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Spanish: El campamento de los primos
By Phyllis Naegeli
1 Mom stood back and looked at the luggage piled high in the rack on the top of the car. She walked behind and checked the three bikes to be sure they were latched down on the bike rack. "O.K.," she said as she climbed into the car. "Do you all have your seatbelts buckled?"
2 A collective "Yes!" rang from the backseat where three sisters, Alicia, Katie, and Maria, sat anxiously waiting to depart.
3 Mom looked over at Dad in the driver's seat. "Then I guess we're ready to go!"
4 Dad smiled and glanced in the rearview mirror. "I guess we are!" He started the car and drove out of the driveway toward the interstate. A few minutes later, songs were being sung as the family drove along at fifty-five miles per hour. The windows were opened, and the girls' long, brown hair blew in the wind.
5 "I'm so excited about cousin camp at Grandma's and Grandpa's," said Alicia, the youngest. "This is the first year I get to go!"
6 "You're not the only one coming for the first time. This will be the first year Jamie and Thomas get to come. And Bridget is coming again," said Maria. "It's going to be great to see them all."
7 "And spend a whole week having fun," said Alicia.
8 Maria bounced up and down in her seat. "It is so much fun! We get to spend a whole week doing just about everything you can imagine! Last year we went into the city and saw a show. Then we went to the mall and shopped. Grandma read to us, and Grandpa made up all those stories! He even took us for rides on his lawn tractor. Everyday we got to work in Grandma's vegetable garden and help her cook. She didn't even care when Katie spilled the salad all over the floor!"
9 "Hey," said Katie, frowning and crossing her arms over her chest. "You weren't supposed to bring that up again!"
10 Maria laughed. "Why not? It was pretty funny. You were mixing the salad with the spoons, and the bowl fell right off the counter onto the floor. You didn't even see how close it was to the edge!"
11 Katie grinned slightly. "I was tossing the salad," she said in a sarcastic tone. "Not mixing it!"
12 "Well, you tossed it alright," said Maria. "Right onto the floor!"
13 "Grandma just laughed." Katie giggled. "She's so cool!"
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