptoms, meaning I had a new one each day for over a week.  It was amazing.

xo

July 23, 2014

Our family is growing...

Posted by Ethne~

...by four paws!

It is with trepidation (on my part, being a cat person my whole life) and excitement all around (for both Shaun and me - the girls don't know yet) that Shaun and I have decided to get a dog.

The breed is a Papillon with a little long-haired Chihuahua mixed in.  The owner who bred the parent dogs owns them both and assures me of the parent temperaments and lack of yippy-ness.  Whit (my sister) concurs, since the owner is her next-door-neighbor.

Dad (Louie) is 100% Papillon and looks like it.  That's what I envision our dog to look like.  Mom (Lola) is 1/2 Papillon and 1/2 long-haired Chihuahua.  She looks just like a Yorkie.  I mean, JUST LIKE.  So I can't say what the puppies will look like for sure, except that I envision them to look more Papillon than mom, since they have more Papillon in them.  

Theodore has also not been told, though I have started moving his food to a newer, higher location, and he thinks I'm nuts.  Being a large cat, he will tower over this dog.

When we pick up puppy in mid-August, I'll tell you more!