The Wedding

Congratulations to my big sister Jamie and my new brother-in-law Josh! They got married August 1st in Lexington. The weather was great for that one day, as it rained every day before and after. Here’s the bridal party. The adorable flower girls are Josh’s nieces.

I was a bridesmaid and I also had to carry Josh’s ring, which I found out the day before and which made me very paranoid. I was so afraid I would drop it! But don’t worry, I’m not that clumsy. The ceremony was perfect, and actually, I can’t think of anything that went wrong the entire weekend. Of course since Josh’s family and friends had never met me or seen me, they all commented on how Jamie and I look so much alike. Apparently EVERYONE thinks we practically look like twins (this annoyed me to no end in high school when her friends constantly confused us) but I just don’t see it. Sometimes I don’t think we look like we’re related at all.

During the reception, I successfully avoided being shoved on the dance floor for the bouquet toss because I am NOT in any way single, thank you very much. I wish the US had something comparable to PACSing because I’m not sure how to describe it properly so people understand that it is almost marriage. The Best Man speech was by far the most hilarious speech I have ever heard. I wish I would have thought to record it, but sadly I don’t think anyone did.

But I think the best part of the night was the photo booth. For anyone planning a wedding, this is an awesome idea. Guests take funny pictures of themselves and paste them into a scrapbook for the bride and groom to keep. All of us bridesmaids decided to take individual photos (which is hard since you only have 5 seconds between shots) and then shove all 5 heads into the last frame. Et voilà, a Brady Bunch type photo:

Then later Liz and I had a bit too much fun playing with the props:

As well as the numerous stuffed animals throughout the Inn:

Ah, great memories. After the wedding, we drove over to the coast where Jamie & Josh live so we could see their new house which has a nice inground pool that the dog adores. Can you say jealous? I wish David & I could live in a big house someday with a pool and backyard, but I know that will probably never happen in France. Anyway, we spent Monday in D.C. – my first time in the nation’s capital! – and then drove straight back to Michigan, arriving at 6 AM Tuesday. I’ve barely gotten any sleep this past week, and I’ve only got two full days left here before I head back to France. I’ll post the D.C. pictures soon, but for now it’s bedtime.

Lexington & Stuffed Animals

I am still in Virginia! My sister got married last night in Lexington, but before that we spent Thursday & Friday exploring the town. We saw Robert E. Lee’s crypt and where his horse, Traveller, is buried at Lee Chapel on the campus of Washington & Lee University. Then we saw Stonewall Jackson’s house and […]

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On the Road to Virginia and D.C.

We are leaving very early tomorrow morning for Virginia, for my sister’s wedding this weekend. It will probably take us about 12 hours to drive there, which I am really excited about. I just hope they actually have summer-like weather down there. There are a lot of Civil War monuments/museums in the area so that […]

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Does Michigan not have summer anymore?

I am freezing here. I don’t think it’s gotten above 80 degrees once this past week. And it’s been raining almost everyday. Where is summer??? I was looking forward to boating on the lakes and lying in the hammock. I even bought two new swimsuits that I obviously cannot use right now. I miss real […]

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I am home.

After a rough weekend – delayed flight, massive headache, throwing up – I’m starting to get over the jetlag and adjust to life in the US again. I’ve eaten too many donuts, which may or may not have played a part in the puking this weekend, bought a ton of cheap stuff at Walmart (I […]

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Back to the USA

I go back to the US tomorrow for 3 weeks. I’m so excited, but dreading the long day of traveling on three different flights. I need to get up in 6 hours to start getting ready though, so maybe I should go to bed now. Next post will be from Michigan! A plus !

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Why I hate Delta, reason #743

It’s probably no secret that I absolutely abhor flying. Normally it’s random people in the airport who drive me insane because they are too stupid to not wear a belt or put coins and keys in their pockets when they KNOW they will be going through a metal detector. And don’t even get me started […]

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Feux d’Artifices d’Annecy-le-Vieux et de Paris

A lot of the smaller towns in France have fireworks for Bastille Day the night of July 13th instead of on the 14th. Last night we went to Annecy-le-Vieux for their fireworks, and we were also treated to a rock concert for an hour beforehand. The band did covers of nearly everything – Beatles, Rolling […]

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Videos & Subtitles are Best

In my nerdy, just-for-fun independent research on language acquisition, I’ve come across several articles about using video with subtitles in the classroom and how it vastly increases the rate of vocabulary acquisition. Hearing and reading the words in context is very important – now I just wish someone would tell producers of DVDs that… Subtitles […]

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Mélina’s First Birthday Party

Mélina a un an ! Gâteau glacé vanille fraise Seulement trois cadeaux ? Ça, c’est mieux ! [J'ai monté ce vélo pour elle parce que je suis la seule bricoleuse dans la famille ici. Merci le Midwest et papa !] Dans la piscine avec maman La petite reine des cadeaux (avec mamie)

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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