22 April 2010

home again






It is amazing what you can accomplish when your day begins at 3:15 am. Oh, the joys of jetlag... Thankfully I was asleep at half past seven last night, so I did indeed get enough sleep, and seeing as the house is incredibly quiet right now, I am certainly not complaining!

So, I am home. After feeling so completely immersed in "my life" in the french countryside with my second family, it is almost strange to be here. Everything is familiar, and yet, not quite right. Maybe it is me who has changed. You see, spending two weeks in a place that is so different from what you know, on some levels at least - absorbing the parts that you love, wanting to bring them home with you, it changes you. It did me, anyway. I know there are things I couldn't bring home - some were just too big to fit in my suitcase (and probably wouldn't have been able to survive the extended trip with the lack of air in there either!) but some are on the inside, and will live here, with me, until I return. I am looking forward to it already~

It certainly was nice to see the boys again though! #4 had missed his mommy more than the rest I suspect. He was almost shy when he saw me - after he ripped his seatbelt off at the airport when they came to pick me up that is. Big hug, and then a lot of smiles from underneath those eyelashes. I am looking forward to my day with him - we have lots to do but he is a great little sidekick~

So now, at 3:45 am, I am downloading photos. I am going to attempt to sort through them - and there are A LOT of them. I am so excited about what I have though - I have already seen a few of them and they bring me back - to the moment that I took them. And then they leave me wishing that I could be there again, even if only for a moment...

Back soon lovies - promise!
xx

ps. as many of you know, one of my FABULOUS travel partners has already been posting about the trip - complete with photos. I would like to send you over to her with a bit of a warning, however. My sweet friend Kasey seems to remember the trip with a bit of a different "twist" than I do... I find this rather amusing, seeing as one of our cameras happens to have a set of photos, taken one evening, late, after a fair bit of wine and some french cigies, from an alley, complete with sexy french lingerie. Just sayin'...


29 comments:

Mikal said...

Welcome home!

Mikal

Lori said...

Oh Kim ~ I am so glad you made it home OK! I cannot wait to see your gorgeous photos because I know how spectacular they will be! Enjoy your first day home with #4 and I will patiently wait for your "reveal" xo

1 Funky Woman said...

I'm so excited to see your pictures. Glad you are back and had such an amazing trip. Have a great day with your little guy!

Privet and Holly said...

Yes, the best "things" that we bring home from trips like these aren't things at all....but memories, subtle shifts in how we see the world. Welcome home! xx P&H

Kare@Trublue2 said...

Welcome back Kim...I am so looking forward to your photos & stories!! Good luck readjusting...

natasha said...

Welcome home :) It's always a bit hard to readjust after having been away, isn't it. I *still* get wistful and it has been nearly a year since I went to Europe! Hope you manage to get over your jet lag soon and I look forward to hearing more about your trip. Sounds like you had a blast! :)

PS. That shot was taken from the rooftop cafe on one of the department stores - either Printemps or Lafayette, I can't remember!

Jill said...

Welcome Home Kim! I totally "get" what you are saying about being changed a bit - how could you not be, having realized long awaited dreams!
I look forward to seeing your gorgeous pictures! (including those from the alley - "wink,wink".

xo~Jill

Morgane said...

nice to see you there ! I'm glad your travel was so good . How do you think about the french real life?

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Hi Kim, glad you made it home safe and sound. I also get you when you say you feel changed (it is definitely more than the jetlag you're feeling!). I lived in Paris for three years, and it was strange coming back to North America after that :) I do think that's one of the wonderful things about being in different places, coming back richer...
p.s. can't wait to hear your version of the trip to France

ZAIRA said...

Welcome back Kim!! We missed you. I really can't wait to see your photos about Paris. Kasey's tale about your french adventures are really funny, but I really want to know how was from your point of view.... And please tell us where have you been in the south, I've been to Provence and I fell "ill of Provence", a disease that obliges me to go back every year since then.... ;)

Hugs, Zaira

Maison Douce said...

