Happy Mother’s Day

8 May

From mother to grandmother, because of you I am what I am today. Thank you.

I love you!



Ice Cream For the Win

29 Apr

One of the cool things about having a child is getting to do kid things and not look/feel ridiculous. Last week my daughter was on “vacation” from her daycare, so we went around and did fun little things all over Lyon. Our first stop was an ice cream at René Nardone to celebrate a week of her not getting out of her big girl bed. She was so excited when the ice cream arrived to the table that I couldn’t help but be overjoyed as well. She ate every bite and at one point said her new favorite word “délicieux” (delicious).

First ice cream grumpy - April 19

Grumpy-pants before the ice cream

First ice cream - April 19

Happy as a clam

The next day we went to the zoo at Parc de la Tête d’Or. It was the first time she was able to identify the animals and was really excited by the visit. She only wanted to see the monkeys and spent 20 minutes watching a crocodile do nothing but sunbathe. Of course we couldn’t leave without a ride on the merry-go-round.

Merry go round Parc Tete D'or April 20

She had to ride with her new princess purse

Finally, at the end of the week she got a new haircut for the spring/summer. To be revealed….


Be to Be: Happy Birthday to me

8 Feb


If you would have asked me what be to be was about 15 years ago I would have told you that it was business to business (B2B), the type of public relations I was doing back then. Fast forward to now and be to be takes on a whole new meaning.

I recently read this article and it spoke about how the last 2,000 years we have been in the Piscean Age which has been dominated by hierarchy, and power where the key phrase was ‘to be or not to be.’ It says, “To make a successful and happy life, you needed to resolve this question… During this age, in order for you “to be,” you needed to find someone or something to believe in. When you found that thing, you attached yourself to that thing and were guided how to live.” All that is changing now as we have moved into the Aquarian Age (officially it was on 11/11/2011) where the key phrase for this age is “Be to be.”… During this age, the focus is no longer on your identity and existence (“to be or not to be”), but on accepting yourself as a whole person (“be to be”) who does not need to believe in something outside of yourself. You are ready to accept that you have the knowledge and wisdom within yourself.”

As I, an Aquarius, think about the last (almost) four decades of my life and reflect on this change in consciousness I resolve to move forward to accept me as me. It’s taken a long time to realize this, but then again all good things happen slowly in life.

I resolve to spend this next year thinking about how I have been the first 40 years of my life and more importantly what I will become in the next 4o years of my life.

Peace, love and light.



Santa Baby

6 Dec

We made our way to meet Santa today, and for the third year in a row it was a pretty unsuccessful rendez-vous with ‘ole Saint Nick. Better luck next year!

Happy Holidays!




30 Nov

It goes without saying that I have so much to be thankful for, but living abroad what I am most grateful for are the wonderful friends I have that keep me sane and always happy. We’re more than friends; we’re like a small gang!

I hope everyone had a tasty and memorable Thanksgiving wherever you may live.


Help Me

16 Nov

Ever since the day I asked my daughter if she wanted to help me in the kitchen she’s been saying ‘help me?’ each time we go to cook. She pushes her little stool up to the counter and off we go. Washing lettuce; moving chopped veggies into a bowl; mixing; and this weekend we let her have a stab (no pun intended) at using a knife (of course while we were helping too). There’s only one other thing she loves more than cooking; and that’s eating!

In the kitchen

First chopping experience

Bon appetit!


Happy Birthday!

22 Oct

At two-years-old, I want to remember you celebrated with two parties – one with your friends and one with your family; you danced like nobody was watching; you indulged in some cupcakes; and you got the scooter you wanted. You also started running like crazy; taking a gymnastics class on Wednesdays; you know the difference between hot (chaud) and cold (froid) and say the words in both English and French; you started to say ‘how are you?”; you love playing hide and seek and use the word ‘cacher’ (hide) when you play; you know the words ‘off’; couches (diapers); manger (eat); bonjour (hello); ‘open’; ‘fork,’ and of course ‘music’. Your favorite thing to do is to take care of your babies – you feed them; wipe them when they go ‘peepee’ and ‘caca’; have full conversations with them asking them if they are hungry or want to ‘boire’ (drink). You aren’t my little baby any more, but have grown into a beautiful little girl. You are the sweetest, most huggable and kissable and well-mannered daughter we could ever ask for. You light up everyone’s life that you cross (even people on the street) with your giant smile. We are so proud of the person you’ve become in just two years. We can’t wait to see what this year brings. Happy Birthday to our little koala bear!

This was you last year at this time.


23 Months

7 Sep

U.S. Trip 2015 108

At 23 months, I want to remember that you already have more frequent flyer miles than most adults having already made three trips to the U.S. before you’re even two. I think you had a great summer swimming almost everyday; seeing your U.S. family; and going to the beach. Your little personality is more evident every day. It’s fun seeing you rediscover things now that you know what they are. I love when you take my hand, say ‘go,’ and lead me to where you want to go, which is usually to your room to read. You learned more than 30 words in one month including: ‘good morning,’ ‘please,’ ‘book,’ ‘cochon’ (pig), ‘bug,’ ‘pousette’ (stroller), ‘fan,’ ‘pool,’ ‘door’ (which you say dawl), ‘bless you’ (when someone sneezes), ‘c’est chaud’ (it’s hot), ‘honey’ (what I call your papa), ‘fish’ (which you learned in the Keys), ‘ice,’ ‘money,’ ‘mine’ (which you say a lot now), ‘fell’ (when something falls to the ground), ‘color’ (when you want to use your crayons), ‘dance’ (you always want to do this), ‘sit down,’ ‘lay down,’ ‘froid’ (cold), ‘fruits’ (I could listen to you say this all day – it’s the cutest), ‘arrêter’ (stop, which you say ‘ette’), ‘ball/ballon,’ and ‘open.’ You know how to count to 10 – well, at least you have the sounds for each number. You are getting better and better at saying your ABCs. Now when I drop you off at daycare you give me a big kiss and hug and wave me goodbye. You started to help me in the kitchen. Your first task was to wash the salad and use the salad spinner to dry it. Every time I look at you I honestly can’t believe you’re mine. I can hardly believe you’ll be two next month!


Here you are around this time last year.

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