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17 posts categorized "Washington D.C."

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

After the storm

After Sandy

Waking up to find that we did not lose power or trees or worse yesterday morning was a huge relief. I am feeling very fortunate that, for us, it meant no more than a trip to the store to stock up on supplies followed by two days spent at home. You never know what a storm may bring. It's sad to see the devastation others are suffering due to Hurricane Sandy and my hope is that the road to recovery is a short one. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane preparedness

Fire and ice

Hurricane Sandy, we are ready. Some wood to keep us warm and some ice to keep our food fresh for the loss of power DC anticipates. Power will not be ours. Wind and rain - all you can eat! School and work have been suspended until Wednesday so it feels like an extended vacation at our house. Let's all stay safe until this thing blows over.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

C'est le weekend!

C'est le weekend!

Fall is in full effect. I'm non-stop about it, I know. I just can't help admiring all the amazing colors and leaf flurries happening everywhere I turn. I already know I love fall but I feel particularly lucky to be living it in DC because it's like living in a forest. Today we said good-bye to my sister-in-law and her boyfriend and hello to my mother-in-law. Our house is bustling with the excitement of guests coming and going. I love the commotion. The older boys are on vacation for All Saints week or La Toussaint and the change in rhythm is a welcome one. Among the ideas presented on what to do next week, Andrea suggested a pajama day. Now that's an idea I can get behind wholeheartedly.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Around here


I promised myself I was going to start posting more often. So here goes. It's Wednesday and I haven't touched my craft table since last Friday. I guess the grocery run killed my motivation. Ha! No, I'm motivated but busy with other stuff. Also, fall is here. The mornings are chilly and the afternoons are warm and dressing is a total enigma. That, and I've made peace with the fact that sweaters and jackets WILL BE LOST or left behind.

Photos, clockwise from top left: 1 Thierry took me out for a surprise! (A performance of The Barber of Seville.) 2 I went to a thrift store and scored a set of yellow ginger jar lamps. 3 Andrea in soccer gear. 4 Maxi in disguise. 5 Lucien ain't afraid of no cold.

Around here we are gearing up for a marathon month of guests at home. Exciting times. I love when people visit. First, just seeing our people is awesome. And second, it totally motivates me to wrap up projects around the house, you know, in preparation. Around here we are gearing up for Maxi's birthday. Around here we are thinking of Halloween costumes. Looks like zombies and vampires this year. (Remember last year?) Around here life feels very full. And that is ok with us.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012



We're home. And unpacked! I love getting home. The kids are busy re-discovering their toys while Thierry and I tackle massive amounts of yard work. Jet-lag feels so much easier to deal with in this direction. We are still waking up earlier than usual which makes for very productive days. Now, I want to select my favorite photos from the past six weeks and remember all the great times we had before moving on to the last three weeks of summer.


  • I am Denise Laborde and this is my blog. On here I write about my life as an expat, wife, mother and creative type. Occasionally I post about people, places or things that inspire me. Want to know more? Go here. Thanks for visiting.

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