December 5, 2013 § Leave a comment
I always knew that he was a lover and not a fighter but this last conversation that we had while driving in the car this evening made me grin.
Out of the blue he told Pierre and I that his little friend Manon didn’t want to be his amoureuse (girlfriend). In fact, she wanted to be Nathan’s amoureuse…and as he reflected on this his mouth twisted up and went to the side. He then said that he didn’t like this fact. On top of that, his other friend Katrine didn’t want to be his amoureuse either. Instead, she wanted to be Karl’s amoureuse. And to top it all off, his other friend Nancy didn’t want to be his amoureuse either, she TOO wanted to be Nathan’s amoureuse.
He then went on to say that if things went on like this (with all the girls flocking to Nathan) that there would be no girls left for the other boys. (Nice reflection my boy!)
But there’s a silver lining. Nathan told all of the girls to “attack” Théo and they didn’t. He then asked them to “attack” him again and still, they didn’t move. In the end their teacher ended up scolding Nathan by putting him in the corner.
“So, in the end you won Théo!”
“Yes, it was MY day that day!” and he said that with the biggest grin on his face.
My boy, I’m so sure that you will have many days that are meant for you and only you. I love you!
Love and light,
November 25, 2013 § Leave a comment
My daughter had her second birthday and we threw her her first birthday party with friends. Because I know that she loves cats so much I decided to go with the cat theme. About five days before the big day I decided that I should probably start doing a bit of research, so I went online to look for some DIY projects that I could incorporate into her party. It didn’t take long before I hit a site (Willowday.com)that offered free printables and which I used as birthday favors, another for balloon decorating ideas (parents.com) as well as food inspiration.
I am really happy with how everything turned out and best of all, I had a great time diving into it and getting creative at home – all alone at about 01:00 in the morning… Yeah, I had to find the time to do the work when I could be alone…
Having said that and done the early morning preparations, I just have to say that I felt so proud watching my girl run around with her friends, give people smiles and hugs, blow out her candles and open her gifts. She just makes my heart swell up with happiness. I simply find it amazing to finally be able to understand what my mother used to tell me all those years ago, when I was a child. “Do you know how much I love you?” No mom. I didn’t know but now, now that I have children of my own, now I do. Now I know that you would have done anything to protect me. Now I know that my existence was attached to your very soul. That one could not exist without the other.
My baby girl. Leaning on the kid sized table, looking so big and so very proud as she blew out her candles. Such character. Such light. These are the moments that make life so much more than what I expected it to be. And after watching all of the tragedy coming out of the horrific natural disaster that recently hit parts of Asia, I can only say, there are so very few things in life that really have meaning and worth, but they are all natural and free.
Love and light,
November 19, 2013 § Leave a comment
November 9, 2013 § Leave a comment
There are a lot of pictures to go through from our summer vacation. So many things were done, so many people were seen again, so many new memories were made. One thing that I really love about France is that they take their vacation time seriously. And why not? Everyone needs time off. It’s insane to think that people are given such little time off in certain countries. It’s rendered people into objects instead of people. We are not robots.
With Thanksgiving around the corner it’s now that time of the year when you can’t help but be thankful for all of the blessings that you have in your life (if you are anyhow connected with North American culture). Thanksgiving- with all of the controversies surrounding the holiday it’s still such a great time of getting together with loved ones and just being happy for what you have. Plain and simple.
Love and light, always
September 16, 2013 § Leave a comment
Has it been that long already? The summer has come and gone and we did so many things that I sometimes forget about parts of it until I’m reminded of the event by a picture. If that’s a complaint then I suppose that I have no complaints :)
This summer was also filled with a lot of work. A lot. I was working hard, with a partner, trying to set up a permanent place for Learn and Play en Anglais. Unfortunately, the end result was that we didn’t realize the amount of time that it would take to get permission to go ahead and set up our physical location. There were security and accessibility checks that had to be done, even if we didn’t technically need to have them done in the first place… Actually, it’s much more complicated than that and there were doors slammed in our faces and people that weren’t the most helpful but, fortunately for us, we learned a lot and all of that knowledge will be put to good use in the future. That’s right. Just because it doesn’t work the first time doesn’t mean that it’s over.
In the meantime I’m going to continue to give classes at a little open school in town and to also give group classes at home. I’m positive about this, I know that things don’t always turn out as planned or happen according to our idea of an ideal schedule. That’s ok. The main thing is that I know, for a fact, that I’m doing something that makes me happy. It’s all positive and it’s all high spirits from here.
Love and light,
June 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
We celebrated Théo’s fourth birthday party recently. He was so happy to help me out with the decorations and very proud to wear his Peter Pan costume. During the party we made indian headdresses and ate some extreme chocolate cake. I’d say that it was a success! My little boy is growing up, everyday he says things that make me realize how much of our world he takes in. Practically all of it. Everyday I see myself in his actions, or in comments that he makes, and I’m reminded of how much of an impact my general attitude has on him. There’s a lot of responsibility in that.
Personally, I’ve had so much on my mind recently with work. Good thoughts though. I’ve been working really hard, trying to get my dream up off the ground. I’d like to take Learn and Play en Anglais to new heights! Off we go, to the stars and beyond!!
Love and light,
May 26, 2013 § Leave a comment
We attended our first annual “World Game Party Day” or at least that’s what I think it would be translated as. I don’t really know what I was expecting but I can tell you that I was pretty impressed when I saw all of the hard work and creativity that had been put into the decorations. It has inspired me to take up a paper mâché project with the kids. The last time I did that was in university where I was made to create handmade puppets for children to go along with a story (I’m not sure that there are many teachers that have time for all of that but I suppose it’s the thought that counts…) Anyhow, nice job to all of those teachers, aides and volunteers for a job well done.
Last but not least, I leave you with my favorite boy in the world. He was SO proud to present me with my first ever handmade Mother’s Day gift. I actually got to open it a few days early (Mother’s Day is actually today here in France) and I had thought that it would be nice to light it over dinner. Two seconds later he blew it out. I don’t know, he mentioned something about it being my birthday. I guess I could understand how he’d get the two occasions mixed up.
Love and light,