I just realized that I haven't posted anything in over a month. What can I say? Life is busy around here. It's hard to believe it's spring already! There are flowers in our yard, and the days are getting longer. It's amazing how fast time passes...right around this time last year, we found out that I was pregnant. Now I can't imagine life without little Ian. We're very lucky that the girls are so independent and that Ian is such a sweet, happy baby...it makes things a lot easier! As we head into spring, I took a look back at the end of winter. February can be a tough month, when everyone is tired of the gloomy days and longing for spring. Still, there are always opportunities for fun. Below are some pictures of a few things that helped brighten up our winter days.
^^It is so fun watching Ian grow - and it's happening so fast!
^^We celebrated my birthday with an amazing lemon tart from the local bakery (preceded by pizza, of course)! Ian was fascinated by the tart - ha!
Kevin and I popped into the city for a birthday lunch.
^^While Kevin and the girls are at school, Ian and I hang out. I put him in the Boba carrier while I bake or get dinner ready. When he's not into the Boba, he chills in his Rock 'n Play.
^^We had such a great surprise when my friend Hannah and her husband missed their connecting flight in Paris and ended up stuck here for the day! Kevin and I managed to meet up with them for a quick dinner before they got on the plane to Nice. Hannah and I met when we were both exchange students in Denmark during high school...we hadn't seen each other in 20 years! It's funny - the last time Hannah was in Paris, the two of us were running around together, counting the steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower and trying out our French accents. I love that we were able to catch up and chat as if no time had passed.
^^Serena loves coming home and playing with Ian. He is interacting so much more now, and he's a lot of fun!
Beatrix and I made a New Orleans King Cake for Mardi Gras. I didn't get a picture of the final result, because the girls baked it and ate half of it before Ian and I woke up! That's okay, though - I didn't have the right sugar colors to make it look authentic. It sure tasted great though! We used this recipe, only without the raisins. We also doubled the recipe and froze one of the cakes...that second cake is sounding pretty good right about now.
Moving from America to France with two preteen girls, two dogs and a cat was an incredible adventure. After four years living just outside of Paris, the Family McLean is back in the U.S. (minus the cat, but with a new baby boy). There's always something new to discover, whether it's a family outing, a new recipe, or the next fun vacation.