Thursday In Paris. How Do We Spend Our Days?

Me thinks people might be curious as to how the &*^$#@! we spend our days. Are we sipping French wine all day? Are we letting the Nanny take care of the kids? Maybe eating out at expensive restaurants every day?

Getting up at noon hungover? That question was probably intended for Wendi.

Is Jeff ‘actually working’?

Hey wait a minute that last one was a little personal don’t you think?

Well as we got home tonight I thought it might be nice to share what this day looked like.

What made this day special?


Nothing, compared to the day before it or the day after it.Β A lot, compared to any Thursday before July 19.

Today I started work at 7:30am and worked until 5pm. Then I worked again after 10pm for awhile longer. I do this most days. For our business we are rolling out two pretty big/new projects that are time consuming, so there is a steep learning curve and a lot to be done. But it is an exciting time, so that is fine with me.

I took this picture from my desk with my headphones on and an iPad and Laptop open for work. I couldn’t hear anything but LOUD MUSIC in my ears, but I snapped the picture just the same.

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Then I took a break for lunch with good eats like this that Wendi made under the radar.

Yes I had wine with lunch. I am in France ya know.

We ate some tasty French Jam. Is France known for Jam? Dunno, but when I say ‘French’ in front of anything it sounds cooler. Let’s try.

Jeff: I had a French Colonoscopy today.

Person: Wow that sounds cool.

French Colonoscopy Jam Picture

And at lunch, although I was only there long enough to eat and yell at the boys, I put the camera on the table and saw this.

So I trudged back into my office (with no door or way to block noise) and put on headphones and hammered away at greatness. Yes I still had the wine! What’s with all the judgment?

Then we set out at 5:30 for our adventure for the day.

Bam!Β 

And that picture way up at the top of this post. Just part of our evening stroll πŸ™‚

Anyhoo, the boys tormented pigeons because who really cares about pigeons?

Then they raced (I told Tate to hang back so that the picture would look cooler…I think you’ll agree it looks cooler with both boys in the picture).

Then we set up a nice timer shot.

I know what you are thinking. Has Jeff been working out several hours a day with Olympic level weights? No, actually I have worked out very little to achieve my results, but thanks for noticing.

Then the obligatory picnic. Which the boys ruined by incessantly asking to feed the pigeons they just finished tormenting. It isn’t easy being a pigeon in 21st century Paris.

Pigeon bread trail trap. Tate meticulously spacing bread pieces. Cash just hoping it works.

The walk home to the Metro…

Oh wait, Cotton Candy. Will this torture never end?

At last, the Metro.

I think we can all agree that there is nothing so comfortable as lying face down on the Metro seats.

Or carrying a kid strapped to you for hours.

This seems like a good place for a picture of a man that appears to be in his ‘jammies’ in a photo booth in the Metro.Β Is that Hugh Hefner?

Ode to Wendi:

Not mentioned yet…Wendi walked to the grocery store by herself and got supplies and our picnic goodies. She gave herself and 3 boys a bath (not at the same time). She oversaw Tate writing in his journal and also his reading for the day. Fed Burke and changed Burke multiple times during the day. Did laundry with no drier. Put away dishes. Broke up fights. Taught valuable lessons. Made lunch(pictured above). Made me coffee(French Press style). Cleaned up after breakfast and lunch. Played with the boys. Disciplined the boys. Displayed more patience in her proverbial ‘little finger’ than I have in my entire body.Β Carried Burke all over Paris. Taught us French. Laughed. Planned our day trip, the metro stop we needed, where to go out of the metro stop and where to go once we got to our destination. Packed our bag. Did meal planning before bed. Tucked the boys in…and countless other thankless tasks that she performs in a day.

And she put herself last like she does every day.

We went to bed well after midnight.(Maybe 3am for me)

That was Thursday.

Wednesday looked a lot like it, with different pictures and less Cotton Candy.

21 Responses to Thursday In Paris. How Do We Spend Our Days?

  1. Susan says:

    I can’t let this gorgeous and entertaining post go unapplauded. Bravo, Wilsons! I am reliving my three years in France with three babies through you and enjoying every word and visual. So many details remain the same – the cool jam, the wet laundry, the countless picnics, and ahh, the wine. Have the boys discovered yet that the traditional French “gouter” is bread with chocolate? And can you capture the smell of a fresh baguette for us?

    • Wendi says:

      Hey Susan! Any laundry tips? It was really hot here for a few days and it seems that I can’t get some the laundry to smell very ‘clean’ πŸ˜‰ The boys have tried the pain au chocolat and the fresh baguettes, but Jeff and I still like them more. The bread can be a little too crispy for the boys at times, so the safer treat is ice cream.. oh and the barbe a papa! πŸ™‚ I had to laugh at that name. The fountains are a huge hit. We are going to Jardin du Luxembourg tomorrow, can’t wait! I forget.. did you know French before you came or did you learn it while you were here?
      Thanks for the kind words..
      Wendi

      • Susan says:

        All I can suggest is that you spray the clothes with some lavender water and iron them dry, if you have one. Otherwise, just try to catch the sun when you can πŸ™‚
        We lived in Pau, the alleged “pisspot” of France so I finally bought a dryer in the 3rd year. It was the only one in the area.
        I knew literary French before we went, but not the common words I needed like diapers (and birth control, haha). The regional accent also made it difficult, like the Texas of France.
        My only other advice is – avoid Gypsies, be vigilant.
        Bisous!