Welcome home, sweetie!!! I can't wait to see and hear more about it... The longing you feel is one I feel on a daily basis... Big hug!!
Isabel

Pamela Holderman said...

sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to view the photos francais...

Blondie's Journal said...

I have read a bit of Kasey's version of the trip! Can't wait to see your posts. Do get some sleep!!

xoxo
Jane

Nikki said...

Can't wait to see your photos! I'm debating Italy or the South of France this year. I hope this helps my decision, but I'm sure it will make it worse ;)

robinbird said...

it is wonderful to know you are home. i am more excited to see your photos than i could have imagined. i think once i begin seeing them i will feel as though i am on a kind of journey of my own. traveling the streets of paris, the countryside of france and seeing the experience through your eyes and heart. i can so tell you are feeling reverent towards the experience and want to capture the essence to share with us. take your time. i love the intro and will wait quietly for more of your magic.

love you

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Welcome home Kim, I thought maybe that volcanic ash would keep you there for at least another month or two! Sounds like a wonderful trip but I bet the boys were happy you were home jetlagged and all. XO

GypsyNurse said...

Glad you are home ok!! been following you along.. wishing my September trip to Paris was here already!!
Smiles~
Cat

Ange said...

It's funny that Natasha says where her photo was taken from. I was wondering about La Samaritaine but to the best of my knowledge, it doesn't exist any more. That means I was right about the area though and Eric was wrong ;-) nanananana!

There are 4 big things here who would dearly have loved to be able to fit into your suitcase while your second husband kept the house tidy awaiting our return. LOL!!!

I think I just had THE. BEST . HOLIDAY I've ever had and I didn't even leave home. Could only be your wonderful, sparkly, fun, interesting , sweet and amazing company.

Life has not been the same since

MUch much love
A

Jboo said...

Can't wait to see your amazing photos and hear more about it! Kasey has her own way of telling stories, doesn't she! What fun you all must have had!

Janet

Cathi said...

Welcome back! I can't wait to see your photos and read about your adventures! Kasey's adventures have been very amusing! xxoo :)

Morning T said...

Welcome home Kim! This photo kills me...we took our daughter to Paris 2 years ago and rode that very carousel. I took SO MANY photos all over the city, only to get home and find out the camera card was bad and only 6 photos turned out.
Anyway, enough of my whining...can't wait to see all of your fabulous images.
T

daniela rota nodari said...

Hi Mimi.
Lovely photos!!!
J'ADORE tes CREATION!!!
I LOVE YOUR ETSY SHOP!!!!

My name is Daniela RN,
I am Interior Decorator from Milano.

"DREAM SHABBY CHIC" MILANO

Simply Mel said...

It's always good to come home, but if you are like us, we are instantly planning our next trip before we even unpack our luggage!

Welcome Back ~ and I want to see those P.S. photos! Because there is ALWAYS two sides to every story! (wink, wink)

Martha said...

Oh how fun Kim!!!! You are so funny by the way with your "p.s."...can't wait to see all that you share!
I know your pics must be gorgeous!

vicki archer said...

Glad you are back safe and sound and i am looking forward to your photographs Kim....xv

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

Glad you got back OK, and had a fabulous trip. Is coming up to a year since my last trip to Paris. sooooo want to be back there right now!

Florence said...

I will look forward to your photo journey, glad you are home safe. Florence

Jenea said...

OMG! You make me sweat! I just don't have words to describe my impressions about this trip! My saliva is falling down, like Niagara Falls! Really, I want so much to go there (in Paris)- in my old dream!

P.S. Waiting new post and new photo shots from this wonderful paradice...

Megan said...

Welcome home! Sounds like a great time! Oh, how i want to see France.....

years ago I had a chance to travel around the world. I still hold so many of those memories close to my heart. Traveling does change you, if you let it.