Aug 262012

Our week wasn’t too exciting. It has continued to be really hot in Aix so we have spent a lot of time outside of our apartment. Monday we went to a park called Cuques. There are two little kiddie pools there for the kids to play in and lots of grass for picnics. The kids love to play in the water. While we were there this week Little Man decided that he didn’t want to wear his swim trunks so you have a super cute picture of his little booty. 🙂

Later that day we started a new routine in our house. Now every day at about 5pm I play a Sparkle Story for Little Miss and Little Man. You can go to to check it out. Little Miss sits and draws or plays with playdough for at least 40 minutes each day while listening to these stories. And the amazing thing is that Little Man plays quietly also, almost as if he is listening to the stories too.

On Wednesday I took the kids to the only real zoo in the area, Zoo de la Barben. The kids had a lot of fun walking around and picnicking. One of the neat things about this zoo is that it has a really large playground for the kids. I do highly suggest making sure that you have a few euros to ride the train to the top of the mountain so that you don’t have to climb the very large staircase or walk up the very big hill.


Friday we had some errands to run that kept us out of the house at lunchtime so I decided that we would head to McDonald’s for lunch. I try not to make this a habit but the kids have fun when we go every once in a while.

On Saturday Aaron took the kids to the park while I headed to the beach with a couple of my friends. After coming home and showering we headed out to meet some of Aaron’s friends, Olivier and Laurence. They took us to a little fair in the town where they live and the kids had a ball! It is amazing how some little rides can just make their day. They rode a carousel, a little ferris wheel and a really big slide. After the fair we headed back to Olivier’s house for ice cream and then they treated us to a picnic that they made at a park nearby. The park was beautiful and we were lucky enough to be there at sunset. The kids got to stay up about two hours later than usual and they were so tired on the way home. It was worth it though for such a fun day.


Sunday was a bit of a lazy day. We took a walk to the park for a picnic breakfast and then came home to relax for the rest of the morning. Little Miss and Little Man painted a little and we skyped with Judy and Andrew. Then Aaron headed out to do Accrobranch with some of his friends while I took the kids out for pizza.

Well, that was our week. Hope you had a good one too!

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Aug 192012

We had a busy week! We took care of some paperwork with the social security office here in Aix and got a brand new fridge!

Wednesday was a holiday here in France (August 15th The Assumption of Mary) so Aaron had the day off. We decided to head to the beach! So far our favorite sandy beach near Aix is Sainte Croix. It is a really nice beach near Sausset les Pins. There are lots of steps to reach the beach from the cliff top but it is a good size and we were even able to score some shade for most of the morning and early afternoon. We had a great time!

Thursday we headed to La Torse, a really nice big park in Aix. We had a fun time playing and picnicking there with some friends. Little Miss and Little Man are becoming great friends! I love to watch them run around together playing!

It has been getting really hot in Aix so we went to an indoor play area called Urban Kids on Friday. The kids really liked going down the slide together and eating their hot dogs and fries for lunch 🙂

We headed back to the beach on Saturday. This time to a small beach in La Ciotat named Le Mugel. This beach is rocky and much less busy than the sandy beaches nearby. The water is clear and calm and many people snorkel near the rocky cliffs on either side. The kids had a terrific time here. They both were able to float along as Aaron and I pulled them out into deeper water to “swim” and check out the little crabs on the rocks. Another great day!

After our busy week we stayed home on Sunday. The kids got a little stir crazy in the afternoon so I made them a little activity to keep them busy for a bit. I got this idea courtesy of Pinterest 🙂 Pour some baking soda into a shallow pan, mix up some colored vinegar, add a dropper and let the fun begin! The kids loved this. It only kept them busy for about 20 minutes or so. I think that I will give them a bigger pan of baking soda next time 🙂