Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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.
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
Sunday, June 22, 2014
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
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
Some super heroes don't have capes ... They are called Dad.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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.