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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring Semester 2015

This has been quite a busy and stressful semester for me and Sebastien!  In the midst of the stress, we were able to mix in some fun weekends.

Our friends the Patels taught us how to make some Indian cuisine (well, really Juhi showed us.  Pragnesh was in charge of drinks) . . .



I was able to travel to two education conferences . . .


 We headed up to NYC for a long weekend and met up with several friends . . .






Sebastien traveled to Belgium for the Gilles at Easter . . .


 And, we have had continuous construction on the basement (more to come soon) . . .


As always, the sunsets amaze us . . .


Hoping to relax and rejuvenate this summer.  The boat went in the lake last weekend, so we are ready for lake season!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

New Year's Trip with Friends

Sebastien and I traveled to Belgium and Paris right after Christmas with our friends, the Patels.  It was lots of fun to introduce them to these special places, and I think they are new fans!  We started in Paris for 4 days, including New Year's Eve.  Then, we headed to Belgium for a few days to visit Brussels and Brugge and to spend time with family.





At Sacre Coeur in the Montmartre neighborhood, there are always performers entertaining the crowd. This time we were able to watch the AMAZING skills of Iya Traore (you have to watch this video - make sure to see the last two minutes)!!




Then, we headed back down the hill to the center of Paris.  We strolled down Rue des Martyrs, which is heaven for foodies!  The street is lined with butchers, pastry shops, seafood stands, and bakeries.  


One evening we enjoyed a dinner cruise on the Seine.


And, then on New Year's Eve, we ate at Bofinger.  It is a historic brasserie that did not disappoint.


 Trio of Foie Gras

Dinner lasted longer than expected, and we were racing via subway to celebrate the New Year with 500,000 other people on the Champs Elysees, but since the subway is free on New Year's Eve, it was crazy!  We ended up celebrating midnight in a jam packed subway car with probable French gang members and thumping French rap music.  It was actually a great memory:)

 Midnight

We made it to the Arc de Triomphe about 12:10 and had fun celebrating on the street!




The next day we headed to Belgium, and Sebastien got to meet his new godson!
 Arthur Sebastien Demoiny-Ruth



Paris is still my favorite city.  I would move there in a heartbeat!  As you know, Paris witnessed a horrific terrorist attack this past week.  I pray for healing, peace, reconciliation, and grace over the city.  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fall Fun

Whew!  This fall has been busy to say the least!  Sebastien's work seems to be consistently in high gear, and I began a doctoral program in August.  We have been able to sneak in some fun most weekends.  Luckily, we started the fall off right with a visit from the Colarco family.  It was tons of fun to have Gabby and Dom here to play on the lake.


 Super cool kiddos

 Baking Seba's birthday cake



If it is fall, it is football time in Tennessee . . .


 The checkerboard pattern was amazing the day we played Florida.  Unfortunately, the score was not as amazing!


Sebastien led a workshop in Austin, Texas, so we headed there for a long weekend.  We hung out downtown and then got to spend an evening with Charlton & Laura Wimberly (we forgot to take photos).



Then, yesterday Sebastien went skydiving with some friends.  Of course, he LOVED it!






 Our friend Pragnesh jumped too!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer Flew By

Our summer has been filled with visitors, grilling out, visitors, playing on the lake, visitors, traveling, and (did I mention) visitors!  We have been blessed to enjoy friends and family in our home.  Here is a quick peak at the fun times spent with people we love.


Sebastien had his 2nd Annual Philly Guys' Weekend . . .



I went to a Bruno Mars & Aloe Blacc concert with my mom and sister . . .



We reconnected with Matt & Katie Moslener (Philly friends) that are best friends with the new RUF couple at Carson-Newman (small PCA world) . . .

 
There was a little tournament called the World Cup, and yes, Belgium beat the USA . . .


 Sebastien's cousin, Pascal, and his family came to visit for 2 weeks . . .

 

We went hiking on the Grotto Falls trail . . .


And walked behind a waterfall . . .


Then, we tagged along with my sister and brother-in-law on a trip to the Dominican Republic . . .







 


 
 And, we said goodbye to our dear friends (adopted grandparents) Wayne & Irene.  We spent some time with their two crazy sons too . . .


Our old Philly neighbors, Brandon & Aliese, came to visit.  They are awesome and have the most adorable kiddos . . .





What would the summer be without the occasional eagle sighting . . .


We currently have Sebasten's uncle and cousins here visiting as well.  School begins next week, and football is around the corner.

Feeling blessed, sentimental, and a little tired!