Sunday, August 28, 2011

First Impressions

Well, we have a new home… it’s in the Alps Region of France in a small sleepy, quaint town. It was quite a journey getting here but a good one. We left NC on Monday evening and arrived into our new town on Tuesday afternoon… very jet lagged, but thankful to be here. Our flights were great… and I’m thankful that God has blessed me with good travlin’ children who sleep when they need too and are pleasant on flights.
We were welcomed in by friends at our new school and thankful to arrive in our new apartment that is a few blocks away from school. We’ve been learning our way around and many more pics to come… but here is a start.

Our apartment building... we're in the middle on the 4th floor (behind the trees!)

Our school... (yes, what a view!)

We definitely felt our share of jet lag… as did the kiddos. For the first few nights, they woke up right around 11pm and were wide awake. We had a bed picnic (because we were all hungry…) then decided to decorate their rooms with glow stars!!! Noah was a trooper too… playing, crawling, just hanging out…

Glow Stars!

Play time!

Sadie Mac and I ventured out to a little park that is a block or so away from our flat. I was so proud of her the way she has taken in all the French around her. Lots of fun to be had, in any language…

Sadie Mac thinking... here goes nothing

Sadie Mac giving me "thumbs up" that it was all going to be ok... (melt my heart)

A normal day at a French park

Weeeeee!!! (Bonus, she has a new little friend for the day!)

Well, stay tuned for more adventures...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Saying Good Bye is Hard To Do...

As we start packing and getting ready to move back overseas... it comes with a roller coaster of emotions. There is a lot of excitement about moving to France, for sure! However, there are a lot of unknowns that come with moving to a new place too. A new culture, a(nother) new language, new friends, new schools, new everything... that can be hard. But before all the exciting "new-s" happens... there are a lot of hard good byes we have to say.
When we came back almost a year ago, Sadie Mac had never met her cousins... and she is quite fond of all of them now. The past two weekends have been rather hard as we have had to say "see you (in a few years)" to them. Sadie Mac and Noah both have bonded with them and WE LOVE them all so much. We love what we do, but it's hard at times too. This is one of those times. Thanks for a wonderful year of loving on us all!!!

Here are some pics of time with our New Bern cousins...

Last week, she spent the week with Grandma Jannie for some bonding and cousin time. Here are pics with the Ellerbe Girls... (Sorry, no pics with Kinnley... glad you were there for the fun though!! LOVE YOU!)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sadie Mac... The Birthday Girl!

I shake my head in disbelief that I have a three year old daughter. It's crazy to me. Somehow... it just doesn't seem real. I told Stephen we no longer have a baby girl, but she really is growing up. (I know... that is what kids do!) We have real conversations now. Yes, they are 3 year old in context... but she responds with more than just a "no" and asks "how", "where", "when" and "why" questions... she amazes me.
To celebrate HER... we had a wonderful party celebrating her 3 years of life! Her first American Birthday with friends and family from far and near. We were so thankful for good weather as thunderstorms had been forecasted. Never would we have thought we would be here this long... but it was a blessing to be able to enjoy tastes of America for her birthday this year.
Family and friends from hours away came... even if it was only for an hour to give the birthday girl a hug. Everyone made the day very special for us. We know we'll be leaving for France soon... so each day and hour is a treasure. Here are some of our captured memories...

Cake. Dora & Diego. She loves them. I told her I couldn't find Diego things (several weeks prior) and she said, "But mom... you can make one." Her confidence challenged me and encouraged me. I had to make a special cake for her. And that... I did. I did a cupcake cake. Lots of cupcakes piled together with a scene on top... lots of work... but she deserves the best. ;-)

Dipping in the cool mountain water. Lots of fun and swimming. So thankful to my sister who was the "life guard" and official dipper of the kids to the water!

Stephen made her a pinata... packed with candy, whistles, jewelry, and bouncy balls!

Tea Party... for the birthday princess and cousin princesses after the birthday party! (Tea Parties are a daily occurrence at our house!)

Sadie Mac had her first hair cut on her 3rd birthday. Thank you Aunt Dot for giving it to her!