Monday, June 29, 2009
I am very proud to report that Max and Josey both graduated to the next class here in Bouzigues! Remember, they spoke almost no French a mere 9 months ago. Therefore, it was not a "given" that they would pass their grades this year. Now, they are advancing to the next grade with their friends. With very high praise from their teachers, too. Yay!!
I will tell you more about their school year soon.
Alex . . . well, she is currently "infuriated" with me. Therefore, I dare not volunteer any information on her grades.
We will be in California in less than 2 weeks. Wow!
Love to all!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
It was so cool. After we all had our kisses & hugs (Almost more, since when he opened the door, I was only half-dressed! Like I said, he was an hour earlier than we expected. He he he.), Dado whipped open suitcases and started tossing presents around. The kids were practically falling over themselves and Dado, showing him new birthday gifts, the newly removed molar, etc., while he was showing us his goodies. It was the chaos that my family thrives on, and it was a joy to see.
We stayed at the Sheraton Heathrow long enough for Dado to shower and shave, then we were off to the Marriott Marble Arch in Londontown. We stayed there 3 nights, and it was a great hotel. We had a large room with a sofa bed for the kids, and there was a pool where the kids had a great time swimming.
While in London, we shopped, did a double-decker bus tour, took a short cruise on the Thames, toured the Tower of London, walked on the Tower Bridge, and we visited the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.
Max was enthralled by Big Ben. Did you know that Big Ben is actually the name of the huge bell inside the clock tower? The tower has its own name, which I can’t remember right now.
Most of us decided that the
Right now, there is an exhibition of King Henry XIII’s armor and weapons at the Tower. It was quite a cool exhibition!The kids took more pictures than I did this time, so I will have to upload some from their cameras later.
Now we are home in Bouzigues, adjusting to “normal” life with Dado back at home. Yeah!
Love to all!!
- We were invited for dinners, parties, and swimming.
- They were there every time I needed special help living in
(for example, writing a letter to the bank to cancel an automatic withdraw). France
- They provided emotional support!!
Merci mille fois Sandra, Michelle, and Jean-Louis!! We appreciate everything you do for us, and we are very grateful to have you in our lives.
Here are some photo highlights . . .
Max swinging in the garden
Josey and Victoria playing in the pool
Stephanie sipping margaritas, complete with salt provided by my Aunt Julie
All the kids frolicking in the pool - 9 kids and not a single fight the entire day!
Mmmmm - fresh paella, homemade by Sandra & Jean-Louis. Deeeelicious!
Love to all!!
She is a clever girl. She has received money from the Tooth Fairy in the
Well, clever little Josey had a plan! She actually hid her tooth from the Tooth Fairy. She had two reasons. First, she wanted to show her tooth to Dado before the Tooth Fairy took it away. She is so sweet! Second, she wanted 5 pounds for that molar. We were to depart for
The Tooth Fairy still remembered Josey’s tooth – even 4 days after it parted from Josey’s gums, and Josey did in fact receive 5 pounds. Dado did get a chance to see the tooth, too.
Love to all!
She had a birthday party at home with friends. It was a beautiful afternoon, so everyone played outside.
We had cake . . . fondant chocolate and vanilla.
We had presents!!
And, I have to say that I’m proud of myself. Since Mike was still in the
Josey actually had three separate birthday celebrations this year. In addition to her birthday party, we celebrated with a cake, improvised candles (matches and tea lights), and family gifts before Mike left for the
And, Max, Josey, and I had a special day on her actual birthday. We bought special goodies at the Meze boulangerie that sells great little cakes, I saved some special gifts for her, and she got to plan our day. We had dinner for breakfast, relaxed, goofed off, and watched movies throughout the day, and had breakfast for dinner.
Happy Birthday, Josey!!
Love to all!!