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?
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.
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!
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!