Thursday, November 16, 2017

Halloween in the USA

Vincent was able to experience a good ole American Halloween and he loved it!  Vincent put on his Harry Potter costume at 9 a.m. when the tree guy arrived and didn't take it off all day.  We had a nice lunch with Grannie, Claire and Mabel.  Vincent's first Sloppy Joe, yum.  We did a little Trick or Treating at neighbors, and Meagan and Steve's, then out to see Mrs. Mudd's fabulously decorated house and visit with Kathleen one more time before she headed back to Boston.  October 31 is also Mrs. Mudd's birthday.

last of the USA trip pictures
Exercise class with Grannie, Ruan Thai in Wheaton, naps, errands, packing...

Our last two days were filled with enjoying the beautiful Fall weather, visiting friends, running all sorts of errands, and then a traditional stop at Carrie's house before Dulles.  Carrie was so kind to pick us up in Kensington in the middle of the day to bring us around the Beltway.  Such a good friend.  Plus we got a little Natalie and Mitchell time, and a quick WaWa trip.  Then it was back to France.

Vincent was still wearing his Harry Potter scar on the airplane, and the French flight attendants loved it and the Captain even took him into the cockpit.  So cool.

a few pictures from Vincent's camera
He took a few from the end, leaving at Dulles.  I guess he was too busy otherwise.

A favorite picture of Vincent - jumping and throwing the zoysia grass at Grannie's:

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Toussaint school vacation - US trip (Vincent) and Futuroscope (Alex)

Paris to Washington DC
Vincent and I visited Grannie for 9 days during Toussaint school vacation. It's always a whirlwind trip, but this time even more so.  Stay tuned for the exciting news! Also, Vincent took the training wheels off his bike.

I saw lots of Carrie and most of her family which was really nice - David, Mitchell (16), Natalie (13), Rose, Beth, Barb...we missed Spencer by a week, he will be home from Marine Corps Base Hawaii before he ships out to Okinawa in December.

Kathleen was also in town from Boston so we were able to visit with her and Mrs. Mudd.  Good times.  Last time I saw Kathleen was Lisbon, Portugal in July.  Dropped by Lynn's also and Delia made us do a talent show.

Alex had fun while he stayed in France with JD.  He went on a overnight trip with the Pre-Teen Club (Club Pré-Ados) to  "Futuroscope, or Parc du Futuroscope is a French theme park based upon multimedia, cinematographic futuroscope and audio-visual techniques."  He took the TGV and they stayed in a hotel.

Air France Paris to Washington Mon Oct 23.  We took a later flight so there was no traffic to Grannie's, plus it was off season so customs was practically empty.  Lots of eating and bike riding and visiting Carrie where Vincent loved playing Natalie's ukulele, and Natalie made me a birthday cake.  Thank you Natalie!

Park, visit to KPSL, Continental Pizza, Halloween costume shopping, historic Kensington pictures, Vincent riding his bicycle without training wheels.

Saturday and Sunday
Busy weekend. Hit the ground running, met Carrie at Jamie's salon in Dupont Circle for haircuts.  Back to Kensington, to Costco with Carrie, lunch with Mrs. Mudd and Kathleen, over to Lynn's to visit where Delia organized a Talent Show. Sunday, around the Beltway with Carrie to meet Barb, Rose, and Beth at National Harbor where Barb was at a medical conference. Got to see Michelle also!  Snacks and drinks in the room, dinner at Old Hickory Steakhouse (thanks Barb, and for sharing your bottle of  La Crema with me).  Then catching up on some SNL videos.  So much fun.

more coming...

Monday, October 23, 2017

more October

pictures  Flowers, eating, Zuzanna's party at Kid Zone, sushi, making apple crumble.

buildings in Courbevoie
We had a nice walk around Courbevoie(next town over) while Vincent was at Zuzanna's birthday party.  Oh, and celebrating Halloween has arrived in France as shown by the merchandising.

funny France

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


mmm, meringues

The last of the fizzy apple cider, reading, Saturday night family dinner at Au Coin de la Rue (the green soup is watercress), Vincent ended up eating my duck, Vincent and his 1st crossword, a wonderful lunch at Cornelius (we haven't been in awhile but it was my birthday week and they had marrow bones), vaccine shots at our doctor, Alex arranging the cheese for Dad he got at the Farm (Neufchâtel), Vincent's Wednesday soccer practice.

Beautiful sunny warm (77+ degrees) weekend thanks to Hurricane Ophelia which dragged warm air from Africa up over France.  Lunch outside at Le Zinc, macarons from the bakery, a delicious Chinese food extravaganza after Talmud Torah on Sunday with my friend Mindy and her son Alex, warm sunny Sunday afternoon in the park, trying on Halloween costumes, and choir on Wednesday.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

birthday - Dior exhibit

DIOR exhibit
Amazing Christian Dior exhibit at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs.  Very popular with long lines even with advance purchase tickets, but worth it.  Lunch afterwards at Restaurant de La Cordonnerie, sitting at the chef table in the kitchen, very cool.

Then dental appointments for the children, dinner at home (duck, zuchinni, frites), and pastries from the bakery.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Friday, October 06, 2017

first week of October

cheers to sparkling apple cider (pomme petillant) from la ferme!
Hard to believe only 3 weeks of school left until our 2 week Toussaint vacation.  This week was somewhat normal, except JD is in Atlanta for a week of work.  Vincent had football practice and choir practice.

Alex continues to adjust to the life of a 6th grader, a different schedule everyday and more challenging studies.  Thursday his Science class had a field trip to a farm .  He said the farm stank of manure (duh), the cows were milked by machines so they could not do it, and they saw baby sheep!  He also arrived home with purchases from the farm - sparkling apple cider, cheese for JD, tomatoes, cookies, and yogurt.  It was very sweet how he shared the cider with Vincent.

Alex's schedule, not including archery on Tuesdays: