Sharing all about our Holidays the past 2 months!
Will's family asked me this year if we could celebrate Thanksgiving, since they had never experienced it before. I was a little overwhelmed by the idea of cooking an entire Thanksgiving meal by myself for 7 people. I spent a few days preparing traditional Thanksgiving dishes and somehow pulled it off! This was also Will's first time cutting a turkey. (Which we had to pre-order because they don't sell them in stores.) It was their first time eating a turkey like this, super fun!
Lyon Light Festival
One of my highlights from the 2016 year was the Light Festival in Lyon... Although it's a very crowded and cold event, we couldn't miss it this past December either. Here are some of my favorite photos!
Another thing I really enjoyed this Christmas season was the Christmas market in Lyon. Love getting to eat and buy homemade food and gifts. I would love to visit other European cities at Christmas time to check out larger Christmas markets.
It usually NEVER snows in Lyon but somehow we had two days with snow in the last few weeks, one even giving us a snow day from work.
We had another great Christmas this year. We spent Christmas eve celebrating with Will's family. We had an incredible dinner with amazing escargot and oysters. I loved the escargot but was totally not a fan of the oysters. They tasted too much like I was eating straight from the ocean! (A little too salty for me)
On Christmas day, we spent the morning watching our favorite Christmas movies and then got to Facetime my family for a few hours to open gifts and watch some NBA games. Super fun!
New Years Eve
We had a really fun New Years Eve with Will's brother, sister, and his brother's girlfriend. We had a seafood meal and planned a game night. A great way to begin the new year!
I also have a video on my Facebook of me eating a giant escargot. I'm not a fan of the big ones but the small ones are pretty good!
I am really excited to share photos from the very talented Emily Frazer. In the spring, Emily came to France and offered to take photos for Will and I. I love having photos of us in a city that we love so much. Please please go check Emily out. She was incredible to work with and obviously her photos are amazing too! I put some of my favorites below for you to check out!
MOM COMES TO FRANCE
Just finished an INCREDIBLE two weeks with my "muth." We spent lots of time:
-Exploring Lyon & Annecy France
-Eating LOTS AND LOTS of pastries and desserts
-Watching a ton of movies! (Mostly Christmas!)
-Having amazing talks
-Relaxing and Cooking together.
Enjoy our trip through pictures!
I stole this "10 Things" idea from Mary Kate Robertson and her blog "thelittleduckwife.com" because I think it's a great way to share the little things happening in our lives, what I love, what I am learning, etc.
Excited to finally share that Evan and Leah spent the past week with us in France!! It went WAY too fast but we had so much fun. It's been around 2 years since we've all 4 been together so it was much needed!
We met in Paris EARLY Tuesday morning and spent the day there. The rest of the time was spent taking day trips near Lyon and just enjoying playing games, being goofy, and watching "Brooklyn 99" (Great show, go watch it on Netflix) together. Check out our pictures below:
Italy become the 6th country I've been to, even though we were only there for a few hours. When we left Monaco, we drove through the Alps in Italy and under Mont Blanc to return back to France.
The Alps were so beautiful. I had no expectations for what they would be like so I was pleasantly surprised. We didn't have anything planned until our hotel that night, so it was nice to just stop at random places and stumble upon lakes, waterfalls, and other cool spots.
Yes, I do love Nice!!!! Nice quickly became one of my favorite places I've ever been! (Second after Annecy, France) We enjoyed the beach, walking the Promenade des Anglais, and checking out the incredible view from so many different places.
Calanque de Sormiou
The best parts of Marseille seem to be the Calanques and the Old Port area. We took dad to a new Calanque that we hadn't been before and it was beautiful! At most of the Calanques in Marseille, you reach a point where you have to park your car and walk the rest of the way. This one was 35 minutes there and 50 back, but worth every bit of the hike!