Sunday, January 8, 2012



I'm Nora Francesca Foster. I'm a 10-year-old Canuck (that's what some people call Canadians...) who recently moved to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Since I had to move far away, my mama let me get a blog to post what I'm up to and keep up with friends, while making new ones.

I thought I'd start by introducing myself for my new friends. Like I said, my name is Nora, and I just moved to Ohio from Vancouver, Canada.

I'm REALLY into acting, hockey, and animals. When I grow up (if I ever grow up) I want to be an actress or a zoologist. I think those would be nifty. My favorite animals are okapis, otters and moose, and my favorite movies are The Parent Trap, The Muppet Movie, Enchanted, UP, and Beauty and the Beast. My favorite hockey team is the Vancouver Canucks.

I start my new school, Otter Creek Elementary, tomorrow. I'm really scared no one will talk to me or like me. My dad said I'll be fine, but the butterflies are still eating at my nerves.

How do you handle the jitters when you're doing something new?



  1. Hi Nora!

    My best friend is a Canuck, too. Actually, she missed it so much that she went back. I miss her like crazy now, but that's a different story.

    Welcome to the blogging world! How are you liking the US so far?
    When I first came to the US from France, I was really worried about how people would perceive me. Even though I'd studied English already, I was nervous about messing up the language and having everyone in laughter. You have one up on me, at least - English is your native language! You will do fine at your new school and just wait until Hodel gets home. I bet you two will get along quite well. I know she loves acting just as much as you do!

    As for handling the jitters, I try to take a few deep breaths (easier said than done, I know!) and then I'll often do something that relaxes me - like watching a favorite movie or reading a favorite book.


  2. The US is pretty different, and living away from a major city is even more different. Luckily, Vancouver is pretty close to Oregon, so we might as well be culturally the same. I miss my friends, and hockey, and being in Canada, but I'm slowly getting used to things here.

    Moving from France must have been really hard, especially leaving your family and having to go where a lot of people don't understand your language.

    Hodel and I have been e-mailing, since my mom met her host mom. She seems really nice, and I'm vey excited to meet her!

    Thanks for the advice, Sophie!

  3. Hi, Nora! Hodel says she is super excited to meet you when she gets home. I'm sure you two will get along, because Hodel is so nice and you sound nice, too. :-)

    I hope school went okay for you!

  4. I hope you enjoyed your first day of new school, it is hard to change schools in the middle of the year too, but I am sure you had a great first day .. thinking positive for you. Cannot wait to hear how it went.

    My sister Marsali and I are homeschooled so we do not have the worry of whether people at school like us, but we do a lot of music and science classes at a special homeschool group so we do have people to like and not like.

    Talk to you laters,

  5. Wow, Otter Creek Elementary sounds like a great school. I'm imagining it having its own river with rock waterslides so students can play at being otters. Awesome.

    If you ever want to talk about moving, I'm here for you. I was adopted from Russia so I also had to move to a new country.

    Cincinnati is a fun city. I visited it this summer and got to go to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. It was really, really hot, but it was so fun. I got to see my favorite animals- the red pandas.

    When I have to do something new that makes me nervous, I think about something that fun that won't happen until after the scary thing. Knowing that getting past the scary stuff means something cool in the future makes it easier.