Thursday, October 23, 2014

We're In!


My new view!
I LOOOOVE our new 
apartment...and 
I can't believe how
quickly our family has
begun to feel at home here.

The apartment is furnished..
beautifully.
It's comfortable and livable 
and if I were to ever own an 
apartment here in Paris...
well, I think I'd want this one!

The location!
We knew we wanted to stay
in the 7th.
But..I also knew I wanted to
get a little further deeper into it.



And as far as missing the tower...
well,
we still get to see her watching over us.
And I admit..
it's a nice change to see her from
this perspective.


This past week has been busy.
Moving in..
unpacking..
(we had much more stuff 
than I thought)...
and making this place a home.



The kitchen is always the 
first to set up when we move.
I have mouths to feed!
And this kitchen..
not only so very well equipped..
but sleek and functional
and now that I've added my own
touches..
it feels like home.
I'm excited to get cooking again!
My new outdoor market on 
Raspail certainly did not disappoint
on Sunday either!
I'm hoping to someday catch a glimpse
of Ina.
:)


ahhh....
the infamous farmers table.
By the way..
Catie, I think yes,
I do need to name her.
She has such a story!
I bought her a year ago..
sight unseen from a dealer in 
Normandy.
Two friends had seen it
(Frenchlarkspur and Cat from Sunday Brocantes)
and sent pictures.
I bought it immediately after hearing 
the details.
Cat graciously stored the table for a month
in her farmhouse in Normandy.
Her husband later delivered it to a 
colleague of Steve's that 
graciously offered to house it 
at their house in the suburbs until 
we moved.
Well, when we moved 
last year...we moved into a 
small furnished apartment and could not
use it.
Long story longer...
it was delivered yesterday.
After a year of owning it..
we finally meet and I love her!
Names??



(the delivery :)


Griffy the ghost.
He had a Halloween party
at his school last Friday.
(the kids are all on
holiday this week.)
He's with his little buddy and 
two of his teachers.
He is loving  his school!














Saturday, September 20, 2014

Griffin and School


Life is busy.
Apartment hunting
and just the thought of
moving again is taking up
most of my days.
We don't have to be out
until November 28th..
and I think they'll be pushing us
out the door on that day.
I don't want to leave here!


Griffin is slowly adjusting 
to his new life at school.
He has days when he jumps out
of bed and can't wait to go.
And then he has days that are the
complete opposite of that.



On those days
we do things like the above.
Trying out new cafe's and  
visiting the park.
I am not pushing him.
We are taking this school
thing slow.
Not the French way..
that's for sure.


As expats, 
we encourage the kids
to try new things.
Experience the food..
learn the language and 
the history..
understand the people and 
be respectful of their culture and country.


However,
when it came to schooling Griffin,
I decided not to send him at 
3 or 4 when most 
French kids are heading off to
l'ecole.


And I have no regrets.
I am also so grateful
for his patient teachers 
at his little school here!
We are proud of you Griff! 


The leaves are falling in Paris..
but the temperatures however
seem to be rising!
Bon weekend!!
















Tuesday, September 16, 2014

La Parisienne


I ran a road race for the first
time Sunday! 
The La Parisienne 6.7 km!!
I started running at the 
beginning of the summer.
The furthest I've run is about
4 km.
 I had every intention of stopping
at 4 and walking the rest..
but I just kept going!


It was so exciting picking
up my number!
And the day of the race there
are over 25,000 women running!

It was such an amazing day.
Never in a million years
did I ever think of running
a road race.
And now..
I want to do another!
It's addicting!



There was a group of us
that ran.
So fun!


Yesterday..
Griffy didn't go to school.
He woke up crying and 
said he didn't want to go.
I didn't push him.
So we went to a cafe together.
(I had a delicious fig and mascarpone tarte!)


We've been having warm sunny
days with gorgeous skies over the city.
(sunrise this morning over Les Invalides)


And this morning he's off!
We kiss each others' hands 
and put them on our cheeks 
when we miss each other 
during the day.

My hand is always 
on my cheek.
So proud of you buddy!






Monday, September 8, 2014

Rome and The Amalfi Coast


Before I go any further..
I need to explain the 
eviction.
Eviction is a strong word.
I was being a bit dramatic.
(my middle name)
We have been told to leave though.
We haven't done anything wrong.
Didn't throw a big loud party
or have been disruptive in any way.
The building will be under new 
management and they are doing
major renovations.
So..we need to move.

We flew into Paris the morning
of August 5th.
The next day we were flying 
to Rome!
This was our 3rd trip to 
Italy but first to Rome.


I don't think I'd do that again..
we were SO jet lagged.
We were walking around the Colosseum
at midnight!
The good thing was that it 
was cool at night..
and so pretty!










We stayed in the Trastevere section
of Rome.
We rented an apartment for 4 days and it
was the perfect location.


We took a lot of pictures
with iphones.



Returning to Rome
is a must.
We didn't do half of what
I had planned.
Rome in 4 days 
with 4 kids
jetlagged..
not a great idea.
Believe me..
I'm not complaining.
We did fit in a lot and 
ate amazing food...
but I'd love to go back.
Maybe just with Steve. 
:)


On Saturday we rented a car
and drove to Positano.
A gorgeous and nail biting 
drive along the Amalfi coast!


We stayed in a hotel in
Positano for a week..
this was our view from our
balcony!





We drove to Ravello
one of the days.
We walked around this
beautiful town and 
had a fantastic lunch with 
this view!



Our days in Positano were spent on 
the beach
and eating big lunches!
In the evening we'd order pizza
and hang out by the pool.









selfie!


Another day we rented a boat!
This was probably one of our favorite
days! 
I don't think I've ever seen water this color..
a beautiful deep navy blue.



another selfie from the boat!




On Saturday we drove to Naples..
returned the rental car
(which we did not need the entire week
except to drive to Ravello)..
and hopped the ferry to 
Capri!!

This was taken from our
balcony looking down at 
the kids in the pool!


Capri was so beautiful!
The beaches..the people watching..
the food..the fashion.
Loved Capri!


Hannah and Will
rock jumping


I feel terrible about
not taking more pictures!
Too busy enjoying ourselves.
An amazing end to an 
amazing summer.

I asked Steve recently..
"where to next?"
Although, with moving to 
a new apartment soon
and getting kids
settled into school
and me adjusting to all
of this alone time..
I think we'll stay put for a bit.