Where did the time go? One minute it was July and now it is already October. I feel as though I blinked and four months went by. Dear Daughter stands taller than me and has entered the teens. School started and we already have two swim meets completed. Where did the time go? Am I enjoying it all as I once did or am I just caught up in life? Perhaps, it is a little of both.
I am not complaining. No, I am not complaining. We spent the summer of a lifetime...almost in constant travel mode. Four trips to France, one trip to Spain, once to Holland and twice to Italy. I think that our backpacks stayed packed for the eight week summer holiday. You have heard about most of the trips in one way or another. Italy, however, was incredible.
That brought us to the official end of summer and back to school and work. It has been a whirlwind and a little difficult getting used to the later nights, the rush to get homework completed...just the regular everyday living that occurs no matter where you live. However, we are still very lucky. While our trips are centered around the weekend, we continue to travel nonetheless.
Dear Daughter's birthday trip was to Paris for a quick overnight. We stayed in our favorite neighborhood, just near the Eiffel Tower, and enjoyed walking around the streets which have become so comfortable to us. It was a dining extravaganza. Saturday night, our reservations brought us to our favorite duck restaurant, where we feasted on foie gras and a plate of duck charcuterie. Dear Daughter loved the chocolate cake with the never-ending candle. We actually slept in on Sunday and headed to another favorite family restaurant for a long lunch. The small restaurant seemed overtaken by the Mexican Ambassador to France and his family, who were there to celebrate the birthday of their son. Yet, when the lights dimmed and a scrumptious bowl of chocolate mousse topped with yet another candle arrived for Dear Daughter, the entire family participated in clapping and singing yet again. We did all that and were still home in time to have dinner.
Oh, and did I mention that next week I begin full-time employment...no, that will not complicate things a bit!