Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It May Be Fall, but It Doesn't Feel Like It

Despite temperatures during the day up in the 70s lately, we've been to some very "fall" activities the last couple of weekends. The neighborhood here puts on an apple festival every year where they make fresh pressed apple juice and have food stands. They let kids participate with the apple pressing too. 

Then we also went to an early Halloween party with other American kids through the AAWE, the association I'm in with other American women. They had different tables where the kids could paint a pumpkin, color a page, make slime, hear a story, and even a little haunted house. Julia went as supergirl and James was a little leopard. She liked painting the pumpkin best and didn't want to go in the scary haunted house. 

It's supposed to cool back down by next weekend, but then we'll be traveling to England for a week to visit the English cousins. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A New Class At School

Julia started her second year of school in September, now in moyen section, which means the "middle section" or second year of preschool. Everyone at this level will be 4 years old by the end of December, and now they all stay a full day until at least 3:30pm. Julia stays an extra hour until 4:30pm to get the gouter offered, a snack followed by some play time. 

This is her class this year, a woman teacher and boys outnumber the girls 17-10. There are at least 3 other girls who were in her class last year too, so she knows some familiar faces. The first few weeks were a rough adjustment where she was frequently tired every evening and didn't always want to go. It's gotten a lot better and lately she has even started speaking a lot more french with us and around the house. 

Four days a week she stays for lunch at the cantine. Wednesdays, school is only a half day and everyone comes home at 11:30am. We try to ask what she eats at lunch, but most of the time she doesn't want to tell us, or maybe she doesn't know. Her afternoon snack is often a baguette with chocolate or jam in the middle, or a biscuit with chocolate in the middle. 

At the end of this month they have their first vacances or "break" from school for two weeks. We're planning to go to England to see cousins over there for a few days. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Our Fun Filled Summer

We have been so busy this summer, I ended up taking an unintentional hiatus from blogging. We're back to our regular schedule now, but here are some highlights from the last few months.
 We got to spend the 4th of July with some friends from work at a picnic on the Champs de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower. We don't get the day off in France and there aren't any fireworks, but we tried to make it a little "all-American" and festive anyway! 

We also had a little picnic with some friends on the 14th of July, France's national holiday. It was a bit more overcast on that day, so we didn't stay the whole time until the the show and fireworks that night.

In August, we travelled to the US for two weeks and spent time with family and friends in Seattle and Oregon. We loved the few days on Whidbey Island where we could play on the beach and go for walks.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Our Crawling 6 month old

We're not sure how it happened, but our little guy is now constantly on the move and learning to crawl like a champ. He mastered the army crawl a few weeks ago and now has started moving up on all fours. Nothing is safe! He's interested in anything and everything and never sits still. He hates to be contained, and wants to be held or moving on the floor. Always with the cutest dimply grin though! 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A 5 month old

Little James is now 5 months old and looking so much bigger. He's starting to laugh and giggle all the time. As well as squirming and moving all over. We call him Mr. Wiggleman, he is always kicking and grabbing and waving. 

He's also started some "real" food over the last week or two. So far he likes apple and avocado the best, carrot and banana were ok and pear he's going to have to try again to know for sure. 

Happy Easter

We did celebrate Easter here back in April with the other cousins. When there was a break in the weather, we hid some chocolates in the yard and then the kids were set loose to find them all. 

I also made a little Easter "basket" for Julia with some books, a little animal, some flower seeds, and a little bit of chocolate. She was excited to have something to open that morning and had fun the whole day.

We also went to a picnic with AAWE, the American club I'm part of, who put on a little Easter party for the kids. More chocolate, coloring, and playing in the park. :)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

3 Months Turns Into 4

Just like that, we have a little 4 month old already. Not too much changes between month 2 and month 4. He still eats and sleeps a lot. He's still waking up at night to eat, but there are small changes along with looking a bit bigger. He can start to roll over, and he's starting to chatter and babble too. He'll stay awake for longer periods now and watch what we're doing with interest. It's nice to have him a bit more interactive.

I also went back to work this last month, which took a bit of getting used to our new routine. The kids stay home with dad during the day now, and seem to be getting used to it.

We did have some very nice weather recently and started gardening and were able to enjoy a lot of time outside. Spring is here!