It's been awhile, hasn't it? My silence has not been the result of not having anything going on, quite the opposite. To be honest, it's felt a little overwhelming at times throwing ourselves back into the fast pace of life in the Bay Area. For the most part, we are happy to be home but I do miss the slow days in France.
My kids have all transitioned well to "french school" in Berkeley and this is the first year that I have only one drop-off! A wonderful milestone, you parents of multiples will definitely understand. Doug has "returned" to work but is still awaiting his first project. It's been two and half months of waiting so we are both getting a bit anxious. However, the circumstances have given us the opportunity to talk to Bijou about money and why we can't just go spend money whenever we want. In the meantime, he has cleaned up the yard, which had a year of overgrowth and a few dead plants due to the draught and helped paint our downstairs family room and bathroom.
I threw myself into the role of room parent in 2 of my kid's 3 classrooms. I had a little bit of guilt for not helping out more during the school year in France. For one, in France the schools do not demand nearly as much help from parents as they do here in America. The only opportunities we were given to participate was to chaperone field trips. I eagerly volunteered early in the school year for the first field trip, a trip to the library. It was a humbling experience, to say the least. I hardly speak or read French so volunteering for the library trip was foolish on my part. You should have seen the look on the kid's faces when they'd bring a book over for me to read to them, and I would struggle and butcher the words on the page. I was met with some confused stares, which I could only translate to mean... "What the hell is wrong with this lady?!" Anyway, I'm making up for it this year doing more than my fair share at the school.
I have some exciting news too! I just applied for my business license and seller's permit and opened a Big Cartel store selling some of my favorite photographs I took during our travels. They would make a super nice holiday gift for an art-loving friend. You can order them in a variety of sizes from 8" x 8" to 20" x 30". I've become quite a fan of the oversized photograph seen frequently in interior design. I wanted to share a few of my favorite images of this that might inspire you to pick up a 20" x 30" print :-)