Also upon arrival - Jake ended up at instacare with what we thought was strep. Nope - just a virus.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Another thing we needed to take care of when we got home - was getting Haley's ear's re-pierced. She had them pierced a few years ago - but shortly after they were pierced, Troy and I went out of town. An earring came out, and the whole closed. Upon our arrival home, Kristin's ears were so infected that puss was coming out - it was bad - so we took them all out and let them close up. Free from infection. Lately, Haley has been begging for her ears to be pierced, but I wouldn't let her until we got back from our trip. I didn't want a re-peat of last time. Because she has been begging for so long to do this - she did not cry. Not even a tear. This face - is the closest she got to being sad.
We got home from Europe just in time for our Kids Spring Break. We wanted to make sure we were home so that we could do family things while they were out of school. Troy continued to take the week off. The first thing we did our kids have been dying to do for awhile...that is going to Airborne. It's a trampoline place where they play dodgeball and jump. They loved it!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
We woke up to the alarm and got ready to go over to Chateau de Versailles. It was directly across the street from our hotel – which is why we picked it! We got there about 10 minutes before it opened which was perfect. We were third in line. We went through security and viewed this amazing house. It seriously – is amazing.
|The Queen's bedroom. Nobody can pass the gate unless you are royalty.|
|The King's bedroom. Troy found it odd that his ceiling was plain. Nothing else in this whole chateau was plain.|
|In the 'backyard'.|
|This is my favorite photo of the Tour Eiffel.|
|That skyscraper underneath the Eiffel Tower every Parisan HATES. They want it torn down. They say the best view of Paris is from the top of that - because you can't see it.|
We woke up this morning and got ready for the photo shoot I had scheduled. It went really well. We did it at a gorgeous bridge in downtown Paris. It ended up that we traded the photo shoot for the hotel room – and she paid me a bit more. That is awesome! It was such a great place too!
|You can see how small the Mona Lisa is from this photo. I'm guessing about a 16x20.|
|I am imagining the music now...it's so great - and everything you expect it to be - but once you're there, it's just incredible!|
|This is my FAVORITE photo. Why? I don't know...it just HOLLERS...you're in Paris to me. The waiter...the outdoor cafe...the building...I will be printing this big.|
|This is the Bastille. I think this monument was built on the place where all the be-headings took place.|
|Sigh...blue door...windows...LOVE LOVE LOVE!|
We woke up and got ready and headed to the airport to pick up our rental car. We are headed to the countryside of France and plan a stop in Normandy on our way to Le Mont Saint Michel. Our rental car is awful. It smells like cigarette smoke so bad – I drove with the windows down and the heater on for the first hour. The country was beautiful. Driving is so much better here than it was in England. We splurged for a GPS – and my life was fabulous. No navigating for me. From Paris to Normandy – or Omaha Beach – it took about 4 ½ hours. It was worth it. We went into a Museum and watched a video on what happened on DDay. Afterwards we walked down to the beach. I was surprised at how emotional it made me. I am so grateful those young boys were brave enough to get off the boats and try to make it past the beach while being shot at and seeing their friends die around them!
We slept well last night. It was more sleep then we have gotten in awhile – and I was wide awake at about 6. Even though we didn’t have to be awake until 9 this morning. We stayed in bed – trying to go back to sleep. Our rental car stunk so bad – I didn’t want to shower – I didn’t even want to waste the very few clean clothes we had at this point just because our car was an ashtray. I know, it should be opposite, but I knew we would spend the whole day in the car on the way back to the airport – about 6 hours. So – we woke up, got our clothes from yesterday on – and headed up the hike to the abbey. (I know, it sounds gross – I choose to think of it as ‘going french’.) The abbey was amazing. There were some major steps on the way up – but I didn’t think it was that bad. There were definitely people struggling up the stairs. Makes me very grateful for my active lifestyle. Being out of shape is an awful feeling. The abbey was amazing. It’s so old! It’s thought to date back to 708! We were the first ones there, and it was so wonderful. We walked around almost completely by ourselves. Nobody was in our pictures – it was so great! (I highly recommend getting to places as early as possible).