{19-25 May 2013 | week 21}

28 May 2013


Hello again :)

This week I had planned a layout revolving around a school sporting event that was taken place at Culoz.  Unfortunately due to bad weather, this was cancelled :(

As this was turning out to be a quiet week I thought I would spend a little time recapping and recording the memories of 11 July 2012 when Stage 10 of the Tour de France visited Boirin.  This was an incredible day as we had been following the Tour since the start as the Englishman Bradley Wiggins riding for TeamSKY was tipped to be one of the favourites.  In June 2012 he had won the Criterium du Dauphine, the warm up event for the Tour de France and one of the stages came through Boirin.  The children were very excited because before the riders arrive, the Tour {caravan} visits.  This is where you get lots of free hats, sweets, keyrings and other goodies from the Tour sponsors. We spent the morning designing banners using old bedsheets and hung these on our barn door which faced the route.  I made one that read {Best of British ~ Go Bradley} with his mod emblem in the {O} of go.  We also chatted to a family visiting France from Australia.  They were following the Tour in a hired motorhome and were parked just outside our village.

The big mountain photographed on the top left photo space is Grand Colombier and it made its Tour debut in 2012.  It was classified as an {hors categorie} climb because in places it is incredibly steep and twisty.  So this week I included some of my favourite photos of Grand Colombier and a little creation about our day witnessing the Tour de France.  In all the excitement I did remember to photograph Wiggo !  I was given a {carnet de route} of the Tour and so I included the two pages detailing the route of Stage 10 and a map.  I also found a great little filler card from Persnickety Prints of an old bicycle and my journal card on the left side is from  Miss Tiina. I used a pocket page A for the left side ~


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Onto the right side and there were new shoes and a new printer this week!  The journal card detailing the printer story is by Smitha Katti at smiling colors.  Again I have used Seafoam from Becky Higgins and teamed this with the weekly number card and light blue Chevron journal card from September Blue.  I have journalled about the weekly swimming lessons our children are having with the schools and used some {amy tangerine} thickers to spell out SWIM.  I used a pocket page D for the right side ~



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Hope you enjoyed our week 21, see you next week :)

Again I am linking to {project life tuesday}, the blog by Jessica Turner

{12-18 May 2013 | week 20}

22 May 2013

This is our first real week of {project life}



Our pages this week detail the school trip to Chanaz.  Our children are lucky to attend a small village school that is the grouping of three local communes.  The children start around the age of three in France and enter into the {maternelle}.  This is equivalent to Nursery or Kindergarten. Between the ages of 3 and 6 years they go to a school in our commune of Brénaz.  Currently there are 19 children, including Molly and Noah, being taught here.  

Although the school year starts in September, the children are grouped in classes according to their age in a {calendar} year, and this differs from my experience with the educational system in England.  Molly was born in November 2007 and her best friend Noemie was born in July 2008.  Under the English system both girls would be in the same class.  However in France Molly is the {grande sectionne} of the Maternelle and Noemie in the {moyenne sectionne}.  Between the ages of 7 and 11 the children go to a school in the neighbouring commune of Virieu le Petit.  Currently there are 15 children, including Zachary at this school.

Thirty school children went on the trip to Chanaz.  As Zachary is Type 1 diabetic I accompany him on all school outings.  So I was able to visit Chanaz too !  The pages are pretty self-explanatory as to what we did there.  Unfortunately it rained most of the day, but that didn't dampen our fun !  We also took part in a pottery workshop and I will include those details in a future week when our lamps are finished.

This week again I have used photo pockets A and cards from core kits of Seafoam and Clementine.  I also discovered a kit from {We R Memory Keepers} called Tangerine which I can mix in with these kits.  I have also used some fillers from the Snap! kit.

Again I used a freebie journal card from September Blue and discovered more awesome free journal cards from valoriebrown designs.  Last but not least, the gorgeous Laura Kate {who I have had the privilege to meet in real life due to our mutual love of Blythe} has provided the weekly calendar cards that I plan to use this year.  You should visit her blog, {laurakateiscrafty} for these and more freebies!

Here are the pages in detail ~

{12-18 May 2013 left}




{12-18 May 2013 right}



See you next week !

ETA - linking to {project life tuesday} by The Mom Creative.  Jessica Turner provides a weekly blog for other people to link to !

{project life | introduction }

20 May 2013


We have finally joined {project life} and we are very excited !

I will be mainly using the Becky Higgins core kits of Seafoam and Clementine, along with some Snap! kits.  There are so many freebies out there that it will be difficult (especially as I'm a Libran!) making my choices each week, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.

Here is our {introduction} page.  Our introduction card is from the Clementine core kit.  The filler cards across the middle are from Snap!. Zachary had his birthday the other week but I felt I had to include a photo of his Rainbow Cake that I baked for him; he was very pleased with it.  The two larger photos shown here were taken in April 2013 at a local beauty spot called the Pain de Sucre.  The children love to explore here. I have used the design A pocket page.  The bottom journal card compliments the Clementine set very well and is a freebie created by Kelly at September Blue.

See you next week :)
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