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Life Update via Instagram

Happy Friday everyone!

Yay for the weekend, this momma wants to sleep in!

So the other day I ask ya’ll on Facebook whether or not you’d like to see my apartment & city via Instagram. The overwhelming response was yeah!  You can follow me here to stay updated on our crazy French life. My feed is mainly filled with cute kids, beautiful French buildings, the occasional French food, & vary rarely the hot husband makes an appearance. He is not aware of this, however, so let’s keep that on the low.

So here’s what’s been going on with us.


My men. Gosh I love them. Aren’t they handsome? Well, can’t tell much from the back, but trust me, they are!


This is the cathedral in our town. It’s gorgeous. I don’t know much about the history of it, but I have my mind set to find out. I’m sure it’s something amazing because this next picture, that’s the same church after WWI. Can you believe it?  IMG_1907

That town above, that’s my town! It basically got destroyed in the war. I live on the same street at the church, just down a little bit to the bottom right. I just find it incredible that my city once looked like that. And not too long ago! I’m a total history nerd, sorry!


This is what our Friday nights look like. Basketball. And if hubs has an away game, then it’s watching basketball on the computer. #biggestfan


I found these at my local grocery store. I had them first when I was in Holland in high school & fell in love. As you can see, we recently were reunited. Although this relationship didn’t last long. What can I say, I really really like them.

Now for a little apartment tour. I still have some more to come, but here’s what I’ve done so far.



Our little kitchen. It’s really not so bad. It’s small & doesn’t have a lot of counter space, but it’s open & that’s nice. We don’t have a dishwasher or a garbage disposal which stinks. But all the more to be thankful for when I do (hopefully) have those things some day!


Oh and the bummer of living in a country where everything is small, that top thing in the fridge there? That’s my freezer. Did I mention I have to feed two starving (always!) growing boys & one very hungry grown man who burns at least 3,000 calories a day. Which means he has to eat more at least that to maintain his weight, which he has to do for his job. He actually would like to gain weight but I just can’t seem to do it!


There he is, that big hungry man. See our open area? Pretty nice! If you’re an American who’s never been abroad you might be thinking “you poor thing!” But if you’ve been abroad or traveled anywhere outside the states really, you probably know this is fabulous. IMG_1968

Some typical French things. To the left is how they heat the house. And they are hot to the touch. Not sure why they haven’t upgraded yet, but they haven’t. A plus? I lay my gloves on it when I come home & they’re all warm when I need to put them on! Top right, best invention ever and we don’t have them a lot in America. A water heater. It heats your water in under a minute. Tea kettles are now soooo slow! The last picture is of a French outlet & light switches. Just in case you’ve never seen one! 🙂

Oh the laundry room… Remember how I said everything is smaller in France? Well, the washing machine is not excluded. And we are not small people. You do the math. And the pic on the top right? I have to empty the water out of the thing on the bottom after every couple cycles. I really wonder why they haven’t upgraded that either…


Documenting the fact that my 5 year old has succumbed to the Frenchie way. He needs ketchup and mayo with his chicken & fries. Yuck. But according to Instagram, not all of you think it’s yucky!


He made a rare appearance. This was a #latergram but I just think they’re so awesome.


It snowed. The flakes were so big and lovely you could almost catch them. Isn’t it pretty. This So Cal girl is finding out that snow is pretty when it falls, but when it starts to melt, it’s dangerous. My booty is still sore


I found out from a lovely Facebook fan that this building is the Marie. It’s like, gosh how do you explain the Marie… where you get stuff done I guess? For example, I have to go there to buy lunch tickets for my sons school. Not sure that helps explain because I’m not even sure why I have to go there for that, but oh well!

our town

These are some other buildings in my town I haven’t shared on Instagram yet. It’s our little (really, very little) city center. It’s pretty * perfectly European. It’s funny, because I talk like this but I bet a European wouldn’t think the same way. This is normal for them. Yet, still, after 5 years on and off of being here, it still never gets old to me. France is truly a beautiful country!

Hope you liked my little Instagram dump/update. If you’d like to follow along on our journey, feel free! Like a little French vacation on your phone!

Have a fabulous weekend!

22 Responses to Life Update via Instagram

  1. Kat January 25, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Oh my gosh, drooooling over these pictures!! Can I just come live with you guys and be the live in nanny who doesn’t really watch the kids and eats all your food?

