Category archives: Personnal-News

  • A funny note

  • I'm just working away on my computer, when Magalie, my 10 year old, sneaks up by and leaves me this note to read immediately. Obviously, she inherited my sweet tooth curse... Very witty Meg!!! Sweets are the best fuel in our family for our creativity engine, so I talked the hungry alien into visiting someone else's house, while I let Meg "guard" the cookie dough... A wonderful 4th of July weekend to all!
  • Our water filters

  • A little over 10 years ago, we read reports about water quality, and it prompted us to install an elaborate water filter system to "purify" the city water feeding our entire house. We have four 3 feet long and 6.5" diameter gigantic filters in our garage filtering the water coming from the street into our house, 4 more small filters for our kitchen sink, and again 4 filters for our freezer (for ice cubes and cold drinking water). Therefore, throughout the house, our water is filtered from the [...]
  • Us!

  • It's so rare for me to be on the other side of the lens. At best, once a year, around Christmas, I manage to get everyone committed to a family session. Like everyone else, I start by agonizing a little about where, when can we make the time with our ever busy schedules, what to wear.. (sounds familiar?), but quickly get my senses back and remember to just get it done! And I'm sooooo thankful to have occasionally a few pictures of my very favorite people in the world with me. To have forever [...]
  • A little bit of us

  • I don't always think of sharing pictures of us on the blog, but here are a few I took this past spring, when our little cousins from Washington came for a visit. Tayloe, Olivia, Magalie, Will and John. Every Christmas, as part of their wish list, my children ask for a little brother... not happening! John makes a wonderful little brother when he's around, otherwise Coco (our sweet little dog) fulfills her duty of being the 4th child in this family. [...]
  • Who would have thought?

  • That's right! We've acquired a little mobile home, an airstream, 19 feet. Bambi, as we affectionately call it, or the silver bullet. I never, in a million years, would have envisioned our family camping in any way. I tried it once, when I was 20. I keep fond memories of that dreadful weekend in "Bretagne", because I was with very special friends, but it rained the whole time, and although the place was charming, the tandem bike ride lovely, the constant cold wet weather was miserable. He [...]
  • Noël en Provence, deuxième partie

  • The last part of our December trip to France. I'm probably reiterating, but having spend Christmas in France was so special to me, even more so since it was in Aix-en-Provence. It was my first Christmas back home since my engagement (Noël 1994!!!!) True to our wish to tour the surroundings, we visited Marseilles, the oldest city of France, founded in 600BC by Greeks. It is famous for it's "vieux port" (old port), still France's largest commercial port. The entrance of the port is flanked by [...]
  • Noël 2009 en Provence

  • Today, I'm able to share a few pictures from our past December trip to France. I had been hoping for a white Christmas, snow flakes even greeted us on our arrival. However, the thin white blanket melted within a day, and rain took over. Our first day, eager and ambitious to discover all of the South of France, Henry planed a spiritual excursion for us. Legend has it that Mary Magdalen (along with Lazarus and Martha) fled to the South of France (via Egypt) bearing "the earthen vessel that he [...]
  • A little tribute to Olivia

  • I've mentioned lately a special visitor from France, and thought I would post a couple pictures from this past summer. It's been nearly 2 weeks since my niece returned to home, and we miss her! We were very fortunate she chose to spend her winter brake with us. To my children, she's a dream caring big sister, to me she was a valuable assistant and such wonderful company. She's left me dreaming and hoping my daughters will grow up to be as charming, lovely, responsible, and mature as she is. [...]
  • Baby as Art workshop

  • 2 weeks ago I treated myself to a wonderful workshop, from the Baby as Art team, Carrie Sandoval and Brittany Woodall. It was a very short workshop, 2 days in all, limited to only 6 attendees (so so nice compare to the big groups of 20-30 attending wedding photography workshops). I have been a huge fan of their work for a while and was so excited to found out they were willing to share their skills. I love going to workshops, they're very intense, I always meet wonderful people (who all share [...]
  • 9 years old!

  • Magalie is 9, and it seems that just yesterday she was a newborn in my arms. We had some of her friends over to celebrate her last single digit birthday. It was the first day of cooler weather here in Pensacola. The kids called it "freezing", a bit of an exaggeration... The girls went outside, tried out Meg's new jump rope, all decked out for a winter day, had a glorious time in this delightful temperature, and I pulled my camera out of the bag. Mimi, Meg, Lizzy, and Frannie Vive l'au [...]
  • Tree frogs

  • We have many many tree frogs stuck on our front door and windows. One night I counted over 30 on our 3 porch windows! They're tricky by the front door, because occasionally they'll jump on us, and it's unnerving to have one land on your head unexpectedly. We're all trained to site them and quickly duck through the door, you won't find my children lingering, Olivia in particular hate their sticky touch. Coco on the other hand is the great frog hunter, and can spend hours staring at the front [...]
  • I'm back!

  • Back in Pensacola from my long trip home to France, just a week ago.  Back in front of my computer starting today.  This past week was dedicated to getting the kids ready for school, getting the house back in order (I'm not quite there yet , on all fronts, but great improvements have been accomplished). 14 years ago, as young bride, when I moved to Pensacola, FL, USA, I had fears that the great move would be difficult: going from my parent's nest to my husband's home, leaving my friends, givi [...]