We just arrived in Nice, France yesterday, where we'll be working over the summer. Eric will be directing a summer study abroad program for high school students. It's a French immersion dormitory program with 85 students in a beautiful residential French school in the heart of town. For the past 7 years, I have co-directed French study abroad programs with my husband, but this summer I am just doing the accounting in exchange for my plane ticket. I am excited for 5 1/2 weeks of summer in the French Riviera!
I brought just one baby carrier with me, my Fauxhawk, and I think I'll need either a stroller or a baby backpack. I thought she'd be able to walk farther distances, but she can only go so far on foot. And it's too hot with her directly on my back, except for short walks or late in the evening. I had a hiking backpack that I bought at a consignment store, but it started falling apart at all of the stress points in the past few weeks, and now it has no structural integrity. I was disappointed that it only lasted 9 months. Since we have a great running stroller back home, I think I'll look for an inexpensive umbrella style stroller.
The past 3 weeks have been incredibly busy: getting an offer on our house, packing and moving and then driving back to our old town (all of our flights were booked before we put our house on the market), going to family reunions in northern Wisconsin and upstate New York, and then traveling to France. Zari didn't handle the jet lag very well this year, but it was probably because she also got sick during the plane ride: fever and nausea. She's in a much better mood today after a long, but fitful, night's sleep.
Zari is pulling toilet paper off the roll and putting it into the toilet. At least she knows where it belongs...I better go!