Sunday, November 14, 2010

Achievement Day Program and Meeting Connie

I don't know where the time goes.  Ever since we got back I have been busy every day.  We are doing lots of babysitting for 2 of our darling grand babies, having FHE together with family, visiting, talking, shopping, going places, and I keeping busy every single moment as well as looking for a place to settle down.  It has been really difficult to decide where to settle down, California or Utah.  I love California, but I think we can do the most good here in Utah for the time being.  So, Utah it is.  Now comes the hard part of buying a home. 

Last Sunday Val's girl's had a talent night.  Each of the girls got to share a talent and each girl also got to display a table of things they have made, accomplished, got awards for, etc.  The decorations had lots of snowflakes and the girls were compared to the snowflakes.  Each one is different, but each one is beautiful in it's own way and together was a lovely display they make.   Two of my sweet granddaughters participated.  The program was very, very nice and I really enjoyed seeing M and J girls do their dances.  They have become quite good at their talent. 

Wednesday evening we were lucky enough to get to go out to dinner with Connie and her husband.  This was such a fun evening for me.  I have been so excited to meet Connie, my bloggy friend, and she exceeded my every expectation.  Connie and Andy are both such wonderful people.  They are a very good looking couple, as you can see.  We had such a great time together.  Connie is even more lovely in real life.  She is smart and bubbly and oh so much fun.  It felt like we have been friends forever and I know that now we will be friends forever.  She and Andy were both soooooooooooo nice and friendly.  They were great conversationalist and we never ran out of things to talk about.  I think we could have talked all night.    I look forward to spending more time with them. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Musee d'Orsay

After our wonderful, fabulous ride on the Bateau Mouche, we had lunch at a little outdoor cafe in Paris.  Here we are with the Jonda's eating a pretty good lunch.  I didn't think it was up to
French standards, but it was fine. 

Here is my lunch:  Pate with cornichons (pickles) for appetizer and chicken with frites for the main course.

 We walked past many lovely building to get to the museum.  The Musee d'Orsay is a beautiful old train station that has been transformed into a museum.  Here are some photos of the ceiling in the middle portion of the museum.  It was just gorgeous.

 The museum has lots of wonderful immpressionist paintings by Monet, Manet, Degas, Cezanne, Renoir, Cassatt, Boudin, Gaugin, and many others.  I love the impressionist era.  There were also many, many lovely statues.  We really enjoyed the museum a lot.  It was not very big and it was full of art that I just love. 

 These are just a few photos that I took before I noticed a sign that said not to take photos. 
Too bad I understood enough French to notice that sign and had to stop.
 The rest of the photos are of the town square in Arras, France.  This beautiful square is often compared to the Grand Place of Belgium although on a much, much smaller scale.  The buildings are so ornate and so beautiful. It is fun to look at them and to think of their history. 
The Jonda's live in a little village not far from Arras and so this is their city.  Bro. Jonda is very proud of it. 
We had a very, very pleasant and fun visit with them.

 This is a little weigh station near the edge of the city where the farmers used to come to weigh their produce.

Tonight we are going out to dinner with Connie and her husband, one of my bloggy friends.  I am so excited to meet her.  I know she is going to be awesome in person because I already read about how great she is.  What a bonus to blogging.  I will have a report to give you later.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Finally Back

We have been back from our mission for a month now and I'm finally able to post again.  I can't believe how busy we have been. I will try to catch up in the next little while.  In addition, I got a new computer so that John could have full time use of my old computer because he does Family Search Indexing every day.  I got a Mac Book. (laptop)  I'm still trying to learn all about it and still don't know how to post pictures, etc so back to the old one for the time being, for my blog anyway.

Well the day before we left France,  we were lucky enough to spend the day in Paris.  I LOVE PARIS!!

The following pictures are from our ride on the Bateau Mouche on the river Seine.  The photos of the Eiffel Tower are all from the river.  It was a cool, rainy day, but we still had an awesome time.  We were able to go with the Janda's who so graciously invited us to their home to spend our last few days in France.