On Resolutions

Three years ago when I was thinking about how the next 5-10 years of my life would turn out, I wrote down three things I really wanted in my heart of hearts and taped them to my fridge. (I was writing on paint chips a lot back then, they make great colorful lists!) I’ve made some decent progress on #3 (but we’re taking a loooong break in that department.) #1 Isn’t an option right now but possibly in a few years when we’ve saved more pennies. But this year I only have one resolution. It’s #2 on my big list: Move to Paris for a year. I can’t believe its really happening. (And if you haven’t heard, my awesome older sister Gabrielle at Design Mom is coming too.)

Do you have a “big list?” The way I thought about my big list is if in 10 years if I just do these things, I will be happy and proud of what I’ve done with my time.

Christmas 2010

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?

Happy News!

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!

Engagement Photos

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.

Paris Advice

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?

The dreamy polaroids below were taken by Nicole Hill Gerulat of A Little Sussy see more of these on her site under “personal work.”