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I know, it’s been a while since I posted anything. I (mostly) blame work. Things have been crazy busy on that front and are just now settling down. A good thing, too, or I don’t know if I’d last until the end of the month.

Anyway, the weekend before last was my uncle’s 60th birthday bash, which he’d been planning at least since last Christmas, and I have to say it was a great success. I was able to get the weekend off, so for once I didn’t have to miss out on the festivities. He rented a lodge out in the Beaujolais region, which made for a fantastic setting.

After dinner, we warmed up the dance floor:

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Then we had a bit of dancing with traditional music:

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We took a little break for cake and presents:

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After a fun trivia game centered around my uncle’s favorite things (art, music and food), he shared a sample of his compositions with us (really good, by the way):

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And then it was time for more dancing:

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I stuck around until 2 am-ish, at which point my bed started beckoning loudly.

After breakfast the next morning, I brought the camera out again and started snapping pictures of things in the courtyard:

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Then one of the other guests joined me for a walk around the neighborhood where I found lots of picture-worthy sights:

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And now, just for giggles, my latest Lucy cartoon:

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Pics from the conference:

Jess, worship leader extraordinaire

Stevie, Charly and Justin

These guys led worship on Sunday morning

Dueling drums

Charly and Elijah

Random poppy picture

Pics from BJ’s wedding:

Walking down the aisle with Dad

Karen and Jim, aka Adopted Mom and Dad to BJ and me πŸ™‚

Dragons on the cake = WIN πŸ˜€

Close-up

The lovely bride πŸ™‚

Robyn (BJ’s sister) with Gracie (a friend’s daughter)

Cutting the cake

Pics from Sandrine’s birthday celebration:

Sandrine and Breon

Saw these just outside of the restaurant

The artist hard at work

I think she liked her present πŸ™‚

Pics from the ranch:

The barn, aka Home Sweet Home

Minis!

Kit Kat

The Homestead

Kelly and Tex, practicing for Parade of Breeds

Logan and Indy

Marilyn giving a roping demonstration

Some kitty cuteness:

No, Chica, you can’t come back in my suitcase…

Pickles, Keeper of the Puzzle

Another flowery snapshot:

Finally, something we get treated to just about every day:

Fascinating, isn’t it?

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Madness, that’s what. The good kind. The kind that involves carsick hamsters, nearly falling out of chairs laughing at mealtimes because one of you told a hilariously embarassing story, running all over downtown to find THE perfect birthday present for your sister, crazy games of Scattegories (in which your sisters get VERY creative), baking chocolate chip cookies while singing along to a musical your parents (and hers) were involved in MANY years ago, organizing a joint birthday party for her and your sister, and babysitting her 2 1/2-year-old while everyone else goes out for the evening.

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Looks like it’s just you and me tonight, kiddo.

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We’ve got a budding artist on our hands, it seems.

The hamsters recovered nicely from their rather harrowing journey down from Lyon (3 hours of which were spent stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic). They didn’t seem too fazed by Lucy, though had the cage not been properly closed it could have been a completely different story:

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This was a daily occurence.

Friday afternoon/evening was spent making the birthday cakes (yellow and carrot, as usual). There was a lot of cream cheese frosting left over (I think I’ll have to half the recipe next time) and Audrey and Cyrielle decided it would be a shame to let it all go to waste. So they got out some spoons and dug in:
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Meanwhile, Emma happily scarfed down her yogurt:
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Then proceeded to try to entertain “Loo-cee” (who was not in the least impressed):
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And then wanted to look at the funny pictures with us:
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Saturday we ended up with a house full of people, not the least of whom was Joshua (who’s grown like a weed in the past month, and has already started to walk).

Melissa brought her dog Wilson, and we quickly discovered that all he needs to entertain himself is an empty soda bottle and a few people to chase him:
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Emma decided to play by the pool for a bit:
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Fabien (Melissa’s brother) brought over his Wii and Just Dance 2, which provided lots of entertainment after lunch:
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The cakes:
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We only had two number 2 candles so we had to get creative. πŸ˜‰

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Make a wish, girls!

Present time!
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Some of our nutty guests (we don’t do boring at our house):
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Fabien and Melissa

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Benjamine and Heloise

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Don’t ask. Just don’t.

Olivier showed up as things were winding down and stayed the night. The next morning we introduced him and Cyrielle to a typical American brunch, as well as Reese’s peanut butter cups. Yummmy… πŸ™‚
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This was something we got treated to every day (often several times a day):
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She’s already got part of “Au Clair de la Lune” down – I think we’ve got yet another musician in the family…

One last cute picture for the road:
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Sandrine’s 21st birthday:
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Chillin' πŸ™‚

Melissa and MaΓ©

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Family πŸ™‚

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Attack of the Tickle Monster!
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Emma and her new buddy Thomas

Β Some new shots from the barn:

I love these girls πŸ™‚

Fou du Roy (The King's Fool - but this horse is no fool)

Ombeline hard at work

Fred, riding instructor extraordinaire, giving some tips

Naika

Palou in action

Radium

Leslie

Group shot after class

Lovely Leslie

Orette

"Little help, please?"

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Alrighty, I promised a post with pictures, so here we go. I’m not a professional by any means, but I usually manage to take pretty decent shots.

Without further ado, I present:

Twilight: "Ooh, toy! Attack with claw!"

I'm ready to ride!

Ombeline (aka Barn Staffer Extraordinaire) getting ready to take Kinou for a test ride!

Pics from the baptism:

Tom sharing his testimony - with much emphasis and enthusiasm

"Woot!"

Adrien sharing his testimony

Pics from Sandrine’s birthday:

Roxer and Regis

Etienne, Sandrine and Ingrid having a blast!

Roxer wants to dance too!

Twister!

Too cute πŸ™‚

Cake #1 - carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Cake #2 - yellow cake with buttercream frosting

A little blurry, but I love the effect from the smoke and lights

More to come! πŸ™‚

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So, I’ve been meaning to update this thing for over a week now, but between my computer being obnoxious, various distractions and life in general, it hasn’t happened until now. My deepest apologies. I was hoping to do a post with lots of pictures, because I have a ton from last month that I’ve been itching to share. However, there’s a World Cup soccer match (France vs. Uruguay) coming on in 15 minutes, so this will have to be quick. Pictures will wait until next time.

So, a quick recap of the past couple of weeks:

– May 15th: Tom and Adrien (two of the guys from the youth conference) got baptized. We roadtripped all the way down to Toulouse for the weekend, and it was well worth the exhaustion and battling traffic jams on the way back.

– May 22nd: My youngest sister’s 20th birthday party. We pulled out all the stops: guests from all over the country (or so it seemed), two scrumptious homemade cakes made by yours truly, and a semi-professional DJ friendΒ who kindly volunteered to provide the music, as well as the bubbles, smoke and foam. Etienne, you rock. πŸ˜€ And let’s not forget the traditional Twister tournament.

– Last weekend: a lovely visit from a Welsh couple finishing up a few weeks of vacation in France. Fun times. πŸ™‚

– As of Sunday: Charly, another friend from the youth conference, is staying with us for the summer. She and I spent a good part of the week looking for summer jobs together. So far she’s managed to snag a 2-week job on a farm, and I might be helping with the catering for the annual Republican Banquet (as in the French Republic, not the Republican Party). It amuses me no end that it’s on the 4th of July. πŸ˜›

– This Sunday: wedding service at church! πŸ˜€

Well, I have to run now, but I should be able to update tomorrow,Β or Sunday at the latest.

Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

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