One might be forgiven for thinking this was an add for converse sneakers - well Noodle is not wearing them. No, it simply highlights the fact that there is someone missing from the family (I couldn’t get the chicken’s feet in here, phew, it was hard enough to get Noodles).
It is Andy’s feet. The reason for this is because his feet are over in France at the moment. For those of you that are crazy cyclists, you will know what a huge event the “Tour De France” is, and you will understand the attraction of travelling half way around the world to see it is. So this is my 40th birthday present to my husband. For me, the thought of going to France means, wandering the streets of Paris and finding quaint little cafes and shops, travelling through the countryside staying in little bed and breakfasts, eating food food food and cheese, sipping wines, soaking in the history, marvelling at the cobbled streets, chateaux’s, and most of all finding that perfect room with a view in Provence.
On the 25th of July, this is exactly what I plan to do. After 11 1/2 years of having our children by our sides every step of the way, it is time for Andy and I to reconnect. It’s time for us to be us again - just Andy and I.
I really couldn’t be happier, although the thought of leaving the children is something I am finding a little, well a very emotional. No doubt once I get on that plane, with a gin and tonic in my hand, movies at my disposal and just lil ole me to look after, the tears will dry up.
For us, this is also a celebration of our love. It is not a special anniversay this year, but 13 years married to the most amazing person I know. I have planned a surprise photoshoot in Paris for Andy. A Love Shoot by one of my most favourite Euopean photographers. Tineke from Spaghetti Photos is flying in from the Netherland to photograph our love story. I have been following Tineke’s work from the beginning, before she was discovered. I have admired her perfectly imperfect style from the beginning as well, and now her signature style is admired around the world. I have been friends with her since we first met online many years ago now. I simply cannot wait to meet her, sip coffee in a little Parisian cafe, and most of all, be on the other side of the camera.
I also cannot wait to see Andy, for this is the longest we have been apart since we met some 16 years now.
Will be home on 15 August.