Monday, April 20, 2015

Getting to the Park

There is a park near our house that we have walked to many times.  We have walked, pushed strollers, ridden scooters, and ridden bikes.  

Today was Addie's first time going on her new roller blades.  I have to say I didn't think she would make it there and back on her new wheels.  She was fully prepared with all the padding and a determined spirit.

Ben was prepared with 2 pop guns.

Riding over the uneven side walks was not easy, but she did so well.

Malachi was using his tricycle and he loves it.  He is a wild man at the wheel so he rode on just the back tires.

Garrett took a hard fall, but he is so tough, he popped right back up.

At the park Malachi showed his determination to keep up with the big kids.  He can now climb this ladder all by himself.

I love this look.

Spring in Paris is just beautiful.  

Addie needed to take a break.

My favorite picture of the day.

Nannie ended up with both guns and both scooters and we finished our walk through the park.

And on the way home we stopped for the flowers.  These flower beds get changed out regularly and I just love them.

This tree is one of my favorites right now. I love how fluffy the blossoms look right now.

And then we made it home and we all felt a bit like this.  Addie did make it all the way to the park, around the park and home on her roller blades.  I was so proud of her.  

I love this walk and I am going to miss it when we move.  The flowers, the houses, and the fun park have meant so much to us over the last 2 years.  I am thankful we have a couple more months to enjoy and that they are the most beautiful months of the year. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter Sunday 2015

The kids woke up excited to see what the Easter Bunny had left for them.  

The big kids were all excited about their BIG chocolate eggs.

These are not solid eggs, they have a surprise inside.

Bennett was so funny this morning, he was being such a ham for the camera.

Garrett does not usually like to look at the camera and smile, but he did today with his treats.

One of my brocante finds from yesterday.  While I was shopping I grabbed a plant to go in it.  I love spring time in Paris now that it has stopped raining.

We got to church early so I took a quick photo of the kids in case something happened.

After the service I helped get the food set up for our park activities.  I love getting to use some of my treasures to make things more beautiful, especially when they are functional too.

There were games that Addie did very well at, but I was busy keep the food stocked.  Then the kids were ready for the egg hunt.  The boys were ready.

Garrett was moving quickly.

Ben was intent on getting eggs.  

Malachi was in a different area, he was so cute putting the eggs into the bag, until he realized there was something in the eggs.

Then I ran across the field to where Addie was collecting her eggs to get some action shots.  She stopped momentarily for me to take this photo.

And then she was off again.

This is the park we get to go to for our church activities.  It is on an island in the Seine, just outside of Paris.

Time to empty the eggs and go through the candy.

Malachi was having so much fun with the empty eggs.

Happy Easter from our family to yours.

He is Risen, He is Risen indeed!

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Grand Trianon at Versailles

I know I have not been posting much lately.  Life has been BUSY!  I have been posting a few things over at

Today's adventure included a trip to Versailles to tour the Grand Trianon with a guide.  It was an amazing day and I took a few pictures.  You can see it all here.

I hope you are having a beautiful spring!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Embracing Our Next Step

Hey you! Yes, I am talking to all of you.

 We have some exciting news.

I can't believe it, but it is time for the Hilton Family to embrace another MOVE.  

We have so enjoyed our time here in France, but this summer we will be packing up and moving back to Houston, Texas.  There has been a lot of discussion around the where and the when of this move and we are so excited to be abler to share with all of you the when and where of our move.

We are thrilled to be heading back to a place we know and closer to family.  It will be sad to leave France, but we have done as much with our time here as possible.  We still have a few adventures planned for our remaining time in France and I will keep you all updated on those as well.

As for all of my Brocante Treasures there will be more news coming about that soon too.  

I look forward to seeing many of you before the end of the year!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Where We Stayed, What We Ate and What We Saw

I know I have mentioned AirBNB before, but it is worth mentioning again.  We love to find an apartment or house for our adventures.  Our trip to Provence took us to a 2 bedroom apartment with a private indoor pool.  We never know exactly what we are going to get, but all but 1 time we have been very pleased with our choice.

The kids were very pleased with our choice this time.  The indoor pool was heated and the kids had a good time.  Peggy, the hostess, was so sweet and so accommodating.  The house was in Senas, about 45 minutes north of Marseille.  It was about 5 minutes from the interstate and we were able to visit quite a few places and could have spent more time there.  

When traveling with children we have ended up looking for food too many times.  We knew we would have a kitchen so we brought food for one dinner with our favorite meals is fresh ravioli.  It is easy and fast to cook.  We packed a cooler with milk for our cereal in the morning and the ravioli.  A jar of sauce and a box of cereal and we were ready to go.

We had planned a day in Marseille with a ferry ride to Chateau d'If from the Count of Monte Cristo.  Unfortunately this glorious sunshine was accompanied by a ridiculous wind.  All ferries to the Chateau d'If were canceled for the day.  We were so bummed and our enthusiasm for Marseille was seriously diminished.  

We did walk around for a bit, enjoyed a wonderful Starbucks, and I bought some savon, authentic Marseille soap. 

After that we hopped in the car and headed to Orange to see what Roman ruins we could find.  I didn't edit this picture at all.  I love the colors here in France.

The kids took a rest in the car and we made our way to Orange.  This statue was next to the parking lot.

It is always fun to see places the US Army liberated.  

Orange is a small town, and it seems to be more seasonal.  There was some construction going on and several of the shops were closed.  

The big attraction in Orange is the Roman Theater.  This theater is in amazing condition.  We climbed these steps and I loved how worn they are.

This is the theater wall and that is Garrett at the bottom to give you an idea of the scale.

Bennett really enjoyed listening to the audio guide and learning about the site.

It was a short trip, but we had a lot of fun.  We would definitely come back to this part of France again if we had more time.