Drinking from the bottle

Pretty exciting day today. Alex has worked out how to pick up his bottle and feed himself, opening up a whole new world of self-feeding opportunities. He looks pretty pleased with himself.

Alex has learned how to drink from the bottle

Alex has learned how to drink from the bottle

Feeling pretty smug with his accomplishment

Feeling pretty smug with his accomplishment

A visit from family

We had a surprise visit from Dad’s uncle, Bob and his family as they passed through on their way to Austria. Juliette had a great time meeting some of Dad’s cousins and was spoiled with all the attention.

Time for a story with Daniella

Time for a story with Daniella

Juliette says, "LOL!"

Juliette says, “LOL!”

Poolside

A few more days of vacation, a few more smiles. Life is good in the south…

Check me out, cool guy in my shades...

Check me out, cool guy in my shades…

Mom is finally relaxing in the sun...

Mom is finally relaxing in the sun…

Alex catches a few rays with Mom...

Alex catches a few rays with Mom…

Oh, to be young and care-free!

Oh, to be young and care-free!

Alex, catching some shade with his grandmother...

Alex, catching some shade with his grandmother…

French paradise

A few days into our trip, and we’re all beginning to relax. The kids, despite SPF50 sunscreen, are beginning to get tanned and Dad’s laughing at Juliette’s little white butt. The temperature outside is 35C, and the water is a bath-water-like 29C, perfect for passing the entire afternoon in the pool. The kids are having a great time, Mom and Dad are catching their breath, and Dad is even finding time to lend a hand in the kitchen. How do Americans live without five weeks of vacation a year?!?

I could get used to this....

I could get used to this….

Everyone's checking out the water temperature...  We just do it in different ways.

Everyone’s checking out the water temperature… We just do it in different ways.

Juliette didn't really understand that Minouche didn't like "hugs"

Juliette didn’t really understand that Minouche didn’t like “hugs”

Like father, like son...

Like father, like son…

Having fun with the munchkin

Having fun with the munchkin

"Mathieu, would you mind cooking lunch?" asked Sylvette. "No problem," answered Matthew. "How about monkfish with rosemary from your garden, mixed cherry tomatoes, and roasted potatoes?" "Ca marche," said Sylvette.

“Mathieu, would you mind cooking lunch?” asked Sylvette. “No problem,” answered Matthew. “How about monkfish with rosemary from your garden, mixed cherry tomatoes, and roasted potatoes?” “Ca marche,” said Sylvette.

Summer holidays!

After a very long first-half of the year, it’s finally time for our summer holidays — two weeks in the south of France with Aude’s parents. After a long, ten-hour drive (thank goodness for in-seat DVD screens for the kids), we finally made it to the French coast to discover glorious sunshine, warm weather, and a welcoming pool. The kids have given their seal-of-approval!

Yay!  Vacation is here!

Yay! Vacation is here!

Happy to be in the sun

Happy to be in the sun