Saturday, December 31, 2016

end of December

Spencer Cahoon
US visit
A few pictures from my brief US visit.  Spencer's Marine Boot camp graduation picture (Parris Island, SC), tree decorating, neighborhood decorations, historical Kensington photos, Grannie and her exercise class, Axel, Mitchell's new room, Dulles, back in Paris.

Spivak family in Paris
Levallois town hall and Christmas market, seafood market, drinks with Spivak's at Renaissance Hotel Wagram, dinner at traditional French bistro Sebillon Friday night Dec 23.  Check out the food - oysters, marrow in the bone with toast, their famous leg of lamb carved tableside, and crêpes suzettes.  Alex had his favorite fish soup for appetizer.

MORE pictures with the Spivak family around Paris
Sat December 24 - walking through the Christmas Market and manger scene again in our town, meeting up with the Spivak's to walk around town, buy cheese at Alleosse, have lunch (that's beet soup I am having, yum), metro to Moulin Rouge area, past the sex shops, up the steps of Montmartre and Sacre Coeur, drinks ouside facing the famous artist's square Place du Tertre (which was positively empty thank goodness otherwise it can be a miserable when mobbed), back down the hill and back to the hotel for wine and cheese, then out for dinner at a Thai place.  Poor Vincent was so tired (no nap, walked all over Paris) that he fell asleep before his dinner arrived.  He was very sad the next day when he remembered and we told him we hate his meal for him.

Alex took this picture:

Friday, December 30, 2016

Vincent's classroom open house

I was in the US for Carrie's Dad's memorial service so I missed the last week of school before Winter Vacation (vacances d'hiver).  There was an open house on Friday December 16th in Vincent's kindergarten (grande section 2) classroom JD documented with photos.  Vincent has been working very hard since Toussaint vacation, learning to write, all about Egypt, making a "pyramide en sucre"(pyramid from sugar cubes), and singing.

Dec 16 pictures

Saturday, December 24, 2016

December in France

Le Mairie (Town Hall), Levallois-Perret

For the first time since we have lived in France (2009-2012 and 2014-present) we are staying in France for the Winter vacations (vacances d'hiver). So far so good, decent weather, and a visit from cousin Marjorie and her family on their way to Israel.

pictures - Magic'Noël-Ville de Levallois

Spivak family in France!  Dinner last night with the Spivak's and David's friend Paul at Sebillon restaurant.
L-R: Bruce, Paul, David, Doug, Daniel, JD, Gab, Marjorie, Vincent and Alex

Live manger scene at the town hall!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Clarence "Nick" V. Kurtz, Jr. 1940 - 2016

Most of you will know who Mr. Kurtz was, my best friend Carrie's Dad.  So many Nick stories!  The memorial service was a wonderful celebration of his life.