Christopher found some cheap (I mean cheeeeeeaaaaapppp) tickets from Paris to Edinburgh so we decided to take the family up for the weekend. Part of Christopher’s family is from Scotland and it is a place he has always wanted to go so we were pretty excited. The kids were positively thrilled that the hotel had a pool and kept talking about Scot-Land and the monster (I may or may not have told them about Loch Ness in an effort to talk Chris into going up to find it– and effort which failed dismally). We were excited to meet up with some of our Law school “mates” who were now studying in Edinburgh. Kate, works for the Museum of Edinburgh (follow link for more info) and highly suggested we take the kids, bonus it is free! She was absolutely right this museum was amazing for the kids!
(Nice pose for Evie right? She seriously refused to take a none silly picture this particular day. It cracked me up)
Not only is it gorgeous, I could shoot a million sessions right in the atrium,
it is incredibly interactive for the kids. They were allowed touch, pull, hold and stand on so many things.
We did not spend enough time here. That is probably the one and only regret I have about our trip. But we can always go back right? Also as a side note, we did end up buying the rumble board (apparently my made up name for it) for our stroller and it is a HUGE hit with the kids. In moments of desperation (which they are more often then I care to admit) we can actually squeeze all four cuties “into” the stroller now.
Poor Sawyer was sick for the entirety of the trip, wee lamb
PS If you are wondering where Chloe was the entire time she was sleeping away like a champ! Which made the experience even more enjoyable, no chasing ha!
We had a few big storms here in Paris while we were in Scotland. The amount of snow that fell is fairly unheard of in Paris and of course schools and businesses were closed. I had been dying for some snow to fall so I could go take some pictures of the city covered in white. Luckily we were able to make it home (a lot of flights were cancelled0 and even enjoyed some gorgeous flurries ourselves today. Our flight left Scotland at 7am, with 7 of us traveling on an airline that does not assign seats means we get to the airport extremely early. By the time I got home I didn’t know if I could get myself all bundled up to head out but luckily I had some friends give me the push I needed and a very patient hubby who waited in a warm car while I snapped away.
This city is magic with out the blanket of white, with it, simply stunning. Hope you are somewhere warm and beautiful!
I thought it might be nice to break up the traveling posts and talk a little bit about one of my passions, children’s fashion. It is what prompted me to start sewing AND doing photography in the first place. I knew when were assigned to Paris this would be taken to an entirely new level and I couldn’t have been more right. Everywhere I go I am constantly gawking at the Parisian children’s coats, shoes, scarves etc. I have said countless times that I am going to start a Satoralist for children…. though they probably already have that ha! I thought it would be fun every now and then to share outfits the kiddos wear that have been purchased here in France and in my humble opinion are more along the lines of what the average Parisian child wears. Today, I actually had fully intended on it being all about Chloe. I sometimes feel Evie dominates this blog because the boys are at school all day, Chloe still takes two lengthy naps so it is me and E a lot of the time. This doesn’t mean I am not crazy about Chloe, Sawyer and Finn, or think them less photogenic in anyway, just that when I have time with them I usually try not to force them into taking pictures for me ha! But don’t you worry there will be PLENTY of what the boys are wearing posts because oh boy do the little boys here dress dapper! Anyway, Chloe was all dolled up and ready to go when nap time hit and hit hard. With leaving for Scotland in the morning I knew this afternoon I would have no time soooo Evie it is ha! I had set up my studio equipment to make sure it still functioned after the shipment. Unfortunatly after all teh effort the battery on my pocket wizard was dead. Gahhhh. This was not going well. So, these are all natural light in Evie’s room.
It is sale season right now so that means I got the shoes for a steal of a deal! Evie was rather reluctant to do pictures until I mentioned her favorite candy: Bueno‘s that did the trick ha!
I am a huge fan of wool shorts and tights. I think it is because I can’t wear them but would LOVE to be able to. Plus it gives me hope and reminds me that at some point winter will end. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the style inspiration.
This is totally NOT a sponsored post though as I wrote it I thought oh man they are totally going to think I got a free meal out of this or something. Nope, it was just that good ha!
