Dec 20: Shopping Day

So I was able to redeem myself today by remembering to take our credit card to the grocery store. For the first time since being here we were able to buy a reasonable amount of groceries as we had both a fridge to store them in and money to buy them with.

Downtown La Vega

Downtown La Vega

I had another funny shopping / language incident this morning. While Nicole cleaned the kids up, I headed off to a local, Saturday only, fruit and vegetable stand we know about. This went fine as the gentleman selling the produce was one of those people who is willing to slow down and help out, even correcting some of my poor enunciation. Really, a pleasure to speak with. Then on the way home I stopped at a bakery to pickup a little fresh bread. Thinking that it would be nice to try and find some raisin bread, and proud that I remembered the word for raisins, I asked “¿Tienes pan con razóns?”. I worked really hard at pronouncing it correctly (I still struggle with many vowels), but was disappointed that she didn’t. When I got home and mentioned this to Nicole she broke out laughing. It turns out razón isn’t actually “raisins”, but “reason”. I had asked if she had any bread with reason! And she didn’t even flinch. I’m still laughing at that one.

Ciara "Dressing up for halloween"

Ciara "Dressing up for halloween"

Today we had a Davis-only day and (almost) didn’t let any of the local kids in. It was hard on them, hard on us, and even hard on our kids but something we felt was important. For one, we needed it to keep our sanity. But we’ve also noticed that our kids are having a little less respect for us lately and suspect it is due to the lack of quality time together. Yes, we spend a lot more time around them, but it has been a while since we spent any significant time doing stuff with them. By the end of the day we could tell they had appreciated the time with us and hope that making this a regular occurance will help, not only maintain, but improve our relationship with them.

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