Three International moves and 7 states later, we find ourselves surrounded by historic towns and the scenic beauty of South Carolina.
An Aussie, an American and two Aussie American little girls, we have wandered - well not WANDERED the country, but we have moved a bit, all over the place.
From global hemispheres, South to the North, Midwest, Southwest, South East, we've lived on plains and prairies in America's Heartland, experienced snow and ice, lived in the heat of Texas, visited deserts and canyons and flown over great mountain ranges, all giving us a valuable perspective of life. Our own unique place in the world.
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Its that time of year again. In some parts of the country, the leaves are turning, its colder, the winds are starting I bet in Iowa and Wisconsin. I remember all too well those October days when trick or treating in costumes way too thin for any real midwestern autumn, left us with chills from more than just a spooky night. We learned quickly that the warmest costumes are usually better with just a tad more insulation.
Our youngest tends to enjoy being some type of fluffy animal. In 2005 it was a black cat, in 2006 it was a mouse, go figure, in 2007 it was a bunny, 2008 we were cat and this year, we would like to be a...cat. But we are trying to compromise with perhaps a cat, from the musical Cats - still a cat, but with a twist... well, its not so convincing yet, apparently. Then we have the just turned teenager...
Black Cat and Shopaholic. 2006
There was only one time, while we were living in Michigan, a freakishly warm October allowed children everywhere to experience a new sensation. It was called 'thawing.' We were able to take our then 2 year old out for her first ever trick or treat, and without 3 layers of insulation. She was a cheerleader - perhaps we set the stage for her, that's another story. Since then, our '2' year old has progressed with age. We have gone from being benign things such as Cinderella, and a shopaholic, to becoming a dead cheerleader, a dead prom queen a grave yard fairy and this year, it could be anything. The jury is still out. She believes it could be something dead. A dead bag, a dead leaf, dead dirt... I don't know.... (I would show you a photo of her as a dead prom queen, but with photoshop, it has become a little um, realistic)... But whatever it is, it is going to have a pink streak in its hair. And so is the dead friend. Apparently.
It should be an interesting autumn this year. Our first halloween in Texas last year was a delightful experience. No -5F wind, it was warm. And warm is nice. As we speak, I need to go, because the two potential 'dead something' teenagers, that is, oldest child and friend both of whom have informed me that they might be 'dead university pink' (whatever that is) cheerleaders... would like to eat (another teen phenomenon, right?)