Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Last day in Paris

"Hotel God" Right next to Notre Dame. It's also a hospital, the French are funny.

The Louvre

My favorite picture of the Mona Lisa. She is so small and attracts a crowd. This is what I saw.. a bunch of heads.

The quick run down. We went to the Louvre and Notre Dame. The Louvre is BIG, I got lost many times!!! Andrew stole me a virgin mary candle from Notre Dame. It's my favorite souvenir yet--have it by my bed. Should I burn it during the football games in hopes they lose every game or is that necessary? Good thing I'm not Catholic or I might be in a little trouble, maybe I am anyways. We ate fresh, hot croissants for breakfast and chowed on crepes for dinner. Paris is awesome!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

24 weeks

The little guy! He is so sweet I can't wait until he is here! In the ultrasound video he was snuggled up and smiling-- so cute!! I don't deserve these sweet little ones......... well, at least Andrew doesn't-- j/k!!!! We are so, so happy and excited for him to come.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ellie's 2!! Paris Day 2 Disneyland

Happy Birthday Ellie!!

She takes her cupcakes very seriously. I wish I could have gotten a picture of the way she was eating this thing- just licks like an ice cream cone; she was cracking us up.

Happy Birthday Ellie!! She turned 2 on the 5th, and we can't believe she's growing up so fast. Just this week she's been singing for the first time, and I'm talking real, mostly understandable words and in the right tune people!! And she can cut a rug at the same time. I love watching her dance and sing to her shows. She is so much fun--each month is a new fun adventure with this one.

Daddy's little girl is 2
Mommy with scary eyes- I was all off balance on this wobble bridge with my big belly- thought I was totally going to take a dive.

Ellie's favorite part by far was "the Bear"--she loves Pooh

She was glued the whole time

They have Big Thunder Railroad (My favorite)

Phantom Manor (which is the Haunted Mansion back home)

and of course Skull Rock and Pirates of the Carribean

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Paris Day 1 (sort of)

On Thursday night, on our way to Paris (about a 7 hour drive,) we stopped halfway and visited a little town called Trier, which is sort of on the border of Germany, France and Luxembourg. It was a cute little town with a ton of history and lots of old Roman ruins including a very old roman catholic church and a what seemed to be an excavated bath house. We spent the night there and then continued on our way arriving outside of Paris, by Disneyland Friday afternoon. We passed Metz on our way there and thought of grandpa Bill, Andrew's dad who served his mission in France a few years ago:)

We took the train to Paris and first saw the Arc De Triomphe. It was in the middle of the road so we had to cross under and though a sea of people and army guys with guns (something was going on) to get there. It was our first view of the town since we came from the subway and it was so charming! The Arc De Triomphe so huge and inspiring amidst the quaint town with white townhouses, trees and the street lamps exactly what you imagine Paris to be. In the distance we could see the Eiffel tower and thought that walking there would be easiest, since Andrew had to carry Ellie in her stroller up and down stairs to get to the subway- the French were not so big on elevators where you needed them.

So, we then walked from there to the Eiffel Tower. I wasn't sure if I was going to be that impressed with it, after all it's just a whole lot of metal and I've always heard it was smaller than everyone imagined. But I loved it. It's hard to to even explain why it's so cool. It is huge despite the rumors and there is something magical about it. Maybe it's because I've seen to many romance movies, but it was beautiful, surrounded by a river, the scenery and it's own design made it a very romantic place and I can't wait to see it again.

From there we took the train to the Opera house and went out to eat at a good French restaurant. I ate some ratatouille for the first time and tried out all the different sauces they could give me with my steak. It was my kind of meal, I love sauces! Andrew had a really good burger and loved the fresh green beans. For dessert we shared some creme brulee and that was a treat! Ellie actually really liked her food too- which is a big deal these days!

Our first day in Paris was a blast!