Saturday, December 4, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
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"
Saturday, August 7, 2010
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!!!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
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
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"