[our last day in Paris, May 2014 trip]
That’s Saturday in Paris for you, Mike.
Kids 1 and 2, you already know! In fact, you know more than just the days of the week. You’re already singing songs that Mary and Juliette have taught you. Today the Alouette song was on repeat. Kid-1, your lack of volume control perpetually betrays our American heritage.
We took this opportunity to have a very special, incredibly perfect morning just us three girls.
First, when we woke up, I gave Kid-1 a present commemorate our biggest adventures so far. It’s a silver Thomas Sabo charm bracelet with four charms. The first, the Statue of Liberty, is for our New York adventures on land (museums, carrousel, markets, too many really to recount), on sea (ferry to Brooklyn and Statute of Liberty!) and in the air (the Intrepid). The second is a plane representing the Boeing 747 that transported, you, Kid-2 and me to meet Daddy and begin our new life as Britons. The third is a double decker bus, which we took our very first day visiting London. And finally there is a silver Eiffel Tower with gold heart, to remember this trip to Paris and how much I dearly love you.
Kid-2, you woke up first today and delighted in playing with Kid-1 in the big bed. Then we went to the lounge for breakfast and prepared ourselves for a grand jour ahead!
We headed to the Jardin D’Acclimitation with Mary and Juliette, which is a beautiful amusement park and garden for children. There were fun fair attractions, carousels, a pony ride and those crazy amusement park swings! You enjoyed everything. Kid-2 loved walking around and particularly enjoyed the silly carnival mirrors.
Afterwards we returned to our hotel for lunch on the terrace. But after a week of pâté, escargots, mussels, charcuterie and lots of baguette, you just wanted chicken nuggets. Which, even at €36 a plate, were the very same nuggets we get from Ocado! Imagine that!
Kid-2, I hope you remain as snuggly forever as you are today. You are simply the sweetest girl I have ever encountered. At lunch, you feed me your food, including the food that has already been in your mouth. You give kisses without request, and you babble “dada” “mama” all the time. Plus, your faces are hilarious. Recently you’re doing the Scarlet Johansson, with puckered lips and a scowl. You also do the same scrunched nose face that I did as a child – I have no idea how you picked this up since I dropped it years ago! You make me wish that I could freeze each moment and live in it forever.