Lately

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Woohoo! My first post of the year and we we're only a little more than half-way through it! ;)

Well, I was looking through some old photos and thought I'd come out of the woodwork to do a little update post. Some spectacular things have happened this year (namely, baby Loden!), but it's been a pretty hard year, too (namely, because new baby!). We're still wrestling with routines and desperately trying to find a new rhythm as a family of four, but Loden is growing and a little more predictable, so thankfully, there's a little light shining through now. 

We haven't left Austin since early October of last year (nearly 10 months ago!) when we jaunted to New York, and I think we're all itching like crazy to get out of town. While we're still working on passports for Loden, we decided to put off a big trip until the fall, and that's made for a pretty low-key (i.e. boring) summer. I can't count the times Avienne has asked to go to France or New York, wondered if we're going to take a plane soon or run off to a vacation destination like so many of her friends have recently. We are indeed kindred, travel-loving spirits, and we just can't seem to shake the craving to get out of town. Soon!

Until then, we're making the most of air conditioned spaces with lots of indoor shenanigans, including plentiful thigh squishes for our favorite baby, frequent coffee/cocoa stops and pulling out ALL the toys and ALL the books. Plus, an occasional splash pad/pool pit stop thrown in there for good measure. And, here's it all in photos:

Future architect? 


 Cute coffee dates.


Managed to have a picnic without melting first.




Legos, crafting, dress-up - all in a summer day's work.

Exercise, check! Air condition, check!

Intense reading moment. 

Coffee shop hangs, part deux.

 Pool hangs.

Occasionally escaping for a little mama r&r (i.e. a worry-free meal with adults!).




Adventures in Paris, part deux

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Without a doubt, the worst thing about a trip to Paris is leaving. Saying goodbye to some of her favorite people is something Avienne is starting to get used to. She understands that we live in a large world and far away from family, but it doesn't stop her from asking why Nana has to stay in France or why Tata can't come with us back to Texas. It's always heartbreaking and never seems fair, but we explain as best as we can and try to remind her throughout the visit to make every moment count. 

Adventures in Paris, part 1

Friday, July 22, 2016

The thing about vacationing in Paris is that we spend a large part of our time catching up with friends and family that we don't always have time to completely enjoy some of our favorite parts of the city. We usually stay with family just outside the périphérique and spend a good deal of time in the car going around to see people and getting back to the suburbs for moments in-between. So, this time around, we decided to stay in a hotel right in the middle of Paris instead of outside the city center with family. This way, we were really able to take advantage of our down time by catching up with our people in Paris and being a short metro ride away from the home-base (which turned out to be really convenient at nap time). 

A night in Nîmes

Sunday, July 17, 2016


So, we decided to head back to Paris a little earlier than planned, in case Avienne's stomach bug turned out to be something more. She wasn't feeling so hot when we set out, so after a quick lunch in Nice, we drove a few more hours to spend the night in Nîmes. 

Like many towns in the south of France, Nîmes is an old Roman colony, and we definitely caught an Italian vibe from the little time we spent roaming the streets. Avienne was pretty tired when we arrived in the early evening, so we didn't stray far from our hotel, and only went out for a carousel ride, a quick drink and some dinner. The town is really festive, and although there were probably more people out than usual for the France v. Germany game, the streets were so lively and crowded.

Saint Cézaire in the summer

Saturday, July 9, 2016


We’re in France for a couple of weeks, making our way around to see family in the south and bouncing around Paris for the rest of our time here. We were in Paris for Christmas last year, but it feels like such a different place in the summer than in winter. It’s been a year since were last in the south of France, and as usual, it’s all pretty much awesome in the summer.

For the last few days, we’ve been staying on the Côte d’Azur at Guillaume’s grandparents’ property in the tiny town of Saint Cézaire-sur-Siagne. It’s a picturesque French village, reminiscent of that little town Henri describes in one of Avienne’s favorite books, Henri's Walk to Paris (although, I’ve never actually seen a bus come through this place).

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