Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Good Year

merry christmas and 
happy new year!
looking back on 2013 
i feel nothing but blessed.
the health and happiness of
my family of course..
but this year has been filled
amazing adventures..
reaching important milestones..
trying new things..
meeting new people..
learning new cultures..
i can only hope for this 
coming year to be 
as rewarding.

this year i..
turned my blog into a book.
this is the reason i write this blog.
to remember the days and years
of our little family.
the last photo i put in an album
was around 2002.
i don't scrapbook.
so my blog book documents 
our life.
and i love it!

i miss our tradition of 
throwing out the old in the 
fireplace new years eve..
and writing good thoughts for the new
year on rocks and throwing them in the 
ocean on new years day.
you can read about them
...i'm sure we could throw a rock
in the seine?

christmas morning.
griff looks overwhelmed non?

merci 2013.
you were good to us.
happy new years eve!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


20 years ago today.
it was a beautiful
and cold day on
cape cod.
i loved our
i still love my dress.
and of course my dashing 
husband in his dress

the day after our wedding
we hitched a u-haul
trailer to our jeep
and drove to ft. rucker 
alabama for steve to 
attend flight school
and begin our life 

and what a life it has been.
(so far!)
we've lived in many places.
have had some amazing experiences.
and most importantly,
have brought 4 
beautiful souls into the world.

steve was supposed to
fly home this morning 
from boston.
but, mother nature
had a different plan.
he texted me at 3:00 am
(my time)
saying his flight was canceled
due to more snow.

i'm so sorry we won't 
be together today.
but, we'll celebrate this

20 years.
i am proud and blessed
to walk through this life
together with you.
my dashing husband.
i love you.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Markets

the past few days i've been better.
not great..but better.
steve flew to boston
saturday..right into
a snowstorm!
he's back for work..
and christmas shopping!

saturday evening the kids
and i walked up to the trocadero
christmas market.
the entire time i'm thinking
to myself, "i live here!"
after a year and a half..
it's still incredible to me.

the eiffel tower all lit up
to honor nelson mandela.
such a beautiful sight.

i rarely eat meat.
but walking these 
markets sure smell good!
how do you think you go 
about eating one of those 
hanging things anyway??

cute felt slippers.

i didn't take many pictures
of the vendors..
it was SO crowded and 
i was pushing griffy in the 

looking over the skating rink.

kids posing

flying santas

eating churros

red flocked tree

and you can't go to 
the market without a ride
on the carousel! 

C'est Noel!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Some Views...

so.. the past week has 
been trying.
i've been at the hospital,
doctors office,
having tests done.
something going on in my
head and neck.
a pinched nerve maybe.
degenerative disk disease?
whatever it is..
i've been in major pain.
i've been wearing a neck brace
and now count the minutes 
until my next dose of pain medication.
nothing matters when you don't have
your health.
but life goes on.

christmas spirit is slow
coming this year.
i know we'll get there..
yesterday i sat here..

and wrote out christmas cards.
probably one of my favorite 
activities this time of year.
we send them all over the world..
(we've moved 10 times in 20 years!)
it's nice to reflect on each person/family we're 
sending to for a few minutes.
many that we haven't seen in years.
with each card i say a little prayer
for that family for the coming year. 

i love my sweet little kitchen.

we were worried buddy
couldn't find our new apartment!

les invalides at dusk..
my favorite time of day here.

early morning view of 
sacre coeur.

morning view of
trocadero and the 
christmas market.

i hope your
christmas season is
a happy and healthy one!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Rue Cler

griff and i took 
some time away from 
unpacking boxes yesterday
and walked around our 
new neighborhood.
it was such a beautiful day 
here in the city.

we walked across
the champs de mars
to rue cler..
a favorite street of mine.
we stopped for a 
chocolate chaud,
cafe creme
and a nutella crepe.

the shops and cafe's are getting
ready for christmas.
it's so pretty lit up at night.

this little specialty food shop
was  beautiful.

just look at those panettone 
hanging from the ceiling!!

i couldn't decide what to get!

flowers and greenery 

and of course i had to 
get a picture of these 
gorgeous chippy blue 
tolix chairs.

still pinching myself.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Bienvenue chez moi

we are moved in for the 
most part.
it took all weekend..
we had more than we thought!

i can not express how 
grateful we feel to be here.
i'm actually thinking of 
going back to the old apartment
and thanking the woman upstairs.
we are truly blessed
and i'm thankful every single day.

speaking of thankful..
we had our thanksgiving dinner
last night!
it was delicious and more 
the turkey JUST fit
in my oven.

these two photos were taken
from my balcony
just a few minutes apart
as the sun was rising over 
Les Invalides
this morning.

and this one was taken
looking in the opposite 
direction from my balcony.
the sun is shining 
over paris this morning!

we call this room
the eiffel tower room.
steve and i sit 
in those club chairs
with our binoculars 
and glass of wine..
in awe.
we moved the couch 
and the coffee table
in to the adjoining room.

