Saturday, June 13, 2009

One week

In one week from right now (Friday) we will be on a plane home.
It is time...
I am excited to see my family, especially my Mom who has been ill but is now home and improving. I am encouraged by her laughter yesterday, which I haven't heard for a while!
I am positive she should be able to make the trip back with me.
My Parents, Sister and her Son are scheduled to come back with me in July.

I have even scheduled my kids in sumer camps this year! They are really excited...
My son will be "Cracking the Case", a look into forensic medicine...
lifting fingerprints, checking samples, etc...
My daughter will be going to the zoo to understand more about the different relationships of the families of the animals.
I scheduled it on different weeks so that I can give some one on one time with the other child. How fun will that be?! I can't wait.

School is winding down here, and really, it should have been over this past Wednesday. Their grades were turned in then, they had a day off yesterday for the Corpus Christi holiday, and now they just seem to be doing busy work. My daughter does have a field trip to see the dinosaur exhibit to complete that series they learned about, but still...
could have been finished :) darn 180 day rule!

The Pittsburgh Penguins play in the 7th and FINAL game for the Stanley Cup tonight!
GO PENS!
Of course, my favorite is football, but the Pens come in a close second!

Next week is filled with end of the year farewells (many people leave in this crazy expat life, so we are always wishing a farewell and good adventures to someone!), end of the year parties, packing and the all important
LIST.
As some of you may remember from previous posts, the LIST is the most essential item in my suitcase. Well, actually, it goes in my purse! I couldn't dare lose it!
This year the LIST is filled with the normal favorites...
Honey Nut Cheerios, pretzels, some sauces, some good tea, clothes and shoes(especially for the kids)....
then there are a few big ticket items that we need....
My favorite item this year is that I am going to look for a video camera.
I know, how could I have gone through all these precious child years without one, but alas, we have. I borrowed one this past week for the final presentations of our kids because my husband was out of town for work. It felt like he was there with me...and he really enjoyed seeing it, even if it wasn't live.
So, I am thinking of a Sony, probably the HC9...
any thoughts?
Remember, this will probably also be going underwater, so I have to take that into consideration!

Well, this is me, moving on...



11 comments:

mythopolis said...

Good for you, BG...you are re-bounding and moving forward...sweet to hear about. I am not up on which vid/cams are preferrd. But, by all means get one. You will thank yourself many years later!

marina said...

Oh you will love the summer clothes that is out so cute !!
and I think being home with your mom well be nice for a change. I hope you have a safe fight and a nice vaction, hugs marina

Fabiola said...

Time is flying by really fast. It seems like yesterday you were coming back to Brazil after Christmas break.

I hope you have a great vacation and I am so GLAD your Mom is recovering well. And I bet just the thought of you guys arriving is helping her a lot.

Fabiola

FancyHorse said...

I'm glad your mother is better. Have a happy visit with your family, and a good summer!

BLOGitse said...

moving on - great!
I know how important 'the list' is! We buy from Finland with us pork, good salami, good rye bread etc.

If you want to record just memories (no pro stuff) if would be convenient to have video in your camera. Saves a lot of time & energy (no need for too many different cables and programs to download material).
On the other hand you can just shoot, shoot...and download the video when needed...
I have both but recently I've used mainly my camera, stills.
You can take frames as stills from videos too! :)

Scriber's Web said...

Glad to hear that your Mom is doing better. And how fun that she is coming back with you. I am sure that she is working full time on recovering fast so she can visit you.
If you can afford it, you should get 2 video cameras. 1 is a flip. It is something you can carry in your purse all the time and take videos. Another one would be a decent Sony that is waterproof and digital. I would not buy HP.
Keep us posted!

Betty said...

We have a 200 day school rule here! So I completely understand.
Hope you have a good time catching up with family and friends. Keep us updated!
I vote for a flip camera too. That is on my LIST! :)

GutsyWriter said...

It sounds like you're very organized and I hope your kids enjoy the camps. Where are you going to be staying over the summer? We haven't made a single summer plan yet.

Brenda said...

Cereal is always high on my list of favorites when I return to the US. My kids STILL get excited about a lot of cereal choices and they have lived in the US for college. Its funny how cereal is such a comfort food :)

mythopolis said...

It sounds like great fun...hope you shoot some vid...and pass the camera around, it is so funny sometimes what the kids choose to shoot! I turned my son loose with my cam at the age of 4, taught him how to zoom or pull back, pan, focus...etc. He shot some great stuff! And I will always treasure it!

PJ said...

Fun! My granddaughters just finished Inventors Camp with an environmental twist. The forensic camp sounds like tons of fun! have a great summer.