Good morning! I hope you’re having a good weekend. My parents have been in town, so I’ve spent a lot of time visiting with them.
Last night was a big marching band event at my daughter’s school, and I volunteered to be a cashier at the concessions stand. I really know how to party on a Saturday night, don’t I?
It was my 2nd year in a row doing that job, and it’s definitely better than food service or most of the other options, but it means that I have to add up orders and take money and calculate change all night — with no cash register.
The saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” has never been made so abundantly clear to me as it was last night.
I used to be so quick at that sort of thing — especially when I was teaching 3rd grade, and I was always doing simple calculations and to check student work. But after three hours of adding up orders and making change in my head, I was so drained and mentally exhausted, you’d think I’d just taken the LSAT or something.
Anyway, it was fun to be a part of things, and the other parents I was working with were nice, so it’s all good.
My big news for the week is . . . Paul and I booked a week in Paris for our 25th wedding anniversary next May! (To clarify, the trip is in May; the anniversary is in August.)
This may not seem like big news to some of you world travelers, but for me, it is huge. I’ve only been out of the country twice — ironically, both trips were within a couple months of each other (I went to Costa Rica and Turks & Caicos in the fall of 2014) — and I’ve never been to Europe.
I’ve been wanting to go for quite some time, but it always seemed like such a daunting trip to plan. And with three young kids, it’s a) hard to get away and b) expensive to take them, so we just didn’t make it a priority until now.
We’ve been talking for a couple of years about taking a big trip for our 25th, but we didn’t get serious about it until my mom called and offered to stay with the girls so we can go somewhere special for our “silver jubilee.”
Of course, the next question was where to go . . . we briefly debated a Caribbean vacation, but then we decided this was the perfect opportunity to take a trip across the pond.
I want to see it all, so I don’t really care where we go, but we settled on Paris for a few reasons. I mean, the fashion, food, and wine is an obvious draw for me. (Paul appreciates all that as well — even the shopping.) And this is our 25th anniversary, so it seems fitting to visit the most romantic city in the world.
Also, I took three years of French in high school, so that was another perk to visiting France. I’m hoping that with a few months of working with the Duolingo app, some of my high school French will come back to me, and I can communicate a little bit in the native language. I realize most people speak English these days, but still, it would be nice to show some interest in trying.
For a while, we talked about spitting the trip between two places — one for me and one for Paul. He backpacked through Europe with a friend one summer during college, so he’s seen a lot, and he really wants to go back to Switzerland.
But after considering splitting our trip between both areas, we decided they are really two separate trips with entirely different climates and wardrobes, so we’re going to keep it simple and hunker down in Paris for a week and try to experience all the city has to offer.
This way we can take a day trip or two if we want to get outside of the city and see more of France, but there’s no pressure to pack up and move to an entirely different country just when we’re getting acclimated to the first one.
Soooo . . . we booked plane tickets earlier this week, and yesterday we secured an apartment rental in the 7th arrondissement. It’s within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars Park, and the Seine. Pinch me!!!
I know we could see a lot more of Europe in a week if we wanted to, but we aren’t what you might call high energy travelers. We like to settle in somewhere, take regular breaks from activities and sight-seeing, and get to know an area. A trip with no downtime is not a vacation to me, so I think this is going to be perfect for us.
My girls are very upset that they’re not included, of course. At one point, we discussed a family vacation, but that seemed overwhelming for our first trip overseas; and since it’s our anniversary, it seemed fitting to go alone together this time.
I do hope to go back sometime in the not too distant future — either to Paris or somewhere else — and take the whole family. I’m not looking at this as a once in a lifetime trip. I expect to come home with the travel bug, and I’m hoping it’s the beginning of a new era and we can start experiencing more new places.
Anyway! That’s enough about that. You’ll probably be sick of hearing about this trip before I even go.
I need to get a move on here and get ready for church. I hope you all have a relaxing and blessed Sunday!