Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France

Once I was done with my meeting, MR and I realized that we didn't really have a lot of time to explore before heading home to pick up our daughter. We agreed that we would each get to choose one place to visit or one thing to do. I let my man pick first and with many thanks to our phone, we quickly found ourselves casually walking in the small streets of Strasbourg in the direction of the city's beautiful cathedral.

A Day in Strasbourg, France

It started with a professional meeting scheduled in Strasbourg. Then, MR told me that he wasn't working today so I asked him if he wanted to come with me. He would be alone for maybe an hour or two while I was attending my meeting, but hey, alone and in Strasbourg ain't that bad. That gave him the opportunity to walk around and explore the city for the first time. Originally, I had wanted to take train tickets. It's only a 2 hour drive, but I didn't feel like driving. Unfortunately for me, there was a train strike going on and I didn't want to have a bad surprise. I worked half-day today so by lunch time MR and I were on the road to Strasbourg.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

SO is still having on and off fever. She skipped school and stayed at home today and so did I. I was freaking out at first because you never know with fever. I mean, it could be the first sign of something potentially dangerous. Thankfully for SO, it is a case of over-exhaustion and she just really needs to sleep it off as much as possible. All day and night long, I've been looking over her. The super mom instinct really kicks in in moments like this - who cares that I haven't slept 2 hours straight!!! Like many of us, SO loses her appetite whenever she is sick. But since I was giving her paracetamol, I wanted her to have something in her stomach. That's why I decided I would prepare pasta for dinner, which just happens to be her all-time favorite food.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Clafouti de Cerises / Cherry Clafouti

This month has been especially busy, this week in particular. You can definitely feel summer break coming up soon. SO has also felt it as she is sick in her bed with fever right now due to over-exhaustion. On Thursday, she went out the whole day on a school field trip. On Friday, her school held an end-of-the-school-year celebration with games and programs. Later that night, we stayed for the school fair and had barbecue for dinner with fellow parents. The organizers were also able to play the France vs. Switzerland world cup game on the big screen. We left when it started getting too cool. On Saturday afternoon, SO was invited to a pony-inspired birthday party. We had to cut that short when she suddenly started feeling quite ill. We were supposed to celebrate La Fete de la Musique later that in Nancy, France, but unfortunately we just couldn't go. There's always next year, I told MR. Today, we decided to stay at home and lie low. And like on many Sundays, I try to make a dessert and today's creation was a Clafouti de Cerises / Cherry Clafouti.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Lunchdate at La Table du Saulnois in Maizieres-les-Vic, France

MR and I have always set aside time in a week just for the two of us. I find that it's important to spend time with one's spouse away from the children once in a while. As much as we need space from each other (in my opinion, it's never good to stay glued to someone 24/7), it's also good to find ourselves just the two of us. We talk about us, our days, our dreams, and just spend time with each other. It's been almost 13 years and amazingly we still learn new things about each other.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day Lunch 2014: Grilled Cote de Boeuf, Creamy Potato Salad, and Mixed Salad

Some super heroes don't have capes ... They are called Dad.

I was determined not to make today a sad day. This was the first Father's day since Dad passed away, but we also had another father to honor today and that is my husband, MR. In my life, I fell in love 3 times. The first time was after a couple of months of dating MR, the second was on my wedding day, and the third was when he became a father. And he's an amazing father. I had a pretty good dad as well, who provided me his best, and I can only hope that SO grows up to appreciate her father every single day of her life like I do.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Flunch in Semecourt, France

I was sitting quietly at a table in the corner savoring every bite of my food when I happened to look at the table in front of me. I was looking at a family of 4 - a little boy, his mom, the grandmother, and the grandfather. I saw them eating, talking, and laughing together and I couldn't help but think about my own family. Not too long ago, this was us. I realized that so much has changed in just a span of 1 year. Our whole family dynamics has shifted and it's bittersweet. It's true when they say that the only thing constant in life is change. The family looked incredibly happy. I was lost in my thoughts when I heard the mom call the attention of the little boy and his grandfather for picture-taking. This was something I always did and I have countless photos of SO and my Dad, but it hit me that I could never be able to do that again. It was more than I could take and I fought hard to hold back the tears.

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