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August 20th

The 20th of August is Hungary’s version of the 4th of July. Their first King, Istvan, established Hungary on the 20th of August and it’s Hungary’s national day. There are lots of celebrations, of course. Most of them we actually missed because we kept showing up after the excitement was over or two blocks away from where everything was, but we got to see some excitement anyway.

We went to the Városliget, or city park in the early afternoon for a picnic lunch. There was supposed to be a bread festival there, but we didn’t see any of it really. The park was pretty though, and they just finished some construction a few months ago, so the ponds were all filled in and pretty again.

There are some castles and pretty buildings there as well.

The kids had a good time.

Later in the day we headed to Kossuth Tér where all the rest of the action was supposed to be. We saw a few things set up but apparently most of the booths and things were down by the river. There was a craft fair up on Castle Hill as well that we might have to go see next year. There was a changing of the guard at Kossuth Tér, though and we got to see them pull the guards in from the front of Parliament. Parliament itself was all decked out and in Hungarian colors and was very impressive I thought.

The guards’ uniforms were nice as well.

Afterward we went up to a friend’s house to watch the fireworks. They have a house up in the hills in Buda with a nice view of the city and the fireworks. The city does fireworks every year and they do them in four sets. Two at least are set off from two of the bridges over the Danube between Buda and Pest. I couldn’t tell if the other two sets were also from bridges or if one set was from a hill and another from somewhere else, but it’s a really good fireworks show. All the sets are the same show, just set off from different locations. Unfortunately my camera is too small to take decent pictures of the city from our friend’s house. Budapest at night is a stunning view, but I’m afraid the best representation I have to offer you is this:

My apologies :)

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The other day we were playing outside and the older lady that lives downstairs was outside raking leaves and grass. She bent over for something and Avery looked over at her and said “Ladies really do have bums!” Sometimes it’s REALLY a blessing to live in a place where most people don’t speak your language. I think that is still topped by the time she looked at a bearded homeless looking man on the tram and asked if he was Jesus. That was last Summer.

Avery loves to dress up. A friend of hers, Amy, lent her a white dress up dress a couple weeks ago and she’s referred to it as her “wedding dress” every since. She’s very into weddings. She says “When I get older, I can have my wedding!” I think this was begun by the movie Monsters vs. Aliens, which begins with a wedding and may have been brought back to her attention by our recent acquisition of Shrek 2, which also begins with wedding scenes.

She likes being a princess as well, and sometimes refers to her friends as her princesses. She asks when she will see her “princess Stephanie” and if her “princess Amy” will be at church. There’s been a recent addition of a little girl names “Princess Kenna” as well. All this dress up and girl-ness is a little baffling to me I’ve gotta say. I was always a tomboy and remember being sooooo bored with Barbies. But she hasn’t gotten totally into the princes yet, so I’m trying to stay calm.

Her favorite things right now are her friends, getting out of the house, going to see the fountain, peaches, berries, macaroni cheese (as she calls it), hot dogs, movies, and she says her favorite color is dark purple. (I’m pretty sure she stole her favorite color from Princess Stephanie, but she’s stuck with it, so maybe she really likes it.)

Avery has a lazy eye. We started noticing it a few months ago and the doctor commented on it when I took Evelyn in at 14 months and said we needed to get it looked at . Unfortunately, you can’t just take a child to an optometrists office in Hungary, you have to find an ophthalmologist if a child needs glasses. So we found one that didn’t speak English, but had an optometrist that could translate for us, made an appointment for a day when both would be working at the same time and took her in. Unfortunately, for a lazy eye you have to have a special pediatric specialist of some sort, so the doctor gave us two numbers to try. I’ve been trying the one for a week now and finally got an appointment for September 21st. So, after several months, we may actually get this worked out. I hope so, because I really don’t want the poor kid to see double her whole life or anything like that. The ophthalmologist said she would probably need glasses and treatment for the one eye that wanders. Sigh. It makes me sad to think of her cute little face with glasses.

So that’s our little Avery for the last several weeks. I had a list of funny things she says but can’t find it, so I’ll have to come up with another one I guess for next month.

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