Signs that we are adapting to France: #13

We have quite limited food storage in our house – in fact this cupboard is pretty much it.  Suffice it to say we have to prioritize and only keep on hand the most important staples of life.
This is what one of the two shelves looks like.

That’s right – three  unopened jars of nutella (the big one’s)  and four Bonne Maman jams.

Note – we just opened a jar of Nutella, and there are three flavours of Bonne Maman jams open in the fridge.

Chartreuse – encore.

The week before Susan’s mom left we hiked up in the Chartreuse mountains – and went up by la Grande Chartreuse monastery.   We stopped along the side of the road for a pic-nic on our way. 
Micah insisted on a picture ‘of just the boys’

 For those who are starting to wonder if this is a re-post – nope we just seem to like this particular hike.  We’ve done it once here and again here.  

The weather was quite nice out – so we thought we better take advantage of it.

Q: look familiar? A: yes and yes.


We went quite a bit further down this trail than we have before – where it leads to climbing up through some cracks in the rocks.
And over some boulders that have quasi-ladders built into them

 At one point you have to kind of crawl through a slanted opening in a rock.  That’s the kind of afternoon stroll we take when you have Grandma and a two-month old with you.  
After we drove a bit further on to la Grande Chartreuse.
This is called: “…why didn’t you tell me it was bubbly water?!”

We hiked up to the cross up above it all – as the view down over the monastery and across the valley makes it all worth while.

…and she’s gone

Well –  Grandma is on her way home again. We had a great time with Susan’s mom over the past few weeks. We have all loved having the chance to spend time with her and Susan and I have been spoiled by her help.  
We know that living this far away from all of our family – that seeing them is not a given. We know quite a few people whose family is not willing &/or able to visit – so it’s not something we take for granted.  Since we’ve been here we’ve had Susan’s mom, her parents were both here, my mom and Aunt Nora, my sister Marie, cousin Nathan, Aaron and Heather and their girls were here this summer….   

  It makes living away from home a lot less difficult when the part  you miss actually comes to you (because it sure is not the Edmonton winter that we miss – as forecasts for this weekend give us temperatures about 30º warmer here)

This visit we were able to travel to Paris with her and do some fun trips etc- but mostly just have her here.   The kids were glad to have someone else to read their english homework to, to go on walks around our place, someone to take them for lunch, and to show them their favourite hikes.

deux mois

Our little Alma is two months old already.

We took her for her 2-month appointment last Friday – and she is continuing to bulk up nicely.  5.5kg  – so she has gained more than 1kg again this month.

She continues to eat well, sleep well, and bring much more joy into our family than you would expect from someone who weighs less than 6kg.