January, already. And well into it, no less.
Once again, I’ve been remiss about blogging.
I’d say that we’ve been busy…and I suppose we have. The kids were home for their Christmas break, and as always, it seemed to go much too fast. We tried to squeeze in all the doctor and dentist appointments we’d been putting off, along with a trip to North Carolina to visit my mom for Christmas. Which was nice and relaxing, and we did a lot of this….
Unfortunately, the time passed much too quickly and before we knew it we were saying goodbye to Paige and both kids were back in school.
But… I’M taking some classes at Flagler this semester too! Flagler offers some “lifetime learning” classes for the community, which I’ve wanted to take in the past but never managed to sign up for in time. This time I did, and I’m taking a French class (from a darling French lady 🇫🇷) and a very intriguing (and timely! 🤔) class on Putin and Post Communist Russia taught by an ex-CIA operative. I’m quite excited about trying something new!
A bientôt ~
Paige is home…although her trip home wasn’t without a few hiccups along the way. The airplane had a mechanical issue in Paris and was delayed several hours. Because of the delay, she missed her connection home and had to spend the night in D. C. And didn’t get home until the next day.
But…SHE IS HOME!
She’s happy to be home, but was sad to leave Paris. She had a fabulous month!
Besides Paige catching up on her sleep and doing a lot of laundry, we’ve had a wonderful, authentic and really, really delicious Afghani meal with my refugee family (my 3 month commitment through World Relief has ended, but we continue to keep in touch.)
Clay has been busy working (nearly every day) as a kayak and stand up paddle board tour guide.
And I’m trying to finish readying Linda’s (Italian exchange student) room for her arrival next week, as well as ordering college textbooks, buying school supplies, and organizing everything for Paige’s move to the apartment in a few weeks. In just a few weeks, Paige will begin her second year of college and Clay will begin his senior year. Linda arrives in just a few days.
It’s been busy and crazy, but I’m savoring this time with my family.
A few photos from Paige’s last few days in Paris:
And at home:
This past week has flown by. Paige and I have been trying to make sure she has everything she’ll need for her month in Paris (adapters? Check. A travel towel? Check. Deodorant? Check.) and trying to figure out how to fit everything in two carry on bags. I’ve been emailing back and forth with former French exchange students and making plans to see them and emailing our future Italian exchange student who will be arriving in August and getting to know her a bit.
I worked on a couple of painting projects. I’m not sure why…because my timing was atrocious. It’s been terribly hot and humid – not ideal conditions for sitting on our porch painting. Still, I’m happy with how everything turned out.
This is the “before” picture of an old desk I bought at an auction years ago. I painted it in Annie Sloan “old white” chalk paint and I love how it turned out!
While Paige and I were gathering clothes together for Paris, we realized she needed a couple of things…so we had a shopping day.
And we both had a hair day…
And then I realized that I needed gifts for our French friends…so we headed to St. George Street one afternoon.
Some of our favorite people stopped off for a quick visit on their way to Orlando and we had so much fun visiting with them!
And Clay has been busy too. He’s been hanging out with a new…friend, and did some water sampling the other day for International Ocean Sampling Day. He was even In the paper!
In a couple of days, Paige and I will be heading out on our way to the City of Light.
The week in photos, because a picture is worth a thousand words.
Paige worked out at TPC (The Player’s Championship) selling concessions last week. She left the house by 6:45 most mornings and didn’t get home until after 8 pm. She worked hard! If anyone local needs help with pet sitting, babysitting, any odd jobs…ANYTHING…Paige is desperately seeking employment. She is here until the end of June…
Last weekend we celebrated my great-aunt’s 92nd birthday. It was so great to get to spend time with all our beautiful cousins and get to know the newest generation of cousins.
Clay has been busy with classes, but took some time the other day to go exploring GTMNERR. He had a ball, tramping around in the mud and finding bobcat prints, and lots of wildlife. He sent me these pictures.
Which, okay, yes…very cool.
But as a mom, my reaction was more like, ” WHAT THE #%&€ ??!!!”
But then I remembered…
I guess I have to blame myself for letting him watch The Crocodile Hunter so much as a kid.