Thursday, 26 June 2008

Calling all aussies!

I need some cooking help. We're going to BBQ this weekend and I've been asked to bring a savoury dish that is an australian speciality. I wonder if there is such a thing? I love australian cuisine but let's face it, there's nothing very original about it. We tend to rip off all the best things from other cultures. So, any ideas what I can bring...

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

A day in Marseille

I took a day trip to Marseille today to spend some time with my friend Spacemom. We've "known" each other for over seven years but have never met before today. Its a pretty long trip to do in one day but once I heard she was coming to France, I wasn't going to let a bit of distance or a clingy two year old stand in my way. Oh, did I make that clear? I went alone! Thanks to the assistance of Auntie Mimi and Uncle Michael who are here visiting, I got to leave the kids here and escape...

Spacemom and I had a wonderful time. We climbed up the hill of La Garde to see the basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde. Not only was it beautiful inside and out but there was the most amazing view of Marseille. It made it very clear that in four hours one can only scratch the tiniest bit of the surface of a city so diverse and interesting as Marseille. I would love to go back one day. After a really yummy lunch and a quick stop at the souvenir shop for the kids, it was time to head back to the train, via the icecream shop, where Spacemom got her first taste of nutella icecream! It was an amazing day and I'm just so thrilled that I was able to go.

Notre-Dame de la Garde

The Chateau d'If - one of the settings of the Count of Monte Cristo

Yes, if you look closely you will see that I am wearing a skirt - french fashion is finally starting to rub off on me.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

French driver's license

Our driver's licenses arrived. Not that we have a car. Nor do I have any intention of driving in the near future. But its nice to know its there if its needed...

Friday, 20 June 2008

All caked out

That's it. I've made my fourth and last bowl of Women's Weekly buttercake this week. This time it was for this batch of fairy cakes for tomorrow's school fête. I cant wait. The whole maternelle gets together and sings all the songs they've been practicing all year. We went last year, just after we'd enrolled Lily to start at the rentrée. So it will be heaps of fun to see her there this year singing along with her classmates.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Monday, 16 June 2008

Happy 5th Birthday Lily

It was a different sort of birthday today for Lily, or perhaps just for me. I'm not used to sending her off to school on her birthday. But she took a cake to share with her classmates and we picked her up at lunch to take her out. Then after school we opened the rest of her presents. She did quite well on her rollers for a first go! Its a family tradition that the birthday person gets to choose their dinner on their birthday so I made sushi last night at her request. All up, it was a really lovely day. And she's five! How did that happen so fast?

Putting 100s and 1000s on the cake for school. The teacher told me they called it an igloo and cut it up in blocks like ice! (Yet more proof why some people are just made to be teachers and some arent. It never would have occurred to me!)

Opening presents before school

Off to the Vielle Ville for lunch

In Gran's new home knitted jumper - isnt it beautiful?

Lunch - mussels for Dav, entrecôte with pepper sauce for me and pizza for the kids

Clicking on the e-cards - we like to start a computer addiction early in this house!

Sushi girl

And just to reminisce a bit - back where it all began...

rollers - rollerblades - we found some that adjust to 4 different sizes and note the non-girl colours - perfect to hand down to a little brother in a few years

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Bonne fête des Pères, Papa

Due to work commitments, it was a rather lowkey day but we did enjoy a lunch of Dav's choice (omelettes with lovely ham and Comte cheese) and he liked the gorgeous elephant card Lily did at school...

Friday, 13 June 2008

Bowing to peer pressure

Inspired by my american buddies, I bought myself a hoop. It came all the way from Customhoop in the US. Pretty, isnt it? Its also quite easy to do as its big and weighted. Much easier than a normal hula hoop. I am a long way from doing anything fancy with it but its a fun way to exercise...

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Check out these undies!

Last Friday night I spent a wonderful couple of hours at another of Stéph's soirée lingerie. It was heaps of fun trying on les sous-vêtements, then eating these wonderful savoury cakes she made to go with the kir. I found it a lot easier to follow the fast flowing conversation than last time, although I will say, that being an expat is a humbling experience. There is nothing quite like being the person who doesn't get the joke but laughs nervously along anyway. But they are a great group of women who alway make me feel welcome and Stéph is a very generous hostess - merci Stéph!

And today, I got to take home my order - a soutien-gorge and shorty from Charlott' lingerie. I cant wait for the next sale to add to my collection...

les sous-vêtements - underwear
soutien-gorge - bra
shorty - boy leg pants - dont you love it though, "shorty" - it sounds so cute!

Its so much fun having a big sister!

You get to wear her old fairy costumes...

C'est gagné!

It is SO good to be back online. Thanks Dav. You're a legend!

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Keep your fingers crossed...

Its not looking good for my iMac. At the very least, the screen seems to be dead and David is not sure about the hard-drive. I know its not a laptop but I really love the lampshade design and I'll be so disappointed if we cant replace whatever's wrong. Thank goodness, he just backed up all our photos and video a few days ago. I might be a bit quiet while we sort it all out...

Thursday, 5 June 2008

I can see the light!

We are making progress here. Jasper is starting to sleep longer stretches and is relatively easy to comfort back to sleep in the middle of the night. He'll now often have a quick cuddle and then lie down half asleep and go back to sleep. Bedtimes are still hard as he wont go to sleep till 9pm and although I try every night to just lie with him in his bed, I still end up rocking him off to sleep standing up. I have found that repetitive singing of "Mockingbird" especially with a croaky sore throat induces a near sleep-like state (in us both!).

The hardest time, though, is at about 530am. I have vowed this time not to shift from my "no boob before 6am" rule as I'm sure that contributed to the trouble I had last time. So there's a bit of screaming and a lot of singing and rocking at about 530 but he usually goes back to sleep till after 6am eventually.

Thanks to all for the advice and support getting through this. I am consoling myself with the fact that this is the last time I will be nightweaning! And after all, isn't he cute when he's asleep?

Sunday, 1 June 2008

A Bout De Souffle

Last night, in between comforting a pissed-off Jasper, we watched the film "A Bout De Souffle". I'm embarrassed to say this is the first French New Wave film that I've ever seen. I cant say it was the most amazing acting, but Jean Seberg was lovely to look at and the clothes and scenes of France were really cool. Also it was the first french film I've ever watched, without subtitles, where I understood the vast majority of what was said. Maybe that's because a lot of what was said was in the vein of "I love you, I hate you, I want to have sex with you!". Not that hard to understand. Still, it was worth seeing. Now I need to see some of the others...