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Le Petite Fromage + Vous Pourriez Tomber

Alex and I are off to France today/tomorrow (depending on when you read this)! Our last trip for this summer It's so crazy--- I didn't really go into this summer thinking I would travel the whole time--- though I undeniably wanted to (of course) (always)! But here I am--- getting on my ninth(?!?) plane this summer?!

It's just also crazy because I feel like I'm going to be in and out of here a lot over the next few months too. But for now, this is the last trip I actually have plane tickets booked for--- for now that could change in an hour ;) I'm opening up all my travel apps + calendar everyday lately to try to figure out fall.  Definitely hoping to make it up to VT for a weekend in October for a friends wedding--- just need to figure out if Alex and/or Marlowe will be joining for that. Then back to Guatemala soon right after-- but we'll see how it all goes. Right now, I have to get my head ready for France.

I've been really good about the whole flying thing too. I didn't have any problems on any of the flights I went on this summer. I'm definitely hoping I'll be able to sleep on this flight to France though. The flight leaves at 10pm! A total overnight trip for sure-- and I'm wishing I still drank so I could knock myself out, heh. Speaking of which, I am hoping to maybe drink one night in France. Probably for the second night of the wedding-- the party night. Did I mention we're going to a wedding? It's in a castle. And knowing my friend Brittany-- I imagine it's going to be beyond grand, with a ton of fun surprises too. She always thinks of everything. I'm so very much looking forward to celebrating her + her future hubby. So yeah, I might be giving alcohol another go-- because when else will I be partying in the wine region of France in a sequined ball gown and/or a Hawaiian dress. Yes-- Hawaiian dress-- the second night's dress code is "beret/Hawaiian shirt". Well, Hawaiian romper to be more specific... one that went on sale a week or two after a bought it. Frustrating, haha. Anywayyyy, yeah, the whole wedding thing is going to be out of this world.

I was kind of nervous about this france trip. Mostly because I know so little about France.
We'll be staying in Paris and Dijon the entire time. And well, I know nothing about both. And you guys know me pretty well by now, I like to have a good list of local places I want to visit when traveling. And I love a good map. But with this--- I don't know, it just seems so different than most of the places I often travel to. Last week I asked for recommendations on places to visit (on instagram)--- and you guys gave me SO many amazing suggestions. And then you know what happened? Alex and I looked at the list and got even more overwhelmed! haha! But the reality is that I also like to wander without a big agenda. I like to have my lists and order, but in no way do I ever require it to have a happy trip. I like to think I'm also quite talented at winging it ;)

I've been saying that I'm going to use this time to wander, look up, look down, find delicious things to eat, and enjoy the gorgeous weather. I'm not sure what we'll run into or see, but I'm looking forward to just letting the vacation magic happen. A few days after this decision to 'not plan, just wander' Alex put on a No Reservations episode in Paris and Anthony Bourdain said the best thing to do in Paris is just wander without a plan-- and so of course, I feel even better about my choice now ;) My plan is perfect.

France feels so much more foreign than traveling to the Caribbean or Spanish speaking areas. I have a tendency to try to speak in Spanish whenever we travel and the primary language isn't english. It gets confusing. Then I realize I'm not speaking the right language at all, get flustered, take minute, and screw up in English too. Heh. y french is GREAT (please feel the sarcasm radiating out of the screen on that one). I know how to say hello, goodbye, goodnight, I love you, I adore you, the little cheese, be careful or you'll fall down, the black cat, please and thank you. So basically I can say "hello little cheese, I love you" or I can find a black cat in the night to be friends with and say "little black cat, be careful or you'll fall down. i adore you, goodnight." I just have to figure out how to say "no butter, milk, or any dairy please." and I think I'm good to go.... haha.

Joking aside, I'm super excited. And mostly not nervous. My mom is in town watching over the little monkey child, + jerry, + chickens. Marlowe will be super busy being a badass in school. We have three gorgeous studio spaces booked to stay in. A dream weekend to celebrate with friends. And I'll be taking countless steps up and down two beautiful cities in France--- where Alex jokes that I'll be confusedly asking everyone for papaya or pineapple ;) Should be an amazing week :)

<3<3 Happy monday, friends! Have a great week!

*candid photo where I don't look completely insane by my friend, Celia D Luna during our Guatemala trip (eeeeeee!)

Just Keep Singing

Do you sing with your kids? My mom always had this big fear that I'd be a mute with Marlowe. That I wouldn't talk to her enough. Or sing to her enough (or ever). But we definitely chat a lot--- and we sing and dance a lot too. No, there was never romantic lullabies for this kiddo--- but we love to put on a good dance or Disney mix and sing LOUD. 

I've touched on it before, but I was slightly nervous about Marlowe's late talking. SLIGHTLY. I mean, kids all do things at their own pace-- you know? And for Marlowe her fine motor skills were incredible-- and she was walking at 10 months. But her speech? She was hesitant to talk and held off for a while. But the thing was-- she was listening. She wasn't speaking, but she was definitely listening. And when she finally decided it was time to talk-- oh man did she talk. She's such a talker now. All our one sided chats, book reading, and music listening made a difference. And my mom’s fears of Marlowe being a mute (because of me) never happened, haha. 

The science shows that listening to music stimulates your brain's activity and that growth and development are amplified. Lucky for all of us-- listening to music is FUN too! We've got music playing in this house all day long. From sunrise until bedtime. While we cook, eat, work, and play :) 
I'm super freaking happy to be teaming up with Spotify. We're huge fans over here. We love the endless selection of music and how it's made available for everyone for freeeeee! Spotify believes that music can change lives--- and hey, I totally believe it too. 
Spotify wants to encourage parents to get together and sing with their kids--- soft, loud, or even if you're completely tone deaf like me. Just have fun with it! We're obsessed with the Spotify Kids + Family section. There's a good mix between kid obsessed Disney songs and party jams that all ages can enjoy. And we're obviously super big fans that there's English playlists and Spanish focused ones too! I know if I want this kid to be bilingual (or trilingual) that it's going to be on me too--- not just her. And what better way to help that by incorporating (more) Spanish songs into our daily mix. We both LOVE the Fiesta Familiar station. One of Marlowe's favorite songs is La Gozadera (she learned it in pre-school). And it makes me want to cry when she sings the words--- it melts my heart too much. 

If you follow me on Snapchat-- then you know my love for tone deaf singing. And major dance parties. And you've probably seen Marlowe try to pronounce all the words in La Gozadera ;) Music makes us happy. Really happy. And it helps her learn. We're grateful for Spotify making it easy for families to enjoy simple pleasures together :) 
Can't wait to pick this little girl up from school and have some more dance and tone-deaf sing parties :) Eeeeep!

*this post is sponsored by Spotify.