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My trip to France was lovely and my host family were the best I could have ever asked for.  I walked the streets of Paris, road the bullet trains of Europe, strolled the water front of Marseille, and ate croissants every morning in Avignon – truly once in a lifetime.   Once I got back I had some serious catching up to do.  Over the 9 days of my trip I skipped my whole “prep” week between class groups and the first 3 days of my new class.  I was poorly prepared.  I’ve been working hard to try to catch up and I think it’s been working because my class tested very well this last week. What little troopers they are!

If you’re interested in seeing my photos from France, you can see a small collection of them here:

Tomorrow is my last day of work and I’ll be off for 2 glorious weeks.  But again, I’ve been poorly prepared and King’s Christmas present is going to end up being late.  Thankfully the orphanage will be getting him a scooter on their end to hold him over the extra couple of days we’ll need.  Speaking of King, things aren’t going so well with our adoption process. I know some have heard me cry about this already but yet again, his file was sent back to the orphanage that holds his paperwork for rewriting.  We have no idea how long it will take to complete and be resubmitted to the committee but we are always hopeful that it could be as little as a week, but really it could be as much as weeks/months.  Much like I did last year when thinking about 2011 – I’m hoping that 2012 is OUR year.

I’m already working on my “Year in Review” post for 2011 and I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone.  I’ve failed at many of my goals for the year but was successful in a couple of them.

Bonjour de France

At first I thought it would be funny to post this while thing in French but then I thought better – I’ll save you guys a trip to Google Translate.  I landed in Marseille yesterday evening after something like 20 traveling hours.  My first flight was rough – I had the seat smack-dab in the middle (middle row, middle seat) between 2 men, one happy and nice, the other quite cranky.  The nice guy let me use his noise canceling headphones (boy are those sweet!) so that I could take a nap during the first leg of the flight.  After landing I spent 6 hours at the Amsterdam airport running this way and that.  Then a short trip to Marseille.

It is so lovely here.  Of course right now it is raining but who cares when you’re sitting at a little table in an adorable little french kitchen with the view of a garden filled with grapevines while sipping coffee??  I know I sure don’t!  My friend Anne is a wonderful host and we’ve already had eggs and coffee and fresh bread.  The room I’m staying in is adorable and I can’t wait to upload some pictures today.  So far, the trip as been a success.  We leave for Paris in 2 days!

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