Farewell to 2016: A Year Well-Traveled

2017 came to Monterrey with a bang. Well lots of bangs, actually. Since about December 12 (the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and arguably the beginning of holiday celebrations in Mexico), the sound of fireworks has filled the air all day long. Yep, even in the blazing sun, the telltale bang and corresponding puff…

And Baby Makes Three…

I’m back! As my regular readers might have learned (or guessed), our baby girl arrived at the beginning of July—on the 4th of July to be exact. Yes, our little firecracker is one of the five-percent of babies born on their actual due dates. She either decided to humor us in our amusement about potentially…

Cupcakes and Due Dates

Days. That’s where we are at with our baby countdown. Just days until Matt and I get to hold our sweet little girl. Days until my body performs the incredible feat of pushing something the size of a watermelon out of a place much smaller than that. Days until the incredible highs and lows of…

38 Weeks: The Calm before the Storm

Just over a week—that’s about how much time we have before our baby girl is here, changing our duo into a party of three. I’m sure some of you are saying, “you’re a first-time mom. How can you be so sure she’s going to be here in that time frame? Most first-time moms are late.”…

Babymoon in Paradise

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. I can practically hear the clock ticking as I write. Every minute, every day, each passing week we get a little closer to the arrival of our baby girl. On Monday, I officially begin the ninth month of pregnancy. I’ve read the last month can often drag, but so far the…

On Castles and Chasms (or a Weekend-End Trip to South-Central France)

“Looks like you’ve made the American version,” said my oh-so-hilarious doctor at my 32-week scan. He’d just informed Matt and me our petite not-so-petite little girl was already weighing in at an estimated and whopping 5.7 pounds. Yep, our feisty, little, French-made bebé, who punched at the ultrasound wand while the doctor was trying to…

A Day Trip to Lourdes

Matt and I travel a lot. We were discussing just how much the other day and realized that, since January 2015 alone, we’ve traveled to a different state or—starting at the end of May—a different country every month. Granted, some of that has been dictated by work, but I think we also get a little…

Five Must-See Châteaux in the Loire Valley

Today I’m going to flash back to a trip we took in November. We spent a long weekend exploring north central and northwest France, including Mont-Saint-Michel and Normandy. The final part of our trip about which I have not yet written was a jaunt through the Loire Valley to tour some of the châteaux (or…

2016-The Year of the Baby!

Happy New Year! I hope all of you had wonderful holidays and got to spend plenty of quality time with family and friends. We were blessed to be able to celebrate Christmas in Paris. Christmas Eve, Matt and I attended Midnight Mass at a heavily guarded Notre Dame. Temporary fences provided a wide perimeter around…

Discovering Normandy

It’s hard to believe December is well underway and that we’ve entered our 6th month living in France. December is shaping up to be a busy and fun month! In one week, we leave for Austria and Germany for a few days to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. Two words: Christmas markets! Hard to believe…

A Day at Mont-Saint-Michel

It’s funny the difference a few days can make. Just last week we were making plans to pack our bags and move to Germany. This week we are settling in to France for another few months. It’s a long story that involves visa delays and last-minute scrambling (neither of which was from our end). Suffice…

A Cheesey Day in Montauban

Southern France in fall has proven to be very beautiful. The leaves are changing, the weather is mostly mild and the fruits and vegetables are a gorgeous mélange of autumn hues. While the slow shift of seasons is similar to what we were used to in the U.S., the decided lack of fall marketing is…