I know you are thinking, SERIOUSLY an entire post dedicated to one little cafe? Oh friends, it is not just any cafe, it is the most wonderful cafe I have ever been too. You know what made it even more magical? We happened upon it completely seredinpitously. On our way to the castles we believed we were about to miss a turn we needed so we veered sharply to the right, our tires totally slide out and I am not going to lie, for a moment I thought, oh my gosh our darling children are going to be orphans, it was that scary. So much so that we pulled into a parking lot to relax and let the adrenaline drain. It was the parking lot to Cafe Waldhoff. I was smitten the moment I saw it.
At first I was a but bummed that it was FREEZING cold because their out door seating was made from large rustic beams, nestled amongst various plants and shrubs. I bet during the spring it is a dream to kick back and relax there. Then we went inside and the site I was met with wiped away any desire to sit outside. First I have to tell you that I am allllllways cold. Whether it be poor circulation or California blood still beating through my heart, I am always wishing I could cuddle up with a blanket in front of a fire. Well if you come here, you can do exactly that as you devour their amazing food…. written on chalk board menu’s none the less.
There I sat snuggling in my blanket with my personal fire going next to the table thinking I never want to leave this place.
Then they brought the warm bread, butter and massive lunch.
I think between the amount of times I said “Oh my gosh this is good!” and taking pictures the owner had to have thought I was nuts. But I figure it was a compliment right? I seriously dragged my feet when we were leaving, thinking about the cold air that would smack me the minute I opened the door. But we had castles and ruins to see so off we went! If you ever find yourself in or driving through Luxembourg do yourself a favor and eat at Waldhoff Cafe. Aw man now I am all hungry again ha!
PS We are headed to Scotland this weekend. Any suggestions of fun things to do with four kiddos in toe?
Also if you want to follow our wanderings in real time follow us on instagram @sewinginnomansland
Before I move on with talking about our trip to Luxembourg I wanted to say thank you so much to everyone who l eft a comment about Evie’s sleeping problems. I read every single one and Chris and I had a big discussion about how we were going to move forward. The first night I actually dragged her entire mattress, duvet, sheets and all into our bedroom and had her go to bed there. Chris commented and I agree, that the point wasn’t to make her super comfortable and excited to be in our room ha! That was sort of counterproductive. The next day I talked to Finn about whether or not he still wanted a room of his own or if he wanted to stay sharing with Sawyer. He expressed that he would love his own room. When I talked to Sawyer about how he would feel about sharing a room with Evie for the next little bit instead of Sawyer he said he didn’t care at all as long as someone was with him (he is a bit of a tender heart and scares easily). We made the switch and Evie went to bed no problem. She did however come in again sometime in the night though neither of us remember at all when. Anyway we are still working on finding the perfect solution for us but I am so grateful for the suggestions and comments about going through the same thing. If nothing else it is nice to know we aren’t the only ones dealing with this. Thank you!
A few weekends ago Chris and I were lucky enough to sneak away to Luxembourg for the weekend to celebrate his birthday. Chris inherited awesome “planning” genes from his Dad so unless there is something I REALLLLLY want to do as a surprise I let him take the reigns for almost all our trips, they always end up better that way. I picked him up from work and we drove the three hours to our hotel. I had no idea where we were staying and when we arrived in the tiny town of Schengen I thought “oh man we are staying in some random tiny hotel”. That was not the case. Instead he had booked into the Chateau De Schengen. It was incredible! I audibly gasped when we pulled into the “garden”.
Its location simply couldn’t be better.
When we woke up nice and late in the morning (oh my goodness I forgot how nice it is to wake up when you are ready not when someone screams at the top of their lungs for you ha!) we ate the quick light breakfast provided and headed out first to explore the city proper. I have only heard good things about Luxembourg but none of them prepared me for how absolutely gorgeous this little place is!
After driving around and getting a feel for it we decided to park at the square with a little farmers market going on.
We drooled over the fresh produce and joked about the size of the cheese wheels.
We then ventured out to take in some of the amazing architecture and beautiful statue art.
It is hands down one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been in! That was just the down town. We hadn’t even gone to the castles yet. But that is for the next post!