    • Natalia January 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      You had me until the not watching the kids! Cuz seriously with these monsters, there’s no food left to eat in this house anyway!

  2. Gina @ Oaxacaborn January 25, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    Definitely loving your French tour. I’m always so curious about the little quirks that pop up in everyday life when one lives abroad. Like emptying the water from the machine…what’s that all about?! I’ve never seen that before! 

    One of my favorite things about France (when I visited) was watching people walk to/from the market in the early morning, with loaves of bread and stuff sticking out of their bags. Makes sense, with how small the fridges can be!

    • Natalia January 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

      I thought that about the machine too! And it takes forever to dry in the first place, but then if you don’t empty it, it won’t dry all the way & you have to restart it. And the washer takes

      And yes, the Frenchies walk everywhere! Definitely one of my favorite things too. And after you’ve tasted a baguette, you can understand why. I used to think ‘what’s the big deal with this bread!?’ Now, I understand!

  3. MiMi January 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    I remember seeing pics of your last place, which wasn’t bad, but was very small and seemed closed in, so I bet this place is heaven for you!
    And I love the city in the snow!! 
    I know they’re gonna see that and take note.

    • Natalia January 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      You always make me laugh! 🙂 Thank you for reaching out to France for me, I appreciate it. I guess you do have a pretty good connection, with the last name and all!

  4. Gina_AcuteDesigns January 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Gorgeous pics!  And I also love those cookies…they’re my favorite :).

    • Natalia January 26, 2013 at 7:21 am #

      Aren’t they fabulous? I ate the whole thing so fast, they’re delicious!

  5. Tammi Durso January 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    I love it!!! Wish I could visit this time. Why don’t you go back there again next year so I can!

    • Natalia January 26, 2013 at 7:21 am #

      It might be an option! I think you guys would like the little city here. Not too much to do but pretty & typically French. Miss you guys!

  6. melodee January 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    wow, amazing and beautiful pictures! what a neat experience to live there….and yes your kitchen abroad is awesome and amazing!!! 

    • Natalia January 26, 2013 at 7:20 am #

      Thank you! It definitely is a fun experience. I have enjoyed it so far & know I’ll miss it when we’re done!

  7. ahnnie January 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    Hi…just wanted to say thanks for sharing the birds eye view of France – you have no idea how much I enjoyed this…your insights…the pic’s – thanks SO much!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Natalia January 26, 2013 at 7:19 am #

      I am so glad you did, thank you so much for leaving a comment! I will be sure to continue updates as I get them!

  8. Leigh Anne January 25, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    What a fun glimpse into your life! I have never visited Europe, much less France. Would love to some day! Those buildings are amazing! The view from your window looks like a movie scene 🙂 But, you poor thing….that fridge is soooo tiny! No wonder they go to the market all the time!

    • Natalia January 26, 2013 at 7:19 am #

      Seriously about the fridge/freezer! We’re making it work, but with the amount of food they eat it’s crazy!

  9. Chrissy January 27, 2013 at 2:26 am #

    Some of the things are the same here in Germany, like I have to empty the water from the dryer as well. Guess we Europeans and our habits are a little different after all. I am in love with my water heater and honestly, I didn’t even notice that you don’t have them in the US. haha
    We have a bigger fridge though, bought a side by side when we came back from the US, but ours never had such a tiny freezer, that one must be really old. I bet it’s a challenge feeding those hungry men of yours.
    Thanks for the insight to your life in France. It was a lot of fun! Hugs xxx

    • Natalia January 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

      I think normally people might have bigger fridges. I think we get jipped because we have to take what they give us. We don’t have a lot of choice. It’s working out okay though!

  10. Sparkle and CO January 30, 2013 at 5:12 am #

    lol We have bigger fridges but not as huge as those you have in America. This one is old! But you’re right, everything is tiny here compared to USA. My cousin who lives in Charlotte, NC didn’t dare to get into a Smart car or to ride a scooter. Your pictures are awesome! 

    • Natalia January 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      Thanks! Yes, it is funny the differences, & it’s also amazing how you learn to just deal with what you have and make the best of it!

  11. Kelly February 8, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    I LOVE seeing your life!!!!!!!  ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!  We have the same radiators!  LOL

    • Natalia February 9, 2013 at 9:04 am #

      Oh that’s funny you have the same radiators! Weird, they haven’t upgraded… Oh well, they work!

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