Galette des rois

calgary dating websites 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.

christian woman dating 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!

married woman seeking married man 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!

blind date online Grandpa became the King

cougar dating canada The King chooses his Queen

A Prince in waiting

Christmas 2017

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

Five years old!

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?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Le Vaisseau

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