Tuesday, February 17, 2015


I flew to NYC in 
January for a long
weekend to celebrate
my mom's birthday.
 It was a quick but very fun
weekend with my sister Jen,
my brother John 
and mom.
(we missed you David!)

My flight was delayed 
coming into JFK
so Thursday night 
we just had a quick dinner
at the hotel.

Friday was a fun
filled day!

We started with a trip down
to the 9/11 memorial.
It was a sunny and bitter cold
so glad we went.

From there we went back 
up town and had a
fantastic lunch at 
Fred's at Barney's.
Delicious food,
great service,
and fun people watching..
(I forget how loud we Americans
can be :)

Later we had dinner
at Bobby Flay's 
Bar Americain..
more good food
and lots of laughs.

Then it was off to
see Beautiful!
The musical about 
Carol King..
What a great show!!

John and I
had breakfast together
the next morning while
mom slept in.
It was so nice to spend
that time with them.

They headed 
home that morning..

..and I was lucky to have
one more day and night
in the city...

A day spent shopping
and visiting the 
Matisse cut out exhibit
at the MOMA..
and stocking up at 
Whole foods!
And breakfast in bed...
and a facial.

It was a fabulous trip..
thanks to Steve for making 
it happen and holding 
down the fort back here in Paris!

We've all been sick with the flu
for a few days.
This past weekend we stayed in 
pajamas and ate soup,
watched movies
and read books.

I read my first ever
I was too sick to go to the 
so I downloaded
The Girl on the Train 
on my ipad.
LOVED the book..
reading on the ipad..
not so much.
However, after finishing
Girl on the Train in a day..
I found myself downloading
Big Little Lies.
LOVED that one too!

And today I bought 
The Boston Girl.
I guess I don't mind 
reading on the ipad 
that much.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Breakfast in America

the lighting was so 
beautiful last night as the 
sun went down..

the gold dome of Les Invalides
reflects the sun light perfectly.

this one was taken early one 
we had a dusting of snow and the 
kids asked if school was canceled.

wednesdays are half days 
for griffin.
every first wednesday of 
the month..
there is no school!

yesterday we had a date with 
our friends Oona and her mom Anna.
Oona and Griff are good friends..
and we love spending time with them.

we started our day
over in the 5th 
near the Pantheon at 
Breakfast in America.
yummy, greasy diner food.
pancakes and bacon
and Obama milkshakes
(chocolate and peanut butter).

i don't usually crave American food
but when i do..
this is the place to go.
i even had real mayo on my blt.

from BIA
we walked to Shakespeare & Company.
although it was a bright sunny day..
it was bitter cold.

we let the kids run around in
this little garden next to the Seine
and Notre Dame.
i still pinch myself that i live here.

time to get out of the cold
and into the bookstore!

we love sitting here!
visiting this bookstore is a must
if you're in Paris.

we brought home a few books.
i fell in love with this sweet book
about Paris by
Gloria Fowler and 
beautifully illustrated by
Min Heo.

i just love that they
stamp your books.

we also picked up this 
book set by 
Julia Donaldson and 
Axel Scheffler.
we've been a fan of 
The Gruffalo for a while.
we've brought it home from the library
and have watched the sweet little movie
on netflix.
we were happy to find The Gruffalo's Child too!

we are looking forward to the weekend!
steve is flying home tomorrow 
after a long week in LA.
today i'm off to have lunch with 
some friends and 
start my french class!!

a bientot!!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Catching Up

A little bit of what we've been up 

Stephen came and went..
(won't see that handsome face until
May 7th..thank goodness for skype
and face time)

Griffy waving goodbye to Oona..
we take opposite trains home.

We had our 21st wedding anniversary..
Love you!


Steve and I went to see 
An American in Paris..
it's coming to New York this spring!

I cooked..
a lot!
And it was so nice to set the table
for 6.

Played many games of 
Griffin is quite good!

Enjoyed the Christmas lights
in Paris..
(along the Champs Elysees..
taken with iphone)

Practiced riding our new bike...

Enjoyed lots and lots of family time..

and some fabulous dinners out.

Celebrated Steve's 48th!

I flew to New York for 
a long weekend!

Happy Birthday mom!

Thought of my little cottage
during the big snowstorm back
home in New England...

Met some friends at my new
favorite tea house in the 6th!

Started reading again now that I'm caught up
with Dowton Abbey.

Organized my kitchen shelf today
after Steve left for L.A for the week..
At least one of us will be able
to cheer on our 

Bought a Chemex!

And spent a lot of time 
praying for Peace.