Sunday, August 10, 2014

LIFE in TEXAS part 1

These were some observations from the kids after our first week back: 
People are friendly and they speak English
BBQ tastes so good and Dr Pepper is everywhere
We no longer drive the biggest car in the country
Drinking fountains, public trash cans, mailboxes, and trash pick up             
Pipes are big enough to handle toilet paper
Houses can be cold inside even when it is 100 degrees outside (good ole air-conditioning)
Nice white lines mark lanes and parking spaces
You can step outside your house at 10:00 and 2:00 (terere time) and see no one
Microwaves, automatic ice makers, garbage disposals, fast food chains, high capacity washing machines and full size dryers promise to make life easier
Pop tarts, cereal, cheese, nice toilet paper, sour cream and ice cream are 5 minutes away
Dogs are on lashes

Carpet and walls are white, houses don’t get as dirty and dinner can be made from dumping out a few cans

Our house is beautiful, big, has white carpet and white walls.  We are renting from Jeff’s parents this year.  The house is a block from their house which has been a wonderful.  Carol and Ted did a fantastic job of outfitting the house for us – from furniture to appliances, first-aid kits to toiletries, from a stocked pantry and refrigerator to toys in a toy box. 

The yard is small but the kids love tackling and playing on the carpet.  I asked Tyler if he minded the carpet burns to which he replied, “Playing in carpet hurts a lot less then cement and it isn’t as itchy as grass.”  No one has complained about our yard size, but Ginny did say, “Don’t people in America know that if they made their houses smaller, there yard would be bigger?  It’s just nice to have a big yard to explore.”  So for a year we give up an outdoor life for carpet and air- conditioning. 

The kids have enjoyed riding bikes in the neighborhood and not having to worry about thorns puncturing the tires, although they do have to worry about cars which is a new worry for them.  Julia keeps asking to go to her other home where Lady and Comet (our dogs) are.  Then she proceeds down the entire list of our animals’ names.  The minute Josiah’s feet touched carpet he has taken off walking.  And now after two weeks he is practically running after his siblings.  The kids have also enjoyed all the watery things we’ve been able to do.  We’ve been swimming in the creek, had fun in a friend’s swimming pool, loved the splash park and sprinklers and a waterpark. 

We are a true American family complete with TWO vehicles parked in our driveway.  Jeff’s dad is allowing us to use his Suburban for the year.  After a week of being back we decided to pursue our ideal US vehicle – a 15 passenger van.  Jeff found a great deal, drove to Dallas and picked it up.  We’ve taken the back row out and can now easily fit all of us plus all our gear (like the 4 bikes we took to the park the other day and all our Wal-mart groceries).  One day I asked Tyler to look outside and see which vehicle Jeff took to run errands.  He looked and said, “He took the one that everyone in Texas drives (the suburban).”  My kids aren’t used to seeing so many big vehicles.    

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