June 14

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June 14: Swingers.
A Romanian-Hungarian friend invited us over to her house to say goodbye today. Even though we had very few words in common, some things were easy to understand, despite our language differences: her puppy, two pet bunnies, fresh cucumbers, sliced bread, strawberry cake, shade from a cherry tree, and porch swings in the afternoon sunshine.

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June 12

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June 12: Cat calls.
Lollipop had her end-of-year show at preschool today. She and her 17 classmates dressed up like cats, recited poems, sang songs, and danced a blue streak to classics like “Rhythm Nation” and “So Long, Farewell.” And then they got diplomas and graduation caps to officially commemorate the end of preschool and the beginning of elementary school. Luckily, I was too busy fiddling with the camera settings to get teary-eyed.

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May 30

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May 30: Their secret garden.
I wonder what they’re whispering about, don’t you?

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May 28

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May 28: License to kill.
A lice outbreak at preschool means extra television while hair marinates for 45 minutes in preventative shampoo … and the extra television part is the only perk, as Lollipop will surely tell you!

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May 15

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May 15: Twisted sister.
Pretty, pink, and distorted in the hall of mirrors at Petřín Hill!

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May 4

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May 4: Echo location.
Several prime tourist attractions in Romania are salt mines. We’ve been to the one in Turda, which is closest to us, a few times. This one is in Praid. The kids love running at breakneck speed through the big cavernous nothingness and shouting words that end in vowels just to hear their echoing voices. Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! Whooooooooooooooa! Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! This works best when it’s not very crowded, like here.

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April 29

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April 29: Rail estate.
Today, we rode an honest-to-goodness steam train down into the Vaser Valley and back. The trains actually run for logging, but they let tourists hitch a ride and even offered us complimentary țuică (for the grown-ups) and still-warm-from-the-oven donuts (for all). Yum yum, choo choo!

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April 26

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April 26: The magic number.
The magic number in this photo is 134. 134 steps to the top of the clock tower! The kiddos climbed it with Daddy on our recent trip to Sibiu and counted each and every concrete rise to the top. Then they got to rest, make funny faces at the camera, and enjoy the view of the cityscape.

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April 22

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April 22: Hay there!
Happy Earth Day from us to you, wherever you find yourself on this planet today.

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April 19

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April 19:  Dyeing to try it …
Since the kiddos are out of school this week on Easter break, we decided to dye some eggs today. (Better late than never.) Can you believe this was their first time to try it? As much as I loved it as a kid, I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to introduce them to the magic that is simultaneously dyeing your egg and fingers … which is exactly what we did. Thanks to some PAAS boxes from a friend in the States, we made a dozen colorful glitter eggs. Then we tried our hand at the traditional onion-dyed Romanian method, which turned out to be a lot harder than it looks. Ours weren’t nearly as nice as our friend Laura’s, but we gave it a go. My hope is that we’ll continue to do both kinds of egg-decorating for Easters to come.

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