2008 Christmas Newsletter

25 12 2008

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

We would like to wish you Happy Holidays with our sixth Christmas season newsletter. We hope this finds you well.

Gabrielle and David are growing by leaps and bounds. David, now in second grade, enjoys reading French and he is even trying to read English. He is still taking tennis lessons though he would have preferred to take soccer this year. He shouldn’t be at too big a disadvantage since soccer is the favorite game at recess so he’ll get lots of practice at school. Gabrielle, now in fifth grade, is in her final year of elementary school. Next year we hope she goes to an international junior high school with a strong emphasis on English. She is currently preparing for the entry exam though recently she is less interested in school and more interested in her activities and hobbies. The big thing this year has been the Girl Scouts of American. There is a troop in the area. She participates in the meetings and she has already gone camping. “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.” They have merit badges too…

Both Jeff and I continue working at the same positions we started last year though I changed to slightly reduced workweek by taking Wednesdays off. It gives me more time with the kids who do not have school on Wednesdays. Jeff continues his geocaching, hiking, and mountain bike riding. Of course I am still dancing and I have continued with tennis this year. Also, on Sundays I mountain bike ride with a ladies only group.

We had several good vacations this year. We enjoyed skiing in the Alps in April. The kids had ski lessons again this year and they progressed to their respective next levels. This was the first year that we were actually all able to ski together down the slopes. Our main summer vacation was the kids, my mother, and I visiting family Poland for a few weeks. It was nice seeing family and trying to speak Polish though it is not an easy language to learn for us Franco-Americans. Back from Poland but with summer not completely over we had the opportunity to discover the mountains off-season. We went as a group, 4 adults and 5 kids, with some English friends we made shortly after arriving in France. We went hiking, mountain bike riding, zip-line repelling, and adventure park tree top climbing or accrobranche which is all the rage now. The kids and Jeff seemed to have no fear all safety harnessed up; they just took the plunge so to speak. I participated but at my own pace. With summer finally over and the kids back to school we started planning for Grandma’s visit during the All Saints vacation. We went to Scotland for a week. You can see a detailed write-up and even some photos of our Scottish vacation on our Family Blog. It was really nice for the kids to spend some quality time with Grandma.

From all of us to all of you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.