Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Food

Foie gras on a stick, dipped in poppy seeds, then spun in cotton candy - surprisingly good!
The wedding cake - a custard texture with strawberries covered in fondant.

hors d'oeuvres at the reception
Pictures from the supermarket
Bridal shower feast created by Alex's talented sister Maaike who is a chef

More hors d'oeuvres - I think we tasted every single one before moving on to the fabulous dinner.
It was no coincidence that I gained 10 pounds the first month that I studied abroad in Paris. We ate some truly amazing food last week, especially at Alex and Arthur's wedding festivities. They took great care in choosing the menu, and Arthur put enormous thought into pairing each course to a different glass of wine. Discussion about French food is always enough to send us to the internet in search of cheap flights to France, but this vacation took it to a whole new level. Amazing.

Alex and Arthur's Wedding

Alex was one of my best friends in college and her wedding was the impetus for our trip to Paris. She fell in love with Arthur during our study abroad in France and has been living in his native Paris ever since our graduation. They are a lovely couple and it was such a pleasure to be there for their gorgeous wedding.
The ceremony was held at the American Cathedral in Paris and was followed by a reception at a chateau outside the city. The setting was amazing, the food was incredible, the company was great, and a fabulous time was had by all. Paul and I left the reception at 4:30 a.m. (things had kicked off at 3 p.m. the previous day) and the party was still going strong! The next evening, the fun continued with an impromptu barbecue at Arthur's parents' home. The French definitely know how to throw a party and we're so thankful to have been included in the fun!


At the Luxembourg Gardens

A view from the Centre Pompidou - We went through an exhibit of feminist art that had a large representation of rather graphic art and it was currently being attended by a huge number of French grade schoolers. Not something you would see happen is the United States!
There was a flash dance party in the street outside out hotel one night. We sat in our window drinking wine and watching for quite a while, but when we finally got up the courage to join the fun, it shut down.
We stayed in the Marais, which meant a trek past Notre Dame whenever we were crossing the Seine. These guys who flank the doorways always make me want to take pictures.
We're back! Paul and I had a wonderful time in Paris and are so grateful to my parents and grandma for making the trip possible by keeping Atticus and Norah for us. We missed them terribly, but it was also lovely to have some time for ourselves in such a beautiful city.
I'm going to create separate posts about Alex and Arthur's fabulous wedding and I think the amazing food we consumed deserves its own post too. Our days that didn't revolve around the wedding were also fantastic. We wandered around Paris for hours on end, exploring streets, stopping to eat, checking out museums and gardens, stopping to eat some more, and then walking. I studied abroad in Paris during college and Paul has also been there with me a couple of times, so we didn't feel obliged to visit any of the major tourist sites. It was amazing just spending time together without any of the day-to-day obligations and distractions of regular life.

Monday, June 21, 2010


I thought I'd try to post a picture another way.....if this works, I'll post some more to share our fun-filled week. If it doesn't - well, you'll all have to wait for Betsy to return!

Friday, June 18, 2010

A sunny, warm day

Today finally felt like summer - lots of sun, very little wind, and a calm lake. After breakfast and some time on the swingset (thanks, Essie, Michael, et al, for thinking of us - the swings, playhouse and cube are a bit hit!), we headed down to the beach while we waited for Mama and Bapa to call. We watched and heard two jets go over the lake; grandpa thought they were close to breaking the sound barrier! We weren't there very long when Grandpa came in the car to say Mama had called from Paris!! As always, the conversation was pretty funny!
Later, after naps, we headed back to the private beach with GiGi.

Vacation at the lake

This is Betsy's mom - we've got the kids at Lake George while Betsy and Paul are in France. While the Wind Chill Ice Cream Factory is a big hit with the kids (and an enticement to clean their plates at dinner), we are having fun doing lots of other things. The weather was cold, rainy and damp the first couple of days; we still managed to find lots to keep little hands busy (thanks, Angie, for the great bag of activities!).
A walk with Grandpa Terry is always special.
Both kids are anxious to go fishing. Norah has found her own way to fish while waiting for Grandpa Terry to fix the poles.
Atticus wants to be sure he's helping.
Norah "helping" Grandpa Terry.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Atticus and Norah's Big Adventure

Tonight I left Atticus and Norah in Upstate New York with my parents and grandparents. Paul and I are going to be attending a wedding in Paris and my parents very nicely volunteered to host the kids so that we could go. I know they will have a wonderful time swimming, fishing, exploring, and spending time with Nommie, Grandpa Terry, and GiGi. I may have cried a little bit in the airport. I may be a little worried about whether the kids will sleep okay. Nevertheless, I'm sure they'll have a great time. My mom sent me these pictures of tonight's activities. Something tells me that Atticus and Norah might be eating a lot of ice cream this week. I have to admit that we hit the Windchill Factory last night too. The highlight was when Norah had an accident while sitting on my lap and then we had to run an errand before driving back to camp and my pants and underwear were wet with urine that wasn't my own... and right now that thought totally makes me miss my kids.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Water Babies and Restaurants

We went to the waterpark today with friends. What a different experience it was compared to last summer when we had to constantly worry that our kids would fall over in the water and not be able to get up! Atticus and Norah are growing so fast. I know I've said that before (many times), but it constantly amazes me. They have long, drawn-out conversations these days. They tell complex stories that outside audiences can kind of understand:
"Atticus and Norah and Mama and Papa went to the restaurant. We say thank you and please. Then the man in the hat made fire on the table and Atticus was scared and I said, 'I want to go home!' I didn't like it! Papa and Atticus went home, but Mama and Norah watched the fire."
Translation: We took the kids to Hana Yori thinking they would be entranced by the hibachi grill where the chef cooks at your table. It was supposed to be a very special treat. We got them all dressed up and they used beautiful manners at the table while enjoying California rolls and trying out their chopsticks. Then the chef came and was wearing a big hat and starting a fire (which only firetrucks are supposed to do) and Atticus lost his everloving stuff and screamed loud enough to stop the entire restaurant dead in its tracks. He was scared out of his mind and nothing would calm him down. Finally, Paul took him home while Norah and I waited in the lobby for the rest of the meal to be prepared so that we could take it home in Styrofoam containers.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Rainy Day Fun and a Picture of a Goat

Are you wondering what to do when it's been raining all day and you're stuck at home? Atticus and Norah know. They're having such a good time out in the yard and playing together so nicely that I keep allowing them to delay coming back inside.