A walk at my favorite lake

I took long walks during this entire insanity snow weather. I went to my favorite place, my refuge…went to the lake.

Took photos and enjoyed the silence.

 

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L’innocence d’un enfant

There is a certain beauty to see a child being a child.

Chloe was outside today and she closed her eyes and was feeling the snow coming down on her face. I had the camera on hand, and looked at her for a long moment to enjoy the no worry, no care of my child. Then of course I had to capture this moment, I wanted to feel inside my heart for a long time..

It was beautiful, innocent. Catching the snow in her mouth, her eyes closes, the flakes on her eyelashes….I stood there, watching her, and wondering if as an adult we can ever experience this peace…

Here is my beautiful Chloe.

Lara’s first cooking lesson

Lara has many friends that have been cooking making their own stuff in the kitchen. She had ask to cook before.

Photos are just simple Iphone photos as I was more concentrating on her than on photography for this event. This was all about her, and not about anything else.

She today had her first cooking lesson and she chose to make banana bread. We had music going: Cloud 9, Miley Cyrus, Frozen soundtrack….it was the Chef’s choice of music!

She made the banana bread from scratch, took notes, and was the most incredible student.

She cut herself for the first time with the knife, she learned how to use the kitchen aid and she got to licked the bowl…and she learned how to clean up afterwards!

This was I assure you the best banana bread I ever ate! She was so proud of herself, she learned the cup, teaspoons, and how to properly butter the bottom of the pan.

It was just her and I in the kitchen, we had a blast!

 

 

This Christmas party has become a tradition

Every year for Christmas Yemi and her parents through this fabulous party.

My parents come from overseas and plan their trip to be able to make this party.

We sing Carols. We get to be serenaded at the piano by Yemi, serenaded by Yemi’s daughter at the harp. This year Jack brought his trumpet and my gosh what a treat !It was so wonderful.

We re-did the 12 days of Christmas…we were all entertained that is for sure.

Great friends, laughter, families in town, kids, food and most of all love.

 

My Parents

For the both of them it is their second marriage. They have been married for 32 years ( I think). Being on vacation with them was a good example of what a healthy marriage/relationship should be.

Every morning my dad over the 10 days of vacations would wake up, and say good morning to both my mom and I. At breakfast he would get up, get his coffee, set it on the table and go kiss my mom with a ” Bonjour ma cherie” .

During visiting Athenes, Santorini, he would take my mom’s hand, or put his arms around her shoulders. Not by obligations, but in such a natural way. Every night he would get up from the bed in the hotel, and go get a piece of dark chocolate for himself and ask ” Tu veux une tisane ma cherie?” and he would make her a tea.

He was taking so many photos of her , and on the same time of me. He told me : this is normal Katia, this is how it should be.

They both joke so much, laugh all times, don’t take themselves seriously.

And then the night before we left Athenes we were talking about many things as we are inside a restaurant and my dad gave this speech that actually made me and my mom cry.

He gave his declaration of love right there, and why he loved my mom, and what love was suppose to be, or not to be. It was the most beautiful thing he ever said, and if you knew my dad you would know he is not the kind of kind to say this kind of things very easily.  I can count on my hand the times I heard him say I love you.

That was the most beautiful speech I had ever heard. Wish I had record it. At then end ,both my mom and I in tears crying in this restaurant, my mom said…I never knew you felt that way, still , after all these years.

Anyway here are the photos I took of them together.

They have show me what is love, and are a perfect example of why it last. They both give to each other. There is not just one that inspire the other…they both inspire each other. They both challenge each other still. They both lift each other up. It is both way, it goes both ways. They both have been very sucessful and still together because they always had each others back and pushed each other further. That is why they respect each other.  They are truly an example!

The Acropolis of Athens, Greece

I can’t found the words to express what walking into this ancient place what I felt. Knowing that so many have been here…

The Acropolis of Athens is one of the most ancient citadelle. It is  all the way on a high rocky hill above the city of Athens.

The Acropolis is made of  several ancient buildings ( only ruins)

The Site is an incredible architectural place and very rich in historic significance.

Of course the most famous building in the Acropolis is the Parthenon.

It was a pleasure to take photos there, really.

Chloe’s Christmas Celebration

This morning I went to have “Mocha with mom” at Chloe’s school, then this afternoon I went to her Christmas celebration party. It was so fun!

Caroline is the best room parent volunteer you could have in your kids class!

She brought a Miniature Christmas tree, lights and a playlist.

The kids had snacks, had a dance party and limbo! An absolute blast.

 

Jason’s basket ball game

It was wonderful to see Jason at his first game of the season 2 weeks ago!

Great game. He scored, he had fun, and his team won!

Friends

Sometimes it takes something so simple like a phone call from a friend on final week after they are finished to say: come to the house with the kids, do not bring anything, just show up and we will take care of you.

Last Friday night was great TLC from wonderful friends. Cheese, incredible wine and superbe company. Kids all played together and Jason and I enjoyed great food and talks. Thank you Jeff and Stacey for the fun, the laughs, the food, the wine but mostly for your friendship.

 

Duke Lemur Center

I took the kids last Sunday to the Duke Lemur center. We had such a good time learning about these animals from Madagascar.

It was a 90 minutes tour and we were fascinated by those cute animals.

It was so worth the time and the entrance fee.

Check their website: http://lemur.duke.edu/tours/