        • Wendi says:

          Thanks, Susan. I’ll have to try the lavender water. Oh, thought of you today, we went to a boulanger and got a fresh WARM baguette, pain au raisin, and croissant amandes. YUM!

  2. Cole & Mindy Smith says:

    WOW! That looks like such a great time. I agree that Wendi is a SUPERWOMANMOMOFTHECENTURY! I don’t know how she does it all. Way to go Wendi! We sure miss you guys here. Link and Payton are always wondering how Cache and Tate are doing. Glad to see you are having a blast! Keep the updates coming. We all love to read them.

    • Wendi says:

      Thanks, Mindy! πŸ™‚ Tell the boys we said hello too! Is Lincoln ready for 1st grade? Is Payton going to Kindergarten at Slavens? How was your trip to Germany?

  3. Matthew Faul says:

    Jeff:

    You guys rock in every sense of the word. I look forward to each post, and wish you and your family all the best on your adventures. Safe travels!

  4. Suzanne says:

    This is Owen Metz’s mom. This is the first post we have read and love hearing of the adventure. I am in awe that you are making it all come together, and glad I have a chance to show Owen all of the cool places in the world you are visiting!
    Suzanne and Owen

    • Wendi says:

      Thanks, Suzanne! It’s been fun to see the boys changing. They are now playing with egg cartons and pastry containers πŸ˜‰ Tate has been a champ with all of his walking/running/going up steps, etc. Not too much wears him out. Cash on the otherhand, well.. he’s only 3.5yrs old…
      Thanks for the note and keep in touch. Tate loves hearing from his friends πŸ˜‰
      Wendi

  5. Whitney & Jeff says:

    Hi Wilson family!!! LOVE the pictures and the fact that Jeff is willing to admit that Wendi is the bomb! Hugs to you and the kids!

    Thieraufs

  6. Marcy says:

    I can’t remember, why didn’t we come with you guys?!?!!? LOVE the updates, and envious of the photography– wow, great pics! SUPERMOM Wendi for sure! I’m glad you’re getting to the market alone:-). I feel your pain about the laundry, and unfortunately my only advice is– lower your standards– ha! We had several locations that I didn’t think things would ever fully dry. Can’t say we always looked our best, but it never really mattered.
    So, so happy for your adventure–
    Looking forward to the next post!
    Marcy

    • Wendi says:

      Thanks, Marcy! I am sure the clothes will just be replaced at some point, but whenever anything new comes in, something has to go out! We made our baggage allowance when we flew from Columbus to NYC to Prague, but we had to pay overages from Prague to Paris.. ouch! 15kg per bag wasn’t gonna happen. How’s the studio coming along?

      • Marcy says:

        Hi Wendi– That (for us) was so hard to not fill our bags with stuff– souvenirs, clothes, keepsakes. I said many times I wish we had come with nothing so I could just fill my bag with wonderful things…. πŸ™‚ The studio is in full steam ahead mode– we launched our website (finally!): http://www.tulahotyogadenver.com It still needs some tweaks, but at least it is up and running! Our opening date is set for September 27. Lots of construction woes, but that seems pretty par for course. Kids started school this week, and while I always hate to see summer go, I needed them to get back into routines for this final month push to opening! Speaking of which, how is the homeschooling going? Did you guys start yet? (I think we waited until September to have our “official” start so maybe you’re not there yet.)
        Hope you are well–

        • Wendi says:

          Hi!
          Normally, when we travel, we do get a few souvenirs, but this time, we are trying to let the photos serve as souvenirs πŸ˜‰ We’ll see how long that lasts.
          Anyway, CONGRATS! on the yoga studio, the opening is very close, indeed! I can’t wait to check your site out.
          We have Monday, Sept 3rd as our school start date. We’ve had daily requirements (reading, writing, calendar (got that idea from you!))in order to get screen/Nintendo DS time, but I am sure it will be a big change to go to ‘official’ schooling. I’ll keep you posted on that one.
          Good luck with the opening!! πŸ™‚

  7. Gina Miccio says:

    I wanna be a Wilson! Wendi, Jeff if you can escape for a date (as you MUST while you are in the City of Love) you have to check out the Place des Vosges and the Hotel de la Place des Vosges. I lived there (in another life, long ago). Amusez-vous bien!

    • Wendi says:

      Hi Gina!
      We have been to Place des Voges.. and LOVE IT! We are going to plan for a night out.. afterall, Sept 14th is our 10 year anniversary!! We just need to figure out the babysitter thing.
      How long did you live in Paris? Where? I was here for a few weeks 15 years ago and stayed right next to the Hotel de Ville.. but I don’t really remember that much.
      Come visit! πŸ™‚

  8. Rob Kidder says:

    Keep it up, Wilson Family. Love this post –further documented evidence that Wendi rocks.

  9. Diane says:

    Wendi, You do not know me but I work with your mom. She shared your amazing plans and I have truly enjoyed living it through you!! The pictures are breathtaking and the narration is PERFECT!!!

    • Jeff Wilson says:

      Thanks so much, Diane! I am glad you are enjoying the posts πŸ™‚ Jeff definitely has a way with words… and photography (so much, that he’s rarely in the photos himself!) We hope to get a new post out soon about homeschooling.. keep an eye out πŸ˜‰

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