Bonnes fêtes from the Feess Family

We weren’t able to make it back to Missouri again this year, so we continued our tradition of eating Chinese/Vietnamese. The only good place I could find that served pho was closed, so we headed to Full Kee Chinese Restaurant. It was packed! We waited at least an hour for our food! They said Christmas day is the busiest day of the year for them. Who knew!?

For Christmas this year James gave me a sampler set of Kusmi tea and I love it! The St. Petersburg blend instantly reminds me of our little Paris apartment and Prince Vladimir is a new favorite as well. Can’t wait to try the others! (Aren’t those tins adorable?)

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Aux States, again

Well, we’ve been back in the US for over a month now and I’m not really sure why I haven’t been posting. I’ve definitely had plenty of time. Instead I’ve been watching a lot of trashy TV (which really isn’t any different from when we lived in Paris). Somehow they’ve all taken trips to Paris recently (seriously the Kardashians, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Anthony Bourdain!), so it hasn’t really helped me get over leaving France. Sometimes I try to think about all the things I didn’t like about Parisian life, like the smell, our horrible bed, six flights of stairs, and no smoke detectors, but then I look back through our pictures and realize just how lucky we were (are!). It’s nice having more space and a yard for Henry, but I’d take our little 260 sqft apartment back in a second.

We crammed in a lot of fun activities before we left Paris, including a 4-day trip to Normandy, so I’ll share all of that very soon. Until then, here are a few pictures of Henry taking in some last-minute sights before we left.
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Good-bye Grad School, Hello Henry!

Part of me still can’t believe that I’m finished with grad school, the past two years have went by so fast! I did a whirlwind tour of the Mid-West the last two weeks of August, finishing it off with my Master’s presentation in Madison. Oh, how I miss that place! Also, Kansas City. And Springfield, MO.

While I was back I also got a visa for my new work contract. Yay! It’s only for four months, but with so many people having such a hard time finding work, I’m super happy to have it. James and I will for sure be in Paris through mid-January!

Also…I brought Henry back with me! He was scared when we first got to the airport and then through security, but once we were on the plane, he was so sweet. The ladies sitting next to me didn’t even realize he was there! I couldn’t have done it without the amazing blog DogJaunt, the help from our fantastic vet, and of course both sets of parents. My parents were so sad to see little Henry go!

Henry was a little scared of all the people, dogs, and loud noises, but he’s starting to get use to it. I’m hoping for a family trip to the Eiffel Tower sometime very soon!