Monday, December 25, 2017

Joyeux Noël !

For the first time in 11 years, Frédéric's family decided to spend Christmas all together. We went up to Normandy, where his mom and younger sister live. 

Whoa. Rough look in the morning.

Gala was very excited to get to come with us. 

Frédéric made us a delicious breakfast.

In France, there are crèches everywhere. This one is in an old mill in the center of a village we drove through.
They only add baby Jesus on Christmas morning (or midnight Christmas Eve).

Frédéric, hard at work. 

Frédéric's sister made macarons, and the boys helped.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

12 years old!

Time flies... this guy turned 12! 

He requested peanut butter pie as his birthday cake.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Montgomery, Alabama

On Saturday, we got up bright and early, like I hate to do - but we had a long, long day's drive ahead of us to get to Montgomery. 

Noah's favorite part of the farm



We were back and forth between the farm and town, to visit my grandad in the hospital. We were glad to see him feeling a little bit better before we left.

Saturday, November 25, 2017


We continued our trip down to Madill, Oklahoma, where I've spent most of the Thanksgivings in my life. We had gorgeous weather this year, so were able to go fishing at the pond and go for walks. 

Delicious Thanksgiving lunch!

Complete with cafeteria trays for those who don't like their food touching.

It's not all fun and games when there is homework to do!

Noah loves helping in the kitchen. He signed up to help cook and to help clean up.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


After a week in St. Louis, it was time to head off on our annual tour. 

We take 44 West from St. Louis to Tulsa, which is part of historic Route 66. 

Tulsa skyline

Noah had fun playing with his cousins.

Great-grandparents, and super great-grandkids!