We had such a great Christmas this year. We tried not to buy too many new things since we are moving and instead got out some of their old toys. We put out balloons which if you have small kids I totally recommend this. Moses was just as delighted with those as with any new toy and they kept Roman happy and playing all morning long. Besides that we got out their collection of Schleich animals (plus added a few new ones) and tied bows around them and did a little installation in front of the tree. I’m not sure why, but I find the animals on parade hilarious.
How was your holiday?
We found out a few days ago that our French Visas were approved and come January 31st we’ll be moving to Paris for a year! I bought our one-way nonrefundable tickets today so it is official. It is so strange to me that all you have to do to move to France is to do it. That sounds funny but I sort of thought someone would stop us and tell us we can’t.
The last few years have been rough since we’ve dealt with Roman’s surgeries and the stress of medical bills so I’m really looking forward to a year of slowing down, spending time with my family, and experiencing the “joie de vivre” of France.
photo from Flickr (and actually its from Italy) but I liked the photo.
Paul will continue to paint and freelance as a designer and I will continue as a freelance writer/blogger. We were happily surprised to find out that rent is actually cheaper in Paris than in San Francisco!
I’ve been printing my good friend Rebecca’s wedding invitations the last week. We got on the subject of my wedding and it made me go through old wedding photos. These are the engagement photos my old roommate Aubrey took. They feel a little bit trendy to me now but when we took them we felt so cutting edge. I still love that skirt to death.
Moving to Paris is one of those things on my “list.” (See here, here, and here.) Paul and I recently realized we are in a window in our life right now where it is possible since we both can work remotely and our kids are little. (This is where I pass out from excitement.) It isn’t a done deal but we are just starting to do research (and take French lessons!) So here are my questions for people who have lived in Paris for extended periods of time.
1. Do you know anyone that wants to rent out a two or three bedroom apartment in Paris in 2011?
2. What sites (besides Craigslist or vrbo) should I look for long term housing?
Five years ago today Paul and I got married. For sure it is the best decision I’ve ever made. In the past five years we’ve had two children, lived in two small San Francisco apartments, kept the same trusty 2001 Honda Civic, traveled to Paris, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, New York, Boston and Hawaii. We’ve owned 7 sofas (and sold 6 of them). We’ve both gone from working full time to working for ourselves. We’ve felt rich and felt poor. I have learned Illustrator, Photoshop, Letterpress and how to blog. We’ve thrown lots of parties and eaten at lots of good restaurants and made lots of interesting friends. If you would have told me five years ago what my life would be like now I would have kissed you on the mouth. Almost every good thing in my life is a result of marrying this good man. Here is to five more happy years–Love you Paul!