Wednesday, June 8, 2011

oh là là, oh là là: Part 3

You see, for me, what Aidan's visit to Le Petit Village came down to was this... me having some quality girl time (it should be noted that I actually do have quality time with all the French women in my life; French Mommy, Papa's Wife, Mrs Honey, Child Bride, and M, but it's not always easy. A lot of thought goes into my French conversations, lots of hand gestures, and pointing, and intensive listening... it can be exhausting,  and after a year and a half here, I'm pretty sure that no one really gets me yet, and that kind of sucks). And having Aidan in Le Petit Village felt more like having my crazy sister come to visit than some strange lady I met on the internet (it should also be noted that although technically I met Aidan on the internet, she is not strange, well, not too strange anyway, and any strangeness is a good, fun kind of strange, not a creepy lock the doors kind of strange).

It can be easy to take laughter for granted, and that weekend we laughed a lot, and I loved every second of it. We laughed at the toddlers going hell-for-leather through the old village (after they were in safe hands of course), I laughed at Honey Jr pouting over his Playstation loss (pointed and laughed is a bit more accurate). I laughed at the Texas trash names we made up for each other... Maybelline, Lori Al, and April May June (I think April May June might be my favorite). And I laughed a whole lot on the Saturday night when Aidan, Mrs Canadian and I escaped to my friend, M's house for some 'quiet' time. I'd tell you what it was we were laughing about but I like to keep this space a PG kind of place and apparently, Maybelline, Lori Al, and April May June, don't know how to have PG conversations. So since I can't tell you, how about some photos of the weekend instead. Deal? Deal.

{the tree in front of La Petite Notre Dame all tarted up}

{Aidan and Oldest admiring the view}

{Aidan, Oldest, and Mrs Canadian trying to corral the toddlers}


{And the cherry tree where M and I took Oldest to pick cherries} 

And I'm not the only one who enjoyed the company... The Husband has a little bromance with Mr Aidan. He even joked to him that he'd let all the air out of his tires so they wouldn't be able to leave (at least I hope he was joking).

Now that's lock the door kind of strange.

Just sayin' 

bisou



P.S.  if you want to see what Aidan did with all the cherries, click here 

20 comments:

  1. I so painfully wanna come visit too! I do fear however, that all the pictures would be taken in the Parisian's bar....

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  2. Looks like you had a lot of fun! I will be in Europe next summer and will be traveling through France...maybe we can have tea, or wine...=P

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  3. What a laugh! I have an English friend who has lived in Provence very happily for nearly forty years and who is as dug in with the locals as anyone can be, but even she says that now and again she needs to spend time belly-laughing with no holds barred with people from her own cultural background. It's the shorthand connections that shared references give that she misses sometimes.

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  4. Girl time = absolutely, positively necessary. Glad you got your fill!

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  5. It's all so true. That feeling of ease and connection and that someone actually understands you without jumping through language barrier hoops and still not being sure they've 'gotten it'. What's funny is that we were talking so much Texan that I don't know if anyone else understood us...even the Canadian.
    And our boys. I mean the big ones. They're in lurve!
    aidan xo

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  6. I love that you made a friend through the Internet. We can learn so much about someone through writing. Looks like a friend for life:) I think it's hilarious that they couldn't understand your 'Texan Talk!'

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  7. That is so awesome that you have someone nearby to have that quality girl time with. It's great you have French people to converse with as well, of course, but, I totally get what you're saying about speaking/thinking in another language. It IS exhausting, not to mention the occasional headaches one gets sometimes.

    Btw- L-O-V-E the trashy Texan names! Somehow, I think one could make a drinking game out of this... don't know why that occured to me, but, it did. ;-) Bisous!

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  8. Girl time, XXX conversations, and lots of laughs. Sounds you had a great time!

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  9. Sounds like you had a great time together. Girl time is so important and can really do wonders to a gal's spirits. I have to say, my favorite Texas trash name is also April May June. Too funny! Glad to hear you had such a nice visit together.

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  10. I dont get enough girl time! Come visit me in San Diego please.

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  11. So much fun!!! Yay for internet friends and English speakers in France :)

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  12. What a fun and relaxing life it seems you lead! I would love to pick cherries from that tree, goodness it's beautiful! Hope you're doing well!

    -joce

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  13. It sounds so fun!! It sucks that no one completely gets you yet, but these things take time, especially with such a big language barrier. And it's so lovely that found someone with whom you connected with right away :)

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  14. April May June sounds like the name for a good character in a Southern novel...may have to use that...! Glad you survived or should I say the little 2 year old's survived the visit. Isn't it wonderful to enjoy good friends? They add so much to life.

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  15. Wow, what a beautiful place!

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  16. FINALLY getting caught up on my blog reading. Super jealous about visiting favorite bloggers who happen to live in beautiful France! I would so come on a Le Petit Village tour.

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  17. I met the writer of another blog I read, and it wasn't strange at all. It was a little odd that we know SO MUCH about one another, but we got over it.

    Yay girl time!

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  18. I hear you. After six years in London I have made a bunch of new, wonderful friends - but I still miss my old friends very very much. And it's not a language barrier in my case that keeps me from having similar relationships. xx

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  19. It is surprising to realize how instantly friends met online become like old friends!

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  20. Alrighty, all this talk of fun in Le Petit Village has made me UBER excited for our visit next weekend!

    Batten down the hatches villagers and prepare for the Aussie onslaught!

    Can't wait to see you again - and I'm so thrilled that you had some much fun with Aidan + family + friends.

    I'll message you during the week for final plans.

    Have a good long weekend!

    xx B

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