This Is My Life

You’ve heard about how superior French mothers are, right? Well I’m addressing that over at World Moms Blog. Just how superior they all are, and how superior I am by association.

Okay, joking aside, I do have a few pictures to show you, even though I’m sending you over here to read what I wrote. I’m hoping you won’t mind getting the double whammy of two posts in one. (Since it’s just pictures and all).

Well I know my folks’ll appreciate ’em anyway.

The prunus trees are blossoming all along the street.

Petit Prince has started to say "rigole, rigole" (joking, joking).

I lost a tooth. Two, actually. Swallowed 'em.

Young Knight in multi-sports. We think there might be a future in rugby. He likes to tackle.

Petit Prince is too young for multi-sports and has to be dragged out kicking and screaming each week. Without fail.

The sun on these sweet-smelling things, whatever they are again.

The sun on this sweet-smelling thing too. Hey soul sista!

Talking about the minute of silence for the shooting at the Jewish school.

I go out.

I go in.

And this is FIRST-year solfège (music theory).

The sun, oh the sun ... lighting up my days.

Sir in work boots. (Thumpity-thump go his boots. And my heart).

I am seriously hard at work here. With my shoes on the wrong foot.

Baked cauliflower and potato purée. Kids are not fooled by the heart shape.

You know, sometimes everything - just everything is perfect in the world.

“He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.”

Ecclesiastes 5:20


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I am the daughter of a symphony musician who was raised in upstate New York, and I simply breathe all things classical, be it music or 19th century literature (English and Russian). I married Sir Renaissance in New York City, and before I knew it, he had swept me up and brought me back home to his own country. So here we are. Three children, a rather ordinary life in a rather exceptional place. I am now ‘A Lady in France.’

Posted in Family, Guest Posts, La Famille (The Family), Le Jardin (The Garden), The Kids, The Lady
24 comments on “This Is My Life
  1. OpinionsToGo says:

    Love, love your photos! Have to say, you have beautiful subjects to photograph.

  2. lynn says:

    your kids are adorable. your little girl looks just like you! and love the heart shaped gratin pan!!

  3. chickster says:

    Great article! I completely agree most people (maybe myself included) tuned out after reading the word “superior.” Another great response to the WSJ article you might be interested in :

  4. Rachel mazur says:

    I am an American mom and I rock! Love the photos!

  5. Leanne says:

    LOVE the photos . . . makes me feel like I’m right there! thinking of you, my friend. Wishing you well. Hugs!

  6. Ameena says:

    I need to get some tips (lots of tips) on parenting from you, my French friend. Your kids look fabulously happy! And so pretty.

    Great photos.

  7. Kimberly says:

    So does this mean that your ridiculously adorable kids are supierior too?
    I kid I kid.
    Loving the garden.

  8. Usually the most wonderful memories are found in the mundane, everyday things. It looks like you all made some wonderful memories on that day.
    Be well.

  9. Mom says:

    Great photos. (Thanks also for the front yard picture, to refresh my memory.)
    The “sweet smelling thing” is a hyacinth The one that is not Young Lady.

  10. Yes, sometimes everything is perfect.

    I wonder, if it were perfect all the time, would we notice?

  11. Lovely pics! And, great article.

    My kid swallowed her tooth, too! And, I’ve only used those heart pans for cake. I never even thought to put other food in them — great idea!

    Thanks again, for writing with us!

    Jen :)

  12. Galit Breen says:

    I love every last one of these and am personally thrilled to get a double dose of you! :)

  13. aw says:

    Your kids are beautiful!

  14. Heather Staudt MacDonald says:

    You are a splendid MoM! Look at those beautiful, spirited, happy children!

  15. So beautiful, my friend!

  16. So beautiful and save me some of hat puree. Yum!

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