Saturday, July 19, 2014

Celebrating Exhaustion {7-19-14}

Life has been busy.

We are just ending the second of the three weeks that we will be hosting our French exchange student, Cecile.  I am loving every minute of it and feel very blessed that we are all having a wonderful experience.

Part of our job as a host family is to show Cecile American life and the sights around our part of the country.  It seems like almost every day, we have been busy, busy, busy doing something.

Last week, we all went to the Milwaukee Art Museum.  It was my first time there and while I really don't "get" art, it was neat to see some of the art work from some of the artists I know.
Yesterday, we went back to Milwaukee for Festa Italiana, a celebration of Italian food and heritage.
We also celebrated my daughter Kara's birthday.  We went out for dinner then stopped by the local park to take in the sunset.
This next week will be just as busy.  We have scheduled a trip to the Wisconsin Dells, Chicago, and Six Flags Great America. 


This is a lot for us.  We usually spend our summers doing yard work or hanging out around home.  Having Cecile with us has forced us to go exploring the world around us.  While it is exhausting, it also is exciting.  Sometimes in the busyness of everyday, we can forget the wonderful world that surrounds us if we just look for it.

Cecile is loving America!  She says "Everything is bigger in America", from the food you are served to the roads we drive on.  We are doing our best to keep her busy and show her American life.  No doubt, she will suffer her own form of exhaustion when she goes home.  


  1. What a busy time for everyone! I'm sure Cecile will return home with great memories of this trip.

  2. What a great experience for all of you! Our country has so much to see and offer; it's wonderful that you're showing her all those places. America certainly is big!! :-)

  3. "While it is exhausting, it also is exciting. Sometimes in the busyness of everyday, we can forget the wonderful world that surrounds us if we just look for it". That is the truth for most of us I think. There are delights worth searching for. How fun(though exhausting) that Cecile gave your family a reason to search for them.

  4. How cool to see the world around you through Cecile's eyes for a bit! You are in for even more fun--I love Chicago!

  5. You have been busy having lots of fun. Hope you are able to enjoy the up-coming week of activities as much as your past week.

  6. I know another Wisconsin-ite who is also hosting a student this week!
    We were up in Milwaukee today for a swim meet. Six Flags is in my hometown, so you'll be in my neck of the woods.
    Enjoy being a sightseer. It's amazing all that we don't see even when we live in that location!


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