Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Potential Athlete?

Wondering if she has any potential powder puff or soccer skills...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Testing out the Crib

Kayden thought it would be a good idea to test out the durability of her sister's new crib.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My Little "Helper"

Kayden thinks it is so fun to "vacuum". Now if I could only train her to do it properly, my house would be spic and span!


Thursday, August 12, 2010


Someone please give me a ride!!!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


At the park today, Kayden discovered the only puddle in all of Lille. After "gently" putting her toes in it, she decided to jump up a storm and then sit in it. At this point, she was completely soaked so I said, what the heck, I will give her a bath when we get home. She loved the puddle and kept chasing a little boy around it. The fun stopped when a homeless man came and washed his hands in the puddle. Kayden looked at him as if to say, what are you doing, then followed his lead and "washed" her hands too. Strange. I made the executive decision at this point to take my wet child home.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Over the weekend, 2 precious friends came to visit and explore Lille. Andrea and I met while working together in CT and became close friends. Jolene was my wonderful roommate on Mercy Ships over 3 years ago. We had all worked and hung out together in Ghana on Mercy Ships 3 1/2 years ago, but had not been all in the same place since. What a treat to be able to spend time with some of my favorite people in the world and show them my little slice of France. We just hung out, shopped, meandered the back allies and markets of Lille and had much needed catch up time. I feel so so blessed to have spent my weekend with these beautiful ladies.

Kayden LOVED being a part of the girl weekend with "Joely" and "Di"

Free samples at the market

Fresh fruit anyone?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mommy- daughter bonding in Paris

Kayden and I headed down to Paris for an overnight mommy daughter bonding trip. My good friend Claire was in town with her son so we were able to have some wonderful hang out time. It was refreshing to be with an old friend who is in a similar place in life (has a toddler, pregnant, husband is deployed, used to live in France, now lives where we did in NY). We wandered the streets, braved the Metro with a stroller (NO esculators or elevators), shopped, picnic in the park and amazing ice cream.

Blowing kisses to dada before getting on the train in Lille

Our garden picnic in Tivoli Gardens by the Louvre

Not allowed to play on the grass!!!! Rip off!!!

Theo and Kayden needing moral support from each other during shoe shopping

Splashing in the fountain at Centre Pompidou

Ice cream break!
Pretty sure the hotel had Kayen sleep in the linen cart

Our morning walk to the Arc de Triumph

Place de Concord

Kayden crying in our final Metro station because A) The wheel fell off the stroller B) the train was so crowded we had to wait for the next one C) French BO is HORRIBLE!! D) She did not want to say good bye to her buddy Theo

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Too cool for the car

On our trip to Chievre for groceris, Kayden thought she was super cool with her glasses.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A little Silly

Bath time silliness

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Eastern Europe

We took Eastern Europe by storm with a 2 week road trip through the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. The trip was amazing, despite dealing with floods, hurricane winds, torrential down pours, horrible maps and wrong turns and a cooped up cranky toddler. Here are some pictures to show the journey.

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic- the main square. Love the colorfulness

Incredible dessert made by wrapping dough around a metal looking rolling pin and roasting it over a fire. Yum yum.
View from church tower in Czesky Krumlov
The castle gardens, beautiful in spite of the rain
View of Czesky Krumlov
Outside of our B and B
Budapest, Hungary- a gorgeous city!
The boat ride we took on the Danube River- great way to see the sites and stay dry in the horrible rain!
View of the bridge in Budapest from our hotel window
Budapest, Hungary
Date night! We hired a baby sitter through the hotel and had a night out to ourselves. It was WONDERFUL!
Looking down from the cathedral steps in Budapest
Steps up to the castle in Krakow, Poland
Main square in Krakow- notice we are always under gray skies with rain galore!
FLOODS!!!! Krakow was under a lot of water with bridges shut down and roads completely submerged under merky, muddy flood waters
Jewish area in Krakow
Random pianos on display throughout Krakow
Castle in Krakow
FINALLY sun in Prague!! In the main Old Town Square, a giant TV screen was set up to broadcast the hockey championships.
Prauge- view of the castle from across the river
Always active! Castle entrance in Prague

The buildings in Prague were incredible, pictures do not do them justice
Crossing over the Charles Bridge in Prague
More Prague- loving the sun!
The little fam
We were so lucky to meet up with Shane's sister in Prague. Her college choir was on tour in Prague, so we saw them sing and were able to spend some free time with Melissa. Kayden loved hanging out with her "MiMi"