for the week of 07/03/16.
Sun, 06/26/16. Ballet performance.
Today was the dance final rehearsal and then performance. Max and Gemma were bumblebees and really did great. Max was the first bumblebee out. They were both so brave and really danced well. A lot of effort went into making sure Gemma's hair, makeup and costume were just right, following the directions in this long email that said near the bottom something like "For boys, never mind." In between the rehearsal and the performance, we got lunch with the Finns, and were a little later joined by English Chris and his daughter whose name I forget, and our Aussie friends Amy and Chris and their 3 kids, Amelie who's in the dance class, Jude who talked only about Back to the Future 3, and Hugo who's 10 months old. At night, we got Jayne to babysit for her last time and Jean and I went out and walked all around Paris, to the Quai d'Orsay and over the bridge to the Concorde, stopping for a bite in a Korean restaurant, and then by the Louvre and back to our place along the Seine. It was a beautiful day today again and I'm glad we really took advantage of it. I think this year has made us appreciate good weather more.
Sat, 06/25/16. Zadig's birthday.
Today we went to the park and botanical gardens right near Roland Garros, which was on Jean's short list of stuff she still wanted to do before we left Paris. At the park, Max played soccer with some French kids and held his own with them, even though they were older and French. Jean was looking from afar and saw them playing and remarked how good they were before realizing one was Maxie. We then went to Zadig's birthday party in the afternoon. We thought it was at Park Citroen, but Aurelie had forgotten to tell us she'd changed it to her apartment, so we looked around Parc Citroen which was really cool with a huge hot air balloon and splash pad, and cool ramp Max and Gemma used for trotinnetting. The weather was beautiful all day today and is supposed to be nice all week. Zadig's party was great, with about 10 boys and Gemma romping around and lots of delicious homemade cakes and little toys to play with. There are soccer hooligans all over the city, cheering and yelling out songs. I thought maybe the UK's exiting the EU would have made people somber but I guess not.
Fri, 06/24/16. Stapler.
We are counting down the days. The kids will go to school 5 more times. Jennifer is coming in 7 days. We will see Elijah in 21 days. We will be back in LA in 26 days. Today after school, Jean gave the kids some gifts she brought back from Africa, including a 50 billion dollar bill from Zimbabwe. It's worth 15 cents. Max loves it but even better was the stapler she got him. He's been going around the apartment stapling all his art works together to make "magazines". He also got a ruler today and loves it. It has instructions on it and we figured out how to make circles and squares with it. It was another nice, rainless day here. We have a busy weekeend planned, with Zadig's birthday tomorrow and the dance final rehearsal and recital on Sunday.
Thu, 06/23/16. Heat wave.
Today it was boiling hot, with a high of around 84 degrees. I went jogging around the jardin des plantes in the morning when it was cooler, and then just stayed inside and got lots of work done, including finishing a draft of my paper I've been working on with Marc Hoffmann here, as well as a grant summary, some work with Yan Kagan, and a letter of rec. After I picked up the kids from school, we hung around the apartment and decorated it a bit for Mama's welcome home celebration. She gets back from her African safari tonight around 10pm.