I think Juliette is better-traveled at age two than her parents were at age 20! It’s time for her second trans-Atlantic trip to visit her grandparents in Washington. We’re flying with Air France this time, so it’s a quick hop over to Paris and then a chance for Juliette and Papa to experience the Air France A380 to Washington. Kudos to the ground staff and cabin crew on the Air France flights — they were absolutely superb at every step of the way, and Dad owes them all a very big thank-you. We had two great flights and Juliette got the Princess treatment.
Juliette helped Maman make dessert for lunch today…
Juliette is learning new words, and two of the words she learned early on were “ice” (because the ice machine makes a big noise when it releases ice cubes) and “baby” because she has been looking forward to a baby brother for a long time now. Being parents who grew up in the 90s, there were possibilities that existed in these two words that had to be exploited. She may never understand, but these ten seconds have made our lives complete. 🙂
Juliette likes to play with the scales at the grocery store, and Dad normally lets her weigh the fruit and vegetables. Occasionally, she likes to label herself. Appropriately enough, she selected ‘Clementines’. 🙂
Sunday at home was also a chance to take a few pictures…
It was a beautiful day today, with clear skies and warming temperatures. There might still be pockets of snow alongside the road, but spring is just around the corner. Birds are singing, the mornings and evenings are getting lighter, and the days are turning warmer. Surely there can’t be much winter left…
So it was great for Juliette and Alex to have some company from their good friend Taline. The kids walked to the park at the bottom of our hill to watch the horses while Dad prepared lunch, then we all sat down to a lunch together — Dad’s take on soup-and-sandwich (Momofuku pork belly buns and ginger chicken ramen soup) along with Vietnamese spring rolls (a big hit with the little ones).
We put the kids down for their naps and had a few hours of quiet adult time, then it was time for a snack and a little playtime. All in all, a great way to spend a Sunday!
When children are exposed to multiple languages, apparently they start talking later. Juliette gets three languages: English at daycare and at home, German at daycare, and French at home. And true to the literature, she started talking later than many of her peers who lived in monolingual environments. But now that she’s starting talking… boy, is she learning fast! It blows our minds how quickly she’s developing.
Tonight, we practiced counting to ten in English, French, and German. Oh well, two-out-of-three isn’t bad! (She managed in German, too, just not a second time for the camera).
Mom thought she would try to sneak a chocolate into her mouth without anyone noticing. Sharp-eyed Juliette caught her red handed!
We love to hear Juliette’s accent, in English and in French. 🙂
It’s hard to say what’s nature, and what’s nurture. But Juliette has certainly has picked up her father’s meticulous tendencies. (some would say OCD, but that seems unfair…) Check out how she peels an orange and manages the mess!