Saturday, October 11, 2008

Cooper's Big Day

Today was great. We started our day at I'On Tennis club hoping the weather would hold up for Francois' first tennis tournament in two years.  Francois was only able to get one set in, which he won 6-0, but then the rain came.... 

After we grabbed some goodies for lunch at I'On, we headed back home to regroup and decide what to do for the rest of the day. I have been frequenting the GGRLC (Grateful Goldens Rescue of the Low Country) and had seen an activity called the Daniel Island Park Day, and the GGRLC was going to bring some of their puppies, so .... nonetheless... we packed up and headed over to Park Day, and Cooper joined us. ( just a side note, if you visit the website, it has a story of 30 puppies that they have been saved from a puppy mill; the GGRLC have rescued them, are in good care and are looking for homes. I had the joy of seeing the fantastic pups, and I'm considering ?? ( I know my mom  is shaking her head at this moment to that thought... DEBBIE...) 

When we arrived,  we visited the live petting zoo area, where we fed a turtle, and Cooper wanted to feed on the turtle... I never knew Cooper liked turtles so much. I must have turned him on to them when I buried him in the sand and sculpted him into a turtle... see the resemblance ??

Cooper had the best time sloshing in the mud and taking in all the sights. I had to restrain him around the pony ride, I am pretty sure he wanted to play. 

We had a chance to stop by the basset hound rescue tent as well, I was looking for Wormy's family... no baby Worms. If you don't know my parents had a miniature basset hound that we call worm.. I bet that is a relief, right?. 

After we visited all the tents, we started to walk back to the car, and then it happened. Cooper was offered his first ride in a golf cart.. it was glorious. I tried to capture the moment on my iPhone. 

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Missing France

I was looking through some pictures and saw a ton of photos from my various trips to France to visit Francois' folks. I thought I would share some fun times with you all and take you through my "time machine" ... changing it up a little.. 

This video was taken during one of Gonzague's cute moments at the dinner table. I thought this was classic France. You have the kids playing music with bread baguette on a large jar of Nutella, while passing crepes, hilarious.  One of my favorite places in France, is the dinner table. I learn most of my French here.  Another favorite activity at the dinner table is the following picture:

CHEESE!!  ( enough said!!)

Another great moment was when I was joking with Gregoire, I was doing a second story puppet show for him... I'm pretty sure he was not convinced that there were really horses in his bedroom. iIm not that good. 

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Happy Cow Weekend

This past weekend, I was able to travel to Greenville and see my friends that I spent four years of my life with. Friday night I arrived in Greenville at Kendra's house where I was able to catch up on recent news, current training programs, and just life in general. We went to bed early because Kendra was going for a 20 mile run the next day and I was going to "try" to hang on to a 60 mile bike ride to the Happy Cow Creamery. 
The next morning Beth and I met at Whole Foods to meet about 30 other cyclists to make this journey to the what I will refer to as the Happy Cow.  We all started off on the bike ride, we dropped the slower cyclists and slimmed our group down to a fantastic group of 10. We pushed, pulled, sprinted, and somehow made it to the Happy Cow.
I was able to take in some yummy chocolate milk, FRESH! At the end of the ride , I was exhausted!! It was the hardest bike ride I have done so far. Being that I live in Charleston, I am like a fat kid picked last in gym when it comes to hills, because Charleston is FLAT.  In all it was an amazing ride, so beautiful!!

Later that day, Kendra , Beth and I met up to have some lunch...mmmmm starving! We grabbed a bite to eat and back home for some rest. I had to rest for my big night with Michael Buble!!
The concert begins!! Stacey Krall and I are dressed to impress . The open act was by Naturally7
If the link doesn't work you should look them up. They are a 7 partner group and they are an a cappella group that is AMAZING!

Then.... Michael came out. So classy and so charming. He gave an incredible performance, and next year I will be in the front row ( not the second!! the First) I recommend his show to anyone, even if you do not like his music... it's so entertaining. 
Needless to say, the weekend was fabulous and it made me miss Greenville and all the activities it has to offer. 

French Quarters

Francois' parents were here in Charleston, SC for the entire month of September. Their first week here was spent catching up, brushing up on some French, and shopping of course. Jean-Jacques and Isabelle spent most of their time by the pool or (piscine in French) and working out in our local gym. Francois and I unfortunately still had to work, but we spent every minute we could with his parents. I prepared fresh bread and attempted pain au chocolat... it was not as great as in a boulangerie

The next week, we traveled to the beach in Emerald Isle, NC.  We spent a relaxing weekend there and soaked up the sun. Isabelle felt a little sick for a couple of days, and we can only think that it was from a 2 hour walk on the beach that took it out of her. Francois and I left his parents at the beach to enjoy themselves and just relax for the rest of the week while we traveled back to Charleston to work. 

The following weekend, My parents came in town, and you can catch up on that weekend from the previous blog entry.   

Francois' parent traveled back to Charleston all by themselves and had no problems with directions. The last week here in the states they really wanted to spend most of this time with us. In the beginning of the week, Francois had sinus surgery unfortunately. I think it was great to have his parents here so they could stay home with him and make sure he gets all the recovery support he needed.  We helped Francois recover by taking it easy by watching countless movies every night, and continuously changing his nasal pad. 
Isabelle was able to do some shopping and get all kinds of goodies for the children back home.  Jean-Jacques continued to work out and read his books, I believe the final count was 6 books total. Together, one afternoon, I took Jean-Jacques  and Isabelle to the Library to look at different collections. We visited the Audubon collection, books from the 1600s and an ancient coin collection dating back to as late as 600 B.C. 

We finished the week with an amazing dinner at the Oak Steak House 

It was so hard to see his parents go because they were such a great help, made fantastic meals, and added a lot of personality to the house. Francois has been speaking with them almost everyday and has maybe talked them into coming down for his birthday in February... so we will see  :)