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Being home for the holidays makes my heart all warm inside. Rediscovering little traditions and the little things that make Christmas just perfect and full of love. Every year my mom gets us each a glass ornament, and it’s always spot on. Mine have ranged from a French flag, to French cheese, to a camel to a stiletto to a pint of beer to a nutcracker. My sister’s range from a snowboard boot, to an octopus to a peace sign to round peace glasses. The brother’s range from a rocket ship to a burger to a tennis racket. It’s always just spot on. Now that our family has become bigger, the sister-in-law, baby nephew, stepsisters and Louis are included in the growing collection. When I’m here I always ask myself how I could ever miss a Christmas at home in Colorado.

Christmas Day always involves strata by my stepdad which I anxiously wait for even the night before while watching Home Alone and the Family Stone, as I can smell it as it’s being prepared.

This year we may just get a fresh layer of snow, which adds to the charm of this magical place. Wishing you very happy holidays, wherever you may be.

 

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I’ve been slacking with writing on here lately, and for that I am terribly sorry. It’s been busy, and mom was visiting Paris for a few weeks so everything besides work was sort of put on hold.

On the Fourth of July, a colleague asked me what kind of things we did, and it made me thinking about all of the memories I have of family barbecues, neighborhood parades and nights in the mountains under the stars with fireworks across the sky. My American spirit has slid away a little bit being in France, but I’ve decided that next year that’s going to have to change.

More on summer adventures to come soon, promise.

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It’s official, I’ll be in Colorado this winter for Christmas. Boy, I am I a happy lady.

I haven’t had much time to blog lately with the busy-ness at work, but I promise that I’ve got a lot of things to share in the coming weeks, as summer has finally arrived in Paris. Everyone seems just a little bit more cheerful with the sun out. As much as I am in love with the Parisian lifestyle in the summer, today I’m thinking of those Rocky Mountains.

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Last summer on our magical trip to Denver, my dear friend Rachel took some shots of Louis and I together in one of my favorite Denver neighborhoods, Baker. We grabbed some ice cream at Sweet Action, and to say the least, she documented the moments perfectly. I think my cone was blackcurrent lemon sorbet or something of the sort.

Discover more of Rachel’s photography on her blog.

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When I’m visiting back home in the Rocky Mountains, one of my favorite things to do is to drive around and stroll through the little mountain towns.

Not far from where my mom lives is the town of Bailey, Colorado. As a sidenote, Bailey is (now) the home of the Coney Island Hot Dog stand, which when I was growing up, was a bit more down the mountain in Conifer, and I would go as a girl scout on our way up to camp and do girl scout things like learning about which berries to eat in the wild and how to make a fire and how the weather works and such. Good times. I was thrilled to find it again and realize how it really is just the same… so charming…

We wandered up the dirt roads and back around for breakfast at the Cut Throat Café, a precious and affordable café with a cozy mountain touch. I sure do love my breakfast burritos. Oh, mornings in the Rockies…