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WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture

Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is culture. Having been born and raised in France and now living in the US, I can truly say our home is bilingual and bicultural.

Son #1: “Mama, you don’t know Paul Bunyan because you’re not an American!”

That’s what my six-year old told me this week when he mentioned Paul Bunyan and the first thing that came out of my mouth was, Who? With that statement, my son had a simple explanation for my ignorance. Technically, I am an American by now, but there are still lots of facts I don’t know about America.  Like Paul Bunyan. Thank you, Google and Wikipedia for enlightening me!

I can tell you everything you’ve heard about “culture clash” is true. The first time you’re immersed in a different culture, everything amazes you. Then you start comparing and pointing out things you don’t like in the new, unknown culture. Once you’ve taken the time to learn more about the culture, you can be more objective and point out things you like and don’t like in both cultures.

Here are a few examples. French people can be grouchy, rude, and very loud. I once heard someone say, a French is like an Italian in a bad mood. That about sums it up. Now, I’ll never understand Americans’ obsession with guns and anything “big”: big cars, big homes, big boobs, big food plates, big bellies, you name it. All of these sound like stereotypes, but you soon learn that many (but not all) stereotypes happen to be based on reality. Stereotypes are just exaggerated versions of these facts. Funny how things work.

I want to think our home is a sanctuary where both cultures can live in harmony and it shows in every room. The place where it probably shows the most is in the kitchen. One of our most favorite breakfast food is croissants and pains au chocolat.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture - pain au chocolat

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture – pain au chocolat

But I also like to make pancakes, in this case, chocolate chip pancakes. Doesn’t everything taste better with chocolate?

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture - chocolate chip pancakes

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture – chocolate chip pancakes

Sometimes I like making quiche for a meal, here with asparagus and broccoli.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture - veggie quiche

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture – veggie quiche

But brownies are to be one of my favorite desserts.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture - American brownies

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture – American brownies

Reading is very important at my house and we read in both French and English. Our bookcases reflect both cultures. Here are a few of my books in French. I have many more in English.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture - Books in French

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture – Books in French

The kids also have tons of books in French, which tend to mix with the books in English on the bookcase without any problem or tension.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture - Children's books in French and English

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture – Children’s books in French and English

Finally the way we decorate our house is also very bicultural. I like to see French artists like Monet and Renoir on my wall.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture - Monet painting

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture – Monet painting

As for the kids, they definitely show a taste for Americana. You can’t be more American than Batman and Star Wars toys!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture - Batman and Star Wars toys and decorations

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Culture – Batman and Star Wars toys and decorations

How much culture is reflected at your house? If you live in an all American house (or English, or whenever you come from), do you have cultural items that represent where everyone comes from?

WordPress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life

WordPress suggested taking one photo every hour of my day and use the gallery format to display all of them. I won’t make you endure 12 hours of my life with my kids on spring break, but here are a few highlights of today.

We started the day by eating chocolate chip pancakes, since there were a few left from yesterday’s breakfast. Yum!

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life - chocolate chip cookies

WordPress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life – chocolate chip cookies

Then the kids played Lego for a little bit. I’m usually the one who has to hunt for specific pieces through the huge pile. Mercy me…

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life - playing lego

WordPress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life – playing lego

We also spent a little time painting. My six-year old chose his favorite subject: the Green Ninja from Lego Ninjago. If you’re wondering, yes, it’s always a Lego day at our house.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life - painting

WordPress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life – painting

After lunch, we stopped by the library to drop off some books that were due today and to pick up new books on hold. My bag wasn’t big enough to hold them all. Fortunately my kids helped me by carrying their favorite new arrivals.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life - new books at the library

WordPress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life – new books at the library

We then headed for the playground at the park for some well needed outdoor exercise. This is our favorite park in town.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life - at the playground

WordPress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life – at the playground

While there, I discovered the wisteria is in full bloom and I regretted not bringing my good camera. Better luck next time!

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life - wisteria blooms

WordPress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life – wisteria blooms

We’re finishing dinner now and after bathtime, we’ll have storytime, one of my favorite times of the day with the kids. Here’s what’s waiting for us tonight.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life - storytime with the kids

WordPress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life – storytime with the kids

And here’s my favorite part of the day, when I’ll be reading my own book, side by side with my eldest on my bed, while he stays up to read his own book after his brother goes to bed. Code Name Verity is fascinating, by the way.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life - reading Code Name Verity

WordPress weekly photo challenge: A day in my life – reading Code Name Verity

And what about tomorrow, you’re asking? We’re going egg hunting!