Happy New Year


I hope you have a wonderful New Years celebration in store. After battling a MASSIVE crowd at our local Auchan we left with just a few goodies for tonight. It’s shaping up to be a pretty great night with these crazy kids. I wish you all the best for this New Year! CHEERS!!!! Kelly

Ice Skating at the Grand Palais


I hope you had a lovely holiday filled with fun surprises and lots of time with loved ones! We unfortunately came down (the entire household in turn) with the stomach flu the day before Christmas Eve. Ughh. Such bad timing. Looking on the bright side though it only lasted 24 hours and forced me to […]

{photography} Goldilocks and the 3 teddy bears


I have had this particular photo shoot tumbling around in my head for the longest time. I would lie in bed thinking about each and every detail. Finally I was down to the wire with the move to Paris and beating the cold. I was so excited to make the jam jar “chandelier” and find all […]

{Foreign Service Friday} The Hobbit at a French Mansion

At each embassy there is a “team” (at least in Paris there are three, Timor only one) of people who’s jobs are making sure moral is high at the embassy. They do this through wonderful activities in the host countries, holiday party planning and other wonderful social gatherings. The team here at Paris with the […]

{personal} French Carousels


What is it with France and carousels? Honestly I don’t know. When I researched it I came up with zilch. At first I thought maybe they invented them. Which still might be true but the first carousel for children (not for actual testing of riding prowess with gold hoops etc) was located in Conney Island. Whatever […]

{personal} A Visit to Deyrolle


I had read about an amazing store in Paris filled to the brim with amazing taxedermied animals. It was quiet some time ago that I read it and had honestly totally forgotten about it until the other day when I saw one of their amazing posters hanging in a book store window. After a bit […]

{personal} Petit Dejeuner

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A proper post coming soon but I had to share the boys menu for school lunch that I received this week from their amazing school: Pretty sure I will be joining them for lunch a few times a week once our car arrives! Bon Appetit & bon weekend! Cheers Kelly

{personal} la magie de Noël


The magic of Christmas. It is amazing. And with four children it is truly a gift watching their reactions to the holiday splendor here in Paris. Our first weekend here our lovely neighbors invited us to go explore the Christmas fair on the Champs Elysees. I was pretty excited about this but simultaneously nervous for […]

{personal} First Day In France


We were lucky enough to score a non-stop over night flight from NYC to Paris, meaning we left at 9:30 pm EST and landed at 11:00 am Paris time. I will have a whole post on the flight itself and what I have found works phenomenally on long haul flights and what was an epic […]