tv room..
i pushed both coffee tables
together to make
one large one.
a great space for all of my
next up is 
hanging pictures
and getting some
bookshelves for storage.

my sweet and tiny parisian
washer/dryer in the kitchen!
can you see my turkey in the oven??

ok..back to unpacking.
enjoy your monday! 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Another New Start

we move friday.

in the 20 years that
steve and i have been married..
this is our 10th move.
yes, it's stressful.
but it's also so exciting to move
to a new place..
a new town,
state or country.
a new start!
a new view!
and wow do we have a view.

there are many things i'll
miss about this apartment.
it was our first apartment here in paris.
it's a fabulous location..
i'll miss my local markets
and the familiarity of 
i'll miss this 
 very parisian apartment itself.
the gorgeous herringbone floors..
the high ceilings..
the fireplaces in every room..
the moldings and details throughout.

i won't miss the noise.
we live on a noisy street..
with noisy neighbors.
i won't miss the 3 am shouting
matches upstairs.
the stiletto heels stomping
on the marble floors.
i won't miss the glares 
she and i give each other 
when we run into each other
in the elevator.

who knows..
we could end up 
with similar neighbors in 
the new apartment..
(although we're on the top floor
and maybe we'll be the ones 
getting the complaints!)

here's to another new start
in paris!

happy thanksgiving to 
our american friends and family!

blogging seems to be taking
a back seat these days to instagram..
instagram is just so darn quick and easy!
follow my
posts for a daily peek of paris!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

This is What I Saw...

...when i walked around my neighborhood at
5:00 tonight.

the kids get home from school around 4:30..
sometimes if it's not too crazy 
i sneak out for a walk alone.
this time of year..the sun is just 
getting ready to set.
the light against the paris
buildings is just beautiful.
look at the moon up there!
i am truly blessed to live here.

i love this time of night..
rush hour.
there are so many people walking 
the streets.
coming home from work..
going out to pick up dinner.
it's when i feel my most
parisian. :)

parisians waiting in line
for their nightly baguette.

parisians waiting in line
for their poulet and pommes de terre..
(chicken and potatoes..
so good!)

parisians sitting at a cafe'..

parisians walking.

and an american taking a 
selfie in her elevator.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Our Own House Hunters International

last week steve and i
(and griffin)
went and looked at 
paris apartments.
i really felt like i was on
house hunters international.

and i think i could do that 
every day.
maybe not 11 in one day.
but, wow.
how fun to be driven
around paris
to view 11 amazing

the last apartment
with the amazing view didn't work out.
so our transition company here
found these flats for us to view.
i took 300 pictures that day.
i promise not to share them all.

the one on top
with that awesome view..
crossing fingers.

we saw some furnished
and some unfurnished.
the difference here in france
is that unfurnished generally means
NO kitchen.
no stove,

a part of me would love
the idea of furnishing a kitchen.
this one had nothing.
not even counter tops.
i kept thinking of the 
amazing furniture i could buy!
 it was a great building..
great location and 
a view of the tower 
from some of the rooms.

this flat (#2)  was actually
in a private mansion
right on trocadero..
straight ahead in this photo
is the arc d'triomphe.

it was still being 
it was so charming!

oh i die over these french details!

this next flat
i just fell in love with.
the location.
the building
the details..
and from two of the rooms
there is a view of the tower.

i mean, hello?
stained glass windows..
trompe l'oiel ?
it was hard for me to leave.

and then we saw the 
dining room.
i just kept imagining 
the dinner parties.
i was honestly
ready to move in.
but again..
the kitchen needed
we kept coming back
to buying all of these 
appliances and then having 
to sell them in a few years.
furnishing the flat!
we have some things here...
a few beds..
a desk..chair..
but we'd have to furnish the 
entire flat.
(which between you and me..
i would not mind :)

totally switching gears here.
kind of cold
but kind of cool.
especially when we were 
brought upstairs
to the terrace!

this was a duplex flat.
the master bedroom
was upstairs and this
amazing terrace off of it.
and if you peered around 
the back of the terrace
there was a view of the tower.

just look at those paris rooftops.

the next few flats we saw
were furnished.
this one had great details..

and others had great views of paris.

loved this master bedroom

this flat was HUGE.
it was on the first floor
and had a bit of a view
of the seine.
i actually said that i 
thought it was too big.
can you imagine?

there was a fountain 
in the foyer.

in the end..
this is the one we've been
back to see 3 times.
steve will think i'm jinxing
it by talking about it..
but just look at that view!
this is the view from the living room.

looking out that same window towards
les invalides..
you can also see sacre coeur
but i didn't get it in this shot.
the view over the champs de mars
and the foliage was breathtaking.

this flat is completely furnished.
and when we walked through it
i kept thinking it would be like 
living in a hotel.
it's very different from 
the flat we live in now.
it certainly doesn't scream
like most of the others..
the view
and the location are 
what's going on here.

if we get this flat
we'll have to put 
most of the furnishings that we have 
here into storage.

hello sparkly eiffel tower.
please be my new view.
hoping to hear soon!!