Two weeks ago we took a family trip to France to see some of our close friends that live there. They have lived there for years and have moved around France quite a bit so each visit we have had the pleasure of seeing a lot France. They have recently moved to a beautiful area outside of Cannes, where they used to live. Each year, we love visiting them and their two lovely little girls. Our kids are similar ages so this time was the first time they could properly run around and play, no longer babies.
I think there is something so amazing about having friends that live all over the world. (no I don’t mean for using them as holidays) but I love that my kids can make friends with kids from other countries and see their culture and how they live. I want my kids to know more about the world and see more of the world than I ever did. I am grateful we can do that for them as I know my own mother couldn’t. I love traveling with my kids and it’s the only thing I hope to always be able to do with them.
France is a beautiful country. I would absolutely love to live there even if it was for just a year and learn french. There are so many places I still want to visit both north and south in France. As the kids get older we can venture out a bit further and explore these places with our friends.
We had been desperate for some fun in the sun. After a really wet visit to Venice a few weeks ago I was even more desperate for it. The sun just makes people happier and I noticed right away how much it positively affected MM. She came alive in France completely. She had space to run around and be free in the sun with two other little girls. She was mesmerized by the whole experience. MM came home so much more grown up than I thought could happen in a long weekend away. I think the sun soaked into her bones and right to her very heart and she blossomed.
Poor B wasn’t as lucky as MM in enjoying the sun and fun with the other kids as he came down with a horrible throat infection which made swallowing water or food almost impossible. We did our best to keep him comfortable and in the shade so he could recover. It was a good thing we were with close friends and not in a hotel. It allowed B to rest in his bedroom or on the sofa while we played outside.
Our friends gardens and home was absolutely stunning. I could have spend a whole week just snapping up the fruit trees, flowers, and various different sitting areas they had around the house. Inside was just as stunning. A true french villa. I love that we have been going to see our friends for years and we have saw known each other from when I first came to the UK and getting married and each time we visit it was either her or I pregnant or with another baby. This time we all were a family of four, complete. The kids played amazing together. MM was in awe of it all. I just know that it’s going to be a great visit every time we see them. They are such a fun, happy, spirited family.
Let’s not forget it’s always amazing when your friends kids are so well behaved. I hope my two are like their two as they get older. I love that my friend, V and I are very similar in routines and how we raise our kids. She actually was the one that taught me about routines and making homemade purees when she had her first before I had B. And after spending a long weekend with her when her eldest was a baby I vouched I wanted to be a similar parent like she was. They both as a couple are amazing and it shows in their children. Not to mention their girls are so beautiful.
It will be interesting to see these four each year and how they bond and get along. MM and their littlest A were like shadows to each other. It was the first time MM has ever bonded really with another child that wasn’t one of her brother’s friends. I need to get her in playgroups of her age so she can start making her own friends too as B had that chance when I took him. MM watched A like a hawk. How she was doing something, what she was doing, or eating and followed suit. It was so bittersweet to watch my baby act so grown up. And B when he could would come out and try to make the most of playtime with the kids and I think him and C would be great friends and I am sad they didn’t’ get to play more because he was so sick.
Family trips are about exploring and not necessarily having huge plans for big days out but just little adventures of seeing different parts of the world together. We loved walking up and down the little streets, finding little cafes and boutiques to poke our heads in. MM joined in with the french kids playing down a side street with some trains. The kids thought it was amazing that the ponds in the village had fish in them. I may have let them put their hands in it and have splash vest, why not we were on vacation. (poor fish).
MM was a big Daddy’s girl on vacation. It was great to see them cuddling and bonding over our long weekend away. Daddy was loving the sun and exploring. I love that there is so much to see down every lane.
I couldn’t resist taking a photo in front of this door. ^It was a lovely holiday minus an illness but we made the most of it. Had great wine and chats with our friends and made memories to last a lifetime. Stay tune for part two where we visit Cannes, France!