1. Costa Ricans don't use brown paper bags for lunches. In fact, when I suggested that they take a piece of fruit and a yogurt to supplement their lunch (which apparently is gross--what school lunch isn't?), they just looked confused. Finally, one of my girls went to the pantry and got out a simple brown lunch bag to show them what we were talking about. The Costa Rican girls started laughing hysterically, telling us that they thought brown bags were only used on television but that nobody used them in real life.
We're finding even the small differences hilarious around here.
2. Apparently American teenage boys are kinda cute. And that's all I have to say about that.
3. I overheard one of the CR girls telling one of my girls the other night, "You guys don't yell at each other like we do. We're like Italians, always yelling at each other, but you guys don't do that." I really would have liked to see the look on my daughter's face when she heard that one.
4. Yesterday they were treated to the treasure-trove that is Target. (Alliteration much?) We tried to explain what was in store for them: "They have everything." "Yes, really, pretty much anything you want to buy, you can find it there." "We get everything from electronics to soap to underwear at Target."
By the time they left the house, I think they were scared to death.
5. They like the early "American Idol" shows as much as we do. We had a great time together the other night, watching the premiere of "AI." I don't think I'll soon forget the CR girls trying to imitate Victoria Beckham. Hilarious.
6. I'm learning that I'm going to miss those girls when it's finally time for them to head back to Costa Rica. I feel like I've gained two more daughters, and I kind of like it. Sure, the house is much busier than usual, the noise level has been increased substantially, and I have to cook a lot more than I usually do, but it's all been so good. For everyone.
So that's the Costa Rican update. All four teenagers are going on a retreat with our church this weekend. I'm sure they'll have lots of stories to tell when they get home.
Me? I'm going to spend the weekend on the couch, NOT cooking.
So now I'd really like to know, what are your weekend plans?