Wednesday, 22 October 2008

The Big Milestone

Yes, Isabella is crawling. It's an army-style low crawl but it's still crawling and she's everywhere!!!

Se esta gateando!!!

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Barefoot Contessa

Through my pregnancy I got addicted to a cooking show called the Barefoot Contessa, whose "celebrity" chef is Ina Garten. Her buttery recipes have inspired many a meal. So imagine my surprise to see her at the same restaurant eating at the table next to us! I was in the middle of trying to put Isabella to sleep when the host seated her, her husband (who is also always on the show) and some of their friends. It took me the whole night to get up the courage to ask her for a photo, and when I finally got eyes turned out to be were closed in the photo. Doh! She and everyone at her table said they loved watching Isabella...but then again, who doesn't?

Here are a couple other larger photos I wanted to share that weren't in the slideshow.

the hotel

a cafe near the Champs-Elysees

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Back from Paris

One month ago we sold our old house in Georgia, ending the year long battle we had with horrible tenants and ensuing problems that turned the house into the money pit. To finally celebrate, we were planning a short day trip down to Amesbury in southern England to see some relatively unknown stone circles. But on a whim Pedro surprised me with Eurostar train tickets to Paris instead! I've been wanting to take a short trip over there since Isabella was born because the speed train from London takes normally only an hour and half and we wouldn't have to deal with the hassle of flying. So with our neighbors watching the dogs, we were off. We had some trouble with seating on the train on the way there, but nothing a glass of champagne wouldn't cure! Our tickets included a full meal plus wine and champagne - it was SO nice. As for the rest of our trip, we had a lot of mishaps that made Pedro swear off ever going back to Paris again (I, on the other hand, hope to go back many times). In short, we visited the Rodin Museum and the Musee d'Orsay. The rest of the time we tried to relax and enjoy the gorgeous Parisian fall weather. I'm working on a brief slideshow so that should be up soon too.

In other news, Isabella turned 8 months old this weekend! To celebrate I bought her several adorable French wooden toys - (whether it was more for her or me, I don't know...) She is incredibly curious about everything and is quite the social little girl. No teeth yet and still not quite crawling. But once again, she was a very good little traveler.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

It's Getting Colder!

I don't have much time to make this post, but I wanted to put up the photo I took of Isabella just before our dog walk yesterday because it made me laugh. Now I'm off to make an apple pie from the windfall of apples my neighbor gave me. I also made some blackberry jam from more berries that I picked when we got back. I'm trying to do some leisurely homey things before I start work at the end of the month!