Are we really doing this?

We are at the 35 days until we go marker and it feels weird.  Who's idea was this? To stop everything we know and do and move across the world to live somewhere foreign, where no one speaks English, and we know no one or anything. Oh right.. it was my idea. It sounds amazing right?

Jeff and I seem to be in a bit of a fog trying to prepare mentally and physically for this experience.  I think.. as everyone tells us.. it will be amazing! However, when you stop and think about all of the  things that you do that you will no longer be doing when in France, it's not worrisome, but it gets the wheels turning.. at all hours of the day. Lets just say that we haven't been sleeping too well over here. There aren't any specific major concerns.. just questions we are asking ourselves about what the day to day concerns might be.

I feel like I am going to realize what I appreciate about our life here in pretty quickly. I'm pretty sure that friends & family will be one of the first things to be added to the list. I think I miss you already and we haven't even left yet!

Thinking ahead to this experience, here are a few things in no particular order, that I am looking forward to.

Things i'm looking forward to:
- Being pushed out of my comfort zone.
- Being forced to speak French and getting excited about my improvements
- Spending the mornings with Jeff eating at french cafes, visiting markets, going for long hikes and bike rides
- Watching our children grow and learn and overcome struggles
- Spending non- interrupted longer periods of time with the kids
- Having a lot more me time during the day
- Not working - let's be honest, this will be amazing!
- Having a lot less stuff to look at, put away, deal with etc. We aren't bringing a lot with us.
- Learning to cook new things that I have the time and patience to cook
- Meeting people from another culture
- Learning how to knit something
- Volunteering in the kids' classes hopefully
- Seeing the endless fields of lavender
- Experiencing Paris as a family (I've been twice, as a 13 and 18 year old... this will be a bit different  I think!)
- Traveling through Italy and indulging in gelato
- Having our parents all come visit us!!!
- Dancing sur le pont d'Avignon!

Things i'm not-so looking forward to:
- Figuring things out on my own and not knowing how to express myself as an educated individual
- Watching the children struggle in difficult situations
- Dealing with homesickness - not sure who.. but some or all of us will get it I think.


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