Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Are You Beginning To Sense A Theme?

People who know me in real life are aware that I am not Ms. Spontaneity, I'm not particularly fond of surprises, and I like to have a plan.  I REALLY like to have a plan, and often enjoy making the plan better than participating in the activity itself.  This is why I sit down for a couple of looong evenings every year around this time, to make a nice rigid Summer Fun Plan.  Yes, the kids will probably be describing all of this to a psychiatrist someday.

Anyhow, the planning process this year is even more fun than usual, because it's our first summer in France.  (This is not strictly accurate.  We moved here last July, but spent the first 7 weeks essentially under house arrest at Poulet's place.  The less said about the better, just in case there are family members out there who read English better than I think they do.)  I've been surfing the Web and combing guidebooks until my eyeballs have been pretty much ready to fall out, and have collected a huge list of potential activities, trips, and festivals where the kids will, dammit, HAVE FUN.

The next step is always to sit the non-preverbal kids down and run each item on the list by them for a thumbs-up, thumbs-down, or split decision.  (In that last case, the activity is marked as a solo outing for the interested kid and a parent.)  We went through this part of the process a few mornings ago at breakfast, where I found myself explaining to Secondo and Terzo the concept of a Medieval Festival.

I had Secondo at "jousting."  Terzo, not so much.  Until I went on to explain that there would be ladies in old-fashioned dresses:

Terzo:  "Okay, now I want to go!"

Medieval ladies, you're on notice.

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  1. Hehee, something tells me that Terzo is my miniature Casanova's long-lost twin, as you guessed from my pic earlier! ;D

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    1. Maybe when we visit England next summer we'll be able to find out. : )

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    2. Oooh yes! I dread to think of the havoc that a pair of underage ladies' men would cause, but damn we'd have blog fodder for a year :D We'd just have to indulge in cake and wine and leave 'em to it...

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  2. Hope all goes as planned. I like to plan too and have at least a guideline of when, where and what. I'm sure it'll be fun if this is your first summer in France. Bon Voyage! Au revoir.

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    1. I know! Part of the reason I have this need to plan is that without that guideline it would be SO easy just to give in to inertia and end up not going anywhere. But if it's on the SCHEDULE, that's another story.

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  3. Does your husband have the month of August off? I would kill for a month to train around Europe. Must be tough to do with five kids. Have fun.

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    1. My husband's in the movie/TV industry (post-production), so his hours are irregular. It drives me up the wall because that setup makes it VERY difficult to plan ahead! I mostly do the train when I'm alone or only have a couple of kids along, otherwise it ends up being cheaper to drive, even with the 40% "famille nombreuse" discount. It will still be a fun summer!

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  4. Oooh! I love those! So fun. I'll have to hit you up if I ever make it to France!

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    1. Well, it seems like escaping during the Olympics would be a FINE IDEA. (Which is why we're scheduling England for 2013!)

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  5. A girlfriend and I went to France for our 50th birthday celebrations--LOVED IT! Unfortunately, we didn't do a lot of child-friendly activities to recommend. If you happen to get to Chinon in the Loire Valley, we highly recommend the Hotel Diderot; it's owned by a brother and his 3 sisters and they're an absolute riot! Can't wait to read about your summer adventures...

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    1. Oh, that sounds great! Fortunately the kids have grandparents who LOVE to take them off our hands now and then, so occasionally we do get to experience the less child-friendly aspects of France. Thanks!

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