Thursday, May 31, 2012

uncle and niece


for twenty years they have been

 uncle and niece
 he living always far far away
 currently in Switzerland
 they would meet
 whenever he came to town
 he came frequently
 a boy that loves his family
 but now they are much more than uncle and niece
 they are friends
 he coaches her and times her showers
 he shares his life and ideas with her
 and she loves him for all of this and more
 they share food
 and he is good to her
 i doubt their paths would have ever crossed
but being family makes it so
and our lives richer


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

bon appetit



Everything ends this way in France - everything. 
Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, diplomatic affairs 
-everything is a pretext for a good dinner.
Jean Anouilh




no duels, burials, or swindlings but...
to dine was about the only time we weren't on our feet


 the best scallops i ever tasted!


salmon



how can a girl resist
never enough Movenpick
always cases filled with lovely sweets
more Movenpick


Eating in Paris was a joy!


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

i was blown away...




A lovely thing about having children
many times you are lucky enough to share their dreams
never in a million years
did i plan to travel to Paris
my lovely Liz has wanted to go ever since Madeline (the cartoon) entertained her as a child
Paris was never "if" but "when"
my brother presented a birthday present
to this birthday girl
"Come visit me"
really, the opportunity of a lifetime
so sweetie sacrificed big time
he cashed in all of his hard earned frequent flier miles...and then some
said he'd get along fine with a quick tutorial
washer-dryer-dishwasher-parrots
and encouraged us to go

so, we packed our bags
and for two weeks
we lived the life of carefree girls
my first view of the Eiffel tower blew me away
it is enormous
huge
spectacular
did i say enormous?
no kidding, i got emotional
when we rounded the corner
and BAM! there it was
unexpected
magnificent
this is my tour guide
generous brother
and faithful friend
i look excited because...well, it was a big fat WOW!


If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.
Ernest Hemmingway

Saturday, May 12, 2012

thinking of you mom...

my mother holding my oldest child

Three Reasons to Thank My Mother

  • you believed in me
  • you hung in there when it wasn't easy or fun
  • you taught me how to be a mother

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

throw back Sunday


audree and cristie
sisters
forever

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