Monday, March 24, 2014


(the lock bridge)

i had a birthday last week!
it was a gorgeous day here in the city.
stephen was home for the day
so he and griffy and i went to lunch.
then stephen babysat for a few hours
and i got out by myself for a bit.
i went to a few bookstores
and walked all along the seine
and then had tea at laduree.
it was a good day

booksellers along the seine and
notre dame

love this bookshop

lunch with my oldest
and youngest

laduree macaroons

friday night we went
out with some friends
for dinner and 
continued the celebration.
what a fun night!

saturday was a busy day..
stephen had a baseball game
and will had baseball and 
MUN all weekend.

i love market days

so does griff

strawberry season!

rainbow over paris 

looking forward to
what 46 brings!

c'est le printemps!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Musee du Luxembourg

steve was traveling all last week..
so yesterday i took some time for
 there is an exhibition at the 
Jardin du Luxembourg right now 
through June about Josephine Bonaparte!
i finished the trilogy a few weeks back
and i'm still so fascinated by her.

any day at a museum is a good day 
for me!

the portraits of course are 
but for me..
i am so interested in 
seeing her things!
her clothing and jewelry
and furniture
and her toiletry kit.
i'm  looking forward to 
taking a trip out to 
Chateau de Malmaison soon.

Josephine's trunk that she
traveled from Martinique to France with
to marry Alexander de Beauharnais.

of course i bought another book at 
the gift shop.
i started reading
Josephine yesterday.
after the museum i sat in 
a chair out in the Jardin in the sun
and read for a few hours.
steve and griffy came and met
me later and we sat outside at a cafe
and enjoyed the sun and the city.

we talked all about how
we don't ever want to leave here!

happy st. paddy's day!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Friend Water

the weather here in paris
has been simply beautiful.
blue skies
warm temperatures
trees blooming.

the champs du mars
is our playground!
griffy and i bring a blanket
some toys, snacks
soccer ball 
and spend hours out there.

there are playgrounds
and kiosks selling 
ice cream and hot dogs
and cotton candy.

griffin has an imaginary 
his name is 
friend water.

a few months ago
griff was playing
while i was making lunch.
he opened the door and 
told me his friend was coming 
over to play.
i asked what his friends name
he thought for a minute and 

one night at dinner
stephen went to sit down
in his seat and griffin yelled...
"you're sitting on friend!"
our dinner discussion that night
was all about friend.
i asked griff what friends
last name was..
he thought for a while.
and after looking around the 
dinner table
he said,
(glad he didn't say wine)

friend water came skiing
with us but he was too afraid to ski.
friend water doesn't go to school 
because he's too afraid of school.
friend water likes ice cream and pizza
and kinder eggs.

i write this blog
to remember.
to document our
families adventures
and our every day

i'm not a good blogger.
 i don't respond to comments.
i just don't have the time!
i do appreciate that people leave
comments here and i love 
reading them.

my favorite coffee spot in the 
i think i need to get some
flowers out there.

Friday, March 7, 2014


i became a mother 19 years ago

Here is his
short birth story.
i have no pictures of him 
here on this computer as a baby.
but he was a beautiful baby..

this boy..

who has moved 8 times

and changed schools
6 times

is not a boy anymore.

he is smart

and funny

and kind

and has great friends.

i feel so blessed that
we've had this extra year
with him

but i know he's ready to go.

happy birthday stephen.
your family loves you
so very much.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Avoriaz, France

we are home from 
the alps!!
what an amazing trip we had.
this was our view from our
balcony every day!

the first 3-4 days we skied
it was sunny and beautiful!

so fun sitting outside
listening to the band!

and at night we'd watch the sun go down over
the mountains.

the village bakery..
line out the door every morning.

our little place!
we were so sad leaving!

not a great picture..
but we loved the horse drawn
carriages and hearing their bells.

i didn't take many pictures with 
my good camera.
thank goodness for phone cameras!

the rest are from our phones..

out on our deck
apres ski!
(my beer..not hannah's)

stephen skied about 3 hours
south of us with friends.
we missed him!

hannah and i on the slopes!

steve and i had a ski date
one afternoon.
we skied to switzerland!
we were remembering our trip
to champoussin, switzerland 17 years 
earlier when stephen was a baby 
and we were living in germany.


will at the top!

hannah at the top!

griffy really didn't ski.
maybe next year!

we loved this place so 
much we're going back next
february vacation!

(not my pic)
looking down on 

we are so very blessed!