Well, we have some very exciting news:
My husband just accepted a job offer in Washington State!
What started off as a vacation to the United States to visit family will now be a permanent move back to the USA.
We’re very excited about this opportunity, but of course, we’re going to miss living in France and all of our friends there.
We made many wonderful memories while we were in Europe and I’m so incredibly thankful for the time we spent there. Our Adeline has spent most of her life in France and London’s spent just about half of her life there.
Here’s what I’ll miss the most about living in France:
- The people. We made some wonderful friends through Aaron’s MBA program, our community, and through our church and we will sincerely miss everyone.
- Our village. We lived in such an amazing community. The creche and maternelle were both so great for our girls. London had an excellent teacher and made good friends at school who were always so kind to her even as she was trying to learn a new language. The creche director helped both of our girls get involved in the community and we loved the weekly play group Adeline got to participate in this last year. The library had monthly story times. The bakery had the best baguettes around. All this within walking distance of our home. Not to mention the different fun family events throughout the year (Easter egg hunts, meeting Pere Noel, etc.). It was such a special place to live and raise our girls for the last two years.
- The culture. We loved learning more about the French culture and hope to be able to incorporate some of the traditions in our new home (London was insistent that the bells flew over here from France and brought her chocolate for Easter).
- How easy it was to travel to different countries. We knew our time might be limited in France, wo we tried to visit as many other countries (and different regions in France) as possible. We were so lucky to be able to visit places like Rome, the Netherlands, London, Belgium, the south of France, etc. etc. We loved learning about new places, seeing all the amazing history, and exposing our kids to it all. Such a special experience that I’ll never forget.
- The food. Did I mention how amazing our bakery was? Warm baguettes, croissants, pain au chocolat…
That said, I’m trying to be positive about our move to Washington. Here are a few things I’m excited about:
- Visiting a new state and region of the USA. I’ve never been to Washington or any other part of the Pacific Northwest and I’m excited for our family to explore a new part of the world.
- Summer. Everyone has been telling us how amazing Washington is in the summer. We’ll be near the Puget Sound and I’m excited to check out all the little islands during the nice weather. Also, there are supposed to be lavender fields not too far away from June until August so we can still get pretty photos. 😉
- Being near the ocean. We’ll be right next to the Puget Sound, which is an inlet of the Pacific Ocean so that means we’ll see all sorts of wildlife like sea otters, orcas, sea stars, oysters (yum!), sea lions and more. Also, the ocean is our happy place so the more time we can spend by the sea, the happier all of us are. Even if it will be cold most of the year. 🙂
- Spring Flowers. Since it rains all the time in Washington, that means we’ll be getting pretty spring flowers that will hopefully help me miss spring in Paris a little less (my favorite time of year in France).
We hope you’ll continue to follow along with our family as we explore this new part of the world for us!
Also, while I’ve been googling like crazy, if you know anything about living south of Seattle (things to see, good neighborhoods to live in, general advice…) please comment below!
18 thoughts on “Au Revoir Paris”
I have thoroughly enjoyed your photos of France and will miss seeing them. All the best with your new adventures.
Thank you! I hope you enjoy following us along in the Pacific Northwest as well! France is such a special place and we will miss it greatly.
You are moving to our city!! We live in Redmond, 20 minutes East of Seattle. Alki is in South Seattle and it is beautiful. The beach is awesome and you can see Seattle skiline perfectly from there. Leaving Paris is always kind of sad but Seattle is an awesome city, not too big not too small, diverse population and lots of green. The surroundings are magnificent: Mount Rainier, Mount Saint Helen (still an active volcano) Mount Baker, the wineries in East Washington, many lakes and places for camping. Lots is islands and ferry service is good. Vancouver is just a 2.5 hours driving.
Let me know if I can help you. I have been living here for 10 years. Best of luck!!
Thank you! It’s great to talk to others in the area! I’m excited to explore Seattle. You’ll have to let me know all the best places to take our kids. All the nature will be awesome. We definitely want to go see the volcano!
Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. Be prepared for a lot of nature and beautiful sceneries. And just in time when our weather’s turning better. I moved here almost a decade ago and still loving it!
That’s great to hear that you still love living there! I’m a little worried about all the rain, but am very excited for summer. I figure we’ll see how wonderful summer is right when we move there and that will give us something to look forward to once winter sets in.
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Big news indeed! Good luck!
Hello Ashley, I nominated you today for “versatile blogger award”, as you can see on my website http://www.miles-away.blog.
How sweet! Thank you so much!
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Really loved your Instagram and blog post. Thought we could meet up in Paris this summer but your family’s new adventure seems really awesome west coast will be different but really pretty. Can’t wait to read your new stories
Oh, I would have loved to meet up with you guys! That would have been just awesome. Hopefully we’ll make it back to Paris again someday. Thanks for still following along with our new adventures. If you’re ever in the Pacific Northwest, let us know!