Thursday, June 4, 2015

5 Times...

...my son, Lukas, reminded me we lived abroad!

You know, it's pretty neat that my kids got the opportunity to live in Central Europe and experience the differences between living there and here in California. We have always traveled abroad since they were new babies, but living there really opened their eyes to a whole other way of life.

Since living back in the states, I returned right back to my CA normal and had no problems transitioning. It wasn't that hard for my daughter either since she can clearly remember living here before the move to Europe. But Lukas, who had just turned three when we moved to Switzerland (CH), didn't remember living in CA prior to Europe. So, to hear him say things that someone native to Southern California {or pretty much any part of the US } would never say is pretty funny. Like, it takes me a minute to not laugh and answer his questions. Here are five times my son has reminded me that he lived in Europe...

1. "Do we have to cross a border?" I will often say we have to run to the store to grab something quick for dinner and he will sigh and roll his eyes, thinking this will be some sort of journey to a neighboring country just for eggs. We lived in the north of Switzerland and often shopped in Germany since prices were better. However, since Switzerland is not part of the EU, I often got stopped at the border, seemingly irritating my then three year old.

2. "Do we have the correct money, mommy?" My son loves money, or more so, to count money. So it really is no surprise to me that he notices everything related to money. When we first moved back, we would be at the store and he would ask me if I was carrying the right currency...I won't lie, there were a few times I panicked in CH because I only had euros or would be in Germany but only had Swiss francs. This fear must have rubbed off on him because it took me a while to convince him that here in CA, we only use American dollars.

3. "Will they speak English there?" I'd say this was the number one question I got asked for the first three months back. He HATED speaking German or being spoken to in German, and loved that we were back in an English speaking country. Anytime I said we were going to a party or school event or pretty much anywhere for that matter, I would get asked this question. After I would answer with a "of course," he always followed with a, "good....are you sure?" Everytime.
4. "Wait! What country are we in?" {with a cute confused 4 year old face} I guess when you lived in one country, shopped in another, visited grandparents in another and traveled to many others, it can get pretty hard to follow. A few times I've been asked where the heck we were. I always remind him that we are still in CA and that he would know if we left the state or country and he always agrees, but still asks.

5.  I will ask my kids all the time what they want to do this weekend or where we should go. I'm looking for answers like, the movies, the mall, the ice cream shop, mini golfing...things like that. Lukas, well, he always, ALWAYS answers with "Italy." That boy has a fascination with Italy after consuming a years worth of Icees while on vacation there last summer. I remind him that there are Icees here but he will still always say that he wants to go to Italy for the weekend {as if it's just a short drive away} LOL and every now and then my daughter will throw in Paris just to be funny, ever reminding me that these kids were really lucky to experience central European living at such a young age.

Happy Friday!!




10 comments:

  1. This is such a cute post, Ashleigh. Children do say the funniest things.

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  2. Your children are beautiful! How good for them to experience living abroad. I never have been but I sure hope my girls will get to experience that someday. And, children do say the funniest things....I was walking with my youngest one day she was just three and talking really well but gets stuck on a few words. She was trying to get something out and I said (jokingly of course) "Come on honey, spit it out." She stopped dead in her tracks, looked up at me, serious as can be and said "I don't have anything in my mouth." I laughed for an hour. It was so cute.
    Thanks for sharing that!

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  3. So funny! Kids say the best stuff.

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  4. Ashleigh, this post could not have spoken to me any louder right now. My husband and I are absolutely determined to live abroad and we haven't always had the best support in that decision. The fact that your son has this amazing insight into living in another country just thrills me for our upcoming journeys!

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  5. This is so cool! I never considered this would happen, but then again I've never lived abroad! So cool that your kids have had that experience (and that you get some laughs from it!).

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  6. That's so cute! I'd love to be able to travel abroad like that.

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  7. That is so cool that you lived in Europe. And your son sounds like a total crack-up :)!

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  8. This is amazing! I would love the opportunity to live abroad with my children!

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  9. I love that your son has already experienced so much! I haven't even left the U.S. and I am 26! (some day I do I hope!! *fingers crossed*)

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  10. What an awesome experience for them! I love when little guys have enough language to give you a glimpse into their view of the world!

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