In January we did two very typical French things: Skiing and a Professional soccer game. I was new to both, so it was pretty exciting!
We spent a day skiing in the French Alps with 2 of our American friends and 2 Australian friends. Being in the mountains is so peaceful and is a great reminder of God's creativity when you see a place so beautiful.
The best way to describe skiing was.... interesting. I went into it expecting to be good at it since I'm usually pretty athletic. I was SO SO wrong. Within about 5 minutes, I was already in tears because I was so overwhelmed and terrified and had no idea how to stop myself. I wish Will and I had recorded my many falls because it would have made for great laughs later on. I had no idea what I was doing and everyone around us was recommending I take a class, however that wasn't possible since we were only there for the day. I'm thankful for Will and our friends' patience because they spent a lot of time helping me learn the basics. By the end of the day, I was able to do a green course (easy level), which was a huge accomplishment for me. I also have SO much more respect for the Olympic athletes, now that I see the crazy courses and stunts they can pull off.
Usually if you grow up in France, you spend a lot of time skiing. Will skiied a lot growing up and I couldn't believe the amount of 3-4-5 year old children flying past me skiing all by themselves. Amazing!
Overall, it was super fun and hopefully we'll have another chance to do it again. It's also an incredible leg workout as well, so be prepared to be sore for a few days. ;)
My job provided us with tickets to go see the Paris vs. Lyon Men's Professional Soccer game. Although I don't enjoy watching soccer, it was a ton of fun! The atmosphere was amazing and of course the crowds were going crazy, as both these teams are rivals. Lyon ended up with an incredible win with a goal just a few seconds before the game was over! GO LYON!
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.