lundi, le 13 août 2012:
Monday was a pretty calm day, with business as usual. We passed a hilarious breakfast (with warm croissants today!) listening to Zach and Ellie compete to see who could be the craziest. Both of them were just chattering nonstop, telling us stories about whatever popped into their heads – as the French would say, n’importe quoi. The kids and I spent the morning playing lots of Uno and la bataille, aka “War,” swimming and helping the parents cook various dishes for dinner tonight. Ellie and Yohann’s mom made us a yummy gâteau au yaourt, which got a little burnt but was still good!
At the grandparents’ house for lunch later that afternoon, Perla had her hands full! Because the boys’ cousins also have some guests who have children, she was serving 12 little kids at the table today!! Most cooks would fuss and complain about such a large task, but Perla does this everyday for her grandkids and thinks nothing of it. What an amazing woman! She served us all: a tomato/egg/vinaigrette salad, curry fish for the others, and lots of tasty rice (with watermelon for dessert). That afternoon was more of the same old stuff (not that I’m getting sick of it!), with lots of swimming and reading my new Pagnol book. When I got too hot I would sit on the step in the pool and actually read in the water! What a novel concept.
We all also watched the boys’ dad editing the tennis film he’s making of the boys. It’s turning out so well so far and is hilarious! I can’t wait to see the finished product. That afternoon we also discovered, to all of our dismay, that our second ice cream experiment was a flop :( - for some reason, the peaches and cream flavor just didn’t take as well and turned out too chunky. Alas.
Ellie and I spent some more quality female bonding time today – she jumped into my arms from the side of the pool about 500 times and it became her favorite game. She was so hilarious – she would pretend to be strolling casually towards the pool as if she didn’t see it there, then pretend to fall in. Her beaming and giggling face was just too cute. Talk about a little girl with attitude :). We also played a rousing game of “La Maman et la Petite Fille” again and it was so cute to see her 5 year-old imagination at work. She pretended I was taking her to a park in Paris to ride on a carrousel, then to get ice cream, then to drop her off at a friend’s house, etc. While she “played at her friend’s house,” I “went to get groceries” then “drove to pick her up.” It was pretty cute. Much different from the kind of make-believe my Zach and Théo like to make up! (Which usually involves dinosaurs, racecars, or painful lion attacks, haha).
That evening, just before sunset, Ellie and Yohann’s mom lead all us ladies in a makeshift exercise class! Me, the boys’ mom, Ellie’s mom, and Sévrine all spread out towels along the pool deck, giving us the perfect view of the steadily setting sun. We used various apps on her iPhone that gave timed workouts of yoga, pilates, abs and back, etc. (with music included!). We did lots of stretches, planks, and crunches, and Ellie and Zach cutely attempted to join us :). Then the boys’ mom, who actually practices yoga and knows her stuff very well, gave us a real yoga class of “sun salutations” that was so relaxing and fun! With chill yoga music playing in the background, we all felt very refreshed and well stretched-out. We decided to follow this regimen every day!
Dinner that night was delicious – a frittata with cheese, egg, onion, and cucumber, a yummy salad, chicken for everyone else, lots of fruit, and white wine. We then ate a light dessert of fresh sliced peaches and blackberries. That night before bed, I helped all the parents out by doing the dishes, then played some songs on the guitar for Ellie at her request. She is so captivated by guitar music! No wonder we get along :). Goodnight everyone!