Apr 20

Happy Weekend

Happy weekend everyone. We’ve been busy this week tying up loose ends and fitting in last visits to our favorite cafes and bakeries. I know I am going to miss Paris like crazy when we get back but I am actually looking forward to getting through all of the stress of closing our accounts here and finding an apartment in San Francisco. Everything feels so unsettled right now. We are still trying to appreciate the little moments. It rained today but the skies cleared this afternoon for a little bit and we were sitting on our sofa with the kids talking. The sun was out and the window was open and a crisp spring breeze was coming in the room. We just sat there for a few minutes watching all the busy people on the street below meeting their kids after school or picking up a baguette from the boulanger for dinner. I tried to make a mental note of everything because I don’t want to forget . These are the kinds of things I will miss the most. Next week I’m going to be sharing some pictures of our apartment and some very special Paris content I’ve been working on! I hope you have a happy happy weekend wherever you are.

I also write for Babble.com. Here are my posts from this week.

This new Ikea line is awesome. It looks like Liberty of London!
These tall cake plates with cake domes from Martha Stewart are awesome!
Todd Oldham for Target, totally genius.
New favorites at American Apparel for kids.
Sweet polka dot pillows.


  • Oh my goodness, those Ikea paper plate products are AMAZING! Going. Going mmediately!

  • Immediately, rather :) got so excited I forgot how to type!

  • bussbuss says:

    It’s great that you’re savoring it! But remember, you can always come back. :)

    p.s. Amazing shot!

  • Lindsey says:

    The little yellow dress from American Apparel kids is adorable!

  • Tara says:

    Can’t wait for the upcoming Paris content! We have a trip planned for August and I’m already in ultra planning mode…

  • Kate says:

    Ahhh Paris…I still daydream about our trip last year, such a magical city with the most amazing food options.

    <3 Kate

  • Jill says:

    I am excited for your posts on Paris, it will never grow old. What a beautiful place and I love seeing how you have lived there with a young family. Inspiring.

  • Natasha says:

    I will really miss hearing your Paris tales! (But, as always, will look forward to my daily visit to your page!)

  • Nikki says:

    It’s hard to believe it’s been a year already! Thanks for sharing your journey!

  • I know these feelings exactly. I went through something very similar when I was leaving New York to move back to Australia. That sense of everything being upside-down, of finishing but not yet starting, and at the same time the need (pressure?) to appreciate every. last. second. in a place you love…

    That said, after New York, Paris is my second most favourite city in the world, and I have loved reading about your adventures there. I look forward to next week’s content!

    Good luck with the move, soon you will be able to get back to beginnings instead of endings, and that will be the fun part.

  • robbie elizabeth says:

    I will miss you being in Paris too — I have enjoyed following your adventures and beautiful photos since last year when we began planning our own trip to Paris. I met you, very briefly on the playground on the Champ de Mars — our conversation was cut very short by one of your boys running off or tumbling from something and my daughter tugging me away to feed the pigeons. It was right around Bastille day, and I had just been to Laduree per your recommendation. (I felt funny introducing myself to you, my first internet celebrity sighting!) I love following the Ferneys’ feeds on Instagram, happy to catch sight of storefronts or other spots that became so familiar during our two weeks on Avenue Rapp. I will not stop reading OhHappyDay when it moves back stateside, for the art of paying attention is beautifully nurtured here. Merci!

  • Sarah says:

    Awesome! I’m so getting that ikea plaid picnic blanket!!!

    – Sarah

  • ruth thomas says:

    That photo!! Where in Paris are those stripy cafe parasols….????
    Please do tell :-)

  • lenya says:

    Sounds like you did a good mental snapshot of that perfect paris family moment!

  • robbie. says:

    i’m like legitimately shaking, i’ve been waiting for todd’s stuff for ages!!! Wheeeeee1!!!!

  • Jodi says:

    my husband an i are coming to paris the beginning of june and i can’t wait to hear all of your recommendations! what hotel do you suggest we stay?

  • theresa says:

    Was introduced to this blog since you’ve been in Paris. Merci beaucoup for sharing your Parisian life with us. You’ve inspired me to host more creative dinners and to try macarons. Looking forward to the next chapter back in San Fran.

  • Ouch, leaving Paris is a hard time … But don’t worry, even for a French person, closing accounts seems like crazy and impossible ! Hope you’ll have some sun before you go …

  • I needed to thank you for this excellent read!

    ! I absolutely enjoyed every bit of it. I’ve got you book marked to look at new things you post…

  • Liza says:

    i too love the ikea picnic stuff….it soooo does look like liberty….hmmm….anyway….look forwrd to your next entry on paris….it is such a great city!!!! and this from a ‘i’m in love with london’ gal…x

  • Kacie says:

    I can’t wait to see your special Paris post and photos. I have loved living vicariously through your time there. I hope you get everything settled as soon as possible.


  • Aryn says:

    I know exactly what you mean. We’re moving back to southern California in August. Some days I just want to pack up and go. Then I think about how much we love our life in Berlin…sigh.

  • Oh my, I must go to Ikea ASAP!

  • […] photo via what katie ate, doodles via me, scene from Paris via Oh Happy Day, bicycle photo via Marc Jacobs […]

  • Marlina says:

    My husband and I are renting an apartment in Paris from mid-May to July 1 and I’m looking for a photographer that could take our pictures around the city as a memento. I was wondering if you have any recommendations.

  • Lindsay says:

    My husband and I lived in Paris for a year (he is French) and I vividly remember the mixed emotions I felt as we prepared to move back to the States. Its oh so bittersweet! I too live in San Francisco (although we moved to San Diego from Paris) and always feel a bit torn between the two cities – my two favorites cities on earth. My dream is to someday, somehow own dwellings in both cities so we can split our time between Paris and San Francisco.

    Enjoy your last few days in Paris – take it all in. San Francisco is waiting for you with open arms (and even a bit of spring sunshine)!

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