Thursday, November 30, 2017

Vincent's soccer game (football)

Sunday November 26, Vincent's football game in Levallois.  He really enjoys it and is pretty good too!  The stadium is a 20 minute walk from our apartment.  It's near the commuter train station and right next to the peripherique (Beltway around Paris).  The construction in the first photos is the new Palais de Justice in the 17th in Paris.

More November pictures, school, reading, eating, baking, football practice, Vincent lost his 6th tooth (!), a walk in the 17th and delicious Indian for lunch, then a walk home.  More reading and eating.  Vincent loves to read, can you tell?

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving - well, not in France, but...

We always try to make stuffing and some turkey (not a whole one but a thigh) for the US Thanksgiving holiday.  A regular day in France of course.  In the morning we ran errands in town, then had lunch at Cornelius. After school we prepped for dinner.  It was delicious!

turkey thigh
stuffing with sausage and fennel
roasted butternut squash
apple crumble (kids are addicted lately to this)
pomme pettilant (sparkling apple cider)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

November, first week back from vacation

First week back from the Toussaint vacation.  November has arrived in Paris, gray skies and the leaves are changing colors.  There was some market, a large head of cabbage, bakery goodies, cheese, soccer, reading, Vietnamese food, and Christmas decorations in town.

Saturday November 11 was Armistice Day.  It was raining lightly and we did not go to the ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, maybe next year.  Instead we went to visit our friend's restaurant in the 19th for a delicious meal - steak, frites, haricot verts, wine, cheese, yum.

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 PrĂ©-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...