Sunday, January 3, 2016

Christmas 2015

K decided that she wanted to go visit her cousins in Idaho.  She wanted to go by herself or at least she did until the time to leave drew near.  Once she got there she had a great time.  

Not one to stay home alone, I cooked up a trip to Paris with one of the Catherines.  Everybody won!

Cousins in Idaho
Baking Cookies with cousins-My cousin calls herself Mormon Betty Crocker
The French know how to do Christmas
It wasn't all eating and shopping
Drinks at the Peninsula Hotel with the Eiffel Tower in the background
More beautiful French Christmas trees
More trees I like how they sparkled, the blue lights were LED.  Interesting combination.
Charlotte came to visit and the girls made candy houses.  Note the cool L'Occtaine advent calendar in the background.
The Youtube video made this look sooooo simple
Not so simple
Looks like something exploded in the kitchen
Our petite Christmas tree.  I'm going to have to up my game if I want a French looking tree next year!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

For Thanksgiving we went on a Caribbean cruise.  It didn't seem very much like Thanksgiving but it was nice to get away and K really needed to break.  She did spend a lot of time studying while we were on our trip.  We started in San Juan and stopped in St Barts, St Kitts and Tortola.  We were supposed to stop in Turks and Caicos but it was too rough.  So we ended up with 3 days at sea.  K got in extra study time and I read a lot.  

When we got back we got two more foster kittens.  I think we are starting to loose track of how many kittens we have fostered!

The food on the boat was pretty institutional so K was happy to get some heathy, fresh good food.  Clean plate club!

Friday, October 9, 2015


I was shocked when my non girlie girl decided to go to homecoming!  I saw a dress online and I was even more shocked when she liked the dress.  She did not want anything too short or anything hanging out.  She drew a line in the sand when I offered to buy some high heels.  She wore her Ferragamos (that's my girl!)  Love her sock tan!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Time Flies

We finished off our summer with a trip to visit and cousins and an afternoon at the county fair.  K swears she was almost kidnapped by carnies!  The ride operator did let her ride some awful ride for a really long time.  Yikes!

And them 9th grade started!  K is not a morning person!

We fostered this sweet Boykin, she was a rescue from a puppy mill.  She was very sick and thin when we got her but with a lot of TLC she blossomed into a funny, friendly girl.  If I ever get another dog I think it would be a Boykin.  They are wonderful dogs.  Actually, if I ever mention getting another dog please schedule an intervention.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

And In Other News

We fostered another kitten who had a respiratory infection.  Bert was a perfect gentleman and shared his treats but did not want to wrestle.

We went to the beach for the 4th of July.

We have an exchange student from France for a few weeks.  Because everyone needs another teenager who wants to sit around and text and watch tv all day.

And we are fostering this little cutie who got hit by a car.

Saturday, July 18, 2015


Our final stop was Zurich.  We took the train from Como and spent the night and flew home the next day.  I had planned what I hoped would be a fun activity-Fox Trails.  You follow the trail of a fox from clue to clue.  It might have been doable if we were at all familiar with Zurich.  At one point we had to take a tram-we were not at all familiar with the tram system.  We ended up going to wrong way and wasted a lot of time.  The next few clues were doable but then we had to find a street that we could not find.  The was a tip line we could call and the woman's response was "Everyone knows that street."  Thanks!  Swiss people!  It was getting late so we decided to give up and have dinner.  K had spotted a Wagamama earlier in the day.  On our way back from dinner, K discovered the street we had been looking for!  We completed a few more clues.  One involved finding a bottle of whiskey in the window of a bar.  The next clue was in a courtyard-the maitre d in a restaurant pointed us in the right direction.   He was probably tired of people roaming through the restaurant looking for the clue.  The next clue involved another tram ride and at that point we quit.  It would be fun to do again!  We decided that we would have to start earlier in the day, have a city map with us and a fully charged cell phone.  Poor K was biting her nails at one point and I realized that there is nothing more that I hate than being lost and looking for things.  What was I thinking????

Don't know what this ad was for?  The train ride from Como To Zurich was beautiful-I think K stopped playing Candy Crush and looked out the window once.

K's shirt is of an Andy Warhol painting that she bought at the Guggenheim museum in Venice.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lake Como

Our days in Lake Como were filled with long, late lunches and shopping.  It poured in the late afternoons so we retreated to our room and read.  We loved the leisurely pace that our life took on.

The day we were left was picture perfect.