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As we come full circle

As we come full circle

Well, hello. It’s been quite a while since I was here last–about 15 months, actually. That break was a bit longer than I had intended… oops! One of the hardest things about getting back to blogging after such a long hiatus is, of course, there is so much to catch up on. But never mind, […]

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Rockin' the House

Rockin’ the House

Well, Roxi was the only one who scored an over all “D” (for distinction) in her summer music course, putting her at the top of her class. The vocalists had a three part exam: Theory and Ear Training, Instrument (Voice), and Performance and Improvisation. She was the youngest of the 27 students–only three others were younger […]

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A day for fond farewells and the beginning of an exciting new chapter

A day for fond farewells and the beginning of an exciting new chapter

Roxi after her voice concert on Monday. Last day of school, and a half day at that. Roxi is dreading the goodbyes, but I reminded her that it’s only goodbye-for-now. With these travel-savvy kids, you never know when paths will cross again. Still, it’s hard to say farewell to those you are used to seeing everyday. […]

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Roxi in Turkey

Roxi in Turkey

A couple of weeks ago, Roxi had the most amazing experience–she flew to Ankara, Turkey to participate in the AMIS International Honour Band and Choir Festival. Roxi and 12 other students (6 choir, 7 band) plus their chaperones flew out of Amsterdam early Wednesday morning. They arrived in sunny Ankara later that afternoon. Most of these […]

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Ask an Expat Roxi Edition: Going to School Overseas

Ask an Expat Roxi Edition: Going to School Overseas

Do you wonder what Roxi is looking at? She’s admiring this view in Gent, Belgium. Julia asked: Maybe Roxi could do an “Ask an Expat” guest post….what do you enjoy about being in school overseas? What do you miss about the US? Roxi says: What do I enjoy about being in school overseas? What do […]

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Stretching and growing

Stretching and growing

Somewhere in London. Roxi took her 9th grade placement tests yesterday. All new students are required to take at least a math and English test. A lot of kids also took a modern language test. Roxi tested for French III. She did very well in English–there’s just one class, so I am not sure why […]

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A new school, a new school year

A new school, a new school year

I have had four cups of coffee today. It was so hard to wake up early. Roxi and I went to new student orientation at her school today. I was amazed to see how many families had just arrived within the last 48 hours–a few of them arrived yesterday. They must be exhausted! I cannot […]

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Drive-by Blogging

Drive-by Blogging

Mr. DJ and I celebrated our 17th Anniversary last weekend by taking Trudy and Roxi for a picnic at Valley Garden in Windsor Great Park. My parents are here for a two-week visit. We have 10 days before the movers come to pack up our stuff for the move to The Hague. Movers are still […]

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We have baby birds in our English Garden!

We have baby birds in our English Garden!

    Here’s a short video I took of the nest when the babies were about two days old. Other weekend excitement: Roxi went on her 8th grade “Adventure Trip” to Charterhouse in Mendip Hills on Friday and Saturday. She went rock climbing, abseiling (oh my gosh!), caving (very intense), hiking, and did a bit of […]

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Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London

Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London

Roxi and her classmates went on a field trip into Town yesterday. They left school at 4pm, went to dinner (the kids are allowed to break into small groups and eat wherever they like), and then saw Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Unfortunately, Roxi didn’t get home until well after midnight, so I […]

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