Kittycat!

kleid rot elegant Juliette is fascinated by all animals, but cats make her absolutely giddy. Which is why she had such a fun time meeting her new friend, Minouche.

Kittycat!

Kittycat!

Meeting Minouche.  Wisely, she's skeptical of the whole situation.

Meeting Minouche. Wisely, she’s skeptical of the whole situation.

Minouche is starting to get a little more comfortable with Juliette

Minouche is starting to get a little more comfortable with Juliette

Playin’ with the trash

There are some certainties in life. A cat will always jump into a paper bag. And a child will always prefer playing with the box over the toy that came inside it.

We traveled with a car full of toys all the way to the south of France. Which was Juliette’s favorite?

The Nespresso capsule wrapper.

Who needs expensive toys when there's something shiny to play with?

Who needs expensive toys when there’s something shiny to play with?

Nespresso or Sophie the Giraffe?  Both make good toys.

Nespresso or Sophie the Giraffe? Both make good toys.

Chillin’ out

Nothing better than passing lazy days by the pool, enjoying the Mediterranean sunshine and taking in the extraordinary view…

It goes without saying that if you holiday in St. Tropez, you have to look the part.

It goes without saying that if you holiday in St. Tropez, you have to look the part.

Juliette and Mamie, enjoying a beautiful view

Juliette and Mamie, enjoying a beautiful view

Swimming

Juliette very quickly got into the habit of taking a swim chez les grandparents. Every morning and afternoon, Juliette and Mom jumped into the pool to cool off together.

Juliette's rockin' her inner tube

Juliette’s rockin’ her inner tube

A late afternoon swim with Mom.

A late afternoon swim with Mom.

"To be honest, Dad, you're right.  The water's bloody freezing!"

“To be honest, Dad, you’re right. The water’s bloody freezing!”

Lazy summer holidays

Pre-loved toys are great.  Juliette loved playing with Aude's old teddy bear.

Pre-loved toys are great. Juliette loved playing with Aude’s old teddy bear.

Hugs from Mom

Hugs from Mom

Gotta wear a hat when you're in the hot summer sun.

Gotta wear a hat when you’re in the hot summer sun.

Riding on Dad's shoulders is the best.  "Faster, Daddy, Faster!" wheezed Juliette between giggles.

Riding on Dad’s shoulders is the best. “Faster, Daddy, Faster!” wheezed Juliette between giggles.

Snacktime with Mamie

Snacktime with Mamie

Hanging out with the grandparents. Nothing better…

Wedding day

All dressed up and ready for the wedding

All dressed up and ready for the wedding

Looking good with a flower in her hair!

Looking good with a flower in her hair!

Pose for a photo, lose a toy.

Pose for a photo, lose a toy.

Lots of Juliette's friends were at the wedding, too...

Lots of Juliette’s friends were at the wedding, too…

I don't remember kids' tables looking this good in my day.

I don’t remember kids’ tables looking this good in my day.

After a few days chilling by the pool in Brive La Gaillarde, it was time to head further south to a chateau outside of Auch for Sandro & Virginie’s wedding. Juliette had a great time, and was on her best behaviour for the ceremony. There were lots of babies on-hand so Juliette had plenty of playmates.

The babysitter stayed until midnight, and as usual, Juliette was a little angel. It was only when Dad came home at midnight that Juliette decided to cry for the next three straight hours.

Being on the road is tough — new rooms, unfamiliar beds, and a disrupted rhythm. All-in-all, Juliette was a super sport for the entire trip. This single tough night was the only really bad on one the whole trip. The next morning, she was ready to go again, and slept most of the way on the long drive to visit her grandparents in the south-east of France.