Thursday, September 30, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Chateau Terre Neuve
Monday, September 20, 2010
Strike? Advance notice of a strike? Hmmm.
I was wondering if that meant that school was open.
On the way home from school Joey was all excited to tell me that there would be a strike on Thursday and he could go to school only if he wanted. Yeah, just tell a kid that school is optional.
Gabi had some questions. If she went to school, did that mean she wasn't supporting the strike? But then the people who were supporting the strike wouldn't be there, so they wouldn't know. She had a lot of things to think about.
I found out from Ellie's teacher that the school is open but it isn't a normal school day. It is just open for parents who work and need their kids watched. (At least I think that is what she told me!)
Anyone think that I can convince the kids to go to school on Thursday?
Nah, me either.
The elementary school kids already have Wednesday off. Every single Wednesday.
The only part I could remedy right away was the stuffed animal. So on Wednesday (the kids don't have school) we made a special trip to the store so Ellie could get a new stuffed animal. Meet bear-y.
Thursday morning Ellie went back to school with Bear-y. Tears the whole walk to school. I might have caved and let Ellie stay home but I had a miserable cold. When I picked Ellie up Thursday afternoon, her teacher said she had a better day.
Friday morning, once again, more tears. When I picked up Ellie on Friday she was all smiles and told me she had a good day.
So for the moment we have tears in the morning and a smile in the afternoon. That is how it is working for now.
quick trip to Paris
While Rod was on his conference call I walked around the outside of the park. It wasn't a big park. I found the house and museum of Victor Hugo. Just a little museum tucked in a corner.
After his conference call we went and found an outdoor cafe. It was a beautiful afternoon and the people watching was great. Really great!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
A Sunday drive to Niort and visit with neighbors
Thursday, September 16, 2010
To the Market
See the green plum things under the sign Reine-Claude? That is what Joey wanted us to try. So of course we had to buy some. They are yummy little dessert plums. But if you already knew that then you are a foodie and I get to call you that. (Yes, Lesa, I am talking to you specifically, and there are probably other foodies out there)
Katie wanted us to buy grapefruit because she had some at school and loved it. (Really, grapefruit?)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
boring forms and fun pool
Our backyard has lots of different kinds of fruit. Pears, apples, grapes, blackberries.
First Day of School
I am already behind on keeping this blog up to date! Bear with me.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
visiting new schools and school shopping
Katie is the only one at middle school and we went there first. The principal gave Katie a big hug and welcomed her to the school. The principal doesn't speak English so she had an English teacher come to the front office. We found out that in Katie's grade there is a girl named Margot who speaks English and French. Her mother is French and her father is English. They put Katie in the same section as Margot. We got the list of school supplies needed. It was quite a long list! And it was specific. For example, a notebook needs to be a certain size with a certain number of pages.
Next we went to Gabi, Joey and Ellie's elementary school. We met all their teachers. Gabi and Joey have teachers who speak English. Ellie does not. Gabi and Joey also got a list of school supplies, but not nearly as long.
After the school visits we all piled back in the car for a trip to the Hyper U to get school supplies.
At the Hyper U were several large aisles of school supplies. 3 adults and 4 children should be able to pick out school supplies. After 45 minutes, we enlisted a store clerk to help us. She helped us for a little while. After another half hour we heard another shopper speaking English. Her and her son helped us finish up the list. They are from Wales and they have been living in France for a few years. When she saw us she said it reminded her of the first time she did school shopping in France. She is the woman who gave her phone number to Rod. She told us to call her if we have any questions or need help.
Joey is holding the reciept from the Hyper U to show how many items we bought.
The award for most school supplies goes to Katie!
At the Hyper U my mom ran into another English woman who was giving her information about the town.
Another time, when the kids were at the fish counter they jumped because a crab started moving. They didn't realize how fresh it was. A British guy started talking to them.
I don't know if there are really this many English people in the area or if we just ran into all of them at once!
Does it sound like we spent the whole afternoon at the Hyper U? It certainly felt like it!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Packing and paintings
Packing is really about getting organized and remembering all the little details. So I am a little distracted. In the middle of our packing week Gabi has decided to start some sort of project. I am trying to ignore it but she keeps bringing it up. She spent last weekend at Grandma Fracassi's house. In the living room at Grandma's house is a lovely painting of a ballroom dancing scene. Gabi told me she wants to make a 3D version of this painting. From what I can gather I think she is making some sort of diaorama. She started requesting a box, paint, wood, and screws for the Barbie's feet. I gave her a long lecture on how this isn't really the best week to do this type of project. I think she just rolled her eyes and began trying to figure out how to gather the supplies by herself. She is a persistent little thing. This morning I overheard Gabi asking her sister if she minded that a particular Barbie doll would have her feet screwed to a board. Of course, a fight ensued and that Barbie became the most precious barbie doll ever.
Too bad Gabi doesn't have an artsy mom that would drop everything to help her out.