chat ohne registrieren kostenlos One of the traditions that we follow in France that’s unusual for most Americans is the ‘Galette des rois’, or King’s Cake, which is traditionally eaten on the festival of Epiphany. Since Grandpa was leaving the next day, we decided to eat our galette a little early this year.
partnersuche 40gold The tradition works like this: inside the cake, there is a small decoration, and whoever gets this decoration in their piece of cake becomes the king or queen. If you’re not careful and bite down onto the decoration, you might find yourself with a different sort of crown: the one provided by the dentist!
nrw kontaktanzeigen The youngest child crawls under the table and the cake is cut into pieces. The child under the table then (without being able to see the cake) determines which piece of cake goes to which person. The winner is whoever finds the decoration, and they get to be king. This year, it was Grandpa’s lucky day, and he got to wear the crown!
A Prince in waiting
Christmas 2017 featured PJ Masks, Paw Patrol, and a few other favorites. Our weather was a little more mild than usual, so no white Christmas this year, but the kids didn’t seem to mind a bit. All the grandparents were here for a traditional family Christmas.
Plenty of presents under the tree! Alexandre and Juliette must have been good this year.
The face of ‘Christmas wonder’
Checking out what’s under the tree
Our own little Gecko
Who doesn’t love Playmobil?
Grandpa takes in the action
A few new CDs to listen to
Juliette’s present sack is nearly as big as she is
That looks an awful lot like Owlette from PJ Masks
Juliette transforms into an elf
Alex in his Santa hat
One advantage of having a birthday near Christmas is that you usually get to spend it with your whole family. This year is no exception, and Juliette has all of her grandparents here with her to help her celebrate her fifth birthday!
How old are you today, Juliette?
Pretty excited about cake
Learning to tell time with her new watch
Juliette and Maminette
Juliette with her Maman
Guess who got a big bike for her birthday?
Poor thing. It’s like our snowman has just realised that tomorrow is Monday.
“Someone’s got a case of the Mondays…”
It’s early December, and we’ve finally had the first big snow of the season. It’s the perfect excuse to bundle the kids up and go outside to make snowmen!
It’s been a few years since we’ve had a proper Thanksgiving. Unlike when we lived in London, it is very hard to track down a turkey apart from at Christmas. But our nanny said that she’d always wanted to try a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, so Papa thought that he would make the effort to create a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. On something of a ‘wild goose chase,’ Papa finally tracked down a frozen turkey in Germany. With the star attraction secured, the rest fell easily into place.
We had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, creamed corn, homemade cranberry sauce, and of course gravy. And something that is forbidden on every other day of the year in France: Californian wines.
One of Juliette’s favorite things to do is to watch Dad cook
A traditional American Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings
Through no design of our own, Juliette has turned out to be a girly girl from head-to-toe. Barbie. Princesses. Pink, pink, pink.
And now, she’s started dance lessons. She LOVES dance lessons. Every Wednesday, she gets to get dressed up and do her thing.
Our little dancer
The school holidays seemed like a perfect opportunity to meet up with Juliette’s godmother for a visit to Le Vaisseau, a childrens’ science museum in Strasbourg. The kids had a great time and definitely someplace we’ll go for a repeat visit!
Juliette and Alexandre check out some experiments with water at Le Vaisseau in Strasbourg