Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Au Revoir Paris

(photo taken 4 years ago!)

Tomorrow I leave Paris
with the kids.
We fly to Boston and then
on to Martha's Vineyard for the 
summer and then
we head to California 
for the start of another school year.

I am so very thankful to have called
Paris home for 4 years.
I am thankful for the travel 
and the cultural experiences we've had.
I'm thankful for the friends we've made 
along the way.

 I'm thankful most for 
my children who have embraced
this lifestyle we've chosen.
I am so proud of how they've 
handled all the changes we've 
thrown at them..
I know these experiences will 
only enrich their lives
as they continue to grow
and start lives of their own.

And I'm thankful for 
my husband.
we wouldn't be here if it weren't 
for your hard work.
I'm thankful we share the same
appetite for travel and new 

I am sad to leave Paris..
there is no doubt about that..
and I've thought about all the things 
I'll miss.
Too many to list!
I know it's time for the 
next adventure and more
new experiences and new 
people to meet.

merci Paris
for giving us the most
amazing 4 years!
Au revoir et a bientot!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

April Vacation!

the past month and a half
has been crazy!
For over two weeks now
I've been laid up with 
a pinched nerve that has caused
severe pain and limited mobility.
I'm finally healing..with the help
of traction, anti-inflammatory's
and a lot of help from my family.

Enough of that!

The kids have two weeks off in 
Hannah went to Romania with
her Habitat for Humanity club..

So proud of you 

Steve and I took the two 
boys on a whirlwind trip of
Southwest/central France.

We flew into Bordeaux to maximize 
our time.
We rented a car and drove straight to
Saint Emilion.

We spent 3 days here..
eating and drinking delicious wine
and even took a wine tour!

From Saint Emilion
we drove a few hours inland
to the Dordogne region.

We stayed in the 
charming town
of Sarlat-la-Caneda
and for the next few days
drove all around
the scenic towns of 

We visited castles
and took a boat tour
along the river.

And after three glorious 
days in Dordogne..
we drove about 3 hours
west back towards the coast.

We made a stop at the biggest
sand dune in Europe!

We had fun climbing all the way 
up and running down!

A great way to spend the day
and break up the trip!

Headed south to Biarritz!

the weather was 
wet and windy
and cool!
But we were happy to visit!

We did a day trip
to San Sebastian Spain!
A quick trip from Biarritz!

We loved San Sebastian!

The next day we headed up the coast
to the island of 
Ile de Re!

I loved everything about 
Ile de Re'!

It was a fabulous trip and 
we were able to see a lot
more of France!

Two days after we returned 
to Paris..
I was on a 12 hour flight 
with the three kids to 
LA to house hunt!

We spent the next week of 
vacation out in Newport Beach!

Lots of sun
and house hunting!
A whirlwind few weeks!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Avoriaz and The French Alps

Over February break
we took our annual 
trip to the French Alps.

We've gone to Avoriaz
three years in a row now..

and each year I've thought..
should we try somewhere new?

And then when we arrive..

I'm happy we've come back.

After skiing here for three years..
we know the trails
and the accommodations
and our favorite places for 

And hot chocolate.

The Yeti is our hangout..

We all meet up here
for apres ski!

We have the most amazing views
from our balcony.

And we play hours of Monopoly..

One of the things I love the 
most about Avoriaz is the
ski in/out..
we park our car and don't see it
for a week.
And hearing the horse drawn
carriages shuttling skiers throughout
the village is just so charming.

We'll miss you
Thanks for three
great years!