100 days left in America


Not that we want to get rid of her or anything but…. Lara leaves us in 100 days.  Why are we counting? Well, it all started about a month ago when Lara said to me, “I go back to Germany in 100 days.”

My first reaction was, “WHAT??? You’re counting down the days until you leave us?”

Her answer was, “No, my friends in Germany are counting.”

I quickly figured out that their count was off by about a month so I corrected her! I counted backwards from June 2nd and realized February 22nd is when we hit “100 days till Lara leaves us”.

So, about a week ago I said, “On February 22nd it will be 100 days until you leave.”

Her reaction was, “WHAT??? You’re counting down until I leave you?” It was a pretty funny moment!!!

That’s just how we roll with Lara. We’ve become a joking, teasing, happy family during the time Lara has been with us. We have so many inside jokes that all families have. Especially me and Terry with Lara! It’s become a daily thing! It all starts when she comes home from school and we ask her how school was. Her answer is usually the same… “It’s school” or ‘Whatever”. And we still look forward to reading American History! Many of you remember one of the earlier blogs about that!

Counting down until she leaves isn’t something we WANT to do… but it IS reality. After all, she’s been with us for 193 days…or 6-1/2 months… or 4,632 hours! However you want to look at it! But again… we’re not really counting. LOL

And now we’re starting to realize all the things we still have to do with Lara. We’ve been to Washington DC, New York City and on a Baja Mexico Cruise. But we haven’t done a lot of things close by. So our “To-Do” list incudes: Grand Canyon and Sedona, Disneyland and Hollywood, Las Vegas and Hoover Dam, Kartchner Caverns, Tombstone, a tour of the Cardinals Stadium…. WHEW… is there enough time??? She only has 100 days… not that we’re counting or anything! LOL

We’re already planning her going away party on May 31st and telling everyone to keep that night open for the bash! We know it’s not going to be easy to say good-bye for any of us. For Lara… it’s going to be an even harder emotionally. Imagine the sadness of leaving your friends and new family in America one day … and arriving home the next day to friends and family crying with tears of joy to have you home!

So… let’s just not even count anymore. Let’s just enjoy the time we have together!

About schreinerrealty

I'm a Realtor, Property Manager ad Owner of a Real Estate Brokerage, Schreiner Realty. I'm a Mother of 2, stepmother of 3, and now a Host Mother of a German Exchange Student. I am an avid volunteer in our community, involved in networking groups including Women's Council of Realtors and Women of Faith in Business. I spent 16-years in TV News as a Producer/Anchor/Reporter/Newsroom Manager and still participate in free-lance Producing Projects.

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  1. Lara….you will be sorely missed. Just be prepared for Brit’s visit to you once she’s graduated from high school. I know she’ll miss you. 🙂 I’ve enjoyed spending the little time we have together.

    • Thanks Marie! She’s kind of your cousin too… by default! You know, firsthand, what it’s like to have an exchange student live with you! But it is so comforting to know you and your parents keep in touch with your “student” after all these years! We will follow in your footsteps!

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