Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Paris, Part Deux

Okay, these are out of order, but whatever. I don't have the energy today to fix them!
"The Princess Frog!"
No matter how many times we correct her, Emma continues to call The Frog Princess, Tiana, by the wrong name. Whatever. She's happy, and she IS a frog for most of the movie, so I guess she has a point. And there really is not point in arguing with a 2 year old. At least this 2 year old!

Riding Lancelot's Carousel- we were SOAKED by this point, but totally thrilled! As you can see by Emma's pants, there was standing/flowing rainwater through most of the park, not that it slowed them down at all!!

The Teacups- Jay, I think, was the most excited for this one! They also got to ride the flying Dumbos and a few others that Mommy was too pregnant to get on.

The Disney Express Train. This worked out perfectly for us, being pregnant allowed me to get a "special pass" in the park for any of the rides that I was able to go on. This was only like 6-7 of them, but it included the train, so we hopped to the front of the line each time and rode to where we were going instead of walking or waiting in the rain!

The beautiful castle!

Arc du Carousel in the Jardin de Tuileries

Emma (still!) crashed out in the Jardin de Tuileries. What a beautiful place for a nap!!

The kids riding the Roue de Paris. They LOVED this- and what an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower and the entire beautiful city of Paris. I choked when I saw what it cost per person to ride (8-9 euro!!), but it was definitely worth it!!

All in all, we did great in Paris. I was pretty worried as to how it would go with a 4 hour car ride, a 9 month pregnant lady and a potty training 2 year old with no naps, but I was impressed with all of us. :) If you ask the kids, their favorite parts were the Eiffel Tower and the trains (subway, metro, and Disney!). Jay and I really enjoyed the culture and the people of Paris were MUCH more friendly than I had planned on. My French is pretty awful, I can read a lot more than I can speak or listen, but everyone was super nice. However, the fellow tourists, I cannot say the same for. The poor baby in the belly was elbowed (purposefully a few times!) so many times, at the Louvre especially, that I was afraid he was going to get bumped out!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Paris Trip, Part Une

We went to Paris last weekend, took the potty training 2 year old, the 9+ month pregnant lady, and hit the big city. :) It actually turned out to be a blast and both us girls did better than expected. I'll only post some pictures this time, and try and do more later as not to inundate you with the beauty of France... it was AWESOME!!
The Louvre from the Tuileries

Roue de Paris (the Paris Wheel!)

Emma taking a nap in the best possible place- Daddy's arms at the Louvre

Jay inside the big pyramid

Pyramid into the inside- note the little pyramid does NOT descend into the floor. Jay was super-quick to point that out!!

My 2 peas in a pod at a sidewalk-cafe

Le Tour Eiffel

We rode the Metro all over Paris- the kids LOVED it!

Jay and the kids in front of Notre Dame

Notre Dame and the Seine. This was the first thing we saw when we stepped up from the Metro that we took into the city from the hotel. SO stunning.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

What we've been up to....

This post is a long time coming, but we haven't had internet since we moved out of the base hotel, so bear with me. :) Also, the pictures are out of order, but whatever...
Princess Tiana (Emma calls her "The Princess Frog")

absolutely SOAKED at Disneyland Paris- as you can see, it didn't dampen many spirits!

Emma was SO excited to ride the teacups!

The castle

This is my shot proving I was there- also known as the Hugely Pregnant Lady attempt Disneyland- not a good decision!

picnic lunch in our village- Martinshohe

the kids LOVE their new huge bathtub- Emma said on the first night "there's even room for ME to wiggle, not just Harry!"

Emma snarfing some pizza at a local restaurant- Garibaldi in Landstuhl, if anybody is interested!