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December Photos

January 4, 2015

Bonne année et bonne fête!  It is 2015 and in just a few days we will be celebrating four years with MAF!  Wow!!!

Tomorrow we head back to our regular classes, the kids go back to school, and we hit the ground running to learn all the French.  The break has been nice, but in many ways it was so busy and full of work that it will simply be different, but not busier, with school.  We have spent the last two weeks celebrating festivities with friends, food, games, and late nights, but we have also been working to prepare for new students.  Now that nearly all of the new students have arrived and we (all of the “old” students) helped them get settled (hopefully), it is time for the fun of language learning to begin…it IS fun, but it is work and a challenge…and fun.

So, to celebrate the new year, here’s a bunch of random pictures from out December in Albertville!  Voila!

This is the view out of our living/dining room - you can even see the window frame.  We love it!

This is the view out of our living/dining room – you can even see the window frame. We love it!

A blurry photo of a family trip to the grocery store - Levi's first on his bike.

A blurry photo of a family trip to the grocery store – Levi’s first on his bike.

My view of the same grocery store run.  You can see the Alps on both sides...

My view of the same grocery store run. You can see the Alps on both sides…

Axel's shenanigans...he's not walking, but everything else is fair game.

Axel’s shenanigans…he’s not walking, but everything else is fair game.

There was a city-wide Christmas festival and they gave out lanterns.  Real fire.  Real paper.  Real children.  It was awesome.

There was a city-wide Christmas festival and they gave out lanterns. Real fire. Real paper. Real children. It was awesome.

Our little advent calendar and a local Christmas treat - papillotes - chocolates filled with glorious-ness that cannot be described.

Our little advent calendar and a local Christmas treat – papillotes – chocolates filled with glorious-ness that cannot be described.

The kids had a school program with lots of songs and a visit by Père Noël - a very creepy version of Santa (no, not all French Santas look this way...I think it was someone's Dad)

The kids had a school program with lots of songs and a visit by Père Noël – a very creepy version of Santa (no, not all French Santas look this way…I think it was someone’s Dad)

Remember my friend, an MAF wife going to Eastern DRC, who had her baby at home?  Well, this is me and my awesome friend Shannon (an OB who is also going to Congo and helped with the delivery)...we did most of the clean-up and at 4am this is how you deflate a birth pool.

Remember my friend, an MAF wife going to Eastern DRC, who had her baby at home? Well, this is me and my awesome friend Shannon (an OB who is also going to Congo and helped with the delivery)…we did most of the clean-up and at 4am this is how you deflate a birth pool.

Last Saturday nearly two feet of snow fell in 24 hours...this was early in the day with the kids' Christmas present from Grandmom!

Last Saturday nearly two feet of snow fell in 24 hours…this was early in the day with the kids’ Christmas present from Grandmom!

Our view, after the snow stopped and the sun came out...trés magnifique!

Our view, after the snow stopped and the sun came out…trés magnifique!

As always, check out our instagram feed for lots of pictures that you may or may not want to see…happy 2015!

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