Category Archives: Life in the US

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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#Get Outdoors: Children Connecting with Nature

Autumn is a time for woodland walks, collecting interesting things along the way and looking out for animal homes and habitats.  As a child we had nature tables at school and we were encouraged to bring in conkers, sticky buds, acorns and … Continue reading

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Tots & Bubble Friday at Dr Maze’s Farm

In a bid to meet new people the girls and I sometimes join groups of other mums and their kids through meet up groups.  Our latest venture was to Dr Maze’s Farm. Dr Maze’s Farm is a family run working … Continue reading

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This time last year we were playing in the local park. A group of children were picking small red berries from the bushes and eating them. I was a little alarmed, I’d always told the kids not to eat red berries  because … Continue reading

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What Exactly is a Field Day?

Today was Field Day at my daughter’s school. In the usual fashion, we had a letter that said we could come along or volunteer if we wanted but no explanation as to exactly what a Field Day is. I asked a friend in … Continue reading

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Golfing with Toddlers at Willows Run Golf Club: 8 Things a Toddler Can Learn From Playing Golf.

Today I met with a group of mums and their toddlers to play golf at the pitch and put, Willows Road Golf Course. All of the children were new to golf and most of the children were below the age of … Continue reading

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