Monday, April 20, 2015

March and April in Paris


Spring is here!
We have been blessed
with beautiful blue skies,
warm temperatures and
plenty of sunshine!
I am not kidding when I say
that I still pinch myself 
over the fact that we live here!
Almost three years here now
and I continue to feel blessed.


It's been a busy few weeks.
Many visitors,
lots of school activities,
plenty of lunching at outdoor cafe's..
all good..
just busy!


Some exciting family news! ...
Griffin was accepted into 
first grade :)
The application here for school
is no joke.
High fees,
interviews,
essays etc.
He will attend another 
bilingual school..
this one much closer to our 
apartment.
We can walk!
It is a sweet little school
and we're very excited he'll be
going there next year.
Griffin has grown up so much 
this past year!
I have absolutely no regrets
keeping him out of preschool..
he's kept up with his peers
academically and socially.


(iphone pic taken at drop off
at Griff's school on Spring day!)

I LOVE that his school is so diverse.
His classmates are from all over the world.
And, it's been fun for me..
getting to know the moms and dads 
of all these great kids!


(another iphone pic taken on my 
47th bday! We face-timed with Stephen so
we could all be together to sing! :)

Stephen was initiated into a fraternity
recently at the University of Miami!
Phi Delta Theta.
I'm hoping this will be a good
experience for him.
I know he's made some 
great friends throughout the pledging
process.
I can't believe he's finishing up his first 
year of college in a few weeks!
He flies home here to Paris May7th!!


(birthday selfie)
Steve took me to Spring
for my birthday!
It was such an 
amazing dining experience.
March 20th..
first day of Spring at 
Spring :)



(another iphone pic)
Spring is beautiful in Paris!


Gorgeous sunsets...





One sunny Sunday 
Steve and I took the boys
over to the Louvre
to ride scooters and bikes.



Some friends were visiting 
last week and I took them
up to Montmarte and Sacre Coeur.






(photo found online)

Headed here Wednesday!
Riads
camels
tagines
and 
mint tea!!




















Thursday, April 16, 2015

Avoriaz


April vacation starts tomorrow 
and 
I am finally getting around to 
posting February's!


We headed back to Avoriaz ..
we loved it so much last year
we decided to go again.


It's such a fun, family friendly
ski resort.


We park the car..
(said in my best Boston accent)
and don't see it for a week.





Our place is nothing fancy..
but it's perfect for our family.





We lucked out with a few very sunny days..



Steve and I on a ski date
to Switzerland. 






We have a beautiful view from 
our apartment..















We love our family ski trips..
but Stephen was missed.
Next year, Hannah will go 
on the senior class ski trip so
it'll just be Steve and I and 
the two little boys.

Kids are growing up fast!!







Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NYC


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
day..
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!!

Jen
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...
alone!

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
e-book.
I was too sick to go to the 
bookstore..
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


bonjour!
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 
morning.
we had a dusting of snow and the 
kids asked if school was canceled.
:)


wednesdays are half days 
for griffin.
however, 
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.
blt's
hamburgers
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!!